DAYTONA USA sets 1999 "Ride-Along" dates

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 19, 1998)DAYTONA USA, the "Official Attraction of NASCAR," has announced the 1999 schedule for the Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE) Ride-Along program at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway.

The $99 Richard Petty Driving Experience ticket, which includes admission to DAYTONA USA, features three laps around the "World Center of Racing's" tri oval, challenging the daunting31-degree high banks at speeds up to 150 mph. Participants strap on a race helmet for a front-seat ride in one of Petty's stock cars with a professional RPDE instructor at the wheel. Richard Petty Riding Experience merchandise and personalized digital photos of the experience are available for purchase on site..

The 1999 RPDE Ride-Along program will run from 9a.m. to 5 p.m. on the following dates: May 8-10, May 13-17,May 20-24, May 27-31, June 3-6, June 11-14, June 18-21,July 10-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29-31, Aug. 1-2,Aug. 21-23, Aug. 26-30, Sept. 3-6, Sept. 9-13, Sept. 16-20,Sept. 23-27*, Oct. 7-11*, Oct. 29-31, Nov. 11- 14* and Nov.20-21. (NOTE: Program hours on Sept. 25, Oct. 9 and Nov.13 are 1-5 p.m. Schedule is subject to change with out notice).

The popularity of the RPDE Ride-Along program continues to grow at Daytona. The program set a single-day record on Saturday, Nov. 14 as it closed out the 1998schedule, exceeding its previous record-setting day by 31percent. The RPDE, which opened at Daytona in August1997, has hosted more than 8,000 people on rides around the speedway since that time.

"The Richard Petty Riding Experience has become the thrill ride for DAYTONA USA," said the attraction's General Manager, Sarah Gurtis. "We are delighted that so many people are taking advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. They are able to relate first hand to the level of skill it takes to run a NASCAR Winston Cup stock car."

DAYTONA USA, which features a variety of high-energy thrills and live shows for audiences of all ages, is open daily from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., with extended hours during special events. The Speedway Tour, a 30-minute open-air tram excursion throughout the speedway's 480 acres, is also available, weather and track schedule permitting.

Gift certificates for the Richard Petty Riding Experience at DAYTONA USA are available now. For more information, call (800) BE-PETTY. For ticket information on upcoming races at the Speedway, call (904) 253-7223. For information on DAYTONA USA, call (904) 947-6800 or visit:

Source: NASCAR Online