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Pony up for a Richard Petty experience in Vegas

Posted by Paul Kandarian  January 22, 2013 08:22 AM

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It's pretty easy to drop a ton of money in Las Vegas and have nothing to show for it. But from March 10-13, you can be one of 12 participants to take part in the bi-annual Richard Petty Fantasy Racing Camp - for a mere $10,500. That gets you all activities as well as accommodations on the Vegas strip, all meals, custom apparel, in-car video and photos.

Participants get four days to explore all the event offers, which includes meeting Richard Petty and Dale Inman, and hanging out in a luxury suite for the Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. And that's just the first day. The following days get them behind the wheel of a 600-horsepower NASCAR race car where they'll learn short-track driving skills, road-course skills and participate in a speedway challenge, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Spring Mountain Motorsports Racetrack Road Course. Other camp highlights include scene helicopter rides, driving challenges and one-one-one instruction from some of racing's best, including Inman, Randy LaJoie and a team of Petty instructors.

All new this year is the American Muscle Car Challenge, in which participants can drive American supercars by Ford, Dodge and Chevy in two modules, including a 0-to-60 mph challenge and g-force experience.

Space is limited to 12, and to register call 704-454-6224, email rick@drivepetty.com or visit www.drivepetty.com/fantasyracingcamp The cost is steep, but the memories last a lot longer than whatever you'd pump into the slots or leave on the tables.

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