Friday, January 30, 2009

Arena Racing

The company I work for sponsors a local Arena Racing car. The driver of this car is a son of an employee. So they bought tickets for a large group of us to go watch some Arena Racing.

Arena cars are souped up go carts. They top out at about 50mph and run around a track. The track is portable and is set up in whatever arena/coliseum they happen to be in at the time.

This was the first time I have been to race since I was about 10 years old. Now I understand why it is popular. The whole race is a huge adrenaline rush. Tempers flare on the track. Fights happen and sometimes spill over to the pit crews. Oh, and don’t forget the wrecks. It is very entertaining. It is almost the same feeling you get watching a hockey game live. Wait, circular arena 90% of which is filled with white people, fights, beer, wrecks...

Maybe this racing thing is for warm temperature hockey fans.

Here is a picture I got to give you an idea of the size of these cars. They squeeze in through the top and buckle in. The lid just snaps shut. This picture was taken prior to the race. They allowed the fans to go down and get autographs from the drivers. Joe Gibbs was in the house (former Redskins coach) so there were a ton of people down there to see him. Too many for me to want to go down there.

One set of pictures I wished I could have got involved the Hooters' girls. A little boy (maybe 6 or 7 years old) sat between the two girls and had his picture taken with them. Then he took the camera and slowing walked off of the floor ogling the pictures. Go him.

They finally cleared the floor of spectators and began the race. We were cheering for the number one car (it is blue and white and has Charger on the front bumper).

When it was all said and done our ears were ringing, our throats were sore from yelling and we had enjoyed ourselves immensely.


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  2. that's really cool. James enjoyed the pictures :)