Saturday, November 17th was a big day. It marked the first ever Strider Discovery Ride at the Charlotte Motor Speedway!
That’s right, the Charlotte Motor Speedway was closed to the public for a very special event exclusive to Strider riders and their families.
Over 60 kiddos ages 3-6 enjoyed the opportunity of a lifetime and spent a beautiful November Saturday. While most of our fans are familiar with our Strider Cup racing series, our new Discovery Ride series is a non-competitive, family-friendly, hands-on experience.
Riders were split up into 10 groups, and each group was taken by a personal tour guide to an interactive station.
Bubba Blackwell, who has broken every single one of Evil Knievel’s records, demonstrated how the flagging process works before, during, and after a race. Strider fans got to try flagging for themselves with Bubba’s personal flag collection.
The pit stop demo station showed the kids how a NASCAR Pit Crew works together to get cars back in racing shape and back to the track in record time. Up close. Personal. Totally cool.
Families were loaded into official Charlotte Motor Speedway track vans. They drove around the entire track and gave them a first-person view of what racing on the track looks like.
Kids got another treat as they got to climb on/in replicas of Lightning McQueen and the monster truck Tatanka.
It gets better. Kiddos got the star treatment as they were interviewed and put on the JUMBOTRON!
Once Strider fans learned the ropes from the pit crew station, they had the chance to put their new skills to the test. We think they’re probably a shoo-in for a pit crew opening.
It wouldn’t be a Strider event without a little friendly competition. Riders got to race our custom Strider Time-Qualifying course. The goal? Complete the course as fast as possible!
After that, Strider fans got to ride their bikes on the race track (okay, they took a lap around the pit stop area…which is technically part of the race track).
Last, but certainly not least, families gather for a trip to the Winner’s Circle to celebrate an amazing day of fun, friends, family, and NASCAR racing. Also, confetti cannons. Seriously one of the best things about the day. How can you not like confetti cannons?