Talladega Track Trek for Tornado Relief

Talladega tornado relief effort gives you a chance to drive your car on the famed track.

Everyday drivers have a chance at the extraordinary on Friday — the opportunity to take their own cars for a spin twice around the famed Talladega Superspeedway. And it’s a chance to aid tornado relief efforts at the same time.

Talladega Superspeedway is teaming with American Red Cross Alabama Tornado Disaster Relief on ’Dega Gives, a donor-supported fund of the NASCAR Foundation.

For a donation of $50, drivers have the chance to buckle up and drive two laps around the circuit. The event lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and you can preregister at the NASCAR Foundation website.

“In a time like this it’s so important for all the members of the community to come together and support our neighbors,” said Talladega Superspeedway President Brian Crichton. “We feel so much compassion for everyone who was affected by last week’s storms, including those near the superspeedway in Ohatchee.

“I’d like to challenge all race fans out there, as well as those who are thrill seekers, to come out this Friday and drive on the biggest and baddest racing venue on the planet. The hope is that the opportunity to drive on the high banks of the 2.66-mile layout will give incentive to get as many people as possible involved. Plus, Friday’s weather looks incredible.”

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There are restrictions, of course. Vehicles must be street legal, driver’s must be licensed; there’s no passing allowed and no driving in the top lane, and there must be sufficient seatbelts for all passengers, for example. But it’s a chance to try something most drivers never experience. Complete details are included at the sign-up site.

Talladega’s first race weekend of the year is slated for April 24-25, featuring the GEICO 500 on Sunday, April 25. Saturday’s (April 24) slate includes the General Tire 200 for the ARCA Menards Series and the Ag-Pro 300 at Talladega for the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

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