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Old 09-06-2011, 04:24 PM
 
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I'm sure the laps will be paced, but how often does one get to drive on a big race track?

Laps for Life | Speedway | Charlotte Motor Speedway (http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets/laps_for_life/ - broken link)
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:17 PM
 
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This sounds like a very stupid idea. First you donate blood, then you get to go 3 laps on the Speedway?! Hope I'm reading it wrong. Or maybe drive first, then donate blood.

I drove Speedway laps a few years back for a Thanksgiving charity event. About 20 or so vehicles behind one pace car. Drove up to 80-90 MPH. It was scary because of the banking and vehicles were sometimes 3-wide, and it was a free-for-all as long as you're behind the pace car. Worse yet - some of the other vehicles did not belong! (e.g. Ford Econoline) I could trust my driving and my car, but had no idea what the others would do!
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:38 PM
 
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This sounds like a very stupid idea. First you donate blood, then you get to go 3 laps on the Speedway?! Hope I'm reading it wrong. Or maybe drive first, then donate blood.

I drove Speedway laps a few years back for a Thanksgiving charity event. About 20 or so vehicles behind one pace car. Drove up to 80-90 MPH. It was scary because of the banking and vehicles were sometimes 3-wide, and it was a free-for-all as long as you're behind the pace car. Worse yet - some of the other vehicles did not belong! (e.g. Ford Econoline) I could trust my driving and my car, but had no idea what the others would do!
I was looking for those Thanksgiving laps when I found the 'laps for blood' promo.

I haven't gotten into the details, but driving at speed immediately after giving blood does seem a bit odd. I'm sure they've given that some thought.
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:44 PM
 
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I was looking for those Thanksgiving laps when I found the 'laps for blood' promo.

I haven't gotten into the details, but driving at speed immediately after giving blood does seem a bit odd. I'm sure they've given that some thought.
I've given blood lots of times and never been woozy afterwards. Maybe they will actually enforce the "sit down for a while afterwards" rule.
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:05 PM
 
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Thanks for posting this! I may go. I also have driven laps on Black Friday, and I have also done the same thing on a car club day. It was a blast. When you go with the general public there is always the chance of getting mixed up with some crazy drivers.
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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Worse yet - some of the other vehicles did not belong! (e.g. Ford Econoline) I could trust my driving and my car, but had no idea what the others would do!
Awww man... I was gonna' jump start the ol' Aerostar and head on down there!
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:50 PM
 
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I've given blood lots of times and never been woozy afterwards. Maybe they will actually enforce the "sit down for a while afterwards" rule.
Well, there's woozy, and there's "driving on a racetrack with a bunch of other random drivers" woozy.

When I give blood I recognize that I'm not a hundred percent for a little bit. But as I said, I'm sure they've taken all that into consideration.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I was able to hit about 125 out there a few years ago, before I caught the pace car.

"I want you to go out there and hit the pace car!"
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:12 AM
 
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I was able to hit about 125 out there a few years ago, before I caught the pace car.

"I want you to go out there and hit the pace car!"
He didn't hit you, he rubbed you. And rubbin's racin'!
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:16 AM
 
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Well, there's woozy, and there's "driving on a racetrack with a bunch of other random drivers" woozy.

When I give blood I recognize that I'm not a hundred percent for a little bit. But as I said, I'm sure they've taken all that into consideration.
For an event like this they better have some good snacks afterwards too. Not those damn cheap 25 cent Oreo knock off packs. I want the real double stuffed ones!
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