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    What Happened to the Speedway??????

    What ever happened to the Walt Disney World Speedway??? Does any one know what really happened?? I know I have driven around it so many times look at it, and I even use to watch the races from there a few years back. I KNOW THAT RICHARD PETTY has his driving training for a few thousand dollars there but what ever happend to the IRL race there in early spring?????

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    Re: What Happened to the Speedway??????

    I'm right here for crying out loud.

    No seriously, annoying puns aside, I thought it was still running.
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    Re: What Happened to the Speedway??????

    You mean the one outside the TTC? It looks abandoned. They should tear it down and build something more useful there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedway
    I'm right here for crying out loud.

    No seriously, annoying puns aside, I thought it was still running.
    I was thinking the same thing! (Especially after the where's Mike thrread.) Then I realized it wasn't started by Hilsbro or anything so it had to be about something from Disney property.

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    Re: What Happened to the Speedway??????

    It is still there. I do not know if they are still running real races there, but Richard Petty is still there...

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    Re: What Happened to the Speedway??????

    All information about the speedway can be found here. In short, IRL races were held from 1996-2000. In 97 & 98, it also held races for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Currently, it is just home to the Richard Petty Driving Experience.
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    Re: What Happened to the Speedway??????

    I liked it a lot better when it was just some cypress, palmetto and pine trees.

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    Re: What Happened to the Speedway??????

    I had *heard* and be sure to group this in with all those rumors that mean absolutely nothing, but NASCAR had some interest in running a race there in 2003, but could not add enough additional seating to meet NASCARs minimum standards.

    Probally not true...like those giant Roomba vacs that clean Disneyland after hours

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    Re: What Happened to the Speedway??????

    When I was at Disney World last year, my grandson's mom did the Richard Petty Riding Experience. For About $100, they dressed her up like a race car driver and put her in the passenger seat. She then went on a wild ride around the track. They went around at least about a 1/2 dozen times. She really loved it. They also have a Richard Petty Driving Experience, where you can learn to drive the car, and they will put you in the driver's seat, and you can drive the car yourself. That is much more expensive, a few hundred dollars, if I am remembering correctly.

    They are located near the Transportation and Ticket Center and they have a van, that will pick you up. SO if you want to ride in a race car and you are at Disney World, call ahead and ask if they are doing the riding experience that day. The number we called last year was. 1-800-237-3889.

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    Re: What Happened to the Speedway??????

    Has anyone done the driving experience? I was thinking of surprising Mr. PXC during the October trip, but wanted to get some reviews first if possible. I think he'd rather do the driving school than the ride-along.
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    Re: What Happened to the Speedway??????

    wait, so the speedway was that thing where you ride in the little car and go around the track really fast? it's not there, either? You people are killing me...no Indy ride and now this?




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    Re: What Happened to the Speedway??????

    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchy-poo
    wait, so the speedway was that thing where you ride in the little car and go around the track really fast? it's not there, either? You people are killing me...no Indy ride and now this?
    No, that's the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway (in the MK). What they are talking about here is the Richard Petty Driving Experience just south of the Magic Kingdom. It is a real racetrack where you can drive a real racecar.

    Either way, both racetracks are still there.
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    Re: What Happened to the Speedway??????

    When they were building it, all us TTC CMs were hating on it pretty bad. The noise could get pretty obnoxious from it sometimes. Never quite understood why the heck they were getting into that. Spend that money on some monorail expansion or a new attraction.
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