Last Christmas I came across the perfect gift for my husband, a chance to drive a real race car on a real track. He chose the Homewood Florida track to redeem gift so that we could make a weekend getaway just us two, we haven't had a get away -traveling by airplane- just us two in over twenty two years. We usually like to take the kids with us when we travel.
This trip was so nice to have a break from keeping up with someone else. And I'm sorry if that sounds selfish. But I had the luxury of being a companion to a traveler who travels more than 150 flights a year, yes more than two legs a week. He knows the way to get through airports quickly.
So we had airline points, hotel points, flight upgrades, pre check to make the traveling smooth and painless. It was delightful. I just had to follow him, only responsible for my purse, we had no problems or delays. No backpacks, potty breaks, snack allotment and entertainment planning of others.
To make this possible, my lovely daughter Molly was left in charge back home.
She was able to take the kids to a friend's house so she could get her studying in, had them fed, took them to church.
The kids were in good hands, and Molly had a peak at full time managing a household.
It was raining in Florida our first night and next day. It is such a beautiful place. I love to look at stormy seas, we enjoyed it. The race day was postponed due to the rain until Saturday, so we took the chance to relax and recharge on Friday.
These race pictures should speak for themselves. My husband has been a fan of and involved in racing longer than I've known him. There is a love of fast cars and fast driving in the fabric of his family. He had a Chevy Luv pick up when we started out together that was a local street car, that went fast.(no more details since I am not a racing fast car enthusiast. Opposites attract I guess).
He had a good friend he helped with top fuel drag cars, and did quite a bit of drag racing on and off the track on his youth. He had a late model race car while in Alabama when Molly was a baby.
So this was a perfect opportunity to do what he loves, race around, and enjoy speeding without fear of a ticket.
The program is very safe. And very real. They start with drivers training and safety rules. The driver is in the real Nascar race car alone. A driving coach is up in the stands, connected to you by ear phones spotting other cars and watching your speed and time. We were told top speed for the track and with the rev govenor (speed control) was around 158 mph. Craig's time was 158.48, no surprise. He passed three others cars which is amazing because they weren't allowed to pass in the corners. He had a fantastic time. I had fun being the cheering fangirl cheering him on from the pits.
We had a great time just being together. He travels so much, and I know there are times he would like me to accompany him, but with mothering commitments I can't make it happen. I am so thankful this trip worked out.
We came home refreshed and happy and, I really hate to admit, five pounds heavier, because we did enjoy the fine restaurants in Fort Lauderdale.
So here it is retold in photos.
Not Criag..we stopped to watch youth cart racing outside the Homewood race track.
After a long wait, almost time!
The spotters/driving instructors/pit crew:
Craig's in the far yellow Dollar General car.
After the exhilarating experience:
I could sit here all the time:
(Despite the screw top wine- which we had a good laugh over- Shula's is a nice place with a million dollar view).
When traveling, we enjoy the reality of our Universal Church. The parishioners of St. Sebastians are kind and offer transportation to and from local hotels for mass.
What a difference when the sun comes out.