Project Exotic to Debut at Walt Disney World Speedway in January 2012

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The Walt Disney World Speedway, located adjacent to the Magic Kingdom parking lot, has spent most of the last decade relatively unused. The track was originally designed and built in 1995 for the Indy 200 at Walt Disney World, an Indy Racing League (IRL) event. Though popular enough to warrant Disney parking all of Magic Kingdom’s inbound traffic at Epcot on race days, by 2001 the IRL commission and Disney couldn’t agree on race dates. The contract was quietly dropped, and the track was removed from the league schedule.

The Richard Petty Driving Experience began using the track in 1997 during the IRL off-season. This kept the track in place and functioning through the 2000’s, albeit in a much less prominent and visible way. Many guests to Walt Disney World today don’t even know that the Richard Petty Driving Experience exists. The Experience essentially allows guests to ride along with professional drivers or even drive real race cars along the track.

To bring more attention and tourists to the track, the Richard Petty Driving Experience is expanding to offer guests a chance to drive exotic sports cars. Per the shiny new Project Exotic website:

An all-new track driving experience, featuring some of the world’s fastest and most exotic supercars, is coming to Orlando in January, 2012.

This heart-pounding exotic car driving experience is being designed by Petty Holdings LLC, best known for the Richard Petty Driving Experience, the undisputed leader in automotive ride and drive entertainment in the U.S.

Here at, you’ll find the latest news from the exotic car driving experience industry and updates as we close in on the opening date of this sure-to-be-exhilarating exotics track experience in Orlando. will also provide a forum for input from exotic car enthusiasts like you. We’ll want to hear first-hand from people who know – or are ready to discover – the adrenaline rush you can only get with your hands on the wheel and your foot on the floor of a world-class supercar.

The website also has a survey that collects visitors’ opinions regarding the name of the new offering and allows them to rank and rate the various sports cars that may be offered.

Are you interested in zooming around the track in exotic sports cars? Have you done the Richard Petty Driving Experience before? Let us know in the comments.

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R. A. Pedersen

R. A. Pedersen is the author of The Epcot Explorers Encyclopedia and runs the blog. He has been a research contributor to the Blog since 2006 and functions as sort of an all-around news desk and project-tracker.

2 thoughts on “Project Exotic to Debut at Walt Disney World Speedway in January 2012

  • My husband & I did the ride along last trip to WDW. Something everyone should do once – NASCAR fan or not. Quite a thrill.

  • I’ve done the Petty Driving Experience at WDW before. It was very fun! WDW should publicize it more. Maybe they could/should include a coupon for the RPDE in your pre-trip packet.


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