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New “Cars” Inspired Junior Ride-Along at Richard Petty Driving Experience

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On the track at the Richard Petty Driving Experience

Two brand new, full-sized custom character cars from the hit movie Cars will be debuting at the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World beginning on Saturday, June 14. They will include famous Piston Cup racers Aiken Axler, the #28 car, and Sage VanDerSpin, the #80 car.

These new vehicles will be used in the brand new Piston Cup Junior Ride-Along Program. For this exciting new adventure, children ages 6-13 who are at least 48 inches tall will be able to ride along with a professional driving instructor for three thrilling laps.

These two Piston Cup challengers have a storied “history”: Sage VanDerSpin races for Team “Gask-its” and is the youngest winner of the Junior Piston Cup Pro Series. Aiken Axler is a racer for Nitroade and he captured the Vitoline Rookie of the Year honors in his first full season of Cup competition. Both racers will be sporting their team colors, as well as sponsors. In addition, their personalities will be brought to life (meaning they’ll have eyes) thanks to a specialty window wrap. 

According to Chris Kirby, Petty Holdings Director of Marketing, “The window wrap makes it possible to see the character eyes from the exterior, which really brings them to life, but doesn’t interfere with the view of the track. Once passengers are inside the car, the track can be clearly seen so they can fully enjoy the experience of racing around the track.”

The cost of this experience will be $59 and the will take place on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not accepted. Find out more information about the Richard Petty Driving Experience’s Junior Ride-Along program here.

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