Five driving schools will provide race enthusiasts with 65 opportunities to experience the high-speed thrill of stock car racing on the Kentucky Speedway 1.5-mile tri-oval this spring, summer and fall.

The Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE), Jeff Gordon Racing School, Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure, Fast Track Driving School and SpeedTech Auto Racing School will give fans a chance to ride in, drive and, in some cases, pass other students in a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series style car.

"Driving schools will run thousands of laps between March and October to give fans a taste of what professional competitors experience on our track during our race events," Kentucky Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark F. Cassis said. "The Jeff Gordon Racing School and SpeedTech Auto Racing Schools are the new additions to our line-up and will help bring our school activity to an all-time high."

The Jeff Gordon Racing School will be first on the track March 24-26 and the Richard Petty Driving Experience will close the school season Oct. 26-29. The RPDE will operate on 36 dates this year, the most of any school.

Those interested in learning more about driving schools can visit the Fan Zone page of this Web site and click on driving schools. Specific dates and contact information for each school is available.

The 2006 Kentucky Speedway season opens May 13 and will feature four race weekends. Main events will feature ARCA RE/MAX Series, NASCAR Busch Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Indy Racing League IndyCar Series races. Support events will spotlight the new USAC Silver Crown Series, ARCA RE/MAX Series, USAC Ford Focus Midget Car Series and IRL Indy Pro Series. All race weekends will include a race day concert with top country music talent.

Season ticket plans and single-race tickets are on sale now and can be reserved online now by clicking the Tickets icon in the top left corner of this page or through Tickets also can be reserved by phone at 888-652-RACE (7223). Fans also can reserve tickets through outlets including Meijer stores as well as the speedway ticket offices at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Ste. 200, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., and the speedway Fan Center off of Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 in Sparta, Ky.

Visit the Schedule page of this site for complete information."

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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