As a girl, using the phrase “I like to go fast” has a somewhat negative connotation. Get your mind out of the gutter, because when I say “I like to go fast” it’s really about how I drive my Ford Taurus through the streets of Indianapolis. So when the opportunity came up to jump in for a two seater ride here at the Honda Indy Toronto circuit, I of course said “Why yes, please.”

(Just HOW did the opportunity come up? I was working it to score a two seater ride for one lucky IndyCar.com blog reader…. keep reading to find out how you can be that person!)

Ready to go!

A driver with freckles? Nope, it's not Mike Conway....

Admittedly, I was the least excited in the group. It was an experience I was excited for, but had no idea how to display emotion towards. Was I nervous? Maybe. Did I not know what to expect? YES. Since going for the ride, most people have asked “How was it? I’ve always wanted to do it but haven’t had the opportunity.”

Getting into the car

It’s realistic. You get into the firesuit, shoes, gloves, head sock, and helmet and it’s hard not to feel a little bit like a real driver. It’s fast. Too fast even – after waiting most of the morning for my turn, the lap around the Toronto circuit flew by. The biggest challenge was trying to take everything in. One minute you’re accelerating, then breaking, then turning, then…

Off we go towards the Toronto skyline

It took me a minute or two to realize that I should use my body to resist the force knocking me around the seat. But once I did, the ride was comfortably bumpy. It felt like being inside a video game and I grew desperate to be the one behind the wheel. Of course, if my iRacing skills are any indication, it was probably for the best that I stayed in the passenger seat.

Not quite Danica, but wishing I had been the driver!

Not quite Danica, but ready to get behind the wheel next time

Okay, okay, the moment you’ve been waiting for. One lucky fan over the age of 18 will receive their own two-seater ride at Mid-Ohio (no travel or additional opportunities provided) – simply by commenting below with your comments and feedback on what you’ve enjoyed (or not enjoyed) on our Facebook, Twitter, and Blog this season. Give us your best (and worst) but be sure to share what you hope to see more of (we might just do it!).

Have you had the Indy Racing Experience? What was your two seater ride like?

Comments

There are 45 comments for this post.

  1. Ann Miller on July 9, 2011 10:17 am
    Ann Miller

    I have been around racing my whole life but have never gotten even close to how it would feel to ride in actual car. It would be a moment I would never forget. Not to mention I would get to see what it’s like to wear one of those suits. :) I would find it honor if you picked me to be the one to have this once and a lifetime moment.

  2. Erin Holbrook on July 9, 2011 10:19 am
    Erin Holbrook

    Good for you Julie! I would love to take a ride around Mid-Ohio. I have been there three times and will be there this August. Since Mid-Ohio is considered the most technical course in North America, what better way to experience it in a IndyCar!

  3. Gina Rudman on July 9, 2011 10:51 am
    Gina Rudman

    I wanna ride in an Indycar! I’m a new Indycar racing fan and think it would be very awesome to get a ride around the track in Ohio. I would look really cute in the cool suit ;) and my kids would be super jealous! Please pick me!

  4. Jennifer Gaul on July 9, 2011 10:53 am
    Jennifer Gaul

    The Highs this year are Indy coverage! my favorite time of year. You guys cover it all! There are no lows! I like your coverage of the races. I like the photography and the videos. Great job! For me a two seater ride would be dedacated to my father who passed away several years ago. He started my interest in racing by taking me to my first time trials at Indy at 7months old!

  5. Stephanie Joseph on July 9, 2011 10:58 am
    Stephanie Joseph

    You’re my inspiration!

  6. Kevin on July 9, 2011 11:05 am
    Kevin

    It’s great to see in-depth Indycar coverage. What an awesome experience! I can’t imagine how cool the two-seater ride would be!!

  7. Duane on July 9, 2011 2:11 pm
    Duane

    Having been to Mid-Ohio twice and going again this year…..I can’t think of a better way to top off the race experience than a ride in the 2-seater…… and since you asked…getting the chance to ride in the 2 seater…has got to be the favorite part of this blog!!!

  8. Chad Breedlove on July 9, 2011 2:24 pm
    Chad Breedlove

    This would be so awesome! It would also complete my IndyRacingExperience. I drove an IndyCar at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway a couple years ago. It was incredible! Best time of my life. The people running the show there were all so very nice, generous, and helpful. It was definitely worth the cost and I will definitely do it again but maybe at a different track this time. I would love to ride in the indycar at a road course.
    Thanks for the possibility of being able to do this and good luck to everyone! See you at the track !

  9. Mike M. on July 9, 2011 3:00 pm
    Mike M.

    As a long time Indycar fan a 2 seater ride was on my bucket list. My ride at Texas was amazing at speeds of about 180mph. The g forces in the high banked corners were so high you felt like the car would fly of the track but it was just your body, the car was fine! Only prblem was if was over way to fast, it left me wanting more laps now that I knew what to exspect. Since I wanted more, I signed up to do the Indy ride and drive package. This is were you can ride around Indy in the 2 seater at full speed and then get to drive a single seater around at controlled speeds. If i could do this every year i would be there. next item on my list is to do a 2 seater ride on a road or street course.

  10. Stephanie Godare on July 9, 2011 3:34 pm
    Stephanie Godare

    I can’t get enough of Indy Car racing. My dad is from Indiana so my love for racing started at birth. I feel the need for speed!

  11. Amanda Scanze on July 9, 2011 3:42 pm
    Amanda Scanze

    i’ve always loved the excitement of indycar and have watched every race on tv, but have never been able to go to a race. mid-ohio will be my first race! i’m from new york and i go to fashion institute of technology for accessories design, and indycar has been inspirations for many of my projects! (you can even seen me in tony kanaan’s blog video from macy’s last year!) i couldn’t think of a better way to enjoy my first race than to get strapped into an indycar!

  12. Shannon on July 9, 2011 5:00 pm
    Shannon

    Thanks Julie! Love the feedback on the ride. My husband last year was one point away from winning a ride in a fantasy league last year. We went to the final race in Miami, and that is where someone else beat him. A ride in teh 2-seater would be amazing!! Someday, I hope win (or purchase) one . :) I have really enjoyed the facebook posts by the site. It’s a great was to jump on the internet and get some information quickly when wrapping up a day, or first thing in the. I also enjoy how the facebook posts allow fans an opportunity to comment and share thoughts and ideas about posts. Keep up the great work, and I’ll keep checking back :)

  13. Michael Flick on July 9, 2011 7:53 pm
    Michael Flick

    Started attending races at Mid-Ohio in 1968, Mark Donahue won the Trans-Am racing for Roger Penske. Have never been around Mid-Ohio on the track, would be tres cool!

  14. Eric on July 9, 2011 10:11 pm
    Eric

    I have been attending races at Mid-Ohio since the age of 7. I just turned 35. I used to wait in the Valvoline tent for Little Al’s autograph when I was a kid. It was so cool to get his autograph on a IndyCar hat!! I have always been a huge fan of IndyCar and have dreamed about taking laps around my home track. Mid-Ohio has always been a special place for myself, family, and friends. I am so glad IndyCar is back at the greatest track(in my opinion) in the country!!
    I would love to take a ride in my favorite car on my favorite track, if Little Al is driving my life as a Indy Fan at Mid-Ohio would come full Circle!!

    IndyCar, keep up the good work, the series is on its way back to where it belongs, on top!!

  15. Nicole on July 10, 2011 12:49 am
    Nicole

    I’m def a fan of the inside/behind the scenes info. Pictures, blogs, all of it. You guys keep me up to date when I can’t be right next to the computer!! And I can only IMAGINE the adrenaline that would come with a ride in the 2-seater!!

  16. mike magrum on July 10, 2011 10:10 am
    mike magrum

    If I get a chance to ride in the two seater, my wife has to let me come to mid-ohio…PLEASE!!! Been there many times and love it. Bring back the live video of practice please and keep the driver interviews coming!!!

  17. Anita on July 10, 2011 11:19 am
    Anita

    I would love to see more contests like this one! This is a great idea for any true race fan. Looking forward to Mid-Ohio.

  18. Mike Bratcher on July 10, 2011 11:35 am
    Mike Bratcher

    I have been a dedicated fan to our greatest sport since the early 1980’s. Your coverage of IndyCar is first-rate and provides the details that I need and that the sport needs to continue to grow. I’m am taking my wife and two daughters to the race at Mid-Ohio. I can only imagine what the emotions would be to ride in the single-seater…but I am up to the challenge!

  19. Josh on July 10, 2011 11:56 am
    Josh

    The Indycar blog rocks. I have really gotten into the blogs that report on the fan experience at races. By far the best blog of the year was when people were asked to describe their Indianapolis traditions. As a fan, I was amazed at how many responses were received. I’m no expert, but I would have to guess it was the biggest response since the blogs began on indycar.com. It gave me a lot of satisfaction to see so much passion from a fan base that can, at times, be somewhat unresponsive. That blog evoked a lot of emotion from everyone because each fan felt it was their “responsibility” to share what makes the Indianapolis 500 so special. Even I got caught up in trying to convey the experience of the weekend through me and my friends’ eyes. The end result was literally hundreds of different stories that all had the same plot… A long weekend, specific traditions that go un-changed and have become rights of passage, annual reunions with friends, beer, and the ultimate display of speed.

    Yep, that was a good blog… Keep em coming!

  20. Jim on July 10, 2011 5:02 pm
    Jim

    Toronoto – What a mess. Poor track design causing too many wrecks. Poor officiating. Street courses are a mess. I rarely get a chance to set and watch a race and it’s too bad i had time to watch this fiasco. Please stick to ovals and road courses. I love Indy car but not today.

  21. John Dune on July 10, 2011 7:14 pm
    John Dune

    I’ve been attending races @ Mid Ohio since I was 16, 39 years ago. I’ve also been a fan of Indy racing for as long as I can remember, rooting for Andretti, Foyt, Mears, and Rahal. I like oval racing but nothing beats a good road course like we have at Mid Ohio. Keep up the great racing! Go #10 and Ganassi racing!

  22. Dave on July 11, 2011 1:45 am
    Dave

    I live in Florida and had the opportunity to ride in the 2 seater at Disney with Arie Lyendyke Sr. driving. WOW !! What a ride. Also drove a car. Anyone coming down here should check it out.

  23. Tom Anderson on July 11, 2011 12:57 pm
    Tom Anderson

    The first race event I was at was Indy 500 qualifing in 1965. I have been hooked ever since. The best rules change in years is the double wide restarts. See you at Mid-Ohio.

  24. TOM KAHL on July 11, 2011 2:55 pm
    TOM KAHL

    I have been a fan of Indy Car most of my life & I’ve always thought that I would like to be more of a part of it! This would do it for sure!

  25. J Crowley on July 11, 2011 3:58 pm
    J Crowley

    A ride around Mid Ohio would make the endless hours I have devoted to attending and watching Indy Car/Champ Car races for over 40 years all worth it. I miss Indy Cars at POCONO !

  26. Jeff Loper on July 11, 2011 6:00 pm
    Jeff Loper

    Personally, I think you all do a great job of delivering the IndyCar news to us fans. It’s getting better and better every year. But I’m happy to make sume suggestions since you’re asking. On the blog I would love to receive more news. I check it daily and it seems like quite a bit of time can pass by before it’s updated again, but maybe that’s just me. Some more promotions, such as this giveaway would be awesome not only for the blog, but Facebook and Twitter as well. It would also be fun to participate in Twitter chats with some of the drivers from time-to-time. I also agree with Josh above in his comments regarding the Indianapolis traditions post you all did. Anytime you can involve us, the fans, is fantastic.

    I also want to say that IndyCar couldn’t have chosen two better drivers in Mario Andretti and Little Al to drive the two-seater. They have always been tremendous examples of what a driver and their relationships with the fans should be. I can remember meeting both of them in my teens back in the 80s and 90s at Road America. Both invited me and my cousin in by their trailers to just talk racing. It was experiences like those that have made me the die hard IndyCar fan I am today. As a fan, I couldn’t ask for a greater experience than to ride along with one of them piloting that two-seater. How awesome would that be?

  27. Lizzy Dawes on July 11, 2011 7:19 pm
    Lizzy Dawes

    The INDYCAR social networking sites are very fan friendly and interactive. It allows everyone a sneak peek into the backstage of what goes on at races. Pictures, updates, and videos are always fresh and effective when trying to reach new fans. Everything is interesting and captures the attention of the vast fan base. There is a little something for everyone from the basics of social networking to the high tech aspects of it all. I have found great joy in connecting with the INDYCAR organization to other fans. Its one of the most futuristic ways of connecting sport to fan. I dont see this in any other sport. Its definitely a step in the right direction for INDYCAR.

  28. Eric on July 12, 2011 12:27 am
    Eric

    INDYCAR’s facebook posts are fun and informative. Social media is going to be critical to getting INDYCAR back on the map when so much of the mainstream motorsports coverage is devoted to NASCAR. Twitter is also great (even though I’m not on it). I hope they do more “tweet-ups” on race weekends to help spread the word about the upcoming event. New and younger fans aren’t going to stubble across INDYCAR on TV, they’re going to find it online. It’s good to see the series working so hard on this front!

  29. Alex on July 12, 2011 4:46 am
    Alex

    You have the best social network of the racing sites out there..not just facebook, blogs, and etc., but the website as well, including the free Indycar Nation members page. To have access to articles, opinions, fun activities, even following the race where I can’t get it anywhere else keeps me coming back on a near daily basis. It is needed in a age to reach the core dempgraphics needed to bring, and most importantly, to keep IndyCar in the racing forefront.

  30. Keith on July 12, 2011 11:59 am
    Keith

    i love the fact that following IndyCar on through the various outlets on the helps bring back great memories of my Grandfather. He was employed by IMS and made it in the 50 year club at IMS and toward the end of his stint with IMS he was the head of infield security. Reading articles and notes that refer often times to the classic names of Indy (Andretti, Foyt, Unser etc…) remind me of when days were so simple and good and gives me hope that IndyCar will soon get back to the great sport that it was prior to the big split. To have a 2 seater ride with a potential legend such as Mario would be a wonderful way to get a sense excitement of what my grandfather felt every month of May when he was pulling 16 hour days at the track for 4 weeks straight.

  31. Tony Akens on July 12, 2011 12:07 pm
    Tony Akens

    The 2 seater ride would be thrilling, I can only imagine! As for what I’ve enjoyed with your covered on twitter/ the blog, The “driver behind the tweet” guessing game was fun. As are the 11 in 11 spots! Anything you can do to give the drivers AND CREWS more of a chance to communicate naturally, not through PR, is always, always welcome! Social media is really setting Indycar apart from any other sport!

  32. dave rodecap on July 12, 2011 3:50 pm
    dave rodecap

    because I am 6′4″ 260 lbs and the site of me in one of those cars would be smiles, or raised eyebrows, to all watching. Can you imagine my head bouncing around like the chicaua dog on the back of the car :)

  33. Rob S Bennett on July 16, 2011 8:17 pm
    Rob S Bennett

    I have been an open wheel fan since 1981, my first Indy 500. I have been to over 100 races so far including Mid Ohio at least 12 times. I have walked that track many times viewing the cars from different parts of the course and have that track memorized. I collect autographs of the drivers on photos and actually first spoke to Little Al in his Valvoline days and had him sign a photo at Mid Ohio in the early 90’s. I will be there this year, yes, all the way from CO, and would Love to have a ride in the two-seater.

  34. Mark Gillespie on July 19, 2011 11:13 am
    Mark Gillespie

    Julie…I envy you! I’ve been an IndyCar fan since I was a small boy in Indianapolis, and have always wanted to know what it feels like to be in an IndyCar. By the way, who was driving? I didn’t recognize the helmet…

  35. Michael on July 19, 2011 11:18 am
    Michael

    I am the ultimate indy fan.I live close to TMS and attend at least 4 races per year.pick me,please.

  36. William Adkinson on July 29, 2011 10:54 pm
    William Adkinson

    Next year will be my 55 Indy 500 in a row. I told my wife and children I don’t want anything for Christmas, for my birthday and fathers day. Just a ride in lthe two seater. At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

  37. Charles on June 24, 2012 9:21 am
    Charles

    I had the privilidge of going to the Indy 500 in 1971 and have been a fan since. Being able to have this ride would be incredible.

  38. Mike Binger on July 31, 2012 4:01 pm
    Mike Binger

    I have had the privilege to do a “Fast Lap” ride in one of the pace cars and to be a “Fantastic Fan” with Bruno Junqueira back in the CART days at Mid-Ohio. Now I need to add a 2 seater ride to my racing fan experiences. Love the racing experience at Mid-Ohio, great track.

  39. Linda Binger on August 2, 2012 11:38 pm
    Linda Binger

    Normaaly my husband is the lucky one to do the fun racing stuff. But tonight team Penske was at the Meijer in north Columbus and I got to ride in the 2 seater that they had set up to go around the parking lot. WOW THAT WAS FUN. I really want to get to take a 2 setaer ride around Mid Ohio some day. So if you have not picked a MidOhio winner yet you can fire me a email and I would love to do it.

  40. Donna Robinson on June 13, 2013 4:09 pm
    Donna Robinson

    I’m writing this so maybe you’ll pick my husband to ride in the two-seat Indy car at Mid-Ohio. He raced Formula Fords for SCCA from 1980 to 1990 or so on many Southern tracks. He finally had to stop his racing “hobby” when he learned he had Parkinson’s Disease. He still loves the sport, but just can’t race anymore. We’ve attended several Mid-Ohio CART races, but he never got to race there. A ride in the two-seater would thrill him more than anything I can think of and he’d finally be able to say “he raced one more day”!

  41. Rosemarie Hantwerker on June 15, 2013 6:15 pm
    Rosemarie Hantwerker

    I’ve done a ride along at Pocono Race Way and at Charlolete Race Way under the lights. Awsome. I took my husband to Charlete Race Way to do the Richard Petty Driving Experience and that was awsome too. But I would love to do the two seater Indy Car experence. I love speed when someone else is the driver!!!!

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    Michael Gill

    RACING ! I totally missed my calling, I can go fast on anything and be good at it as well. I want to ride in this so bad! I also live in Ohio and go to the track as much as possible.

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