We were passing through Charlotte and my boyfriend wanted to do the behind-the-scenes tour of the racetrack, as he is a big fan of motor racing - but formula one rather than Nascar which we don't have in the UK. I am not interested in cars at all so thought I would be bored but actually really enjoyed it.
Our guide Aileen/Eileen was brilliant, she has worked here for about 40 years and so when she was telling us about things that had happened in the past (like Liz Taylor's visit) she was actually there at the time! We did the 2 hour tour and it was only me and my boyfriend; we were driven around different parts of the site and could get out and look at things. For instance we went into the media centre and radio recording booth and were allowed to sit in the chair and put the headphones on, and we went up into the stands and the executive suites. You can also have your photo taken on the winners' podium. The best part though was driving around the track; I didn't know it was tilted around the sides, apparently at a 22 degree angle. Even though we were in the minibus we went at a pretty good speed and it feels really strange driving at that angle then it feels really strange again when you go back onto the flat!
There was a lot of information and detail that was lost on us as we'd never heard of all the drivers she mentioned but it was still interesting and I think it would be excellent if you were a real Nascar fan.
They did ask us to arrive 30 minutes in advance but there really wasn't any need as we just paid for the tour we had pre booked then sat in the waiting area by ourselves doing nothing for 30 minutes. We ate lunch at the restaurant there beforehand; it looks like a really high end restaurant when you walk in but the menu has things at normal prices eg a burger for $12, and you get a great view over the track from the restaurant.
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