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WFMY's General Manager Goes For A Wild Ride

7:15 PM, May 13, 2013   |    comments
  • Always liked driving. Always drive all of the speed limit. Never figured I'd get a shot at 150MPH. – at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • Real deal race suit at the NASCAR Experience. Should have taken my shoes off first. – at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • The voice in my ear in a few minutes would be a race instructor in the tower. Good thing. When the high-speed tire blew, I think he said, "I NEED YOU TO STOP THE CAR," three times before the rush of speed, swerve of the car and new information registered. – at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • Daughter Kara and her hubby gave this NASCAR Experience as a gift to Dad. – at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • Pre-Race Briefing where Joanne suggests, "Don't crash." Maria finds great humor in the thought. – at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • Say "Good-bye" to Dad. – at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • With the sun setting and engines revving...it became clear...these are not go-carts. Real Cup Cars. Real "experience." – at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • Don't overthink it. Concentrate on hitting the pavement markers they keep telling me about on the headphones. – at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • Here I am on the front stretch, having pushed past 150 MPH. But wait. The left rear tire blew at that speed... the car fishtailed toward the apron. Thankfully though... we regained control and on orders from the tower stopped the car. A 4-wheeler raced out. No problem. All was well. "Way to not panic," said the pit boss who also said a blowout is rare...perhaps one a year. Back to the pit we went for another turn. Cool. – at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • Helmet, ear phones, and later a collar support, harness, release tabs, kill switches...make the real deal experience seem plenty real. – at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • Ready. – at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • Yes, I'll need a steering wheel. – at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • "Please, buddy. Keep four wheels on the pavement." – at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    
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Larry Audas, WFMY News 2 President and General Manager, knows what it is like to go at NASCAR speed. This weekend he went for a wild ride. He got to test drive a race car at the Charlotte Motor speedway. Larry is now in the NASCAR 150 club, because he reached speed of more than 150 and a tire blew on the car! The adventure was a gift from one of his daughters.

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