Talladega Superspeedway Announces Chance for Fans to Drive on Track: How to Get Your Spot

by John Jamison
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Have you imagined yourself putting the pedal to the floor as you come out of a banked turn on a real NASCAR track? Well, now you can run laps at the Talladega Superspeedway. It’s a chance to live out your NASCAR racing dreams. Well, it’s highway speeds as you follow behind a pace car, but still. It’s exciting stuff.

On Saturday, May 15, fans 16 or older will have the option of being tested and/or vaccinated for COVID-19 at the Talladega Superspeedway. Participants will get the opportunity to take their own personal vehicle onto the speedway, however. And the event promises each vehicle two full laps around the iconic 2.66-mile track.

For all you speed demons out there, everyone has to keep their cars at highway speeds and follow a lead pace car. In the name of safety, of course. As tempting as it would be to open it up and really push the family minivan’s limits, for example. Don’t do that. Firstly, it would land you in big trouble. Second, you are not a professional driver and would probably hurt yourself or others.

What is the Talladega Event All About?

In an effort to provide access to testing and vaccination, a number of organizations are involved. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, the Alabama National Guard, the Talladega Superspeedway, the CDC Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are sponsoring the event. Their stated goal is to get the vaccine to Alabamians as quickly as possible.

As far as requirements go, all participants will be asked to sign a consent waiver after reviewing information about the COVID-19 vaccine. Of course, a valid driver’s license will be required for anyone who wants to try Talladega on for size. Further, 16-18-year olds will need to have a guardian present to sign off on their form. 19-year olds and older, however, are free to take on the track solo.

The Alabama Department of Public Health is encouraging preregistration. But walk-ups are welcome as well.

As far as vaccinations go, they will all be administered by the Alabama National Guard in the presence of a public health nurse. Then, after vaccination, there will be a 15-minute monitoring period. This is to watch for any reactions. The entire event will be drive-through style, which seems fitting.

For anyone interested in going, the Talladega Superspeedway is off I-20 at 3366 Speedway Blvd., Lincoln, AL.