Ryan Nobles takes a few IndyCar left turns at RIR

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan - email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - This weekend, some of the fastest cars in the world will be tearing around Richmond International Raceway.

Seeing Indy Racing League cars speed around the short track is one thing. Actually riding in one of those cars and feeling the speed and G-forces that come with it, is an entirely different experience.

There are many things to be intimidated by at Richmond International Raceway. From the loud cars, to the fast speeds, the action track is not for the faint of heart, especially for people like me, willing to jump into the back seat of an IRL car for a joyride.

After making sure I knew where the ambulance was and signing all the appropriate paperwork, I was quickly transformed from intrepid reporter, to IRL star.

Or at least someone pretending really well.

Before I knew it, I was getting a helmet and gloves and then being strapped inside.

I didn't even have a chance to be scared, before the car started rolling out of pit lane.

The whole ride lasted less than a minute and a half.  We averaged 22 seconds around the 3 quarter mile track.

"I can't imagine having to control the whole car, I'm glad I didn't have to worry about that."

Afterward I learned that driving the car for me was Arie Luyendyk, Jr., son of the Indy Car great. He said my experience was as good as it gets.

"it feels so much faster in the back seat, I got to tell you," Luyendyk said.

The 130 MPH I was traveling at was  about 75 percent of their capacity. These cars will be moving at speeds of 150-170 MPH come Saturday night at RIR.

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