Guess which NASCAR drivers are also certificated pilots? Actually, no need to guess; we’ll have them all plus the wife of a NASCAR driver who is about to solo in an upcoming issue of AOPA Pilot. This past weekend research led me to Atlanta for the Pep Boys 500, where I spent hours waiting for a chance to talk with some of the drivers. Nonstop schedules to meet and greet the fans and especially the sponsors require every second of drivers’ time in the days leading up to the race, so I spent several hours sitting on an ice cooler in hopes of grabbing them. Next year sponsors will cut back some of their support and fans are reconsidering the average price, for the better seats, of $115 at Atlanta. The stands looked 65 percent full at last weekend’s Sprint Cup Chase race.
Here are some shots from my weekend in the garage area at Atlanta.
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