Thursday, September 10, 2009

Bucket List Races a Car

"Jim" is still working on his Bucket List. In July he fulfilled his dream of riding in a NASCAR race car. OK, his original dream was to drive a race car but this was a close second. Thanks to money raised by his Rotary Club and the professionals at Richard Petty Driving Experience, Jim was able to go on his ride. Richard Petty Driving Experience offers many racing opportunities but they also offer ride alongs. Jim has definitely declined since we traveled to Springfield. He is much weaker and my biggest concern was how on earth he would get in and out of a stock car.

Luckily, the Richard Petty staff stepped in, lifting him in and out, making sure he was settled safely. In the Ride-Along, Jim rode shotgun as a professional took him around the track 3 times, getting up to 160 mph. Jim described this as one of the great thrills of his life.

Unfortunately, I was not able to go, as I had a patient in crisis that day. Jim had a DVD made though and when you watch it, it feels like you're right there in the car with him! Jim is still working on his List. Currently we're trying to find a DVD that will help him improve his bridge game. It may be one of the tamer items on the list but I'm sure Jim will be glad to cross it off and move on to the next item.

1 comment:

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