Don't be fooled, a pace car on the PIR feels like needles on the skin. We tried it.

Don't be fooled, a pace car on the PIR feels like needles on the skin. We tried it.

It's going down at the IndyCar Race beginning Friday, April 28 until Saturday, April 29 at the Phoenix International Raceway.

There will be a whole lot of action, noise, fans and of course the cars.

Besides the awesome looking cars on the tracks, have you ever wondered what those cars at the beginning of the race do?

Well, those cars are called pace cars.

Pace cars are there for safety reasons and also helps prep the drivers before the race.

"The pace car is an official's vehicle. It's almost like a basketball game: You got an official that throws the ball up in the air and the two players go for a ball," said Greg Fresquez, the Communications Manager for Phoenix International Raceway, as he shares an example of what exactly a pace car is and does on the track. "It's pretty impressive how fast a production car (pace car) can actually go."

The pace car goes out to the track to make sure all is clean and basically gives the thumbs up for the race to start.

I decided to go on to try out the pace car myself with Greg on the PIR track. The pace car in this case was a Toyota Camry, so I didn't think much of it. But I was wrong.

All things changed once we started gaining speed on the track. We were going over 100 miles per hour just a tad bit , but as I stuck my arm out with my GoPro, the air felt like needles on my arms.

I didn't need to wear any gear to ride in the pace car and yes, Greg is an experienced driver on the track.

Even though the pace car is definitely not an IndyCar or NASCAR, I can only imagine the impact the speed of those cars could have on your body without any gear on.

Greg said that the drive feels faster on the track than on a regular road due to how the track is built.

"People think about going around the track as though they are running track and field like they did in junior high or high school, but it's quite a bit different actually ... instead of dropping to the inside of the corner (track) you actually stay out of the corner (track)," said Greg.

After going around five laps around the track, I felt really nauseated and a barf bag was need.

Of course, I definitely enjoyed the ride and for a while I underestimated to power and need for pace cars.

The actual IndyCars can go up to 200 miles per hour, according to Greg.

To get more information in regards to the IndyCar race, you can go to phoenixraceway.com.

 

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