Richard Petty Driving Experience Comes to Delaware

At the Hard Rock Cafe in Downtown Toronto, the Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE), the North-Carolina-based worldwide leader in NASCAR stock car ride and drive entertainment, announced today that it is coming north with a series of dates in July, marking the first-time motorsports enthusiasts will have the opportunity to drive one of “The King’s” cars on a Canadian racetrack.

 The tour will stop at Delaware Speedway the week of July 13, the same week as the APC Summer Showdown featuring Kyle and Kurt Busch.

 Richard Petty Driving Experience – named for the 7-Time NASCAR Cup Champion and 2010 Hall of Fame Inductee – will visit three tracks in Ontario and one in Nova Scotia during its inaugural “Canadian Summer Tour”; Kawartha Downs & Speedway (Fraserville, ON), Delaware Speedway (Delaware, ON), Sunset International Speedway (Innisfil, ON) and Riverside International Speedway (Antigonish, NS).

 “We’re real excited to bring the Driving Experience to Canada this summer” said Richard Petty, who was on hand for today’s announcement in Toronto. “I know, first-hand, that some of the greatest fans in the world are right here. I loved coming here to race back in the day and I know they’re going to love getting in our race cars.”

 It was a fitting setting for the announcement, as Petty’s first-ever NASCAR-race took place at Toronto’s CNE stadium in 1958.

 “We’ve had thousands of Canadians travel to Las Vegas, Orlando and many other tracks at which we run for the opportunity to drive a Petty race car”, said Mike Bartelli, Chief Marketing Officer of Petty Holdings, LLC and Richard Petty Driving Experience. “We look forward to seeing some of them again, on their home tracks, as well as introducing many more to our unique brand of motorsports entertainment.”

 The “Richard Petty Driving Experience Canadian Summer Tour” will kick off on July 9th at Kawartha and includes eleven days on the aforementioned tracks over a nearly three week period, wrapping up at Riverside on July 24th.

 At Delaware Speedway RPDE will offer the “Rookie Experience,” its signature driving program, and a “High-Speed Ride-Along”, which simulates a NASCAR qualifying run, in scheduled sessions during the tour.

 Reservations for both driving experiences and Ride-Along’s are required and can be made by calling 1-800-237-3889. For complete details, visit

About Petty Holdings – Headquartered in Concord, NC, Petty Holdings, LLC owns and operates Richard Petty Driving Experience, as well as other Petty and Richard Petty branded and licensed ventures.

About Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE) – RPDE is the worldwide leader in NASCAR stock car ride and drive entertainment, available at more than 20 major speedways in the U.S. It has base locations in Las Vegas, Orlando, Concord N.C and Kansas City. RPDE also produces and facilitates auto manufacturer ride and drive programs, safe driving programs, mobile marketing events and motorsports-related production services for the television and film industry. Website:

About Delaware Speedway – Celebrating its 60th anniversary, Delaware Speedway is a half-mile paved oval stock-car track located just west of London, Ontario, Canada. Since 1952, Delaware Speedway has been the home to some of the best stock car racing in Canada. Its unique natural amphitheatre-like setting allows a family or group of friends to enjoy exciting, comfortable and affordable evening or afternoon of fast summer fun.  Delaware Speedway is a proud member of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series which promotes the best in local racing competition across North America.