Observing the superstars of NASCAR from your spot up in the stands, and seeing what they see from the level of the track, in person, are two different experiences entirely.
But getting down to the track, and moreover driving it, can be a bit of a challenge for fans of auto racing.
That will change on Friday, Aug. 26 when the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana hosts Lefty's Track Day, a good-hearted, fast-pedaled push to get more reading-oriented grants, and books, to the schools of Southern California.
Participants won't be ferrying books to area schools, though. They'll be making donations to take on the famous track, donations will help fund library purchases via Lefty's Reading Challenge ("Lefty," of course, is the smiley, headlight-rocking, wheel-boasting mascot of the racetrack.)
If you'd like to take your own auto out on the oval blacktop, you can, for fifteen bucks. You won't be pushing the odometer to its upper limit, do note, but rather following an official Toyota Camry Pace Car for a memorable, enjoy-the-drive spin.
If you want to go faster, you can make an additional $20 donation and hop into a pace car for a ride that'll push past 100 mph.
And new this year for the annual fundraiser? A crack at the Autocross, the course that gives you a chance to put your at-the-wheel talents to the test. That's a ten-dollar donation, if you're game.
The Friday afternoon-into-evening benefit has a few rules to abide by, like keeping to "highway speeds" should you drive your own car on the track, and there are age considerations, too.
You'll want to make sure you're up on everything before making for Fontana, and this yearly book-loving event that lends support to SoCal school libraries.