Always wanted to drive at Nurburgring, Monza or flat-out on the Autobahn? Here’s your chance

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You’ve heard of fantasy camps for typically over-the-hill athletes who get to rub shoulders with some of their heroes while also hoping to relive sports versions of what could have been when they were younger, right?

Well, even if you couldn’t hit a curve ball or your jump shot had little jump in it, there’s a heck of a fantasy camp of sorts for motorsports fans.

Whether you drive a Viper, Corvette, Porsche or maybe a high-performance Camaro or Charger – heck, you can probably drive your beater Nova or Vega as long as they can keep up – get ready to turn your ignition key.

Oh yeah, provided you have about $10,000-plus to burn.

The cost may be high, but the experience is priceless on The Autobahn Tour. Five times this year, starting in mid-May, if you can find a way to ship yourself and your car to Amsterdam, The Netherlands, you can put some serious pedal to metal.

Or as Tour promoters say, it’s “For Serious Drivers Only!”

After two days of sightseeing and getting to know your fellow tour participants, the ultimate roadtrip begins with a journey to neighboring Germany, with the destination of the infamous Nurburgring. There, you’ll spend 1 ½ days taking laps on the same track where the greatest F1 drivers have competed for decades.

After that, you spend a day getting up to and past speed on the no speed limit Autobahn.

The following day, you swap corners on the famous twisting roads up through both the Swiss and Italian Alps, then take part in a full day of driving on the famous track at Monza, where you can either drive your own car or rent (at an additional cost) a real, true race car to pilot.

While the tours in June, July, August and September will have slightly different concluding itineraries, the May tour will take you from Monza to take part in the Cannes Film Festival, followed by attending in (but not racing in) the Monaco Grand Prix.

Sure, it’s costly – and you have to pay for your own fuel and any traffic (i.e., speeding) tickets you get along the way – but imagine the memories you’ll have and the tales you can tell to all your jealous friends.

For more info on The Autobahn Tour, click here.

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Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.