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Want to drive Monster Mile? Get a vaccine there Oct. 16-17

Charles MegginsonHeadlines, Health

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Photo from Dover International Speedway


If you’ve ever dreamed of driving around the Monster Mile, the Delaware Division of Public Health wants to make your dream come true. 

The only catch? You’ll have to get vaccinated.

The ‘Race to End Covid’ vaccination drive is DPH’s latest scheme to convince vaccine-hesitant Delawareans to get the jab. 

Individuals who pre-register to receive their first, second, third or booster shot (there is a difference) will have the opportunity to drive their own car or truck around the track. The opportunity will not be available for individuals who do not receive a vaccination at the event.

The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Up to 800 drivers, with valid driver’s licenses, and their passengers will take two laps behind the track’s pace car, including on the 24-degree turns of the Speedway. Drivers will go on the track in groups of up to 25 vehicles over the two days.

“Dover International Speedway has been such a great partner in our vaccination efforts this year and this takes it to a whole new level,” said Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH director. “For anyone holding out or hesitant to be vaccinated, vaccination is safe, effective and now can get you a once-in-a-lifetime driving experience.”

Free COVID-19 vaccinations will be available during the event, as well as free testing. 

The first 250 people to register to be vaccinated — with or without driving the track — will receive two tickets to the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

Track driving without an advance appointment will only be available if the driving slots do not fill ahead of time, so registration for a day and time is strongly recommended. Walk-ups for vaccination-only and testing will be accepted, but appointments are recommended.

Participants who wish to drive the track alone must be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license, car registration in their name, and vehicle insurance. Participants who are 16 or 17 years old with a valid driver’s license must have a parent or legal guardian in the vehicle to sign a minor release form.

“Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourselves and others, and race fans in and around Delaware now have the added incentive of enjoying this unique opportunity to experience The Monster Mile from your own vehicle or getting free tickets to one of our NASCAR races,” said Mike Tatoian, president and CEO of Dover International Speedway.

The entrance to Dover International Speedway for this event will be via the Leipsic Road entrance, not the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino entrance from Route 13. For more information and to pre-register, go to www.racetoendcovid.org.

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