Richard Petty Debuts Piston Cup Junior Ride-Along Cars June 14 at Walt Disney World Resort

From Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager, on the Disney Parks Blog

Two vehicles from the “Cars” franchise, Aiken Axler and Sage VanDerSpin, are about to make their debut at the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Resort.


The cars, created by “Cars” creative director Jay Ward, will debut June 14 as a part of the new Junior Ride-Along program. In it, children ages 6 to 13 (and at least 48 inches tall) will have the chance to experience real-life racing excitement as they ride shotgun with a professional driving instructor for three thrilling laps in a specially equipped Piston Cup race car.

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According to their official biographies, #80 VanDerSpin races for Team “Gask-its” and is the youngest winner of the Junior Piston Cup Pro Series. Axler is the #28 Nitroade racer who captured the Vitoline Rookie of the Year honors in his first full season of Cup competition. Both will sport their team colors and sponsors.

Junior Ride-Alongs do not require reservations and are given on a first-come, first-served basis. Find more, visit or call 800-237-3889.


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