Race Car Drivers Feel Pain at the Pump

Updated: 05/27/2013 7:19 AM KSTP.com By: Nick Winkler



A visit to Raceway Park in Shakopee reveals 110 octane racing fuel selling for $8 a gallon. That's up recently from $6.50-$7 a gallon.

Despite the increase, between 70-90 race car drivers flocked to Raceway Park for a Memorial Day weekend of racing. The majority tell us there is no price point that would force them to stop racing. They say they have too much time and money invested in their cars.

However, several tell us expensive regular gasoline and diesel actually hurt worse than $8 a gallon racing fuel.

Why?

Many haul heavily loaded trailers over long distances to race in Shakopee and do not get impressive fuel mileage.

Still, no one we spoke with is planning to skip a race. Instead, most say they'll simply cut back elsewhere.