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Sad news for NASCAR fans who also love Walt Disney World. The Richard Petty Driving Experience available at the Walt Disney World Speedway will close effective July 1, 2015.

This means the end of the Piston Cup Junior Ride-Along with the Pixar “Cars” themed cars too. It’s also the end of the Exotic Driving experience, which was operated by Drive Petty. If you can’t make it to Walt Disney World Speedway before July 1st, here’s what a lap around the Exotic Driving track in a Ferrari is like, in this case with Formula 1 & Le Mans driver Christian Fittipaldi at the wheel

According to a press release from RPDE, Walt Disney World plans to use the land occupied by the Walt Disney World Speedway to make transportation improvements. I haven’t heard anything about that, but it is clear that parking and transportation from the TTC can get overwhelmed on the busiest days of the year. Perhaps they just want to add more parking spaces.

Richard Petty Driving Experience will still operate at other locations.

Update with statement from Drive Petty;

Our main focus at this moment is taking care of our staff and preparing them for the upcoming transition,” said Petty Holdings Vice President Bill Scott. “Any reserved guests prior to July 1 will have the same fantastic experience that we have delivered since 1997 at Walt Disney World Speedway.”

Anyone booked after June 30 for Richard Petty Driving Experience or Exotic Driving Experience can call 1.800.237.3889 to reschedule their experience at any of their 14 locations nationwide – including the location at Daytona International Speedway. Petty Holdings currently has plans in process for exotics and stock car programs in Orlando.