Darrell Waltrip has pulled into spot No. 17 since the 1990’s at Daytona International Speedway. He calls it the “pole position” in a row of expensive NASCAR rides.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, they are no faster than the vehicles you have, even slower perhaps. But they’re definitely in the fast lane of luxury living. (To view a video click here).
Step inside a NASCAR motorcoach, and you’ll see how the other half lives.
“This is where you spend all your weekends,” said Waltrip, a NASCAR Hall of Fame driver and now an analyst for Fox Sports. “We don’t go to hotels. We stay here. We’re captured.”
Waltrip doesn’t mean to sound like a prisoner locked in solitary confinement. The food is a major upgrade from prison fare. “Jimbo,” his motor coach driver, cooks for him with a fancy outside grill that includes a stove.
Waltrip has plush carpeting in his home on wheels, which stretches 45 feet. You are required to take off your shoes if you visit.
There’s a big bed — a little messy at the moment with all his new Fox swag scattered on it. Bathroom and shower? Check. Refrigerator? Check. Two LED-screen TVs? Yep.
Most of the motorcoaches used by NASCAR drivers also come with plush leather seating areas, fine wood paneling and granite countertops.
Take a deep breath to avoid sticker shock. They cost anywhere from $1.2 million to more than $2 million. The price tag gets higher with the available upgrades.
But folks like Waltrip, NASCAR team owners, and most certainly the 43 full-time drivers on NASCAR’s elite Sprint Cup circuit never blink at the cost. It’s all about logistics and convenience, making owning a motorcoach mandatory for all weekend road warriors.
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