Avondale, Arizona – I’m not afraid of heights. mountains, skyscrapers, roller coasters, Standing NASCAR quorum – everything is fine.
I get a little uncomfortable when there is a large gap between my feet and the ground, such as on a cable car or, say, while sitting at a large dining table suspended by a crane 150 feet in the air above a racetrack.
But when I heard NASCAR’s plan to provide guests with an overview Phoenix Circuit during the championship weekendI couldn’t resist. Absolutely. Being a coward wasn’t an option here – although this is one of my few lifelong fears – because when will I ever get that chance again?
Known as the NASCAR Championship Oasis in the Sky, this is an opportunity for VIP guests to get the best possible view of the one-mile desert track with a stunning mountain backdrop. The experience is powered by Dinner in the Sky Canada, and the crane hoists a table of 22 people over the track for 30 minutes at a time.
With giant cables holding them, the ropes also fall from the platform to the ground as operators periodically flip the table to provide a full 360-degree view, which was great with mountains on one side and the Phoenix skyline in the distance on the other.
Once everyone on my “flight” strapped into the chairs—fortunately, there wasn’t much room to maneuver—the crane started to lift us. It wasn’t like a carnival ride. He was so slow and controlled that we didn’t really feel like we were leaving the ground. I didn’t even notice when we took off.
Kenny Loggins Danger area We made the perfect soundtrack as we go up slowly but also quickly hit 150 feet.
In fact, we ended up going up 151ft after someone at the table asked for dinner at a Sky employee there with us if the crane operator could go up to a higher level.
Fortunately, the winds were almost nonexistent, allowing the group of journalists floating above the track to relax, enjoy the 30-minute experience and enjoy the end of the ARCA West race taking place on the track below.
– Michelle R. Martinelli (@MMartinelli4) 4 November 2022
The flight was unreal and shocking not nearly as frightening as I thought – apart from the horror that briefly consumed me when I inadvertently realized the chairs were turning while we were already in the sky. (They also recline).
Turns out the only actual thing I was afraid of was dropping my phone.
The amazing view was so distracting that I really forgot how high my feet were above the ground, despite the small footrest (which I could barely reach) under my seat.
On a fine day when there was hardly a cloud in the sky with us, it was calm, relaxed and noticeably cooler there. The view is scenic with the track, mountains and desert landscape stretching for miles, and it felt like we could see forever in some directions.
This was not the time I drove a race car at Daytona International Speedway Earlier this year or times I flew with the thunderbirds I got two seats Indy car in Indianapolis 500. There was no adrenaline or fast heart rate, and I didn’t panic.
It was actually really cool and provided the best possible actual view of Phoenix Raceway, which is indeed one of NASCAR’s most beautiful venues.
If you have a chance to hang by a crane for dinner or even a brief moment, I have to recommend it.