Corporate Team Building… NASCAR style.

[review] Stock car racing is a quintessentially American pastime. The sport was born in the days of Prohibition, when breaking the law was in style and a whisper of moonshine was all you needed to fly. By the late ‘40s it was a common source of entertainment, popular with the rebellious masses and a guilty pleasure for the upper classes.

NASCAR formed in 1948 to give congruency to the many leagues that had sprung up around the country and helped make it the number one spectator sport in America today. It’s addicting to watch—but how about actually being a driver? It’s not something that most people can boast about from personal experience.

Pocono Conference and Events is a company that puts you behind the wheel and lets you experience the fun—and danger—of it all. The anticipation of the track, the feel of a helmet hammered to your skull, a seat, a clutch, and not much else between you and the pavement.

A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skill of the others. – Norman S Hidle

Pocono Conference and Events offers Corporate Team Building packages for companies to reinforce team efficiency and client rapport in a whole new way. It’s the perfect way to bond that doesn’t require a sweat lodge or sunrise yoga. Take your entire team, or just a few key players that deserve a little ‘down time’ or require motivation. It’s completely customizable. The 20 mile program run by Stock Car Racing Experience has you racing at least 8 laps in a 600 hp Stock Car on the 2.5 mile highway to hell, ACDC style.

The stock car classroom becomes a room full of incredibly excited overgrown boys disguised as CEO’s and VP’s, sweaty, smelly, and exhilarated after a day on the open track. For months the office will be filled with ‘Hey, remember that time you ate my dirt on the track?’ and so on and so forth. Let boys—and girls—be boys and girls.

The learning process translates into how effectively you work as a team.  The faster you improve your racing skills the more you improve communication and efficiency as a cohesive group, which translates directly back to the office. It’s a win-win situation—for the lead car, anyway.

The beauty of taking the team to race stock cars NASCAR style instead of that camping trip to become one with nature?  Anyone with stick shift knowledge is ready to rock and roll. It’s an intense, controlled environment to have the time of your life and take all the risks that tempt you from the road but silly traffic laws stop you from acting on.

“Moonshiners put more time, energy, thought, and love into their cars than any racer ever will. Lose on the track, and you go home. Lose with a load of whiskey, and you go to jail.”
– Junior Johnson, NASCAR legend, and one time whiskey runner.