Petty Holdings, LLC and Pixar Animation Studios Bringing ‘Cars’ Characters to Life at Walt Disney World Speedway

An all-new junior ride-along program is headed to the Walt Disney World Speedway.

Petty Holdings, LLC and Pixar Animation Studios have announced they are bringing two Cars characters to life: Aiken Axler and Sage VanDerSpin. Richard Petty was the voice of 'The King' in the original Cars movie.

The full-size custom character cars are being created by Cars creative director Jay Ward and will be part of the Richard Petty Driving Experience lineup as of June 14. The #28 Aiken Axler and #80 Sage VanDerSpin cars will be part of the Piston Cup Junior Ride-Along at the Speedway.

The Piston Cup Junior Ride-Along will cost $59 and is for kids ages 6-13 who are at least 48 inches tall. The kids will be able to experience real-life racing as they ride shotgun with a professional driver for three laps in the Piston Cup cars.

The cars will be sporting their team colors and sponsors. According to the cars' bios, #80 VanDerSpin races for Team "Gask-its" and is the youngest winner of the Junior Piston Cup Pro Series while #28 Axler is a Nitroade racer who won the Vitoline Rookie of the Year.

Both cars will be also feature a window wrap that brings their Cars personalities to life.

"The window wrap makes it possible to see the character eyes from the exterior, which really brings them to life, but doesn't interfere with the view of the track," said Chris Kirby, Petty Holdings director of marketing. "Once passengers are inside the car, the track can be clearly seen so they can fully enjoy the experience of racing around the track."

The cars also feature custom racing seats that are specifically designed to ensure the safety of smaller bodies.

Junior ride-alongs do not require a reservation and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information call 800-237-3889 or visit


Kristen K. wrote on Tue, 06/03/2014 - 14:18:

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Well that sounds like a thrilling ride for the younglings!

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