KANSAS CITY, Kansas – Racing fans can take a few laps of Kansas Speedway this weekend if they get vaccinated or tested for COVID-19.

This is one of the creative ways Wyandotte County is trying to increase its vaccination rate now that the county’s roughly one-third of its population is vaccinated.

Drivers and whoever wants to ride along can do two laps of the race track behind a pace car at motorway speed. All you have to do is get vaccinated or do a COVID-19 saliva test.

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“In addition to being able to ride on the day of the ride, you can also win tickets to a NASCAR event or enjoy a ride to a NASCAR event,” said Ashley Hand, strategic communications director for the United Government Government. “This is a pretty exciting opportunity. We encourage people to come down. “

University of Kansas health care workers will be on hand with the Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines. Drivers can also get a COVID-19 saliva test.

The Race to End COVID starts Friday at 5 p.m. and lasts on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You must have a valid driver’s license, a car registered in your name, and car insurance. 16- and 17-year-olds must have a legal guardian in the vehicle.

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