Usually, Damon Evans and Stephanie Abrams have to abide by the same traffic rules as everyone else. But on Friday, both local celebrities will have their chance to act on lifelong dreams of racing a car at over 160 mph.

Evans, the athletic director at the University of Georgia, and Abrams, a meteorologist at The Weather Channel, will participate Friday in driving programs through the Richard Petty Driving Experience.

Richard Petty Driving Experience is a hands-on racing school that allows fans the chance to get behind the wheel of an actual race car. The school has several different driving programs, as well as a ride-along program, in a variety of price ranges.

With no prior racing experience, both Evans and Abrams are sure to enjoy their up-close-and-personal venture around the fastest track in NASCAR.

Evans, 34, is the youngest athletics director in the Southeastern Conference. He is also the first African-American athletics director in the SEC. He had been associate athletics director under former A.D. Vince Dooley for six years; prior to that, Evans also played football at UGA.

Stephanie Abrams joined The Weather Channel in 2003, becoming an on-air fixture with her live reports from in the field and on-camera meteorologist reports. She earned B.S. degrees in both meteorology and geography and is a member of the American Meteorology Society (AMS).

For more information about the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Atlanta Motor Speedway, call 1-800-BE-PETTY, or visit their website at