BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (March 21, 2024) – The National Corvette Museum and NCM Motorsports Park located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, will serve as the pace car for Derby fun starting on April 22 with the introduction of their “Horsepower Experience.” On select dates in April and May the derby-themed experience will provide Derbygoers a type of racing with more of a throaty growl, and can be enjoyed before or after the Derby’s Sesquicentennial.
Located just one hour and 45 minutes south of Louisville, Bowling Green offers the excitement of racing that nears 500 horsepower (hp), as opposed to horseracing which only reaches around 15hp. With four laps around the scenic countryside at the Motorsports Park track in a C8 Corvette, Derby-influenced menu items at the museum’s own Stingray Grill, and admission to the National Corvette Museum, Bowling Green is embracing both kinds of horsepower celebrated across the bluegrass. This package is sold for $249, but it’s valued at more than $330.
While Bowling Green is typically known for cars and caves, the city and county also have several aligning themes with the Derby. “Big Red,” better known as Triple Crown winner Secretariat, shares the name of Western Kentucky University’s nationally recognized mascot. Additionally, both Louisville and Bowling Green have iconic spires - one of the first things you’ll see when you arrive into town from the north is the 12-story red spire atop the Skydome. Both equestrian and car lovers will enjoy this unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the spirit of the Kentucky Derby and enjoy a different type of racing this spring. 
Bowling Green was recently named to Southern Living’s “Cities on the Rise 2024” list and continues to surprise and captivate travelers with its natural beauty and nostalgic charm.  To reserve your Horsepower Experience click here, and to start planning more stops to your Derby side trip, head to

About Visit BGKY: The Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for Bowling Green and Warren County, charged with marketing and selling the city as a leisure, sports and meetings destination.

About The National Corvette Museum: The National Corvette Museum, a 501(c)3, not-for-profit foundation, is where Adrenaline Meets Tradition by serving as an educational and research institution with the mission of educating worldwide audiences on the evolution of the Corvette—America’s Sports Car—through the collection, preservation, and celebration of its legacy. Located a mile from General Motors' Bowling Green Assembly Plant, which has manufactured every Corvette since 1981, the Museum Campus features 115,000 square feet of Exhibit and event space, more than 100 historically significant Corvettes, 50,000 Corvette artifacts, and the NCM Motorsports Park. For more information or to plan your visit, visit, or follow the Museum on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and X.

About NCM Motorsports Park: NCM Motorsports Park is a world-class motorsports facility located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Featuring a challenging 3.2-mile road course, dynamic skid pad, Driving Club, and high-speed Karting facility, NCM Motorsports Park offers enthusiasts an unparalleled experience on the track. With a commitment to safety, innovation, and excellence, NCM Motorsports Park continues to redefine the landscape of motorsports, providing visitors with unforgettable driving experiences and adrenaline-pumping excitement.