This time, professional racing driver Leh Keen was behind the wheel at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, a facility that encompasses just over one million square feet. It’s almost the ideal setting for this type of thing. Like many other indoor facilities, this one has a polished concrete floor. Driving any vehicle on this type of surface is very similar to being over ice.
“I didn’t really appreciate the scale of the record attempt until my first exploratory run,” Keen said. “The surface is so unpredictable, so slick, that you have to have complete trust in your car. It truly was like ice – and you’re accelerating flat out, facing a really hard wall at the end.”