Avondale, La. (WGNO) — It all starts with an easy 100 mph warm-up lap for Ken Fukuda as he and other riders prepare for a race weekend.

May 20-22 NOLA Motorsports hosts the first international sports car competition on the track.

“From Mercedes AMG, Ferrari, Lamborghini, BMW, Porsche and drivers from Italy, Germany, Great Britain,” said SRO Vice President of Marketing Robbie Montinola.

Former soldiers will also take the wheel with Operation Motorsport.

As for Fukuda, it’s his first time in Crescent City and he loves it.

“First time here in the Big Easy, racing at NOLA Motorsports Park, fantastic track,” Fukuda said.

He took the fast lane to get his first job behind the wheel and now he’s hooked.

“I was 14, waiting for my parents to fall asleep to push cars into the stalled driveway, doing reckless stuff,” Fukuda said. “Fortunately, I found the race track at 17.”

This weekend offers an interactive experience for fans, getting up close to the track to meet the stars.

“There’s autograph sessions, there’s a grid walk for the fans to get right next to the cars in the pit lane,” Montinola said.

As for tricks on the track, Fukuda said racing is a brain sport.

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