Most of us have experienced some form of fast-paced, high-adrenaline race, but getting behind the wheel of one of these advanced machines is an entirely different experience. Whether you want to drive a Formula One Car, a NASCAR race car or a dragster, tracks around the USA offer travellers a chance to experience the adrenaline-packed fun that until now only an elite group of competitors have had the pleasure of experiencing.
No matter where you travel in the states, you will find a NASCAR driving experience nearby. The Richard Petty Driving Experience has racetracks from Daytona Beach and Las Vegas – and everywhere in between – so you will always be close to the action.
Even the Rookie Experience is something to write home about. Start with a quick orientation, meet the staff, watch an introduction video from Richard Petty himself and then enjoy a lesson from your crew chief about how to master the track driving line. Next, learn the basics of a NASCAR race car, including proper entry and exit, shifting patterns, safety instruction and devices. You can then get geared up with fellow first timers and crew chiefs and receive your driving order for the day. This also gives every driver a chance to get their picture taken with an authentic NASCAR race car. Finally, once you hear the famous words: “Drivers, start your engines!” it’s time to put your new knowledge to the test and push yourself to the edge for eight exhilarating laps around the famous track. At the closing ceremony after the drive, you will receive a graduation pack complete with a detailed lap time sheet and certificate.
If the Rookie Experience is too short, check out the full Racing Experience package. With 50 laps throughout the day, this package is sure to please even the most adventurous drivers. Whatever experience you choose, the Richard Petty Driving Experience is sure to be unforgettable.
Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School
Drag racing is one dream many people have, but one that very few ever see come true. Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School is making it easier than ever before to make those dreams a reality. With Dragster Adventure courses in many states, including California, Florida, Missouri and Ohio, travellers are never too far from the ultimate dragster adventure.
With two popular options available – the Dragster Adventure for the not-so-timid and the Dragster Adventure Challenge for those looking for the most out of their driving experience – these half or full day programs are sure to satisfy.
Start out with the Dragster Adventure package, which begins with a three-part instruction course, including classroom, in-car and on-track instruction from NHRA World Champion Frank Hawley and his staff. After being fitted out with your full racing gear, it’s time to hit the track for the first of three runs. The half track, eighth-mile run determines if you are ready to move on. If so, you can follow up with two full quarter-mile runs. Feel the adrenaline flow as you go from zero to sixty miles-per-hour in under three seconds, reaching speeds of up to 130 miles-per-hour!
If the half day and three exhilarating single runs just don’t provide enough of a challenge, check out the Dragster Adventure Challenge. This full day program includes entry into the Dragster Challenge, a tournament-style elimination race. The more races a driver wins, the more runs they will make, until a winner is crowned and given bragging rights over the entire group.
On the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway racetrack – a track that up until now has only a few elite drivers have experienced – travellers can go for a spin in a real Indy Car. Packages are available to ride in a custom-made passenger Indy Car, a variation of the original Indy Car complete with a stretched Dallara chassis. Other then this variation, which puts the passenger directly behind the driver, this is the true Indy 500 experience. Enjoy the ride as you are taken for two full laps with well-known drivers like Davey Hamilton or Stephen Gregoire – reaching up to an incredible 180 miles-per-hour.
If this isn’t enough, opt for the real thing with the Indy Racing Experience Driving Program. With this three-lap experience, you will be alone in the driver seat of a finely-tuned Indy Car as you roar around the famous 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. Immerse yourself in a full orientation before buckling in for the drive of your life in a car that has competed in the famed Indianapolis 500.
For the ultimate Indy day, opt for the Ride and Drive Program, which allows you to experience the back seat exhilaration before driving your own Indy Car!
Ever dreamed of driving a Ferrari while on vacation? Then look no further than Dream Racing in Las Vegas, a new, five-star racing experience.
Dream racing offers travellers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get behind the wheel of this famous race car for five laps to start, and up to 22 laps throughout the day. Jump right into a classroom session to learn the ins and outs of this incredible car. The educational video gives a quick rundown of the mechanics of this incredible high performance vehicle, as well as tips for handling its immense power and speed, including driving techniques and safety precautions. Next suit up in a professional racing suit and helmet, complete with communication gear. Then it’s time to get behind the wheel, strap in and start your engine!
Five full laps around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway infield track will leave you exhilarated. Of course there are many packages with more laps for more adventurous drivers. Finish off the day with access for you and your companion to the open coffee bar lounge to cool off and let the adrenaline subside.
Dirt Track Racing
Driving on a paved track is one thing, but driving on a dirt track is sure to separate the men from the boys! There are a number of day classes around the states that offer dirt track racing courses, however the Dirt Track Racing School in Stanley, North Carolina stands out among the rest.
Offering courses that include 12 laps up to 50 laps, this intensive and exhilarating adrenaline-packed course teaches drivers basic car control while experiencing the thrill and excitement of driving at high speeds on a dirt track.
With three car types to choose from – open wheel modified, late model or sprint car – as well as feedback before and after each session, drivers will learn the basics while having a great day out on the track. There are many courses to choose from, including a basic one session, 12-lap course with an instructor, as well as two, three and four driving sessions designed to teach drivers about driving different lines, car control techniques, and how the race cars react to different parts of the track and driving conditions. If you just can’t choose which car you would like to drive, try the Full Throttle Experience, which provides sessions in two or all three of each car type.