Ballpark Quote: $400 to $20,000.
Are you an adrenaline addict who covertly thinks you have “what it takes” to race with Jeff Gordon? If so, then working your way behind the wheel of a super-charged high-performance NASCAR vehicle might be exactly what you’re searching for. For the chance to put the pedal to the metal there are numerous companies that provide this unforgettable experience at a variety of racetracks throughout the US.
A few of these businesses are owned by race car drivers and hire teams of expert drivers to travel all around the nation providing this special experience. Driving programs in these vehicles are provided at well-known oval short tracks and speedways all across the country. They consist of half a mile to one-mile circuits and turns varying from 14 to 36°. These tracks are used for this adrenaline rush of a lifetime and include places like the New Hampshire International Speedway, the Richmond International Raceway, the Atlanta Motor Speedway, and the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, amongst lots of others.
The expense for this adrenaline rush will depend mostly on the speedway of your choice and the number of laps driven. For instance, on the majority of the tracks utilized for this experience the price will normally run as follows:
- 8-12 laps – $400.
- 15-20 laps – $600 to $800.
- 30-40 laps – $1,100 to $1,700.
- 50-60 laps – $1,700 to $1,900.
- 75-85 laps – $2,400 to $2,600.
- 100 laps – $3,000 and up.
If you choose the rush of driving on the bricks of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the popular Daytona International Speedway, or the longest, fastest, and the most competitive motorsport center worldwide, the 2.66 mile Talladega Super-Speedway, you can anticipate the expense to be around:
- $500 for 8 laps
- $1,250 for 16 laps
- $2,100 for 24 laps
Keep in mind: Some programs will provide 10 to 80 laps at Talladega for $600 to $3,300.
For those drivers who have some racing experience behind them or have actually finished a minimum of 75 laps, a unique Nextel Cup Racing Experience awaits them – a real full day, one-on-one race with a skilled stock car driver. The expense for this amazing experience will be anywhere from $12,500 to $20,000.
The Expected Experience
It will be an unforgettable experience. Why? Because the majority of the racing programs readily available will use genuine NASCAR Nextel Cup racing vehicles in addition to Busch Grand National vehicles. And the best part is that they put you behind the wheel with 6 to 8 cars on the track all at the same time. Passing is permitted and on most of the tracks you won’t be asked to follow an instructor-driven Pace Vehicle which provides you the liberty to race at full speed. Truth being said, with little effort, these souped-up vehicles can quickly reach speeds of 165 miles per hour and the vehicles have in-car cams to show it.
The schedule of driving dates can typically be checked online with details on bookings very easy to get with one click of the mouse or with just one telephone call. Corporate and group programs can also be particularly customized to fit your requirements. Whichever speedway you choose you can expect to experience a white-knuckle rush driving cutting edge 600-700 horse-power V-8 Nextel Cup car.
As a guideline, although no previous experience is required, prospective drivers must ve able to run a 4-speed manual transmission, hold a legitimate driver’s license, be in great physical condition, and have the ability to climb through a 15″ x30″ side window 3 feet off the ground. As soon as you go through all instructions on track guidelines, safety, moving, and so on, you’re prepared to burn rubber.