Richard Petty Driving Experience

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Spokane to Philly on January 14, 2006

Have you ever driven 150 miles per hour on the Las Vegas Speedway? Well, I hadn't either, but it's something everyone should have the opportunity to do at least once in their life!

I'm not a big NASCAR fan, but heading to a real race track knowing I was going drive was really exiting.

When my group arrived at the Speedway, we were brought into a room where we were given an idea of what our 4 hours would be like. First we were shown an instructional video explaining that we would learn about the inside of the car, drive the track with an instructor in a van, and then drive around the track following the instructor.

Although I was a little worried about driving a stick shift at 150 miles, the instructors assured me it wouldn't be difficult. They gave everyone a jumpsuit to wear, and we started our hands on instruction. The inside of the car looked nothing like a typical car. There was a driver's seat, the gear shift, and a few buttons. Every luxury was absent from the car, as this is an actual NASCAR race car. Even the steering wheel was screwed on when I was in the car.

Watching a few members of my group take their turn driving five times around the track at seemingly ridiculous speeds, I was up. When I had been properly strapped into the car (they were right, it is safe!), I was off. I only had to shift gears a few times, because when you reach fourth gear, you leave the gears alone.

Those five laps were amazing! The car almost seemed to steer itself around the tight turns. The adrenalin high that I had going around that racetrack was one I will not likely be able to repeat.

Although this is not for those who fear speed, this is an adventure that I would recommend whether you are a NASCAR fan or not! It is a bit expensive, but if you want to go for something a little cheaper, there is also a Ride-Along experience. This allows anyone to ride along for three laps with an instructor.
Richard Petty Driving Experience
6975 Speedway Blvd
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89115
(702) 643-4343

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