Thompson Int'l Speedway - Thompson, CT
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AM times are typically 8:00, 9:00 & 10:00
PM times are typically 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 & 3:00
- Real 500+ horsepower Sprint Cup style stock cars
- Hit speeds of 100 MPH like the big boys on Sundays
- All cars have raced in competition, one even sat front row at The Daytona 500
- Fulfill a childhood dream and be the envy of your friends!
Experience first-hand the thrill and excitement of racing in a Sprint Cup style stock car!
After a short classroom session where you will learn vehicle dynamics, racing lines and safety instruction, head out to the track to find your 500 horsepower Sprint Cup style stock car waiting.
A crew member will buckle you in, check your radio and gives the "thumbs up" sign to your instructor. It's time to start your engine, hear that V8 roar and pull onto the track! When the green flag flies, it is "pedal to the metal".
As your instructor coaches you over the radio, you will drive at your own pace passing slower cars when you catch them. Feel the exhilaration from flag to flag as you experience side-by-side racing, drafting, passing, pit stops and more.
You can choose from a variety of lap options, but don't be surprised if you leave wanting more!
Add a Ride Along
Select one of our options that includes a 3-lap ride along and let a professional driver show you the full potential of these amazing race cars on the ride of your life! The perfect addition for any driving package!
Thompson International Speedway
The crown jewel of short track racing in the northeast, Thompson International Speedway is a 5/8-mile, high-banked, asphalt, oval track that was once known as the Indianapolis of the East. It was the first asphalt-paved oval racing track in the United States.Check it out for yourself and see what it's like to put the pedal to the metal like a pro!
- First 3 laps of all packages will be warm-up laps, with the remaining laps under a full green flag
- Participants must be 18 years of age and have valid driver's license
- Minimum weight of 100 pounds
- Participants must be able to fit through a standard-size car window to enter the vehicle; may be difficult if he/she weighs over 300 pounds, is taller than 6' 7" or has a waist size over 50 inches
- Insurance and a DVD of your experience can both be purchased directly with our experience provider
Plan on being at the track between 2 - 3 hours for a safety & track overview, drive time, picture taking, etc.
1 participant per car and up to 10 participants per class
It is encouraged to bring your friends and family to watch; don't forget a camera! It is recommended for spectators to bring lawn chairs as provided seating is limited.
This experience is weather dependent, however, the experience may run in the rain. In the event the experience is cancelled due to inclement weather, you will reschedule directly with our experience provider at no additional cost. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What to Wear:
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions and closed-toe shoes. Please note, boots are not allowed. A driving suit and helmet will be provided.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 30 days in advance.
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9 Living's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no returns or exchanges are allowed. Outside of 30 days of your scheduled class date, if you need to reschedule for any reason, you will be required to pay a $50 processing fee. If you need to reschedule for any reason inside 30 days of your scheduled date, the fee will be 50% of your class tuition. No cancellations or rescheduling is allowed within 7 days of the booked date. Substitutions are permitted to avoid these penalties.
What is a typical day like?
This driving experience begins with a 10-page handout and a 1-hour classroom orientation. Here you will learn vehicle dynamics, racing lines and safety instruction. After the orientation, an instructor will take you for a few laps in a passenger vehicle (typically a van) to demonstrate the ideal racing line of the track. Now it's time to head over to pit road for a firesuit and helmet. Pick a racecar, get buckled in and wait for the command to fire up your engine. Proceed to the track for a warm-up session of 3 laps covering radio contact, passing, proper lines, braking and acceleration points. Scrub the tires and start building speed before you finally receive the command to start! Note: The first 3 laps of all packages will be warm-up laps with the remaining laps under a full green flag.
What is the track like?
The crown jewel of short track racing in the northeast, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is a 5/8-mile high banked asphalt oval track that was once known as the Indianapolis of the East. It was the first asphalt-paved oval racing track in the United States and plays host to several major events each year. Length: 5/8 mile, Banking: 26 degrees, Track Shape: High banked oval
Is there an age requirement?
All drivers must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver's license.
Are there other requirements?
Yes, drivers must be between 5' and 6'7" tall, weigh at least 100 pounds and have a waist size no larger than 50 inches. The doors on the cars do not open, so the participant must be able to fit into a standard size car window (15" high x 30" wide and 36" off the ground). If you're near the limits of the size requirements, please call prior to purchasing. There will be no refund due to a student's inability to fit in a race car.
What type of cars are used?
All of the cars are race cars previously used in NASCAR Nextel Cup, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Busch Series or Dodge Weekly Racing Series.
Do I need to know how to drive a stick?
No, you do not need to know how to drive a manual transmission. Our experience provider is able to accommodate drivers who have never driven manual before.
Can I choose the car that I will drive?
Although all of the cars are the same, the seats are different sizes to fit different body types. The Crew Chief will assign students to cars based on size.
You bet! Each car has been raced in competition (including one that sat on the front row at Daytona!) One of the late models was raced last fall at Thompson and climbed from 24th place to an 8th-place finish.
What if it rains?
In the event your session is cancelled due to inclement weather, you will be provided a rain check good for 1 year. Refunds will not be offered.
Can I bring guests?
Spectators are always allowed and encouraged! They are more than welcome to bring cameras and video cameras, as well as food and non-alcoholic beverages. Spectators are only allowed in the grandstands and behind the wall on pit road. Due to insurance regulations they are not allowed on the actual pit road.
Do I need a reservation?
Yes, it is recommended to submit a request at least 30 days in advance for this particular track to ensure that you get your preferred date. The dates tend to fill up quickly.
Do I have to follow a pace car?
No, you will not be required to follow a pace car. You will start behind a lead car for a few laps and then be waved by to race on your own.
Do I need to bring anything?
You are not required to bring anything to the track, but a camera is highly recommended!
Do you offer photography or video of my experience?
Yes, in-car video and professional digital photography are available for an additional cost. DVD prices vary according to package size:
10 - Lap Drive - $39
20 - Lap Drive - $49
35 - Lap Drive - $69
50 - Lap Drive - $89
Do I need to purchase insurance?
An insurance policy is available for $69.00 for damage to the racecar, subject to a $1,200.00 deductible. Damage is rare due to the quality of training and the racecars. You are responsible for your own health insurance in the event that it is needed.
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"Amazing thrill, way way way beyond what I expected! I want to do it again! Al Lane's Racing gave me the full experience of what real stock car racing is like."
"Everyone at Thompson Speed way was friendly and helpful. Al Lane was great and all of the staff with him were amazing. I am a complete novice and they did everything they could to make me feel comfortable and to be sure I had a great racing experience. Was absolutely awesome, would highly recommend. I have great pictures if you would like to see! Thanks so much, Kathy Tameo"
"It was a great experience. The staff was very friendly. I would definitely recommend Cloud 9 to friends."