Thompson Int'l Speedway - Thompson, CT
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- 500 horsepower and top speeds up to 100 MPH heading into the corners
- All cars have raced in competition, one even sat front row at The Daytona 500
- Racing suits and helmets included
- Choose our side-by-side option and race a friend!
- To drive the car yourself, check out our Drive a Stock Car in Boston experience!
Prepare for the fastest ride of your life! Strap on your helmet and racing suit, and buckle up for a high-speed adventure on one of the country's most exhilarating speedways.
Your expert instructor will take you on the ride of your life as you hit racing speeds over 100 MPH!
Side by Side Option
Get ready for twice the fun! Bring a friend or be paired with a companion at the track. With our Side by Side option, you and your competitor will climb into separate cars and race next to each other around the track. With an expert instructor at the wheel you will be door-to-door going down the straightaways and nose to tail weaving between each other in the corners. You'll feel like you are in a real race!
Thompson International Speedway
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.
- Participants must be at least 10 years of age
- 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
Plan on being at the track between 1-1.5 hours to allow time to sign in, complete your ride along, take photos, etc.
1 participant per car
Yes! We encourage you to bring 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 toed 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.
Are there any age restrictions?
Passengers must be at least 10 years of age or older. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Do you offer photography or video of my experience?
Yes, our provider offers in-car videos and professional digital photography to remember your day at the racetrack.
DVDs for Ride Alongs cost $29 or $35 for the Side-by-Side option.
What types of cars are available?
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.
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 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 from your original booked date to complete this experience. Refunds will not be offered.
Do I need to bring anything?
You are not required to bring anything to the track, but a camera and snacks are highly recommended!
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
Do I need a drivers license?
A driver's license is not required for the Stock Car Ride Along experience.
Do I need to bring a friend for the Side by Side option?
It is not required that you purchase this experience for a friend. If you select the Side by Side option for 1 person, you will be paired with a companion at the track. If you would like to race a friend, please select the Side by Side option for 2 people.
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"Overall great ride once we were in the cars. Very unorganized at the race track, no real order or clarification on where and what to do. Just basically listened for our names and hoped for the best. Little confusion on the prices of pictures in the end, they told us 1 price and charged us another, and after calling to ask about the prices we received no call back and explanation. I will recommend the Cloud 9 Living website and I loved my experience, but the people who ran it need some help in the business and customer service aspect of their racing experience. "
"I felt as though the staff at the race track was very unorganized and it was unclear what order each rider would go in, but overall I would still rank this as a positive experience."
"This experience was amazing!!! Since it was the first time we just bought the ride along, but after experiencing it we want to come back next year and actually drive the car. We will be going back to the Racing School, and will definitely be looking at more experiences from cloud 9! Looking forward to it!"