Thompson Int'l Speedway - Thompson, CT
Select Dates - April through November
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- 500 horse power & 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 & helmets included
- Real cars, real track, real fast
- Choose our side by side option and race a friend!
- To Actually Drive The Car Yourself, check out our Drive a Stock Car in Boston experience!
Experience real life racing thrills by riding in the passenger seat of a Sprint cup style stock car driven by a professional instructor.
It's time to strap on your helmet and buckle up for your 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 real racing speeds!
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 straight-aways and nose to tail weaving between each other in the corners. You'll feel like you are in a real race!
Participants must be at least 10 years of age and weigh at least 100 pounds.
Individuals must be able to fit through a standard size car window to enter the vehicle and may have difficulty if they weigh over 300 pounds, are taller than 6'7", or have a waist size over 50 inches.
We recommend bringing snacks and drinks to enjoy while at the track. Some seating is provided, however, we recommend bringing lawn chairs to guarantee a seat for any spectators.
3 or 6 lap options. Plan on being at the track between 1 & 2 hours.
1 person per car
Friends and family, cameras and video cameras are encouraged.
This experience is weather dependent; however the experience may run in the rain. Always contact the Experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions. In the event that the experience is unable to run due to weather, the experience provider will reschedule your reservation at no cost.
What to Wear:
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions and closed toed shoes, no boots. A driving suit and helmet is 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'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. Inside of 30 days of your scheduled class date, if you need to reschedule for any reason the fee will be 50% of your class tuition. No cancellations or rescheduling allowed within 7 days of the event for any reason. Substitutions of an otherwise qualified driver to avoid these penalties are permitted.
How old do I have to be?
Passengers for Ride-Alongs must be 10 yrs. old or older. If the participant is under 18, the parent or guardian must be present for the experience.
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?
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup cars including Chevrolet Monte Carlos, Pontiac Grand Prix, Dodge Charger, & Ford Taurus. Two Open-Wheel NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour cars round out your selection.
Are there other requirements?
Yes. Participants must be between 5' and 6'7" tall, weigh at least 100 pounds and have a waist size no bigger 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 canceled due to weather conditions, you will be provided a rain check good for one year from your original booked date to complete your program. Refunds will not be offered.
Do I need to bring anything?
No, everything is provided for you. You should dress comfortably with a T-shirt that will fit under the driving suit, and sneakers (NO BOOTS). Friends and family, cameras and video cameras are encouraged.
What is the cancellation policy?
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9'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 thirty (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. Inside of thirty (30) days of your scheduled class date, if you need to reschedule for any reason the fee will be 50% of your class tuition. No cancellations or rescheduling allowed within 7 days of the event for any reason. Substitutions of an otherwise qualified driver to avoid these penalties are permitted.
What is the track like?
The crown jewel in 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 racing oval track in the United States. Length: 5/8 Mile, Banking: 26 Degrees, Track Shape: High Banked Oval
Do I need a drivers license?
No, a driver's license is not required for the ride along experience.
Do I need to bring a friend for the Side by Side option?
No you don't have to bring a friend. For the Side by Side option for 1 person you will be paired with a companion at the track. For the Side by Side option for 2 people you can bring a friend if you want.
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"I'm so glad you sent out this survey because I wanted to contact you and let you know my grandsons thought this was the BEST! We had a wonderful time on a beautiful November day. I was smiling for days when I thought of this adventure. The first thing they said was, "we have to have Dad and Hunter( brother) come and try this." So now I know what everyone is getting for their birthdays :) Thanks again. -Kathy Keating (Grandma)"
"The ride actually ended up taking place a good half hour later than scheduled. We were told to be there early. Then my husband was suited and strapped into the car and then had to wait longer than anticipated by team. He almost did not make the ride due to becoming claustrophobic being bound in the car so long, in the heat from the fire suit, fire retardant "hair net"?, and helmet. They were very kind and understanding though. He did enjoy the experience, just wish it had gone more according to the scheduled time table."
"I WAS CLEARLY APPREHENSIVE ABOUT RIDING IN A RACE CAR.................HOWEVER, I WOULD DO IT AGAIN IN A HEARTBEAT. LOOKING FORWARD TO MY NEXT EXPERIENCE......"