Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park - 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 12 years of age, weigh between 140 - 300 pounds and be between 5'5" - 6'4" tall
- Participants must be able to fit through a standard-size car window to enter the vehicle; may be difficult if participant weighs over 300 pounds, is taller than 6'4" 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
It is encouraged to bring friends and family! Limited seating is provided, so it is recommended to bring lawn chairs for guaranteed seating.
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.
How old do I have to be?
Passengers for Ride-Alongs must be 12 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. In-Car DVD package for Ride Alongs cost $40.
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 5'5" and 6'4" tall, weigh at least 140-300 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
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"The experience was great. My only recommendation would be a more organized or informative process after signing in at the trailer. After signing in around 30 minutes early, I was told to go get a suit on which I did. I asked the woman running the suit station if I should grab a helmet and she stated "not yet" and to take a seat in the grass and they would announce from there. After a few people went out I, along with a few other participants, realized no one was paying attention to us so we went up to the pit and the crew there said we were supposed to have a helmet and be standing at the front right away. Because we didn't, our 12pm ride time was not completed until 1pm, after everyone else was complete. As minor of an inconvenience as that is, it could have been handled better."
"This was such an organized and great experience. The entire team at the ride made us feel very welcome. The booking and information by Cloud 9 Living was excellent. They kept us informed along the way. Great experience all around. We plan on returning next year and actually driving. Thanks again for the great experience!"
"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. "