Drive a Stock Car - Michigan
Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI
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AM times are at 8am and 10am
PM times are at 12pm and 2pm
- Real 600 horse power Sprint Cup style stock cars that have been built and raced in the world's top stock car races
- Hit speeds up to 140 mph like the big boys on Sundays!
- No lead car, and passing is allowed!
- Fulfill a childhood dream and be the envy of your friends
Put on your driving suit, buckle up your helmet, and get behind the wheel of a race ready Sprint Cup style stock car at the famous Michigan International Speedway.
Your instructor flips the start switch and your car rumbles to life. Hold on tight as you accelerate down pit road and onto the high banked two mile oval at Michigan International Speedway. A 150 mph thrill ride awaits, an experience like no other.
After registration drivers go to class for "Stock Car Driving 101". This hour long class covers in car and on track safety, reference points, driving the proper line, how to enter and exit corners and pit road, and proper passing maneuvers. Next, it's out to pit road where the race cars are gassed up and ready to go. Your instructor will take you on a few orientation laps in street cars to experience everything you have learned in the classroom.
Back on pit road you will attend a drivers meeting where you'll learn about the safety features, gauges and how to enter and exit your stock car. Your instructor will answer any last minute questions you may have.
Now you are ready to experience what few people ever do. Get behind the wheel of an authentic Sprint Cup style stock car, racing at speeds up to 150 mph. All this at one of the country's premier showcases for speed, Michigan International Speedway!
Other cars going too slow? Don't worry, passing is allowed!
You're in for the ride of your life, so hang on tight!
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 racecars as he takes you on the ride of your life! The perfect addition for any Driving package!
Participants must be at least 18 years old with a valid driver's license. All the stock cars are manual transmission, therefore the ability of the participant to operate a manual transmission is extremely important. However, participants can be instructed on operating manual transmission if absolutely necessary.
The stock cars used at Michigan International Speedway are set up to run laps at an average of 140mph. However, you may choose the speed at which you feel comfortable. Passing is allowed.
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.
Please expect to spend 3-5 hours at the track depending on how many laps you will be driving. This time frame includes registration, orientation class and actual drive time. Also, note that if the weather is not cooperating, additional delays may occur.
1 per car with a maximum of 30 participants per session.
Family and friends are encouraged to attend, along with their cameras!
If the day is rained out, rain checks will be given at the track. You must come to the track on your scheduled date, rain or shine. No shows forfeit their entire event fee.
What to Wear:
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions. We recommend wearing a cotton tee shirt, long cotton socks, closed toed shoes (we recommend tennis shoes), and bring shorts to wear underneath your driving suit.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 21 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. Rescheduling is allowed if done 30 days or more prior to your scheduled date and will be subject to a $100 fee. Rescheduling is not allowed within 30 days of your scheduled date.
Are there any age requirements?
Participants must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver's license.
Are there any other requirements?
These cars do not have doors, so participants must be able to fit through a standard size car window (15" high x 30" wide and 36" off the ground). Participants must also be able to operate a manual transmission.
How fast do the cars go?
The stock cars used at Michigan International Speedway are set up to run laps at an
average of 140mph. However, you may choose the speed you feel comfortable.
What types of cars are used?
The cars are retired stock cars that were driven in the NEXTEL Cup or Busch Series.
Can I choose the car I want to drive?
You can request to drive a specific car, however there is no guarantee that you will get a
specific car. Each car is set up to accommodate different size people.
Do I have to follow an instructor?
No! You will have all the necessary training before you get in the stock cars so you don't have to follow one of our instructors.
Do I have to stay in a single file line?
No. The training we provide allows students to pass on the straight-ways.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing for weather conditions and closed toed, lace up shoes such as
tennis shoes or driving shoes. No loafers, sandals or boots allowed. A driving suit, helmet, goggles and gloves will be provided.
What is the track like?
Michigan International Speedway is a two-mile (3.22-km) moderate-banked D-shaped superspeedway located off U.S. Highway 12 on more than 1,400 acres near Brooklyn, in the scenic Irish Hills area of southeastern Michigan. MIS is recognized as one of motorsports' premier facilities because of its wide racing surface and high banking (by open-wheel standards; the 18-degree banking is modest by stock car standards). Michigan is now one of the fastest tracks in NASCAR due to its wide, sweeping corners and long straightaways. Distance: 2 miles, Shape: D-shaped oval, Banking: 18 degree turns, 12 degree frontstretch, 5 degree backstretch
What if it rains?
This event can run in the rain. If your event has not been cancelled ahead of time, you must show up on the day you are scheduled. If the event is canceled due to weather you will be issued a Rain Check that is good for a year from your originally scheduled date to reschedule at your convenience.
Can I bring family and friends?
Yes. Make sure you bring plenty of film.
Should we bring snacks and something to drink?
Yes. There are no concessions open during the school and there are no vending machines. DO NOT bring any alcohol onto the tracks premises. Any alcohol found will be grounds for immediate dismissal from the track with no refund.
Is there a hotel close by?
Yes. There is a new Super 8 in Brooklyn, which is about two miles from the track.
If I have my own suit and helmet, can I bring it to use?
It is okay to bring your own equipment if the helmet has a Snell 95 sticker, and the suit must be at least a double layer suit.
Do I have to sign a waiver?
Yes. There will be two, one at the entrance to the track and one at the registration area.
Can I bring a motor home to the track?
No! The cross over cannot be opened to get it into the infield. If your vehicle will not fit inside the tunnel entrance, don't plan on bringing it.
What happens if I wreck?
Safety is a priority at all times and damage to the car is rare. However, should you damage the car, you will responsible to pay the insurance deductible, up to $2,500. If at any time the staff feels that a student is being dangerous/careless they will be told to leave with no refund.
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"This was the most fun I have ever had. The people running the school were the best!"
"Greatest experience ever!!! Wish I did more laps. Thanks Cloud Nine"
"I had the pleasure of attending your driving school at Michigan International Speedway. My husband had purchased this package as a Christmas gift for me, and I couldn't be happier about my experience. It had been a life long goal of mine to drive a stock car, and your staff made my trip even more enjoyable. Everyone form the registration staff to the pit crew were extremely helpful and kind. They all seemed genuinely concerned that all of the participants truly enjoyed their time at the track. My hats off to all of the crew... YOU GUYS ROCK!!! Thanks again for a very joyous experience! "