NASCAR Racing Experience - Richmond

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Richmond International Raceway - Richmond, VA


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AM times are typically 8:00 and 10:00
PM times are typically 12:00 and 2:00

*Schedule is subject to change

Put on your helmet and buckle up. It's time to get behind the wheel of a real NASCAR Stock Car with the Drive a NASCAR experience! Put the pedal to the metal, and race like the big boys on Sundays around the Richmond International Raceway!
  • Drive full-size Sprint Cup style stock cars just like those that have been raced by NASCAR legends such as Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, and Dale Jr.
  • Options ranging from 8 to 32 minutes of racing
  • Hit speed of 100+ MPH around 14 degree turns, and satiate even the biggest adrenaline appetite!
  • No lead cars. Just you, the track, and a 2-way radio
  • Take home a certificate printed with your top racing speed and memories to last a lifetime!

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Have you ever dreamed of being a professional racecar driver? It's time to make that dream a reality with the DRIVE a NASCAR experience at the Richmond International Raceway!

After a short classroom session where you will learn about vehicle dynamics, racing lines, and safety instruction, you will head out to the track to find your 500 horsepower Sprint Cup stick car waiting.

It's then time to get suited up in your racecar driving suit, strap on your helmet, and buckle up! You will start your engine, and speed away under the waving green flag, racing just like the professionals on Sundays!

Bring your family and friends to spend a day at the track, and watch you debut your racing skills. 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 racecars as he takes you on the ride of your life! The perfect addition for any Driving package!

About the Richmond International Raceway
Known as America's Premier Short Track, the Richmond International Raceway hosts two NASCAR doubleheader weekends annually, featuring the Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series. This 0.75-mile, D-shaped, oval track has 14 degree turns, a 1,290-foot front stretch, and an 860-foot back stretch. Get ready to experience this raceway like never before!

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Essential Information:

  • Participants must be a minimum of 5'0'' and 100 lbs in order to participate, and a maximum of 6'7" and 280 lbs
  • Participants must be in good overall physical condition
  • A valid driver's license is required
  • Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent of legal guardian who must sign a consent form
  • Vehicles are manual transmission (stick shift), however the crew is happy to assist you if you need a little help
  • Pricing includes a $35 drivers fee that covers accidental insurance coverage, souvenir racing license and ear buds
  • Feel free to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Some seating is provided, however, it is recommended to bring lawn chairs to guarantee a seat for any spectators

Plan on being at the track for approximately 3 hours.

Maximum Participants:
1 driver per car with 3-4 cars on track at a time.

Yes, we encourage you to bring family and friends, and don't forget the cameras!

Weather Dependent:
If we have inclement weather and have to cancel, you may either reschedule for another available date or be issued a gift card that you can use to reschedule at your convenience. A refund will not be issued due to rainouts.

What to Wear:
Comfortable, casual clothes depending on the time of year as your clothing will be worn under a driving suit. Wear closed toe shoes, tennis shoes are recommended.

Booking Information:
For this experience we recommend booking at least 30 days in advance.

Cancellation Policy:
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 all bookings are final. No refunds or exchanges are allowed once you have scheduled a date. If you need to reschedule, you have up until 30 days prior to your reservation to make changes for a $50 administrative fee. Once you are within 30 days of the event, you are then locked in to that date and time and no changes can be made.

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  1. What is the age requirement?
    Participants must have a valid drivers license and participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who must sign a written consent form.
  2. Are there any physical requirements or restrictions?
    Participants must be a minimum of 5'0'' and 100 pounds in order to participate, a maximum of 6'7" and 280 lbs, and must also be in good overall physical condition. Participants will be required to climb through a 15'' x 30'' window, that sits 36'' off the ground (with minimal assistance).
  3. Do I have to know how to drive a stick shift?
    Yes, the cars you will be driving have a 4-speed racing transmission. However, if you need a little help getting going the professionals at the track will be glad to assist you.
  4. Do I need a driver's license?
    Yes, driving participants must have a valid (legal and not expired), government-issued driver's license (from any country).
  5. Do I need to bring my own racing gear?
    No, the racing school will provide you with racing gear, including a driving suit and helmet. If you have your own gear that you would like to use, you are welcome to bring it for possible use, but it will be subject to inspection and approval for use by the Track Operator. Gear will be available for you at the track, should you not be approved to use your own.
  6. Can I choose which racecar I drive?
    No, unfortunately the racing school cannot guarantee which exact cars will be at the track on a given date, nor can they promise the specific car a participant will be assigned to for his/her drive. Each participant is assigned to a car with careful consideration, based on individual height and weight.
  7. What happens if I wreck the car?
    The price includes a $35 fee for racing license and liability insurance. This releases you from all vehicle damage.
  8. Is passing allowed?
    Yes, if you come up on a slower race car, track personnel will assist you around the slower portion(s) of the group, using techniques and instructions covered in your pre-drive orientation session.
  9. What does the typical day look like?
    Following a 1-hour pre-drive orientation/training session with the racing school's Crew Chief and professional instructors, you'll drive a real Sprint Cup style stock car on a speedway for a timed session. Total drive-time will depend on the program purchased. For this experience, there is no lead car utilized and and no instructor in the car with you! You will have constant, 2-way communication with a professional racing instructor through a state-of-the-art, in-car racing electronics radio system. Upon completion, you'll receive a full-color, Graduate Certificate with your top speed proudly displayed on it.
  10. What is the policy on rain-outs?
    If your experience is canceled due to inclement weather, the driving school will contact you and either immediately reschedule you for another available date, or issue you a gift card valid for 1 year. A refund will not be issued due to rain-outs.

Customer Reviews:

  • Drive a NASCAR

  • May 05, 2015

  • 4-half

  • Richmond

"A well-organized, professionally-run operation from arrival to departure. A thoroughly-enjoyed experience."

  • Drive a NASCAR

  • August 13, 2014

  • 4-half

  • Richmond

"Check in was smooth and well organized. Staff was friendly and attentive to the drivers and riders. Safety was stressed and the rules that were put in place kept the drivers safe on the track. Liked that there was a person talking each driver around the course from high above in the stands. Can't see much in those cars once you are hooked in, so it gave them "mirrors" from the side and from behind. Loved the certificate they got at the end with their highest speed around the course. Great experience! Tip for non-drivers/riders. Bring something to do, there is a 45 minute safety talk before they take off and there is nothing to do out in the middle of the track. Come prepared so you won't be bored! "