Drive a NASCAR Stock Car

From: $488   


Gateway Motorsports Park - Madison, IL


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Experience firsthand the thrill and excitement of driving a real NASCAR racecar at the Gateway Motorsports Park with the Drive a NASCAR experience! Strap on your helmet and buckle up! It's time to put the pedal to the metal!
  • Drive full-size, 600 horsepower Sprint Cup style stock cars
  • Hit top racing speeds up to 140 MPH!
  • Racecar driving suit, helmet, and driving instruction included
  • Options range from 8 to 32 laps of racing (don't worry, even 8 laps is a long time at 140 MPH!)
  • Receive a graduation pack including a detailed lap time sheet and a certificate with your top speed

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Have you ever dreamed of being a racecar driver? It's time to make that dream a reality as you take control in the Drive a NASCAR Stock Car experience at the Gateway Motorsports Park!

Your experience will begin with a classroom session where you'll learn how to master the track's driving line, acceleration and deceleration points, and proper following distances. Next, you'll learn about the cars, including shift patterns, safety devices, and more.

Now it's time to put on your helmet, buckle up, and gt behind the wheel of your stock car! Get ready to put the pedal to the metal, and experience an adrenaline rush only known to professional racecar drivers!

Upon completion of your laps, there will be a Closing Ceremony where you'll receive a graduation pack including a detailed lap-time sheet, and an official certificate printed with your top speed!

Being your fan club to the track, and be the envy of all of your friends as you live out your dreams on the track!

About the Gateway Motorsports Park

This premier Motorsports Park, located in Madison, IL just outside of St. Louis, is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the region. It is a 1.25-mile, oval track with 3 degree straightaways and 9 and 11 degree banking turns! This track is sure to satisfy any adrenaline appetite, so don't miss your chance to experience NASCAR racing from behind the wheel!

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Essential Information:

  • Participants must be in good overall physical condition and be able to climb through a 15" x 30" wide window that sits 36" from the ground
  • Driving suits are available up to size 3XL
  • Participants must be at least 16 years old with a valid driver's license
  • All participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
  • It's recommended to be able to drive a manual (stick shift) transmission, but a push-start is available if needed
  • Photo and In-Car Video DVDs are available for purchase at the track
  • Photo packages start at approximately $20 and DVDs at $89
  • Experience price includes $39 driver's fee that releases the driver from any liability "...for most damage caused to the car resulting from and incident/crash at the track. Only in the event that a driver intentionally or negligently fails to follow instructions which leads to an incident/crash will the racing school seek financial recompense for resulting damage to the vehicle"

For 8 Lap packages, approximately 2.5 - 3 hours For 18 Lap packages, approximately 3 - 3.5 hours For 30 Lap packages, approximately 3 - 4 hours

Maximum Participants:
1 per car

Absolutely! The track has a special seating area set up where family and friends can watch, and don't forget a camera to capture your experience!

Weather Dependent:
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact your experience provider in the event of inclement weather. In the event your experience is canceled due to inclement weather, you will be given the option to reschedule for a mutually agreeable date or be issued a rain certificate.

What to Wear:
Comfortable, weather appropriate attire that will be comfortable under your driver's suit, and closed toed shoes. No sandals, flip-flops or heels.

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'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. For rescheduling more than 30 days prior to your scheduled experience date, a $75 fee will be charged. No cancellations or rescheduling may be made less than 30 days prior to your scheduled experience date.

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  1. What types of cars are used?
    600 horsepower Sprint Cup style stock cars that have 4 speed manual transmissions.
  2. Is passing allowed?
    For safety and liability reasons passing is not allowed. There are 3-4 cars on the track at one time but everyone is spread apart. The coordinator keeps tracks of each car's individual speed and times/choreographs everything so that the faster car will not be held up by the slower one.
  3. What is provided and what do I need to bring?
    All participants are provided with a regulation helmet and safety device, as well as a driver's suit.  Participants need to wear socks, closed-toed shoes, and clothes that will be comfortable under the driver's suit.
  4. Are there weight or height restrictions?
    Not exactly; however, the cars do not have doors.  Participants must have the ability to climb through a 15" high by 30" wide window that sits 36" from the ground.  Driving suits are available up to size 3XL.
  5. Are there age restrictions?
    Participants must be at least 16 years old with a valid driver's license, and must be able to drive a manual (stick shift) transmission.
  6. Are foods or beverages available at the track?
    Snacks and refreshments are available for purchase at the merchandise trailer.
  7. Are any photo or video packages of my experience available?
    Yes, DVDs of your experience taken from an in-car video camera are available for purchase directly at the track starting at approximately $89, and photo packages of your experience are available starting at approximately $20.
  8. Can I bring guests?
    Friends and family are more than welcome. The more the merrier! There is a viewing area right behind pit road where they can watch. They are also welcome to bring their cameras and camcorders with them to take pictures and video from that viewing area.