Charlotte Motor Speedway; Concord, NC
Specific dates only.
- School started by the legendary Mario Andretti, the greatest race car driver of all time
- Full size, 600 horse power Indy style race cars
- Options ranging from 8 - 62 minutes of racing (don't worry, even 8 minutes is a long time at 150 MPH!)
- No lead car and passing is allowed.
- Receive a full color certificate printed with your top speed!
Following the drivers meeting and safety training with your Crew Chief, you'll get behind the wheel and drive a full sized, Indy-style race car for a timed session on the same super speedways the pros races on.
You can truly push your limits during this once-in-a-lifetime driving experience. There will be no lead cars or no pace car to hold you back, and passing is allowed! These conditions make for an authentic Indy Car experience.
You'll get one-on-one feedback and instruction from your Personal Racing Instructor through an exclusive Racing Electronics in-car radio communications system.
Upon completion, you'll receive a full color Graduate Certificate printed with your top speed!
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 Indy style race cars, as he takes you on the ride of your life! The perfect addition for any Driving package!
Participants must be a minimum of 5'0'' and 100 lbs in order to participate, and a maximum of 6'4" and 240 lbs. Participants must also be in good overall physical condition.
A valid driver's license is required.
Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult who must give written consent.
Participants do not need to know how to drive manual transmission (stick shift).
Pricing includes a $35 drivers fee that covers accidental insurance coverage, racing license and ear buds. This releases you from liability for any vehicle damage.
Your maximum speed will be determined by the package you are participating in as follows:
- 8 Minutes of Racing: 140-145 MPH
- 16 Minutes of Racing: 155 MPH
- 24 Minutes of Racing: 160-165 MPH
- 32 Minutes of Racing: 170 MPH
We recommend bringing drinks and snacks to enjoy while at the track. Some seating is provided, however, we recommend bringing lawn chairs to guarantee a seat for any spectators.
All driving experiences will be completed within 3 hours.
1 per car
Yes, we encourage you to bring friends and family to share in the experience. And don't forget to bring a camera!
If we have inclement weather and have to cancel, the experience provider will contact you and either reschedule you for another available date or issue you 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.
For this experience we recommend booking 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 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.
How will the program be structured?
Following a one-hour pre-drive orientation/training session with the driving school's Crew Chief and professional instructors, you'll drive a real Indy-style race car on a Super Speedway for a timed session. Total drive-time will depend on the lap-length 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.
What happens if I wreck a car?
The price includes a $35 fee for racing license and liability insurance. This releases you from all vehicle damage.
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.
Can I choose my own racecar?
No. Unfortunately, the driving 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.
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 that you can use to later reschedule at your convenience. A refund will not be issued due to rain-outs.
Do I have to know how to drive stick shift?
What is the age requirement?
There is no age minimum to participate. However, participants must possess a valid driver's license. Any participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult, who must give written consent at the track.
Are there any physical requirements or restrictions?
Participants must be a minimum of 5'0'' and 100 lbs in order to participate, a maximum of 6'4" and 240 lbs, and must also be in good overall physical condition. Participants will be required to climb into the vehicle's cockpit with minimal assistance, which sits about 24'' off the ground.
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).
Do I need to bring my own racing gear?
No. The driving 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.
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"I attended the indy race car 8 min driving experience at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The pre-drive instructor prepared us well. Once in the car, the personal spotter communicated with me very well. Everything was fine but I had some difficulty finding the best line off turn 4 onto the front straight, particularly trying to smoothly negotiate the dogleg on the front straight. It may be useful for the pre-drive instructor and the personal spotter to provide a little more instruction/assistance in helping a driver find a good line off turn 4 onto the front straight. This was not a big deal or any sort of safety issue. After a few laps, I could basically go at top speed for the entire track except for the dogleg, where I would ease of the accelerator a bit to get my bearings and make a rather stiff turn. The experience was excellent and well run. "
"Just stepped out of the car after 8 minutes of adrenaline!"
"Driving at 177 miles an hour around a super-speedway - the whole thing was surreal and phenomenal. This was a once in a lifetime experience and it was as good as I could have possibly dreamed. Many, many thanks to my family for this unbelievable gift! "