NASCAR Racing Experience Gateway Motorsports Park
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Friday - August 3, 2018
Saturday - August 4, 2018
AM times are typically 8:00 to 11:00
PM times are typically 12:00 to 3:00
*Schedule is subject to change
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 real NASCAR style stock cars- the same cars driven by NASCAR legends like Jeff Gordon and Dale Jr.
- Choose between 8, 16, 24, or 32 minutes of racing time
- Hit tops speeds of up to 140 MPH!
- No lead cars. Just you, the track, and a 2-way radio
- Take home a racing license and a certificate with your top speed!
Experience first-hand the thrill of driving a NASCAR style stock car at the Gateway Motorsports Park.
After a short classroom session where you will learn vehicle dynamics, racing lines, and safety instructions, you will head out to the track to find your 600 horsepower Sprint Cup stock car waiting.
A crew member buckles you in, checks your radio, and then it's time to start your engine! You'll hear that V8 roar as you hit speeds as fast as 140 MPH!
As your expert instructor coaches you over the radio, you will drive at your own pace, passing slower cars when you catch them.
You can choose between 8 and 32 minutes of racing, but don't be surprised if you leave wanting more!
Add a Ride Along
Select an option 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 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!
- Available August 3rd & 4th, 2018 only
- 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 $39 drivers fee that covers accidental insurance coverage, souvenir racing license and ear buds
- Photos and video packages are available for purchase at the track
- 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
DurationPlan on being at the track for approximately 3 hours.
Maximum Participants1 driver per car with 3-4 cars on track at a time.
SpectatorsYes, we encourage you to bring family and friends, and don't forget the cameras!
Weather DependentIf 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 WearComfortable, 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 InformationFor this experience we recommend booking at least 30 days in advance.
Cancellation PolicyPrior 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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is the policy on rain-outs?
In the event of inclement weather please expect delays. The racing experience will not operate when track conditions are not safe. They understand most participants will be traveling to the race track, and therefore they will do their best to accommodate everyone that day. If there is a delay at the race track, announcements will be made as the operational staff has updates. As soon as track conditions are safe, the racing experience will resume. When bad weather is expected please proceed to the race track at your scheduled reservation time unless you are notified by NASCAR Racing Experience in advance. If the event date is cancelled, your experience will be rescheduled or a gift card will be issued, valid for 2 years at any of the racing school's locations nationwide.
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