What to expect
- Get behind the wheel of a real 600 horsepower NASCAR race car
- Drive an exhilarating 8 laps, zipping around the track like a professional
- Fulfill a fantasy that all NASCAR lovers dream about
- Go home bragging about your driver's seat experience
About this Activity
The rookie experience consists of 8 exhilarating, heart-pounding laps around the track. You'll be able to channel your inner Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., or -- obviously -- Richard Petty. A trained professional will help you with your technique and address any safety concerns -- you'll be in good hands!
Your friends at home will be so jealous.
Note: All participants are provided with a regulation helmet and safety device, as well as a driver's suit. Price includes $39 driver release fee.
|Price||$488.00 per guest|
|Duration / Session||1 hour|
|Rating||27 positive reviews|
oldtraveldog .NASCAR 18 Lap Experience (Chicago) March 4, 2017
To run on a world famous auto race track in a NASCAR race car at 160 miles per hour has got to be thrilling and breathtaking for anyone
FranklinC3 .NASCAR 30 Lap Experience (Chicago) March 3, 2017
Great time of year to travel to Daytona. This is more of an adult game, don't recommend children, even if they fit the age and height
Bob H.NASCAR 8 Lap Experience (Chicago) February 28, 2017
Thrilling rides around the speedway at FAST speeds!! Closest you can get to the feeling of being in a race at Daytona!
Russ M.NASCAR 8 Lap Experience (Chicago) February 15, 2017
I did the rookie experience. 8 laps in a 600 hp NASCAR. There is an instructor riding right seat to help you find the line and they actually control how much power you get but you drive the car and keep the pedal to the floor. It is awesome going into those high banked 30 degree banking. Counter intuitive but don't lift and don't slow down. Had a blast and the staff are great. Plan on going back and next time my wife may do the ride along.
Member .NASCAR 3 Lap Experience (Chicago) January 9, 2017
Took my wife and I for the ride along experience and was well worth it. There was a small delay when we got there due to weather but worth the wait. The only thing is I wish I could do more laps than just three. Topped off at about 175 MPH. At the end they let you buy a picture or a video of your experience. A true NASCAR fans dream.
tomc2016 .NASCAR 3 Lap Experience (Chicago) January 8, 2017
If you're reading this in North America, apologies for the fact I knew zero about NASCAR before I walked into the Daytona International Speedway. That aside, well in comparison to F1 at least, these things are basic. A big screaming V8, four speed manual gear shifter, steering wheel minus any kind of buttons, a pair of bucket seats and a roll cage is all you're going to see.
After signing the obligatory disclaimer, you're fitted for a race suit and helmet. A short queue later and it's in through the passenger side window to be strapped in. My driver was called Rusty - really nice, friendly guy. Off we're propelled! It's only three laps at what I was told was around 175mph, but it's utter fun.
If you're anywhere near this place, go and do the ride along or the driving.
canadian_jku .NASCAR 30 Lap Experience (Chicago) January 3, 2017
If you like to go fast and haven't already taken part in the Richard Petty Driving Experience, I highly recommend it. Being from Canada this is something that is not available to do back home so I had to do it. It was AWESOME.
FionaandJames .NASCAR 18 Lap Experience (Chicago) December 29, 2016
My husband had chosen his 50th present years in advance and the experience didn't disappoint. He selected the 18 lap driving experience, of course its expensive but for a special occasion it was worth it. The day was well organised with safety video's and a coach sitting beside you as you drive.
Plenty of people chose the 3 lap ride along with a professional driver
Nancy H.NASCAR 8 Lap Experience (Chicago) November 27, 2016
There were 8 of us on the track, I was the only woman. We ran 8 laps and I topped out at 166 mph (I was the fastest that day :) I got to pass another driver and had a fantastic time. If you're ever in Daytona, this is a MUST do. Wonderful Experience..
Jodi P.NASCAR 18 Lap Experience (Chicago) November 19, 2016
Soooo fun! Can't wait to do again! Highly recommended for a thrill seeker! Get to go very fast! Loved it!!
stasiakay .NASCAR 30 Lap Experience (Chicago) November 4, 2016
Excellent so much fun!! Great staff. Friendly!!! A little pricey but worth it. Bucket list item for sure
Lisa J.NASCAR 3 Lap Experience (Chicago) October 4, 2016
This was an experience that made me have even more respect for Nascar Drivers. I would highly recommend. If you want to truly understand what a Nascar Driver experiences, then this is a must.
whytehouse1 .NASCAR 8 Lap Experience (Chicago) October 1, 2016
My husband thoroughly enjoyed his ride-along experience and everyone who came off had huge smiles! Bit disconcerted that we only noticed the health warnings while we were looking at the photos afterwards, these questions weren't asked of beforehand.
Tony P.NASCAR 30 Lap Experience (Chicago) September 26, 2016
A must do!!!! I got chills just seeing the track from that position.let alone getting the chance to push the limits. Overall great experience from orientation to trackside then a calming instructor by your side!!!! Was shaking for hours not from fear but pure adrenaline!!!
biglee31548 .NASCAR 18 Lap Experience (Chicago) September 26, 2016
My driver Greg was awesome. I got to ride on my favorite track. The banking feeling was incredible. The staff was friendly, went out their way to make you feel comfortable. Reasonable price for Video/picture on plague. I would do this again.
pbclark1 .NASCAR 30 Lap Experience (Chicago) September 24, 2016
This was on my husband's bucket list. He loved the driving experience. It was even great for me the spectator. We were included in the introduction and instruction. Our crew chief was very entertaining, yet serious. Disappointed that the photos they took were so expensive.
Karen R.NASCAR 3 Lap Experience (Chicago) September 24, 2016
Anyone who gives this a bad review must be a negative person. Everyone in our driving group had an incredible experience with a highly qualified rider/experienced racer. My husband did the rookie experience at Daytona and said it was the most memorable experience of his life. He could not brake his smile. He got excellent preparation, coaching and thorough review of safety and other track protocols. We bought the picture and video. Why not? He should be able to relive it any time he wants! Do it!!!
enjoylife49 .NASCAR 3 Lap Experience (Chicago) September 21, 2016
It's been a few years since I did a ride along, but I would highly recommend it to any one wanting a thrill. Daytona has a 31 degree incline on its turns and straightaways. They take you out going 168 mph for 3 laps you hug the wall and shoot out into a turn. They were not there when were in Daytona last week or we would have done it again!!!
Jeff Y.NASCAR 8 Lap Experience (Chicago) September 12, 2016
What an experience! The ride-along is worth every penny. It's a little difficult getting in and out of the car, and it's very hot, but nothing beats 170 MPH at Daytona!
TobyMary .NASCAR 8 Lap Experience (Chicago) September 8, 2016
My husband did the driver experience at Daytona Speedway. When he finished his 8 laps he could not stop smiling and said words cannot describe it. Because my husband was a driver I was allowed to come down to pit row and watch the cars. Super cool experience and if you feel the need for speed then do this!
By the way my husband's fastest time was 167MPH! Amazing!
Duncan B.NASCAR 3 Lap Experience (Chicago) September 7, 2016
I did this ride around in 08 and I took my wife this month. We both did the 3 lap ride around. It is worth every penny in my opinion to spend the money and take the ride.
partickd2016 .NASCAR 18 Lap Experience (Chicago) August 29, 2016
this is exciting, my wife bought it for me for my birthday, really enjoyed it. the people were great and the whole experience was quality. No disappointments here
YveC1969 .NASCAR 3 Lap Experience (Chicago) August 25, 2016
My family did the 3 lap 165vmiles an hour experience. It was great and I would highly recommend it. Although it isn't cheap but if you do go to Florida I would say it is once in a life time experience that you can't pass up.
Jbuggman .NASCAR 18 Lap Experience (Chicago) August 22, 2016
We took our 2 boys to the Richard Petty driving experience for a ride along and they had the time of their lives. I would definitely recommend this for anyone whether they are a race fan or not. It is an experience that will last a lifetime.
gregdenton1974 .NASCAR 3 Lap Experience (Chicago) August 20, 2016
An incredible experience. It may only be 3 laps but when you hit 175mph and 2.5g in the corners it was worth every penny! It wasn't cheap but also not prohibitively expensive.
Jgonline .NASCAR 8 Lap Experience (Chicago) August 15, 2016
My wife and sons treated me to one of my bucket list items for Father's Day. What an experience. The staff was friendly, comforting and supportive. I was a little apprehensive, not knowing what to expect. My in car instructor Bob Fox was awesome. He explained everything and talked me through getting the most of my experience. He has nerves of steel. Thanks Bob!! I now have a new found respect for the men and women that do this for a living. Holy Cow, that was intense. Driving that fast in a stock car and on the Grand Daddy of all raceways, what more could you ask for. Once in a lifetime experience. Top speed was 147, and turn three looked like a wall. But that car sticks to the track like glue. Had the pedal to the floor the entire time, no brakes needed. Unbelievable experience. Don't know how those racers for that at 200 MPH, three wide for 500 miles. Planning of a second drive next summer, or maybe a ride along, for me and the boys. Wife says, no way for her. LOL! If you ever thought about doing this, do so, what a great time. Thanks again to the entire staff for making this an event I will never forget. I see some people complaining about the price in their reviews. Really! This is an experience of a lifetime, you're on the Daytona International Speedway, driving a Nascar race car, really fast; just Awesome!
philiphedges .NASCAR 8 Lap Experience (Chicago) August 12, 2016
WOW! What an experience!From booking to driving the staff at RPD were superb. Having never driven a NASCAR before and thought (How hard can it be) I jumped at this chance. From check in at Daytona to meeting your crew chief and briefing your given the confidence to at least try and drive like a pro. The briefing was good and detailed and the butterflies soon went. A nice touch was the lanyard and gig stick (drivers only) and the name call like a pro driver when assigned to your car. Once in the car the instructor was calm and patient and gave you real confidence! I covered 8 laps all with a huge grin, once complete I stayed and watched other drivers and all swapped stories. You can buy souvenirs and feel like a real champ, If you ever wanted or want to have go then book with RPD, I will certainly be re-booking.