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“Treated like garbage”

Richard Petty Driving Experience
Ranked #87 of 176 things to do in Indianapolis
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Owner description: Get behind the wheel in one of our 8 – 80 lap driving programs or Ride-Along shotgun for 3 high-speed laps at over 20 tracks nationwide – including Indianapolis Motor Speedway!
Reviewed February 11, 2014

This past summer my wife bought me this as a gift. I was really excited. When I arrived I took the saftey course, which was good, except the guy teaching it didn't really address any questions. Instead he made you feel stupid for asking it. An example would be, he said that you needed to make sure to slow down into the corners or you could wreck the car. I asked how much you should slow down and he said, if your asking that question maybe you shouldn't be doing this. I am 27, doing this for the experience, not to be treated like crap just because I have never driven a car like this before. I blew it off and and went down to the track. They were running behind so I had to wait from 3pm to almost 7pm before I got to drive. They usually give you a warm up lap, because I was in the very last group to drive they said we were not going to do a warm-up and we should just go. Once again I have never driven a car like this, wasn't sure how it handled, etc... So I started driving, right after the first turn the spotter comes on the mike and says that I need to speed up, everyone wants to go home so if I am not going to speed up I should pull off to the side. Are you kidding me? I paid a lot of money to do this and did not need to be talked to like that. Needless to say I sped up and finished my time. My speed at the time of the spotters comments was 105. This was my first lap I thought that was ok until I tried taking my first corner in the car. I will never go back, have sent complaints to the company and never heard anything back. All they want is your money they don't care about your experience. Would not recommend this company, pick someone else.

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Reviewed September 12, 2013

The driving experience is the best thing that I have done in my life. First I rode in the car with the driver going about 160 mph. You have to go through a safety class that only takes about an 1 hour or so, but its worth it! I got to drive after I rode and you have to go though a safety and driving class for about an hour and a half. It is worth the wait. Getting on the fire suit and head gear on and getting ready for the car to pull up is exhilarating, just to know that you are about to step into a nascar and drive one. When they say go and you are getting up speed to try to reach maximum overdrive is ridicously awesome. I would say it almost better than a roller coaster. Highly recommend this to anyone that is a huge Nascarfan and loves to drive fast!! Its pricey but worth it all the way!

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Reviewed October 31, 2012

It's a few years since I was here, but better late than never. I had been on a driving experience with another company at a different track just a few weeks prior, but when I discovered I could be driving a race car on the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, I had to go! Petty had a nice little area set up in the pit area with music and refreshments etc. You get to wear a Richard Petty racing jumpsuit and helmet too. The format is this: there is the instructor in the lead car, followed by one student in his car, and another in theirs. As long as the two students stay relatively close to the lead car, he continues to go faster and faster. It's such a thrill going that fast in such safe car. You can't believe that car can stay on the road going that fast when you go into the turns, you automatically go for the brake but you don't have to. They give you a diploma that includes your top speed that you hit that day. I believe I hit 142 mph. If you think going that fast is too much for you, you can experience the thrill as a passenger with their ride-along package. I would up buying a beautiful photo that they took of me behind the wheel that was mounted on a wooden plaque. It's proudly displayed on a wall in my "man cave". With gas prices sky high, I know the cost of this experience has risen too, but I totally recommend it as a once in a lifetime thing.

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Reviewed June 5, 2016
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