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“Time of his life”

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience
West Lafayette, Indiana
1 review
“Time of his life”
Reviewed July 12, 2014

My guy did this last month and absolutely LOVED it! He was able to do 10 laps and loved every minute of it. It was a short track but still was able to get up to a good speed.

Visited June 2014
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Kirkland, Washington
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“Excellent Experience, Exceptional Value”
Reviewed June 25, 2014

Like a lot of people, I love motorsports and driving fast but I'd never driven a REAL race car before. So when I got a day at the track with the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience for a birthday present, I was excited, And a little bit skeptical, because a lot of these kinds of events are mere glimpses of what it might be like and, after it's over, one feels a little bit let down that it was a bit too "sanitary" or "safe" and not really representative of what it would be like to REALLY drive one of these machines. If that's a concern of yours, too, then you should definitely consider the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience.

Have you ever gone for a trail ride on a horse? Did you already know how to ride a horse? You were disappointed, weren't you? You sat on an old plug that was past it's "Use By" date and probably should have already been turned into glue and, to add insult to injury, you were forced to play "Follow the Leader" with someone who wasn't very friendly and absolutely would not allow anyone to wander off the trail or try to have any fun - even if the horse would allow it, which it probably wouldn't. So these "experience" things can be a bitter disappointment and not something you'd want to do again. Rusty Wallace Racing Experience knows this. They also understand cars and racing, and the inherent desire of humans (especially men) to want to do things their own way, which can be very dangerous when you have absolutely no idea what you're really doing and you're behind the wheel of a car that is NOTHING like any other car you've ever driven.

So the folks at Rusty Wallace have a few obstacles to overcome: how to give people (especially men - see above) a meaningful experience of what it's like to drive a NASCAR-type vehicle, with more horsepower than anything you've likely ever driven and NONE of the amenities that you take for granted in your daily commuter, and do it safely. Because anyone who's ever driven a real performance car knows that these kinds of things can "bite" you if you're not careful. (And if you don't know that, then be sure you listen to your instructor if you decide to do this. These cars are potentially deadly if not handled with respect.) They also know that if all they offer is a "follow the leader" experience, many (perhaps most) of the participants will be less than fully satisfied, and that's not good for business. Fortunately, the Rusty Wallace people have struck just the right balance with their Racing Experience. The cars are powerful enough and fast enough to be dangerous and scary, but the training that they provide emphasizes an appropriate balance between having fun and staying alive, and the spotter that is constantly in your ear while you're on the track will keep you focused on what is going on around you so that you don't get carried away and do something stupid.

I heartily recommend the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience to anyone who has a desire to know what it's like to drive a NASCAR-type car on a track. Rusty Wallace Racing Experience doesn't limit your fun and, fortunately, they've figured out how to let inexperienced drivers drive one of these powerful cars around a track unescorted AND still remain safe. That's not easy to do, by the way, because once the adrenalin kicks in (and it WILL kick in, early and often) the natural instinct is to want to ignore the training that you've been given and just "go for it." But they've anticipated that, warned you about it, and the whole experience is geared toward making sure that you enter, use, and leave the track safely. And with a big grin on your face. And you will leave with a big grin!

The cars are VERY real - they're loud, powerful, hot, and uncomfortable - just like a real race car. After over fifteen laps (on a somewhat temperate under-70 degrees day) I was getting somewhat hot in my racing suit and helmet, but I didn't really have time to think about it because the LAST thing you want to do while you're driving one of these beasts is take your mind off of what you're doing. You will be taught how to accelerate hard out of turns 2 and 4, how to brake hard going into turns 1 and 3, and what line to follow to get the maximum performance out of your car while staying safe. You will have a spotter in your ears letting you know when it's safe to pass (and when one of their instructors - or another driver - is going to be passing you). The spotter is the voice of God while you're on the track, by the way, and you're well-advised to obey his instructions because he is omniscient and he does not tolerate anything that might endanger you, the car, or other drivers. And that's a good thing because, as I said earlier, when the adrenalin kicks in the instructions that you've been given could very easily be forgotten, along with any common sense that might remind you that you are behind the wheel of a 500-plus horsepower car that can go incredibly fast and is completely unforgiving of fools and their errors.

So, my advice: Sign up for the course, drive at least ten laps (fifteen was just right for me; twenty would probably have been too many), pay for the ride-along so that you get a sense of what the cars can do with a professional behind the wheel (and what you SHOULDN'T try to do while YOU'RE behind the wheel), buy the video package (so that you can relive the experience over and over), and go have fun. You WILL NOT be disappointed, and you will likely want to do it again. Which is why the RWRE is so successful!

Visited June 2014
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Franklin, Indiana
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“Racing with Rusty”
Reviewed June 24, 2014

A blast! After the drivers' meeting and a ride along I felt completely comfortable alone in the car. Top notch safety equipment and guidance. I passed four cars and went close to 90 mph on a very short track (5/8 mi.)! I'd do it again in a heartbeat and highly encourage anyone with a desire for speed and a true race-like experience.

Visited June 2014
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Indianapolis, Indiana
1 review
“My Experience at Rusty Wallace Racing”
Reviewed June 23, 2014

If you are into speed, the rush and a really cool what it might like to be a driver of Nascar, then you should try this. I bought this package for my boyfriend for Fathers Day, and he is still talking about it. From the time we went up to register to the very end, the staff and the experience was very memoriable. I bought the 5 laps around the track package and his daughter bought an additional 5 laps which, the additional 5 laps made the experienc, so I definately recommend more than 5. The staff was very thorough in instruction with the drivers meeting, they suited him up with his fire suit & helmet, placed in a car with an electronic device to where the spotter could communicate with him and off he went. If your a spectator, it's still a cool thing to watch and see because you're pretty close and can feel the action. If you're coming to Indy or even if you live in Indy - do it. You will not regret it.

Visited June 2014
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Nashville, Indiana, United States
1 review
“A major Bucket List item for all!”
Reviewed June 22, 2014

Had a great time. A professional, but still relaxed atmosphere. Great instructors and helpful track people. I race karts and just had to try this experience. Thanks for a great time at a real affordable price!

Visited June 2014
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