This was a fantastic experience! If you've ever wanted to drive a stock car on a big high banked track this is it. From a race car experience it is not as technical as say an indoor karting track or road course experience, but it will get the adrenaline flowing.
They have some rules that you should know about. The track is divided with the Ride-Along cars having the upper groove. The Qualifying Drives have lower groove. Tape marks the lanes and the top lane is out of bounds for the Qualifiers. Passing is by permission of spotter only, and to the right only. No inside passes. The spotters talk to you through ear pads, you have no microphone.
Recommend scheduling no later than 2PM. They get behind, my drive was 1 1/2 hours late. Upgrade to 10 laps, its worth it. Ask questions in the driver's meeting about passing. I was held up by slower cars, and the spotter did not move them down, and did not give me OK to pass, so I was stuck for half my laps behind them. Buy the video, although pricey at $60, its fun to watch when you get home.
The cars are limited to 150 mph, about 5500 rpm. Hit the rev limiter and it slows the car. Never had a chance, but suspect you can run that lower groove at the limiter all the way around, no lift.
I had a great time and definitely glad I did it, but probably will not go back again. I attended the first race at MIS in the late 60s, so to actually drive it was an awesome experience.
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