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Richard Petty Driving Experience
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Las Vegas Race Car Driving - Richard Petty Rookie Experience
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Owner description: Take the wheel or ride along at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Henderson, Nevada
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“Do it ALL. It's worth it!!!”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

The ride-along is fun, but sign up for the actual driving experience as well because it's a total rush. It's not just the speed, though you feel like you are flying on land. The race course provides a real-life experience on a steep-banked NASCAR race track. They time all 8 laps of the drive you do and you have a coach in the seat next to you guiding you faster than you ever could imagine going. The ride-along is fun because you go even faster with an actual race car driver at the wheel. This is 3 laps and a nice intro before you do the drive yourself. I got to a top speed of 142 mph!

For an extra thrill, you can do the muscle car challenge. We put three American muscle cars through various challenges, testing both our results against other drivers as well as the cars against each other. We drove the Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger, and Chevy Camaro.

If you love speed, this is for YOU!!!

Visited July 2013
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“Super-charged experience!”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

I've got to say.. I have done some pretty cool/adrenaline-type/adventure stuffs and while this doesn't beat skydiving over Lake Wanaka or Bungy Jumping over the Shotover river in Queenstown; it is not trailing far behind.

I booked a Rookie Tour with the guys at the Richard Petty Driving Experience and my mates got himself a ride-along with one of their drivers; and we both loved it. It was great fun.

The Rookie Tour is basically you at the wheel of a 600 HP Nascar Race car w/ an experienced driver in the seat next to you and he guides and makes sure that you don't kill yourself during the 8 laps that you're allowed to do at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

I really liked the whole experience - they pick you up at a pre-determined location on the strip, drive you out to their shop (where you learn a bit about their story and how they do things & you can also get photos with some of their really cool cars) then to the Vegas Speedway, get you geared up and show you a safety video. Then you head to the track and wait your turn to race. There are some really cool cars along the track where you can get shots.... Bumblebee was there!

The only letdown is that you are only allowed to do 8 laps, which goes really really fast! It's quite pricey (I paid about $650) but worth doing if you in Vegas - the guys are very nice and they make sure that you have a great time!

Visited May 2013
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Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Totally awesome, can not recommended this high enough. Spend the extra $50 to get picked up from your motel. Driving a NASCAR at 160 mph was one of the best things I have ever done.

Visited June 2013
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Southport, Australia
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“A Dream comes true”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

I live in Australia and became aware of Nascar racing in the 1960's only through films like Elvis's Speedway and Redline 7000. There wasn't much on TV in those days. Richard Petty soon became my hero. I didnt know then that 50 years later I would have the chance to drive a Nascar racer around one of the super speedways. That happened last week at Las Vegas and what a great thrill it was, driving the 43 car. Although it cost over $900 for 18 laps it was well worth the money. Another $100 buys the incar video and audio of the drive. The staff were great and with the temperature over 120+ degrees they kept the drinking water coming. If you ever thought of doing something like this all I can say is JUST DO IT. And I will go back again. Got to try and beat my fastest time, isn't that what lifes all about.

Visited June 2013
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Lake Havasu City, Arizona, United States
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“Pure excitement”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

Everyone was so nice and helpful I bought the 8 lap for my husbands birthday and while there he was able to upgrade to a total of 18 laps. He said it was pure adrenalin rush from start to finish and would love the chance to do it again.

Visited February 2013
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