It is recommended that you get your tickets ahead of time to ensure a spot in the racing experience. Look for the best deals on tickets on Groupon. There are two types of experiences to choose from. A full racing experience or a ride-along. The ride along puts you in the passenger seat as your driver soars around the track at upwards of 170 MPH. How fast the cars can go is depending on the track. This is ideal for those who don’t quite feel comfortable enough driving but still want the experience. Ensure to check the refund policy as it is quite strict.
What To Expect At The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience
Every driver is required to go through an hour class that covers how to drive the cars. Safety is the number one concern as they want everyone on the same page when they are out on the track. The class covers the basic pieces of the car, how to operate it, how your pit boss will communicate with you and what to expect on the track. It is imperative that you make it in time for your class. Drivers are not permitted on the track until the class is completed, therefore if you miss your scheduled time you will have to wait until the next class.
I then jumped into the car for a ride-along. I opted to do an extended ride-along experience to catch a good chunk of it on my go-pro! Check it out here! Having no experience driving a clutch, I also felt this was the safest option for me. Nothing can quite prepare you for rocketing around the racetrack at over 100 MPH. My driver was amazing and gave me a taste of what life is like behind the wheel. The adrenaline was pumping through my veins while my hands were holding on to my tiny go pro for dear life. I was praying for Jesus to take the wheel to get me back to the pit in one piece.
Tips for Going to The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience
You will have to crawl into a window to enter the race car, be secured by a five-point harness, have a steering wheel paced in after you sit down and then the netting over the window.
Dress according to the weather. If it is hot ensure to wear light clothes and stay hydrated.
Wear closed-toe shoed, no boots allowed. Tennis shoes are ideal and socks are required.
Purchasing the Vehicle Protection Plan is recommended. This is insurance in case something happens while you are on the track.
Bring bottled water. Concessions are not always readily available.
They do take your picture sitting on the ledge of the car window before you take off. These are available for purchase at the trailer you signed in at. I recommend having a family member or friend come along to get even more photos and video capturing every moment.
Expect to be a little sore after your experience. It is quite surprising how much shaking and vibrations a racecar puts out.
Round out your day of racing by heading to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum or by checking out these great things to do in nearby Hendricks County.