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Drive a Stock Car

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

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Prepare for the thrill of a lifetime when you drive a Stock Car at Thompson International Speedway!

  • Take control of a 560-plus horsepower Sprint Cup style stock car - all cars have raced in competitions
  • Begin your day with a classroom session to review vehicle dynamics, racing lines, and safety instruction
  • ‘Automatic race cars available and racing suit and helmet included 
  • Buckle up and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime stock car driving experience at Thompson International Speedway! 

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Prepare for the thrill of a lifetime when you drive a Stock Car at Thompson International Speedway!

  • Take control of a 560-plus horsepower Sprint Cup style stock car - all cars have raced in competitions
  • Begin your day with a classroom session to review vehicle dynamics, racing lines, and safety instruction
  • ‘Automatic race cars available and racing suit and helmet included 
  • Buckle up and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime stock car driving experience at Thompson International Speedway! 
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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park - Thompson, CT
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AM times are typically 9:00 to 11:00
PM times are typically 1:00 to 3:00

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Booking Information
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 30 days in advance.

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Experience first-hand the thrill and excitement of racing in a Sprint Cup style stock car!

After a classroom session where you will learn vehicle dynamics, racing lines and safety instruction, head out to the track to find your 560-plus horsepower Sprint Cup style stock car waiting. A crew member will buckle you in, check your radio and gives the "thumbs up" sign to your instructor. It's time to start your engine, hear that V8 roar and pull onto the track!

As your instructor coaches you over the radio, you will drive at your own pace passing slower cars when you catch them. Feel the exhilaration from flag to flag as you experience side-by-side racing, passing, pit stops and more.

You can choose from a variety of lap options, but don't be surprised if you leave wanting more!

Add a Ride Along
Select one of our options that includes a ride along and let a professional driver show you the full potential of these amazing race cars on the ride of your life. The perfect addition for any driving package!

Thompson International Speedway
The crown jewel of short track racing in the northeast, Thompson International Speedway is a 5/8-mile, high-banked, asphalt, oval track that was once known as the Indianapolis of the East. It was the first asphalt-paved oval racing track in the United States. Don't miss out on the opportunity to experience this track for yourself!

Essential Information
  • Participants must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver's license
  • Must weigh between 125 - 340 pounds and be between 5'2"-6'4"
  • Participants must be able to fit through a standard-size car window to enter the vehicle
  • Insurance and a DVD of your experience can both be purchased directly with the experience provider
Duration
Plan on being at the track between 2.5 - 3.5 hours for safety and track overview, drive time, picture taking etc.
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Maximum Participants
1 participant per car and up to 10 participants per class
Spectators
It is encouraged to bring your friends and family to watch.
Weather Dependent
This experience is weather dependent. In the event the experience is canceled due to inclement weather, you will reschedule directly with our experience provider at no additional cost. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What To Wear
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions and soft sole closed-toe shoes. Please note, boots are not allowed. A driving suit and helmet will be provided.
Booking Information
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 30 days in advance.
Cancellation Policy
Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no returns or exchanges are allowed. Outside of 30 days of your scheduled class date, if you need to reschedule for any reason, you will be required to pay a $50 processing fee. If you need to reschedule for any reason inside 30 days of your scheduled date, the fee will be 50% of your class tuition. No cancellations or rescheduling is allowed within 7 days of the booked date. Substitutions are permitted to avoid these penalties.
What is a typical day like?

This driving experience begins with a 45-minute driver’s meeting including a 5-page handout that covers vehicle dynamics, racing lines and safety instructions. Next, you’ll head over to pit road for a racing suit and helmet. Be assigned a racecar, get buckled in and wait for the command to fire up your engine.

What is the track like?
The crown jewel of short track racing in the northeast, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is a 5/8-mile high banked asphalt oval track that was once known as the Indianapolis of the East. It was the first asphalt-paved oval racing track in the United States and plays host to several major events each year. Length: 5/8 mile, Banking: 26 degrees, Track Shape: High banked oval
Is there an age requirement?
All drivers must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver's license.
Are there other requirements?

Yes, drivers must be between 5’2” and 6’4” tall and weigh at least 125 pounds. Participants must be able to fit into a standard size car window (15” high x 30” wide and 36” off the ground). If you’re near the limits of the size requirements, please contact Cloud 9 Living prior to purchasing. There will be no refund due to a student’s inability to fit in a race car.

What type of cars are used?

All of the cars are race cars previously used in NASCAR Nextel Cup, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour or NASCAR Busch Series. Automatic cars are available.

Do I need to know how to drive a stick?
No, you do not need to know how to drive a manual transmission. Our experience provider is able to accommodate drivers who have never driven manual before.
Can I choose the car that I will drive?
Although all of the cars are the same, the seats are different sizes to fit different body types. The Crew Chief will assign students to cars based on size.
Are they "real" cars?

You bet! Each car has been raced in competition (including one that sat on the front row at Daytona!) One of the late models was raced last fall at Thompson and climbed from 24th place to an 8th-place finish.

What if it rains?
In the event your session is cancelled due to inclement weather, you will be provided a rain check good for 1 year. Refunds will not be offered.
Can I bring guests?
Spectators are always allowed and encouraged! They are more than welcome to bring cameras and video cameras, as well as food and non-alcoholic beverages. Spectators are only allowed in the grandstands and behind the wall on pit road. Due to insurance regulations they are not allowed on the actual pit road.
Do I need a reservation?
Yes, it is recommended to submit a request at least 30 days in advance for this particular track to ensure that you get your preferred date. The dates tend to fill up quickly.
Do I have to follow a pace car?

No, you will not be required to follow a pace car.

Do I need to bring anything?

Just your driver's license and soft soled closed-toe shoes.

Do you offer photography or video of my experience?

Yes! In-car video and professional digital photography are available for an additional cost. Packages start at $49 (subject to change). 

Do I need to purchase insurance?

An insurance policy is available for $55.00 subject to a $1,500 deductible. You are responsible for your own health insurance.

This experience has a customer rating of 4.5
based on 58 reviews.
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Exactly as advertised. It was fun and exciting!
Response from Cloud 9 Living
We are so happy to hear!  Cheers to your adventure,  Kasia
Really enjoyed our experience at the Thompson Speedway. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. I'm glad I went on the 'Ride Along' first so I could get a sense of the speeds involved and how a professional driver does it. Would do it again. Good times!!
Response from Cloud 9 Living
Hello, Mike! It sounds like this was the perfect birthday celebration!   Cheers,  ​Kasia
I would recommend a ride along first, I think it would help you find the racing groove a lot faster and get a better feel of a race car
Response from Cloud 9 Living
Hello, James! Thank you so much for the recommendation!  We do hope that you enjoyed your drive! Cheers,  Kasia 
My experience was awesome! I wish I had more laps to run! Everyone was nice and really helpful in getting the experience underway. I was happy to see the amount of experience in the field brought to the table the the staff.
lots of fun had a great time
Amazing thrill, way way way beyond what I expected! I want to do it again! Al Lane's Racing gave me the full experience of what real stock car racing is like.
Everyone at Thompson Speed way was friendly and helpful. Al Lane was great and all of the staff with him were amazing. I am a complete novice and they did everything they could to make me feel comfortable and to be sure I had a great racing experience. Was absolutely awesome, would highly recommend. I have great pictures if you would like to see! Thanks so much, Kathy Tameo
It was a great experience. The staff was very friendly. I would definitely recommend Cloud 9 to friends.
I am a true car guy. I own a collision repair center along with a truck equipment upfitting center. The easiest way for me to put my experience of driving a race car at Thompson International speedway is. "I will plan my company party there so I can do it again." Todd Boyer
Valentine's Day gift which took months to accomplish. We have a large, extended family but finally had the experience. Can not wait to do it again, next time with 20 laps and bring my son for the fun. So glad I was given the gift and can't wait to share it. Do not hesitate to treat yourselves and, ladies, if you want to surprise your man with a gift he will never forget, this is the one. I am so glad my girl did this for me. Can't wait for next time!!!!
Nice bunch of guys. However, not exactly as advertised. The passing of other race cars REQUIRES they permission before it is done. Also, you are told you can go as fast as you want but then are told to slow down earlier in the curves. Again nice bunch of people, but should allow more of a race experience and also, put the rear view mirrors back in the cars along with the tachometer!
I want to thank you guys for one of the best experience I've had so far.when I got out of the race car I could not get rid of the smile on my face.The people were knowledgable of what they were doing and very friendly.When I got home I played the DVD and got excited all over again.The picture that were taken were alsome. The next day at work I could not stop talking about the experiment and hopefully you guys will get some business. Once again thank you very much.IT WAS A BLAST!!!
This has been one of the best gifts my Husband gave to me for my Birthday! I said that I wanted to drive a race car when I turned 50, and he gave it to me a few years earlier - I am 47. What a surprise and it was the most exciting adventure I have ever experienced. All the instructors and the owner were so friendly but most importantly - they were all so knowledgeable about their sport of racing cars and best of all they let you feel like you were really competing in a Nascar race! The owner explained the track and driving directions perfectly and made you feel comfortable with getting in the race car to have the time of your life. Even better yet, I was able to race on the same track with my Daughter and to experience something together that we will never forget. My Husband and Son were cheering us both on the entire time and we thank them for their support! If you love driving cars and love driving fast, you should experience this for yourself. It is an amazing experience!
The most memorable thing I have ever done. To have a group that could provide me with a safe experience doing something I never would have done otherwise, I will never forget. My driving instructor, Ed Reed Jr, was most knowledgeable, and a great boost to my confidence. Thank you for giving me 10 laps of pure happiness.
This experience was incredible. The entire experience from booking to the driving school itself was professional and friendly. The driving experience far exceeded my expectations! The Racing School provided a safe and fun experience that let you get as close as the average person will ever get to racing. The Driving School was incredible. They give 45 of instruction given by Al Lane. Then you are suited up and you get ready to race. There are no pace cars on the the green laps and you get to pass other cars if you are comfortable. When you get out on the track at a 100 + mph with your spotter giving you instructions in your ear you really feel like you are in "Days of Thunder". Everyone was very friendly and the price was very competitive compared with some of the bigger named schools. The cars are safe and fast. I would say there are no frills at The Racing School but I would rather pay for a great experience with people who really care about what they do than pay for a fancy car and be told what to do.
Fabulous from beginning to end.
Great experience. What a thrill! Hope to do it again.
What and awesome experience. This was an amazing birthday gift from my girlfriend. The entire staff was outstanding and friendly, they went above and beyond to ensure that you had an incredible and memorable experience. I can cross this off my bucket list and if I have the opportunity, I would definitely do it again. The Need For Speed.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the Drive a Stock Car experience at Thompson Speedway. We had a blast and would definitely do it again. Everyone involved (registration, instructor, spotter) was professional, courteous and knowledgeable. The whole process was easy, fun and exciting.
Wow! This was the best experience, now I want to visit all the other tracks! Great communication and friendly folks at the track. This was a lifetime experience and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get behind the wheel and go 20+ laps with other drivers. It was GREAT! When they said you would get out of the car with a huge smile on your face, they were not kidding!!!
The "drive a stock car" and "ride along" were fantastic experiences. My adrenaline was pumping, and have been highly recommending both. I plan to return next year with friends and have a blast!
Must try at least once in your life. It's fun and amazing. If you see people driving you be like it won't be fun until yourself seat inside the car. I had a great time. Be prepare you will have to pay for the insurance once you get there. I would recommend that.
OverallI I had a good time. but I really needed more instruction while on the track. I was making mistakes in the corners and nerver felt comfortable going into the corners . I was very disapointed with the speed I was able to reach. I needed someone to tell me what I was doing wrong so I could try to correct them and reach my full potential. I felt that the two drivers that were doing well received the most instruction and every once and awhile someone would speak to me. Most time to say left and lift not instruction on how to correct my errors. The thrill of driving a Nascar was achieved but wow what a let down on my performance.
I cannot wait until I can do this again!!!! It was the most awesome experience. I highly recommend and suggest adding the Ride Along.
The entire organization at the Thompson International Speedway should be congratulated for putting on a first rate racing adventure. The experience was fantastic, and everything was run in an extremely professional, friendly, and safe manner. Thanks again for a great experience!!
The drive a stock car experience was outstanding! An experience I will never forget. The instructors were super friendly and knowledgeable and made the whole experience relaxed and fun. I would highly recommend the experience to anyone who has dreamed of driving a race car, or just loves to drive fast. I drove 12 hours from home to get a chance to drive a stock car and I would do it again tomorrow. Thank you for a wonderful experience! Jamie McGowan
The only thing I would recommend is, when you get to the track, there should be someone to greet you at the gate and inform you where to go. The place looked like a ghost town when we got there and had to walk around the whole track to find out that registration was in the pit. This was our first time going to that track and felt lost. Other than that everyone was friendly(once we found them) and my whole family had a great time!!
Sign in information of the track layout was not correct and confusing. Signs off the main road for registration would have been helpful.
AWESOME
I feel that the car were not a fast as previous cars with other NASCAR programs.
I thought this was a great gift. I loved it would definitly like to do it again and I would consider giving it as a gift. The only thing that could be better is if the time of the driving is posted before you pick the day like instead of am or pm 10am or 2pm. Ovwerall though it was amazing. Thank you for the great time. I told the guy I work with to get it for his son.
Great experience, the staff at Thompson Speedway in CT were great. Great instruction and a great time, would highly recommend this experience for anyone.
I've driven fast before, but never this fast, what a rush. There's no speedometers in stock cars so you can only estimate your speed. Since top speed of these cars is 150, according to the track's website, and the pros that were warming the cars up were bombing around the track probably close to that, I'd guess I was doing 120-130 on the the straight-aways! I really got a much better idea of the accuracy and timing involved with NASCAR racing that I never truly appreciated before...hitting the brakes before a turn at just the right second, not too soon as you'd lose time, not too fast or you spin out, passing someone on the straight within 3-4 seconds or else you'd run out of room... It was insane! The staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable, and explained that the Thompson racetrack was the only track in the country that did not require either a ride along with an expert or a pace car for "racing school" laps, which was also amazing, I got to go over 120 around this track unassisted, passing 3 other cars (4 cars on the track at a time) multiple times!! I did 20 laps that lasted approx 10-15 minutes, only wish I could have gone for an hour!
It was a great experiance although the staff needs to inform people a little better when it comes to things like drivers meetings and be a little for informative with people.I felt like I was expected to just know what was going on ,and I didnt know where I should be. The staff where very nice ,and I would book again with you folks in a heart beat. Thanks for a good weekend.
Overall it was an AMAZING experience. The driving school instructors were very nice and helpful. The one complaint I had was the car that was driven was very beat up, which didn't make for the best of pictures. Other than that, it was a great time.
The experience was awesome! It is something that I would definitely do again. This was a great anniversary gift from my wife!
Thompson Speedway was an excellent place to go to drive a stock car. They teach you everything you need to know and allow you to drive at your own speed without a pace car. Everyone was friendly and went above and beyond expectations. It was a great experience.
I LOVED IT
What a ride! My turn at driving a stock car was just great.
had an incredible time,,,,,
The driving experience was excellent, and truly the thrill of a lifetime! One caution: Recommend that you DO NOT purchase the optional "in-car video" offering ($49). It is a total wasye of money, since the video portion was totally unwatchable (due to electronic interference) and all you had was 20 minutes of engine sounds. A true rip-off.
I had a very memorable racing experience at Thompson Motor Speedway. The entire staff were all very friendly and knowledgeable about the sport of motor racing. They placed a high priority on having the best possible experience without compromising safety. I would highly recommend them to my family and friends; or maybe I might just go again myself!
Very enjoyable, great experience, great job by the staff
My NASCAR experience was all and more than I anticipated. Driving a race car was one of my long time wishes and I was thoroughly pleased with the results. Everyone was so upbeat and knowledgeable during the whole process. I definitely would recommend this once in a life time thrill to everyone I know.
Awesome experience... will have to do it again!!! Thank you everyone at Cloud 9 Living.
The instructor was very professional and knowledgeable. Made everyone involved comfortable from the out set. He took away any nerves we may have had. All the other personnel were great as well. Everyone was upbeat and helpful. Mike C.
Driving a Stock Car was one of the most fun things I have EVER done. Thompson International Speedway is a fast short track. From checking in, the pre-drive class, and then on to racing, everyone was amazing. The staff was there to answer every question and were as professional as can be. I'd recommend this experience to anyone who has ever dreamed of driving one of these cars. The toughest part of the day was trying to stop my body from shaking from the excitement after driving, as well as trying to remember to abide by the speed limit on the way home!
Everyone was helpful, pleasant, friendly and working hard to make the experience as enjoyable as possible.
Your staff is professional and friendly, spot on with details of the driving experience I was about to have. Once I arrived at Thompson Speedway in Connecticut, The Racing School staff was fantastic! They've got a boatload of experience and the tutorial given before I got behind the wheel was excellent. I have already recommended the experience to a bunch of friends. The question remains, do they have the mettle! Thanks for the great time, will do again! Dr. J. D. Gailes
This was awesome!
The experience was a great thrill that I would recommend for anyone. Flying around the track over 100mph was a one hell of an adrenaline rush. Only downside was the down time waiting to race. After our brief instruction class we waiting over 3 hours before getting into the car. Other than that it was great.
This was as thrilling as one could get legally! Great birthday present! If you have the need for speed I would highly recommend this!! Am certainly going back again next year!
This was the most amazing experience ever! My family got to stand in the Pit area and watch me experience, my biggest dream. Thank you Cloud 9!
Driving the stock car was the best experience. The staff, instructors, and Pro drivers were very friendly and helpful. I strongly recommend the event!!!
Response from Cloud 9 Living
  We never met a stock car that we didn't like! Happy to hear that you had such a great time. Thanks for the recommendation, we will pass it along!  
This was an excellent experience. I will definitely do it again. It is addicting.
Overall a great experience. The car I drove was great and the pre race instructions excellent. The pit crew was also excellent as was the spotter. The fact that only 4 cars were on the track at one time was great.
Response from Cloud 9 Living
Hello, Rich! Wow! Sounds like a great driving experience. We will be sure to pass your kind words along.  Cheers to you,  Kasia 
It was an awesome experience, I thought for sure we were going to slide into the wall but it never happened!! Thats a good thing!! WOW is all I could say
Thank you Cloud 9 Living for the opportunity of a lifetime! It was better than I expected! The staff was great, the experience even greater!

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