NASCAR Racing Experience

Charlotte Motor Speedway

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It's time to put the pedal to the metal, as you get behind the wheel of of a full size NASCAR style stock car at the Charlotte Motor Speedway! Strap on your helmet and buckle up for an adrenaline rush unlike anything you've ever experienced!

  • Drive real NASCAR style stock cars- the same cars driven by NASCAR legends like Jeff Gordon and Dale Jr.
  • Choose between 8, 16, 24, or 32 minutes of racing time
  • Hit tops speeds of up to 150 MPH!
  • No lead cars. Just you, the track, and a 2-way radio
  • Take home a racing license and a certificate with your top speed!
Charlotte Motor Speedway - Concord, NC

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AM times are typically 8:00 to 11:00
PM times are typically 12:00 to 3:00

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    Essential Information
    • Participants must be a minimum of 5'0'' and 100 lbs in order to participate, and a maximum of 6'7" and 280 lbs
    • Participants must be in good overall physical condition
    • A valid driver's license is required
    • Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who must sign a consent form
    • Vehicles are manual transmission (stick shift), however the crew is happy to assist you if you need a little help
    • Pricing includes a $39 drivers fee that covers accidental insurance coverage, souvenir racing license and ear buds
    • Photos and video packages are available for purchase at the track
    • Feel free to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
    • Some seating is provided, however, it is recommended to bring lawn chairs to guarantee a seat for any spectators
    Plan on being at the track for approximately 3 hours.
    Experience Provider Info
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    Maximum Participants
    1 driver per car with 3-4 cars on track at a time.
    Yes, we encourage you to bring family and friends, and don't forget the cameras!
    Weather Dependent
    If we have inclement weather and have to cancel, you may either reschedule for another available date or be issued a gift card that you can use to reschedule at your convenience. A refund will not be issued due to rainouts.
    What To Wear
    Comfortable, casual clothes depending on the time of year as your clothing will be worn under a driving suit. Wear closed toe shoes, tennis shoes are recommended.
    What is the age requirement?

    Participants must have a valid driver's license and participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who must sign a written consent form.

    Are there any physical requirements or restrictions?
    Participants must be a minimum of 5'0'' and 100 pounds in order to participate, a maximum of 6'7" and 280 lbs, and must also be in good overall physical condition. Participants will be required to climb through a 15'' x 30'' window, that sits 36'' off the ground (with minimal assistance).
    Do I have to know how to drive a stick shift?
    Yes, the cars you will be driving have a 4-speed racing transmission. However, if you need a little help getting going the professionals at the track will be glad to assist you.
    Do I need a driver's license?
    Yes, driving participants must have a valid (legal and not expired), government-issued driver's license (from any country).
    Do I need to bring my own racing gear?
    No, the racing school will provide you with racing gear, including a driving suit and helmet. If you have your own gear that you would like to use, you are welcome to bring it for possible use, but it will be subject to inspection and approval for use by the Track Operator. Gear will be available for you at the track, should you not be approved to use your own.
    Can I choose which racecar I drive?
    No, unfortunately the racing school cannot guarantee which exact cars will be at the track on a given date, nor can they promise the specific car a participant will be assigned to for his/her drive. Each participant is assigned to a car with careful consideration, based on individual height and weight.
    What happens if I wreck the car?
    The price includes a $35 fee for racing license and liability insurance. This releases you from all vehicle damage.
    Is passing allowed?
    Yes, if you come up on a slower race car, track personnel will assist you around the slower portion(s) of the group, using techniques and instructions covered in your pre-drive orientation session.
    What does the typical day look like?
    Following a 1-hour pre-drive orientation/training session with the racing school's Crew Chief and professional instructors, you'll drive a real Sprint Cup style stock car on a speedway for a timed session. Total drive-time will depend on the program purchased. For this experience, there is no lead car utilized and and no instructor in the car with you! You will have constant, 2-way communication with a professional racing instructor through a state-of-the-art, in-car racing electronics radio system. Upon completion, you'll receive a full-color, Graduate Certificate with your top speed proudly displayed on it.
    What is the policy on rain-outs?
    If your experience is canceled due to inclement weather, the driving school will contact you and either immediately reschedule you for another available date, or issue you a gift card valid for 1 year. A refund will not be issued due to rain-outs.

    Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days.  All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.

    Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Cloud 9 Living.

    Cancellation Policy

    Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation all bookings are final. No refunds or exchanges are allowed once you have scheduled a date. If you need to reschedule, you have up until 30 days prior to your reservation to make changes for a $50 administrative fee. Once you are within 30 days of the event, you are then locked in to that date and time and no changes can be made.

    Customer Reviews
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    “Was a great experience a real adrenaline rush. Was a birthday gift from my son and family that I finally got to use. Would love to do again. My son drove also so great day for both of us.”
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    What a great gift, and a great day! Thank you for sharing!
    “it was a great day, everyone was great this was an experience of a life time for me. the staff was pleasant and vary professional. I would do this again.”
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hello Kevin,  Cheers to Once in a Lifetime Experiences! We'll be sure to pass your kind words along to the team.   
    “My experience happened at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on June 3rd. Parking was at a premium, but we found a spot in an adjacent lot. Little confusing as to where to go to sign in, but found the place after asking questions of a worker. Confusion about what I had signed up at the sign up booth. I opted for the "better" package. Thank goodness I had the information on my cell phone. There was limited seating, but in the sun. Would recommend some sun cover for the spectators as the day was very hot. Our pre-instruction was provided by Clint. He was a great instructor and deserves kudos. The ride along was quite exciting. The NASCAR driver was experienced and the car appeared to have no RPM limiter so the speed was pretty much all out, approaching 170+ MPH. I was looking forward to my single drive in a NASCAR for the next portion of my experience. I have to say, the toughest part of the experience is getting in and out of the race car through the window. I appreciated more the experience as to what actual race drivers have to go through. My single driving experience was OK. I was assigned a NASCAR with a Lowes's advertisement on the side. The non-power steering and brakes plus the direct-connect clutch pedal brought back memories of my first vehicle I owned. The remote drive instructor was excellent and I had no problem with his promptings. I was amazed that I could only do the first lap with no more than 4000 RPM, with increasing boosts to RPM by increments of 200 RPM. My final lap was at 5000 RPM. There is an RPM limiter, so I did the lap at 5000 RPM which gave me a high speed of 133.1 MPH. I guess the higher speed is when the person signs up for more time and is allowed higher RPM. The race car handled very well, but the acceleration appeared curtailed. I suspect this is for the safety of the experience. Loved the experience and would recommend it to anyone who wants this as a check off on their bucket list. I appreciate the work of the pit crews and the drivers much more after my experience. Great thanks to my kids for such a gift for my 70th birthday. I have been a home mechanic for a long time and always have the "need for speed."”
    “I booked the NASCAR Driving Experience, and it was incredible. Everyone I came in contact with was friendly and helpful. Driving the race car was an amazing adrenaline rush. I will very likely do it again.”
    “The NASCAR experience was too expensive for the time actually on the track. The actual experience did not go as planned. We paid for two 8-minute sessions on the track and the staff made an error and called my husband off the track 5 minutes into the first session. There was a 15- 20 minute delay getting back on the track, waiting in a hot (temperature) car. We got the time we paid for, but it was not as much fun for $900.00 as it should have been with the error.”
    “I did NASCAR & it we great. Did a pre drive which showed me real speed. ”
    “Had a great time instructors were friendly along with the staff. I had the honor of getting the 48 car which was great just wished that the other cars would have sported a nascar or nationwide team and sponsor decal. I would do it again if I received another deal on it and would reccomend other to do the experince.”
    “My experience with cloud 9 was excellent. The staff was always helpful and assisted me in any way possible. The Racing Experience was a blast. I strongly recommend it to anyone who likes driving fast. Can't wait to book my next experience. Sincerely, Neel Downey Lewisville, NC”

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