Indy Car Ride Along

Chicagoland Speedway

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Experience real-life racing thrills by riding in the back seat as a passenger with a professional racing instructor in a full size, open wheel, Indy-style race car on the Chicagoland Speedway!

  • School started by the legendary Mario Andretti, the greatest race car driver of all time
  • Ride with a professional instructor at top speeds around one of the nation’s premier speedways
  • Indy-style race cars are similar to the ones Mario Andretti raced in his amazing racing career
  • Feel the speed in this once in a lifetime Indy car ride along adventure! 
Chicagoland Speedway - Joliet, IL

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AM times are typically 9:00 and 11:00
PM times are typically 12:00 and 4:00

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    Essential Information
    • Must be between 5'0" - 6'4" tall, weigh between 100 - 250 pounds and be in good overall physical condition
    • Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who must sign a consent form
    • Feel free to bring drinks and snacks
    • Recommended to bring lawn chairs to guarantee a seat for any spectators; limited seating provided
    Participants can expect to be at the track for approximately 2-3 hours depending on the lap package selected.
    Experience Provider Info
    Complete information for your Experience Provider, including contact information, will be included on your booking confirmation email once you or your gift recipient have scheduled the experience. Our Product Management team handpicks top-rated experience providers, removing the guesswork for you and ensuring your peace of mind.
    Maximum Participants
    1 participant per car.
    We encourage friends and family to come watch, and they may bring a camera to capture your experience! Limited seating is provided, so we recommend bringing lawn chairs to guarantee a seat for any spectators.
    Weather Dependent
    This experience is weather dependent. Always contact your experience provider in advance, especially if inclement weather is predicted! If inclement weather causes cancellation of your experience, you will be given the option to reschedule for another available date or be issued a gift card that you can use at a later date; both of these options will be carried out directly with the racing school. A refund will not be issued due to rain-outs.
    What To Wear
    Comfortable, casual clothing depending on the time of year. Closed-toe shoes are required (tennis shoes are recommended). Sandals, flip-flops, and heels are not permitted.
    What are the age requirements?
    There are no age requirements, however all participants must be at least 5'0'' and 100 lbs. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, who must give written consent.
    Are there any physical requirements or restrictions?
    Participants must be in good overall physical condition and at least 5' and 100 lbs in order to participate. Due to the restraints of the Indy car, participants may not exceed 6'4" and 250 lbs. All participants will be required to climb into the vehicle's cockpit with minimal assistance, which sits about 24'' off the ground.
    Do I need a driver's license?
    No, a driver's license is not required for the ride along. However, please have a valid photo ID handy for registration purposes at the track on the day of your experience.
    What kind of race cars are used?
    The cars used are 600 horsepower, open-wheel Indy race cars.  For the ride along experience, participants sit in the back cockpit seat of the vehicle.
    What is the policy on rain-outs?
    If your experience is canceled due to inclement weather, the racing school will contact you and either immediately reschedule you for another available date, or issue you a gift card that you can use at a later date. A refund will not be issued due to rain-outs.
    Can I bring my own helmet?
    The racing school will provide you with a helmet, however, if you have your own helmet you are welcome to bring it for possible use. It will be subject to inspection and approval for use by the Track Operator.

    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 into that date and time and no changes can be made.

    Customer Reviews
    (23 reviews)
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    “The ride along itself was great. I had my time changed from 1pm to 2pm, which was no big deal, but as I waited in line and watched several people go before me (even those behind me in line) I didn’t get my ride until 3:30pm. I should not have had to wait that long in the heat when I was there at my scheduled time of 1:30 a half hour before my ride.”
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hello, Patrick! Just checking in to let you know that we are appreciative of you writing in. It was wonderful working with you on this, and we are so happy that the racing school is giving you another 6 lap Ride Along, on them! Thank you again for your understanding and for allowing us the opportunity to correct this! Cheers, Kasia
    “I thought it would be more accommodating. Seemed like they just rushed thru. Didn't even have chance for wife take pictures next to car with driver etc. But tide was great could have been 5 laps drove 1.5 hrs . And had 3 min ride .”
    “The ride was short but sweet.”
    “Thought there would be more to do. Possibly a tour, video or something. Was all over very quickly as a passenger. Hoping to see more of the track experience. Driver never spoke.”
    “The driver, fully-dressed and in the "cockpit" did not acknowledge or communicate with me. The "pit crew" were fine. I wanted to tip my driver, but was unable to do so, because, wham-bam, he was off with another passenger in a flash. The ride was exciting though, and I'm glad I had the experience.”
    “It was great, I loved the experience! It rained in the early morning so there was a bit of a delay (so what!), and us ride a long folks talked with each other as well as the group of drivers there for the driving experience. What a bunch of nice people! The staff was very nice and attentive to everyone's needs. What a great time it was, I think next time I'm going to take the drivers school and try my hand at driving. Thank you very much!!!”
    “It goes by way too quick and it is not a full three laps. I cannot see why the cost is so high, they get you in and out of the car as fast as possible. With that said, a good package for the price would be a good five laps and the 6 lap adventure they have should be a 10 lap ride along. It was not a full three laps, when you are coming up to your 3rd lap they slow down at lap 2.5. That was disappointing. However, next time I will do the drive your own car. I have no complaints what so ever with Cloud 9 Living. They made the booking seamless. Thanks! Cloud 9 Living! ”
    “Cloud 9 Living make the experience so easy and very one I dealt with at Cloud 9 were very professional and helpful. I would recommend Cloud 9 to any individual who's never sure what to purchase for someone. They can look what's available and pick it themselves. Great idea... Wish this was around 20 years ago. ”
    “I had a 3 lap indy ride, and although it was a great experience, it was way too short. Minimum should be at least 4-5 laps as the entire ride lasted less than 3 min. 1st lap just gets you up to speed, and the last lap is into the pits, so that gives you one lap at speed. A 3 lap ride should include 3 laps at speed. I would not recommend this experience only because the experience does not justify the cost. As a side note, my driver was way cool, and the people very friendly. It was enjoyable to be there.”
    “This is an experience that any race enthusiast must have in their bucket list. I have a greater appreciation of what drivers deal with during a race. It was great! ”
    “I was impressed with the effeciency of the process. I ended up finishing 10 minutes before I was due to start. I think the cars were not truely Indy cars. They clearly had different engines and I doubt we reached the 180 MPH advertised. But even with that, it was a lot of fun.”
    “It was a fantastic mind blowing experience! The amazing power. The quick acceleration. The speed. The sound of the engine. It was the life changing and a wonderful overall thrill. Thanks, Jim White”
    “Awesome! Would love to do this again. Best Father's Day gift ever!”
    “Amazing!!! Everyone should try. Will remember for a very long time! Very friendly staff and people. Ride of a life time!!! Thank Cloud 9 Living for a fantastic experience and super customer service!!! Will recommend to my friends and everyone I now.”
    “The Mario Andretti Experience was very well-run. We had a 3pm time, but arrived early, and they took us early. Was very glad to know to bring a chair and/or snacks as it was a hot day and we had kids with us. While efficient, they do sort of "get you in/get you out", and our opportunities for pictures felt a little bit rushed, but over all a really good experience and would do it again, or recommend to others.”
    “My Indy car ride along exceeded expectations. I have already recommended the experience to a handful of friends/colleagues. My only complain is with the staff who loaded riders into the vehicle. While they were generally friendly and courteous, they were quite impatient when assisting the riders with getting into the vehicle (all people in my party expressed the exact same dissatisfaction). For first timers, getting into the car is awkward and takes a little manuevering (even for us "normal sized", healthy and flexible adult males). I understand that time is of the essence in handling a large volume of riders, but a little patience and a few extra seconds would go a long way toward treating your customers with the respect they deserve for plunking down hundreds of dollars for a short thrill. Thx for the overall excellent experience. David Kaminski ”
    “The experience was amazing & I have recommended to every person I've talked to since I went. However the staff was unfriendly & surly. You have a very good product but need to improve customer service to keep people coming back. ”
    “way to short of ride. took 3 lap ride along. ”
    “would have like 5 or 6 laps - 3 is too short”
    “A little behind on time, per the schedule. Other than than would of loved to go faster. Keith ”
    “The Indy Car Champ Ride was a gift from my family. They know I like adventure and speed...this fit the bill. The ride was smooth and fast. You really feel the power of the vehicle and the "G-force" at speed on the banked track.”
    “Cloud 9 was wonderful however there was an issue with the booking that I believe was on the Mario Andretti end. You guys booked 2 rides under one individual for us. 2 rides under Martin and 2 rides under Eddy. They had the 2 rides under Eddy but not under Martin. So we spent an hour of me trying to find confirmations and emails to prove that I did indeed purchase 2 rides. Finally after speaking to a manager they allowed our fourth person that we did pay for to do a ride along. other than that the experience was great. Erin De'Ath”

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