Drive a Stock Car

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

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Overview

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! 
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park - Thompson, CT
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    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.
    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 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.
    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 race 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.

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

    Exchanges
    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, 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.

    Customer Reviews
    (33 reviews)
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    “Very friendly staff, who were extremely thorough in seeing to it that I understood the importance of safety, what I was doing, making me comfortable and secure in the race car. Staff answered all my questions, along with those of my family that came to watch. Overall it was an excellent experience. A great 70th birthday gift.”
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hello, Thomas! What a way to celebrate your birthday! Your feedback is a gift in itself - we will be sure to share your glowing review with our partners at the racing school! Best, Kasia
    “Mike was a great guy to learn from. Love the experience, cars were very quick and the ride along was insane! Had to shake his hand afterward, was very worth the time and money! Dont go to any other experience!”
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hi Casey,  Wow! We've just passed along your thanks to Mike. This is what gift-giving is all about! Thank you for your incredible review, and for being such a great customer.  Cheers,  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
    “Thoroughly enjoyed this new experience. Driving an authentic stock car around an oval track was exciting, and I recommend it to anyone. The staff were very helpful and polite..”
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    We thoroughly enjoyed your review! We'll be sure to pass your kind words along to the team!
    “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”
    “Over the years I have enjoyed these kind of experiences, mostly my flying Crazy Horse, the P-51 Mustang. There is quite a difference between the two which I found out yesterday. They both give one quite a rush with the G-forces, the car +/- 1.5 and the 51 4 plus. As to the people I met at the track, I have to say I have never met a more pleasant and enjoyable group of people in many a year. The manner in which I was received made my birthday present even more enjoyable. In closing I want to say, it was a most impressive and professional raceway. My thanks again.”
    “The whole team was friendly and knew what was going on at all times. They cared very much that I liked my experience. I highly recommend this experience.”
    “I thought the experience was awesome! I would definitely recommend this to all my friends. I'm hoping to drive a modified race car next time.”
    “I gifted this experience to my husband for our anniversary. He had the worst experience ever and I feel terrible about making him go through with it. The instructor didn't ask him if he wanted a manual or automatic car. He was given a manual control, and when he couldn't start off as he has no prior experience driving a manual car, the instructor yelled at him, throwing his clipboard on the car saying why didn't you tell me before!! This yelling and clipboard throwing happened several times. He wasn't given any time to understand the operations or wait peacefully after the initial training. The car wasn't in a good condition. He also had to BUY insurance on the car when he got there, and luckily he did, because he bumped a car trying to operate the manual car. This is not what I had in mind for him as a gift for our anniversary. Extremely stressful for him, and he was just upset at the end of the experience. Keep away from Thompson International Speedway!! ”
    “Phenomenal experience!!! I would highly recommend this to any car or speed enthusiast. The 20-lap experience is a must! ”
    “Awesome experience, would love to do it again!!”
    “Efficient and knowledgeable staff who assisted in excellent ways with my physical handicaps.”
    “It was amazing! I received this "experience" as a gift. Everyone involved at the track was friendly and made me feel at ease. I will definitely recommend this to others.”
    “Everyone was so attentive and pleasant, which made the experience so awesome! ”
    “This was an extremely enjoyable adventure. Would recommend it highly to anyone who loves driving fast cars.”
    “Driving a race car is exhilarating. However it's real constricted and hot in this cars. So if you're claustrophobic be careful. Tell them you want to wait to get in until a minute or two before you take off. Go to Thompson Speedway in Connecticut. That track is 5/8 of a mile and fast! It has a decent bank on the corners. So fast fast fast you go. It was awesome. ”
    “This was a fantastic gift. When I first got the present I was a little hesitant about it. I had never done this before and from what I read most NASCAR racing experiences involve a pace car that you follow during your time on the track. Well this wasn't one of those, we followed the pace car for 2 laps and after that it was 4 cars in a 5/8 mile track going as fast as you were willing to go, as long as you had control of the car and did not endanger yourself or the other participants, no governors or devices of the sort the cars are really fast. Al Lane and his team, were extremely experienced and thorough which made the experience very relax and enjoyable there was no rushing to meet a schedule and at the same time we were done on time. The cars and all the equipment were real and in good working order as advertised. I had a very enjoyable afternoon and drove a real race car, as fat as i could go in a real racetrack. ”
    “One of the best things I have done in life!”
    “What an amazing experience. Would do it again in a heart beat!”
    “Awesome time. I would recommend this as a must do to anyone that likes racing. The only two drawbacks were this, a car in front of us screwed up half of the drive. He was driving very slow and didn't listen to the radio instructions well. We ate up five laps before we all passed him (we only had 10 total). They had five cars on the track at once which is too much if there are slow drivers. The other thing was they kept telling us not to drive/accelerate past the first cone. Both of us who did this ride are experienced at high speed driving (retired law). It was a bummer that we weren't allowed to go as fast as our comfort level was. They need to recognize an individuals ability and ease up a bit on the headset telling up so essentially slow down. ”
    “Racing 16 laps at Richmond International Speedway was the most exciting thing I've ever done! I highly recommend it. The training and staff at the school were exceptional. I felt totally prepared. Rather than simply following a pace car, we actually got to race against each other. What a rush! I'm happy to say that I can now cross racing a NASCAR at top speed off my bucket list!”
    “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! ”
    “I had the best time ever! It was an unbelievable experience that I hope I can do again one day soon.”
    “I had the greatest experience and time doing this. All the people were outstanding and friendly. This was one of my things that I was able to take off my "Bucket List". If I had the opportunity, I would definitely do this again!”
    “What a blast! This was a surprise gift from my wife, and it was just fantastic. The staff were terrific, they really went out of their way to ensure I enjoyed the experience. Cross one off the Bucket List!”
    “ I am 70 and now I can cross driving a race car off my bucket list. It could not have been a better experience. ”
    “This was an excellent experience. I will definitely do it again. It is addicting.”
    “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!  
    “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!”
    “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 

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