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Spec Car Racing School

Brainerd International Raceway

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Transform yourself from a spectator into a race car driver and feel the excitement of pushing an SCCA Ford Spec Racer to top speeds at Brainerd International Raceway!

  • The racing school has instructed hundreds of delighted students and has been in operation for over 30 years
  • Helmets, racing suits, and gloves will be provided on the day of the experience 
  • Your brief classroom instruction will cover safety measures, basic racing technique, and track dynamics
  • Get ready for the racing experience of your life!
Brainerd International Raceway - Brainerd, MN
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April through October:
Select Mondays - 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM

*All participants must be present for registration and a track tour at 7:15 AM (regardless of the racing time), mandatory safety session begins promptly at 8:00 AM

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    Essential Information
    • Includes classroom and on-track instructions, car and racing gear, and a catered breakfast 
    • All participants must be present for registration and track tour at 7:15 AM (regardless of the racing time)
    • Participants must be at least 16 years of age and possess a valid driver's license
    • Participants must know how to operate a manual transmission (as none of the vehicles are automatic)
    • Participants must be between 5'0" - 6'5" tall and should weigh no more than 250 pounds
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    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
    During this experience, there will be 10-12 cars are on the track at one time. Total group size will vary.
    We encourage you to bring friends and family to watch you drive!
    Weather Dependent
    This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
    What To Wear
    Wear comfortable clothing suitable for weather conditions and closed-toe, thin soled shoes.

    For this experience, our partners are taking extra measures to help prevent any potential spread of COVID-19. These measures include delaying the start of all experiences to allow enough time to check-in, providing hand sanitation stations, and sanitizing all helmets and vehicles after every event. It is required to wear a balaclava or head protection with your helmet and highly recommended for you to bring your own helmet. To ensure the safety of all, please note that this experience is limited to staff and participants only and to bring your own water bottle and meals. Our partners kindly ask that all participants and staff stay 6 feet apart and if you are feeling any symptoms or have come into contact with others who have symptoms, to please reschedule your experience. 

    What are the requirements to drive?

    Drivers must be at least 16 years old and have a valid driver's license.

    Are there any height or weight restrictions?

    All participants have to be between 5'0" and 6'5" tall and weigh no more than 250 pounds. 

    Do I need to know how to drive manual transmission?

    Yes, you have to know how to operate a manual transmission, as none of the vehicles are automatic. 

    Will there be food available at the track?

    A continental breakfast will be provided, additional food and beverages are available for purchase at the racetrack.

    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 received a booking confirmation, rescheduling is allowed up to 14 days prior to the experience. Failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 14 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.

    Customer Reviews
    (3 reviews)
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    “It was fun, however the rain deterred from having the full experience I looked forward to. (Just Mother Nature!) The instructors were great and made sure it was a fun morning despite the weather!”
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hello,  Oh, no! I'm so happy to hear that you had fun despite mother nature's interference. Thank you for getting out on the track and for being such a great sport! Cheers,  Kasia
    “The entire experience was beyond my expectations! I was nervous upon arriving at the track, but all the instructors and Cloud 9 Living personnel were very friendly and supportive. There were eight other drivers in the Spec Racing segment. Some had been there before and a few were beginners as myself. Prior to arriving, I had imagined that we would be alone on the track, but maybe 20 minutes into our session I came upon some BMW etc. cars on the track. My driving abilities increased with every lap completed on the 2.5-mile course at the Brainard International Raceway. It was quite satisfying to see how quick the Spec car is compared to the production cars. I look forward to going back someday and further improving my driving abilities. Stepping out of the car I could feel my heart racing and felt I could float up to the clouds! ”
    “This survey was addressed to my brother Bob, who doesn't have a computer, but we both received this as Christmas gifts from our wives. This is Harlyn writing. This whole experience was the most fun ever. Everyone at the Brainerd Minnesota Raceway were so friendly, nice and helpful. The classroom instruction was truly helpful. But I must say that the preview ride, with the instructor, was the best fun I have ever had. It was better than any amusement ride at the fair. It truly almost takes your breath away from the excitement! My wife and sister-in-law were given on a preview ride also and they said it was SO scary, but they also enjoyed it. You have an insight into what a race car driver really has to do to try and keep out of an accident, but at the same time what needs to be done to win. All I can say is......WOW! Hi, this is Harlyn's wife, Pat writing now..... When I saw this Cloud 9 on the internet, I was a bit worried as to what this company was all about and wanted to make sure that I wasn't just sending my money off into space someplace, never to be seen again. When I read all the articles about their TV and magazine interviews, I felt confident that it was a legit business and it was! The packet that we received was so pretty, and it was such a nice gift to put under the Christmas tree. The whole experience was wonderful. My husband is 74 and his brother is 72 and they had a blast!!!!!”

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