The ear-rattling noise of fully revved NASCAR motors at Kansas Speedway is even more thrilling when you’re actually in the driver’s seat. That’s what the Richard Petty Driving Experience is all about.
“Fans can experience their hands on the wheel and foot on the gas as they are in control of a 600-horsepower NASCAR racecar on the same tracks that the professionals race at in the Sprint Cup Series,” says Chris Kirby, Director of Marketing, for Petty Holdings LLC. The first Richard Petty Driving Experience was offered at Kansas Speedway over 10 years ago
Authentic NASCAR Experience
Providing authentic NASCAR entertainment, the Rookie Driving Experience runs one hour and includes eight high-speed laps on the track. This follows orientation and a short video featuring Richard Petty. A crew chief then teaches guests how to master the track driving line, acceleration and deceleration points. Mechanical and safety instruction includes tips on entry and exit, shifting pattern, safety devices and more. After a mandatory drivers meeting to go over final details, rookies take the driver’s seat.
“Then they hear the famous words in motorsports, ‘Drivers, start your engines!’” Kirby says.
Safety comes first, so all cars routinely rotate through a quality assurance program and receive daily inspections. Guests must have a valid driver’s license, and a parent or a legal guardian must accompany anyone who is under 18. Participants must wear socks, closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothing as well as a regulation driver’s suit and helmet. Because the racecars lack doors, guests must also be able to climb through a 15” x 30” window, which sits 36” above ground.
“Richard Petty Driving Experience allows NASCAR fans and thrill seekers alike to experience the ultimate adrenaline rush,” Kirby says. For reservations visit www.drivepetty.com or contact the Customer Service and Sales Center at 800-237-3889.
Sponsored by Richard Petty Driving Experience