The Richard Petty Driving Experience: How Fast Can You Go? Locations, Pricing & More

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Can you picture yourself in this car, screaming around a corner at high speeds? Your dreams can become reality with the Richard Petty driving experience!

Boogity boogity boogity, let’s go racing, boys!” is part of the Southern lexicon. The souped-up cars of NASCAR have Southern roots that go back to moonshine-running during prohibition days. It’s many a kid’s (and many adults’) dream to take one of these cars for a spin on the track, making the Richard Petty Driving Experience a great gift idea for Father’s Day (or birthday or Christmas or any day, really).

Feel like the King of the Road by getting behind the wheel of a NASCAR race car with the Richard Petty Driving Experience.

The original site is only an hour away from Winston-Salem at Charlotte Motor Speedway (formerly Lowe’s Motor Speedway), located in Concord, NC. It is “the fastest form of entertainment in Charlotte,” offering both driving experiences and even faster ride-alongs.

Due to its success, the Richard Petty Driving Experience has spread to more than 20 racetracks across the country and can even be found in Vegas, which also offers night rides!


Here’s the locations currently available (alphabetical order) with a quick description of each racetrack.

The locations include the infamous Daytona International Speedway, home of the Daytona 500, as well as Talladega, the longest Nascar oval at 2.66 miles!

How Fast Can You Go?

With the Ride-Along Experience, you will ride shotgun in a two-seat NASCAR race car driven by a professional instructor at top speeds up to 165 mph for three full-track laps! The more track time you buy, the faster you’ll go.

Track Times Available

In addition to the introductory 3-lap ride-along, you are able to purchase track times ranging from 5 minutes all the way up to 48 minutes. Once you’ve completed at least a 32-minute experience, there is also the Advanced Experience (costs extra at Daytona and Talladega).

Richard Petty driving experience speed chart showing bar graphs ranging from 5 minutes at 5,000 RPM to 48 minutes at 5,600 RPM.
The more time you buy, the faster you’ll go.

Although reservations are not required, call before heading to the track to confirm the date/time of the Ride-Along, especially for Father’s Day: 1-800- 237-3889.

Bonus: Teens, ages 14-19, can participate in a Ride-Along Experience at a discount when their parent/guardian purchases one as well.

Driving A NASCAR Race Car

Driving Experiences do require reservations and include their most popular, “Rookie Experience,” in which participants drive a 600 horsepower NASCAR race car for eight laps, with other track rides (up to 50 laps) available.

Testimonials For The Richard Petty Driving Experience

I asked around before sitting down to pen this post. Here are what some of my friends had to say about the experience.

[My friends] absolutely loved it… worth every penny!

Tara, Mt. Airy, NC

All had a blast!

Elecia, Claudville, VA

I’ve done it twice! The driving part is cool, but the ride along is even better. You get to go a lot faster than when you are driving. 180 mph is pretty sweet!

David, Winston-Salem, NC

It was great! Nothing like the roar and rumble of 900 horsepower!

Justin, Mt. Airy, NC

My dad LOVED it!

Sean, Concord, NC

My dad just returned from the one in Las Vegas and said it was the best experience!

Elaine, Winston-Salem, NC

148 mph of awesomeness!

Danielle, Winston-Salem, NC

Eight laps at 164 mph that felt like 364 mph! Fastest 10 minutes of my life!

Trey, Mt. Airy, NC

Did it on a dare — huge adrenaline rush! …. Best part was that my finish time was better than the (male) friend who dared me to do it. I got a lot of ‘mileage’ out of that win.

Sarah, Winston-Salem, NC

Whether it’s for Father’s Day, birthday or bachelor party, it’s a unique gift of “life in the fast lane” that will not be forgotten!

Richard Petty Driving Experience | (800) 237-3889

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