Race Rookie - Experiences - Richard Petty Driving Experience

Race Rookie

Cost: $525    

A Driver Release Fee of $39 will be added at time of checkout. Click here for details.

Ready to drive a NASCAR race car on track within hours of your favorite driver? Your hands are on the wheel, your foot is on the gas, and you're in the driver's seat for 8 laps over 1 session in a 600 horsepower NASCAR race car.

Available at: Charlotte Motor Speedway



Personalized Itinerary

:5 minutes Orientation and Video
Meet our staff and watch a short video featuring Richard Petty
:20 minutes Driving Instruction
Learn from your crew chief how to master the track driving line, acceleration / deceleration points. 
:25 minutes Mechanical and Safety Instruction 
Learn the details of the NASCAR race car including entry and exit, shifting pattern, safety devices and more. 
:10 minutes Mandatory Driver’s Meeting
This is the time to go over final details, ask last minute questions and receive the driving order. Participants will have their photo(s) taken next to a NASCAR race car. Then hear those famous words in Motorsports, "Drivers Start Your Engines!" 
:1 hour approximately Driving Experience
Time varies by experience.
Participants driving in a program with more than one session will receive feedback from the instructors each time exiting the vehicle. This ensures that each subsequent session shows improvement in driving skill and takes you closer to meeting the top goal speed. 
:15 minutes Closing Ceremony
Participants will receive a Graduation Pack, including a detailed lap-time sheet showing each lap driven and an official Graduation Certificate with name, date and estimated top goal speed reached.

This fee is in lieu of a "crash clause" requiring each participant to commit a certain amount that will be forfeited in the event of an incident/crash. RPDE provides that each driver who pays the $39 Driver Release Fee will not be responsible for most damage to the car resulting from an incident/crash at the track. Only in the event that a driver intentionally or negligently fails to follow instructions which leads to an incident/crash will RPDE seek financial recompense for resulting damage to the vehicle.

Experience Video