Frequently Asked Questions
Q: WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE IN MARIO ANDRETTI RACING EXPERIENCE AND OTHER RACING SCHOOLS OR DRIVING EXPERIENCES?
A: Mario Andretti Racing Experience is the most realistic driving experience offering Indy-style race cars.
*Full size, Indy-style race cars you can drive!
*No lead cars to follow, no instructor rides with you
*In Car Racing Electronics radio communications with spotters
*Passing is allowed
Q: WHAT RACE TRACKS DO YOU OFFER NASCAR RACING EXPERIENCE?
A. 11 of the Nation's Premier Speedways.
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Auto Club Speedway- formerly California Superspeedway
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Miami Homestead Speedway
Texas Motor Speedway
Richmond International Raceway
Phoenix International Raceway
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Michigan International Raceway
Q: WHAT KIND OF RACE TRACKS WILL I BE DRIVING ON?
A: All oval, paved race tracks. The same race tracks you see NASCAR and IRL race on.
Q: DO I NEED TO MAKE A RESERVATION?
A: Yes, reservations are recommended for all experiences. Dates and times are limited and do sell out in advance.
Q: HOW DO I MAKE A RESERVATION?
A: You can make a reservation at www.AndrettiRacing.com or call 704-886-2400.
Q: DO YOU HAVE GIFT CARDS?
A: Yes, you can purchase an e- Gift Card for any dollar amount. E-Gift Cards are personalized and emailed upon purchase. Plus gift cards can be redeemed for either NASCAR Racing Experience or Mario Andretti Racing Experience at any of the speedways and never expire!
Q: WHAT IF I CAN'T DECIDE WHAT DATE, TIME AND LOCATION?
A: Get a gift card. Gift cards are good at any of our nationwide locations and never expire!
Q: WHEN DO TIMED DRIVING SESSIONS BEGIN AND END?
A: The time on your driving session begins as you start driving down pit road and it ends when you pull back into the pits.
Q: WHAT IS THE $35 DRIVERS FEE FOR?
A: We've got you covered! For a $35 Driver's Fee, drivers are covered with Vehicle Liability Insurance. Plus get Racing Electronics Ear Buds and Souvenier Racing License which is included in the $35 Drivers Fee. The Drivers Fee is required for all drivers and is due at check out when making a reservation. Admissions/Amusement tax is required in some states and will be due at check out.
Q: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO DO A DRIVING EXPERIENCE?
A: All timed driving sessions you should allow up to 3 hours. This includes the drivers meeting, training and instruction.
Q: DO I NEED A VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE?
A: Yes, all drivers are required to bring a valid driver’s license to the racetrack and present when checking in.
Q: CAN I BRING FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO WATCH?
A: Absolutely! We encourage you to bring friends and family. A track-side viewing area is available at all tracks.
Q: WHERE DO WE NEED TO GO AT THE RACE TRACK TO CHECK IN?
A: Once at the race track, you'll need to go to the Infield Tunnel, drive thru the tunnel to the center of the race track. There you will see the race cars and trailer on pit road. Park and go to the trailer to check in.
Q: IS PASSING ALLOWED?
A: Yes, if you come up on a slower race car, your personal racing instructor will instruct you to pass.
Q: WHAT DO I WEAR?
A: Comfortable, casual clothes depending on the time of year as your clothing will be worn under a driving suit. Wear closed toe shoes, tennis shoes are recommended.
Q: DO I NEED TO BRING RACING GEAR?
A: No. NASCAR Racing Experience and Mario Andretti Racing Experience provide you with everything you need except shoes and gloves. *Race shoes and Gloves are NOT required.
Q: WHAT IF I CAN’T FIT IN THE RACE CAR?
A: The weight and height requirements are a general range and are not guaranteed. In the event you cant fit in the car, we will do our best to help accommodate you at the racetrack with other options.
Q: ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS?
A: Yes. Drivers must have a valid driver's license and should not exceed 6'5", 275 lbs. Passengers for Ride Alongs must be a minimum of 5 ft tall and 100 lbs. Under 18 years old parental consent is required.
Q: DO I HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO DRIVE A STICK SHIFT?
A: It is recommended but not required with Mario Andretti Racing Experience. You will shift from low to high gear.
Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF I WRECK A RACE CAR?
A: The Driver will forfeit all remaining laps and will not be allowed to drive again.
Q: CAN I DRIVE IF I HAVE HEARING AIDS?
A: Yes, but we will need to know in advance so we can plan accordingly. Drivers communicate with spotters using RE ear buds. You will be required to remove your hearing aids. If you can't hear clearly without the hearing aids, we will set up a lead follow experience for you. Please call us in advance if you have concerns so we can plan ahead.
Q: HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT MY TOP SPEED WAS?
A: Top speeds are approximate top speeds. We take the average lap speeds and add to that speed to get an approximate top speed on straight-aways. The higher programs we offer, the speeds will be closer to the actual top speed. Because it is an estimated top speed based off the average lap speed, the 5min and (1 & 2) 8min program will be skewed to the high side and the (3 & 4) 8min programs will be closer to accurate top speeds which will be reached at the end of the straight-away. Top speed will be printed for all drivers on your graduate certificate. Top speeds will vary depending on race track, track conditions, weather, and individual driving ability.
Q: WHAT DETERMINES “TOP SPEEDS?”
A: Multiple factors determine top speeds including track conditions including weather and temperature, the size if the racetrack, the banking, the experience purchased and if driving, the individual driving ability. As stated, “top speeds may reach up to” means exactly that.
Q: WHAT ARE THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS>
A. Q: WHAT ARE THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS?
The complete terms and conditions are stated on the Booking page when making a reservation and on the gift card page when purchasing a gift card. Reservations cannot be changed for any reason less than 30 days prior to the experience. Changes made to a reservation more than 30 days in advance will be charged a $50 admin. fee. Once you are within 30 days of your reservation date, you are then locked in to that date and time. If you cancel or fail to attend, you will lose your entire reservation fee. There are no refunds for any reason. All reservations must be paid in full. In the event of inclement weather or situations out of our control,you will be notified via email, facebook and/or phone call. There are no refunds; a gift card will be issued or you may be rescheduled. Please Note that ALL Dates Are Subject to Change. We respect and are committed to your privacy and no information is ever sold. Your payments and personal information is safe through our encrypted system. Following acceptance of your payment, a confirmation letter or gift voucher depending on purchase will be emailed within minutes of the transaction. Gift Cards are non refundable. Gift Cards are good for any of the nationwide locations and never expire. Gift Cards are good for either NASCAR Racing Experience or Mario Andretti Racing Experience.