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LAS VEGAS (Nov. 1, 2017) – Motorsports’ leading fan driving experience partners – Driving 101, which operates NASCAR Racing Experience, Richard Petty Driving Experience and Mario Andretti Racing Experience – announced today they will consolidate the organizations and their operations to deliver the ultimate on-track fan experience at racetracks around the country.

Together, these three trusted brands will create an even more powerful one, with more than 150 race cars – featuring open wheel and stock cars — and permanent locations throughout the U.S.  With the consolidation, NASCAR Racing Experience, Richard Petty Driving Experience and Mario Andretti Racing Experience will now be able to offer its customers more dates at more of the nation’s premier speedways. The program will expand to Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a full time operation offering 200 days a year with the addition of Mario Andretti Racing Experience and their fleet of full size, Indy-style race cars.  In addition, the consolidated experience will run at 19 nationwide Speedways for NASCAR Racing Experience as well as expanding to 15 nationwide speedways for Mario Andretti Racing Experience.

“This consolidation allows us to provide the best NASCAR and Indy-style car driving experience choice for customers, race fans, thrill seekers and corporate America.  In short, we will be the leader in the driving experience industry.  We’ve expanded our nationwide locations, strengthened our marketing strategies, and made the racing experience even more authentic,” said Robert Lutz, CEO of Driving 101, which operates NASCAR Racing Experience, Mario Andretti Racing Experience and Richard Petty Driving Experience.  “Driving 101 is excited to be able to work with two of the sports icons, Richard Petty and Mario Andretti, to bring this racing experience to the fans.”

“This is all about giving the fans more,” said Petty.  “If they want to drive a NASCAR-style car or an Indy-style car, they now have that option.  They can go to more tracks across the country, too.  It’s just a lot better for the fans and people who want this experience.  I see this as a great situation for everyone.”

“It’s exciting to be part of this extended nationwide program for fans of open-wheel racing and stock cars,” said Andretti.  “To combine forces with the legendary Richard Petty means race fans can experience some of the thrill we felt as drivers at more tracks than ever before.”

About NASCAR Racing Experience: NASCAR Racing Experience is the leading experiential racing company in North America, offering the most realistic racing programs available to motorsports fans nationwide. NASCAR Racing Experience programs are conducted at 19 racetracks across the United States and Mario Andretti Racing Experience is held at 15 racetrack, and both offer a vast array of corporate outings and motorsports themed events.  For more information call 704-886-2400 or visit

About Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE): RPDE is the worldwide leader in NASCAR race car drive-and-ride entertainment, available at speedways across the U.S. It has base locations in Las Vegas, Daytona, Concord, NC and Kansas City. For track locations, dates of operation, or to book an experience visit or call 704-455-9443, or stay up-to-date with Facebook, Twitter @Drive Petty or YouTube.


Mario Andretti Racing Experience Expands to 15 Nationwide Speedways for 2018!

Mario Andretti Racing Experience is excited to announce the expansion to 15 of the  Nation’s Premier Speedways for 2018!  Race Fans, Thrill seekers, Corporate Groups, and Bucket Listers will be able to drive or ride along in Indy-style race cars at more speedways in 2018.  Drive a full size, Indy-style race car or ride in the back seat of a 2-seat Indy- style race car on the nation’s premier oval speedways.

2018 Nationwide Speedways include:

Atlanta Motor Speedway
Auto Club Speedway- formerly California Superspeedway
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Chicagoland Speedway
Kentucky Speedway
Miami Homestead Speedway
Texas Motor Speedway
Richmond International Raceway
Phoenix International Raceway
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Michigan International Raceway
Kansas Speedway
Gateway Motorsports Park
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Dover International Speedway

Make your reservation today at Mario Andretti Racing Experience, “World’s Fastest Driving Experience” or buy a Gift Card.  We look forward to seeing you in 2018 at a speedway near you!

Will Work To Drive Program

Love Racing? Want to drive a real NASCAR race car or Indy style race car but can't afford to buy it? That's ok, you can work for it! NASCAR Racing Experience and Mario Andretti Racing Experience is now offering a "Work to Drive" program.

How's it work? It's simple. You work on Pit Road doing various duties for 3 days. On the 3rd day get to Drive a race car for the "Qualifier Experience" ($499 value) in exchange for working!

Workers must be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver's license, be in good physical condition, adhere to all company procedures, wear a crew t-shirt, hat with black pants/shorts and of course be huge race fans!

How do I sign up? Select a speedway you'd like to work at along with track dates on the racing experience schedule. Complete the application. Applications will be reviewed and an Operations Manager will contact you to discuss details.

Apply Here:

2016 Holiday Gift Ideas

Mario Andretti Racing Experience is now offering once in a lifetime Holiday Gift Ideas. This holiday give that special someone an e-Gift Card from Mario Andretti Racing Experience, "World's Fastest Driving Experience". Gift cards are emailed, personalized, and NEVER expire. Plus buy a gift card for ANY amount good for ANY of the nationwide locations.

Here's a couple Amazing Gift Ideas....
A Great Stocking Stuffer- Give the Ride Along ($99.99 SALE) or give a $100 e-Gift Card.
Most Popular Gift- Give the Qualifier Driving Experience. ($319.99 SALE) or give a $320 e-Gift Card.

Make this the most memorable holiday ever with a Mario Andretti Racing Experience gift card. With the holiday sale prices you're sure to give an experience of a lifetime for the fraction of the cost.

Happy Holidays from Mario Andretti Racing Experience!

Mario Andretti Racing Experience Announces Phase One of 2017 Schedule

Just Announced! Mario Andretti Racing Experience will be releasing "Phase One" of the 2017 schedule. Save the Date! Phase one will be released on September 20, 2016. Speedway locations with 2017 dates to be announced include Charlotte Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kentucky Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Speedway, Richmond International Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Homestead Miami Speedway and Auto Club Speedway CA.

"We've had a large number of customers calling inquiring about 2017 dates and speedways therefor we decided to release dates earlier than usual to help accommodate requests" said Kurt Weinhart, Director of Sales and Marketing.

Additional dates and locations will be announced on a later date. Get first choice of dates, times and speedways on September 20th. To make a reservation book online at or call customer service at 704-886-2400.

Oh Snap! Get Social with Mario Andretti Racing Experience!

Mario Andretti Racing Experience is going viral! With the summer tour dates going on across the United States, Mario Andretti Racing Experience is geared up for Social Media. Customers and fans can now share pics from their special day at the racetrack on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

"People kept on requesting and inquiring about our Social Media platforms because they want to see experience pics and post their own. We are thrilled to have successfully launched Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for Mario Andretti Racing Experience" said Heather Lutz, VP of Sales and Marketing.

No only can you post pics, make comments and see other pics on Mario Andretti Social Media, you can also see top speeds of the day, get weather updates, keep up on the latest at Mario Andretti Racing Experience and get exclusive promotional offers....all of this on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Get Social with Mario Andretti Racing Experience today! Join us and be part of this once in a lifetime experience. We look forward to being "friends"

Twitter - @AndrettiRaceExp

Instragram - @marioandrettiracingexperience

Facebook - Mario Andretti Racing Experience


Mario Andretti Racing Experience “In the News”! As Seen on “60 Minutes”, “USA Today”, “PRN News”, Forbes and MORE!

NASCAR or Indy Car? Find out for Yourself. Jim Clash, Forbes Magazine

The debate among racing fans: What’s the better series on ovals, NASCAR with brute-force machines that look like regular passenger cars, or IndyCar, with sleek open cockpits low to the ground and exposed wheels?

I once asked Tony Stewart, who has raced in both. “It’s like taking a tennis ball and a bowling ball, rolling them 10 feet and having your buddy make them change directions,” he explained. “With a tennis ball, you can pretty much make it change direction without losing speed. With the bowling ball, you have to slow it down to make the turn, then push to accelerate it again, like in a stock car.”

To find out for myself, I headed to Charlotte Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile high-banked oval in Concord, NC. The NASCAR Racing Experience and Mario Andretti Racing Experience both run programs there the first weekend of August. The schools are related, the brainchildren of entrepreneur Robert Lutz. Read MORE....

Mario Andretti visits Chicagoland Speedway

Thursday, July 9, 2015- Mario Andretti Racing Experience was on track at Chicagoland Speedway today. And Mario Andretti himself was there as well. "Driver of the Century" Mario Andretti was at Chicagoland Speedway for a corporate group event with Mario Andretti Racing Experience. Participants got to meet Mario Andretti, got autographs, photos and of course got to ride with Mario Andretti! That's right, Mario Andretti gave ride alongs in the 2 seater, Indy-style race car to this group at Chicagoland Speedway. Mario Andretti Racing Experience offers driving experiences where you can drive by yourself and 2 seat Indy style race cars you can ride in as a passenger. This group event got the best of both today with Mario Andretti himself.

“Driver of the Century Mario Andretti gives “Journey” an Indy Ride Along at Indy 500!

(ABC 4 Utah) A legend from the race track gave a legendary rocker the 'Journey' of a lifetime at the Indy 500 this year.
It wasn't easy, but Real Housewives star Michaele Schon pulled off the ultimate birthday surprise for her husband, legendary guitarist, Neal Schon of Journey.
Neal's a big fan of racing, so Michaele arranged for him to meet one of his all-time idols, champion driver Mario Andretti - at last month's Indy 500.
The two legends exchanged gifts. Neal is now the proud owner of an authentic Andretti racing suit, while Andretti now has his own custom made PRS NS-14 guitar.
The icing on this birthday surprise was a chance for Schon to ride-along with Andretti in his Honda "fastest seat in sports" racer. Neal says it's a rush similar to playing on stage in front of 15 million fans.

Journey Guitarist, Neal Schon Suited Up And Took The Track With Longtime Hero, Racing Legend Mario Andretti

LOS ANGELES, June 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Last week at the Indy 500, Michaele Schon gave her husband the ultimate birthday gift. Her husband is Neal Schon, the legendary guitarist and songwriter of multi-platinum juggernaut Journey. The former Real Housewives star initiated a meeting between Neal and his long time hero, legendary racecar driver Mario Andretti. Andretti took the rock superstar for a ride in his Honda "fastest seat in sports" racer!

Mario Andretti Gives Journey’s Neal Schon an Indy Ride Along

INDIANAPOLIS, May 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading up to the big Memorial Day Weekend Indianapolis 500, a lot of magic takes place before that actual flag goes down, and magic it was for Journey's Neal Schon who took the ride of his life Friday with longtime hero, Mario Andretti, a gift given him by his wife Michaele Schon.

Neal Schon said, "It was the most exhilarating experience I've ever had. I've watched Mario since I was a kid at my Grandmother's house (Pauline Gulli) with my uncles, aunts and cousins. Meeting and driving with Mario was a thrill of a lifetime that my wife Michaele (Real Housewives) set up for me as a birthday gift February 27th. Well, yesterday it happened!

Mother’s Day Facebook CONTEST

Mothers Day is Sunday, May 10th. Brag about Mom and WIN! GIVE Mom a FREE Mario Andretti Racing Experience package valued at $620.

HOW? Enter the “Brag about Mom” contest on Mario Andretti Racing Experience Facebook. All you have to do is share a pic of your mom and tell us why she’s the best mom ever.

Grand Prize Package includes:
*Andretti Racing Experience Qualifier Driving Experience ($499.99 value)
*In Car Video to capture the memory ($79.99 value)
*Logo hat and tshirt: ($40 value)
TOTAL Retail: $620

A 2nd place prize valued at $169.89 will be awarded.
2nd Place Package includes:
*Ride Along E-Gift Card ($129.99 value)
*Photo Plaque ($39.99 value)
TOTAL: $169.98

What are you waiting for? Brag about your Mom and win!
Wednesday, May 6th all entries must be submitted. Grand Prize and 2nd place will be awarded in E-Gift Card. Winners will be posted on Facebook.

Mario Andretti Racing Experience has Spring Fever!

Drive an Indy-style race car at Mario Andretti Racing Experience and cure your Spring Fever.

Get behind the wheel and drive a full size, Indy-style race car by yourself for only $199 in the Practice Drive 5.
Don't want to drive? Take a Ride Along in a 2 seat, Indy style race car with a professional racing instructor driving for 3 laps at top speeds. The Ride Along is on sale for $79.99

All other Mario Andretti Racing Experience driving experiences are on SALE with a 15% discount.

Use promo code "SpringFever" until April 20th.

The Mario Andretti Racing Experience Spring Fever SALE is good for both reservations and Gift Cards. Sign up today!

It’s your LUCKY DAY! SAVE 15% with promo code “LUCKYDAY”

Mario Andretti Racing Experience is celebrating St. Patricks Day! It's your Lucky Day! SAVE 15% site wide on any driving experience. Drive an Idy-style race car and SAVE 15% on the Qualifier Drive 8 Minutes! Want more driving time? Save 15% on 16 minutes, 24 minutes, 32 minutes, 40 minutes, 48 minutes on any of the 11 nationwide speedway locations. Or get the Practice Drive 5 for only $199.99. That's a $200 savings on the Practice Drive 5. Or get the Ride Along on sale for only $79.99! Use promo code "LUCKYDAY" today for savings. The Mario Andretti Racing Experience Lucky Day SALE is good for any of the nationwide speedways, both reservations and gift vouchers. Sign up today!

Happy 75th Birthday to Legend Mario Andretti!

Mario Andretti has dominated in nearly every form of racing, making him one of the most iconic drivers of all time.

As Mario Andretti celebrates his 75th birthday on Feb. 28, one of the most magical names in international racing history chooses not to pause and reflect on his extraordinary accomplishments or his remarkable life. He doesn't think back to the long days when he grew up in a displaced persons camp in what is now Croatia from the darkest days Europe ever experienced during World War II. That is when Andretti's native Italy was under siege as a member of the Axis powers during the war.

During the Istrian exodus of 1948, Andretti's family was confined to an internment camp in Lucca, Italy, along with other families trying to flee communism in post-World War II Europe.

But there is one day that Andretti will remember on this milestone birthday, and it came on June 16, 1955. The ocean liner carrying Luigi and Rina Andretti's family cruised into New York Harbor, and the 15-year-old Mario saw the Statue of Liberty gleaming like a beacon of hope at dawn of a glorious summer day.

"That was one memorable morning," Andretti told from his home in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. "It was June 16, 1955, at 5 a.m. We were sailing past the Statue of Liberty on a beautiful, radiant morning, and we were celebrating my sister Ana Maria's 21st birthday. Here we are celebrating her birthday and coming into the threshold of a new country for our new life. That was truly, truly a memorable morning and a memorable day.

"I remember it vividly - vividly today -€“ it's amazing."
Young Andretti and his entire family had arrived in the United States hoping to chase the American Dream. And what would follow in Mario Andretti's life is one of the greatest success stories in all of racing. Read More :

Mario Andretti Racing Experience expands to 11 racetracks in 2015!

Mario Andretti Racing Experience is operating at 11 of the nation's premier speedways in 2015. These locations all offer a unique experience with different sizes, bankings and atmosphere. Mario Andretti Racing Experience operates strictly on oval racetracks. Locations for 2015 include:
Auto Club Speedway, CA, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Kentucky Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Texas Motor Speedway, and Homestead Miami Speedway. Mario Andretti Racing Experience is now accepting reservations for all locations.

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