The Rookie is voted "Most Popular Driving Experience" for a reason. The Mario Andretti Racing Experience Rookie is the perfect driving experience for race fans and thrill seekers. Following Drivers Meeting with Crew Chief, get behind the wheel and drive a full size, Indy-style race car by yourself for an 8 minute timed racing session on one of the nation's premier speedways. There's no lead car to follow as you drive by yourself for the timed racing session. Every minute counts when you're driving so go for the Mario Andretti Racing Experience Rookie and book now!

Drivers Meeting with Crew Chief. Training and Instruction
Drive an Indy-style race car by yourself!
In Car Radio Communications with Personal Spotter
Yes, Passing is allowed!
Graduate Certificate
Approximately 3 hours

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Q: What does the Rookie include?

A: The Rookie driving experience includes a Driver's Meeting with Crew Chief, training and instruction plus 8 minutes of on track driving time. You're driving the Indy-style race car by yourself for an 8 minute timed racing session as you get 2 way in car radio communications with a personal racing instructor. The Rookie gets you a good idea of what its like to drive an Indy-style race car plus more driving time.

Q: Are there restrictions for driving an Indy-style race car?
A: Yes. Drivers must be 18 years or older and have a valid drivers license. Under 16 written parental consent is required. Other restrictions include drivers shouldn't exceed 270 lbs and be over 6'7" to fit comfortably in the race car.

Q: Do I drive by myself or is someone with me?
A. You'll be driving by yourself. There's no instructor riding with you and no lead car to follow. You'll get in car 2 way radio communications with your Personal Racing Instructor (Spotter) as you drive coaching you every lap.

Q: What kind of race car am I driving?

A: You'll be driving a full size, open wheel, open cockpit, Indy-style race car.  Similar to the ones you'd see in an Indy Car race.

Q: Do I have to have experience driving a race car?
A: No experience is required. Drivers attend a Drivers Meeting with Crew Chief before they drive and learn everything they need to know.

Q: How long will this experience take?
A: Depending on which driving experience you purchase, you'll want to allow 2-3 hours.

Q: What do I get when I am done driving?
A: Drivers receive a Graduate Certificate with name, date and top speed for bragging rights of course.

Q: What do I wear?
A: Dress comfortable and casual. A racing suit will be issued to you to wear so we recommend shorts and t-shirt to wear under the racing suit. Closed toe shoes are required and no cowboy boots please.

Q: Are there other fees or deductibles I have to pay for insurance?
A: The only fee we charge drivers is a $39 Drivers Fee which covers your Vehicle Liability Insurance along with a Souvenier Racing License to keep.

Q: Do I need to make a reservation?
A: Yes, reservations are required. Dates and times do sell out in advance.

Q: What happens if it rains?
A: In the event of rain, we do everything possible to accommodate drivers that day. We may go on rain delay and then dry the racetrack so its safe to drive on. Once its dry, we will do our best to accommodate everyone. In the event its a complete rain out you can reschedule to another date, time, at any speedway or get a Store Credit which can be used at your leisure for any of our nationwide speedways. Store Credits never expire and are good for NASCAR Racing Experience or Mario Andretti Racing Experience.

Q: Can I bring people with me to watch?
A: Yes. Friends and family are welcome to come watch and cheer you on. There are no fees for spectators to attend so bring them to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience with you.

Q: How do I book this experience?
A: You can book online on the website. All online transactions are safe and secure. Or you can call customer service at 704-886-2400 and a Customer Service Crew Member will be happy to help you over the phone.

We’ve got you covered! For a $39 Driver’s Fee, drivers are covered with Vehicle Liability Insurance. The Drivers Fee is required for all drivers and is due at check out when making a reservation.

Mario Andretti Racing Experience Rookie Driving Experience

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