Drive an Indy Car

ISM Raceway 

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Get behind the wheel and experience the thrill of driving a full size, open wheel, Indy-style race car on the ISM Raceway during this Drive an Indy Car adventure! 

  • School started by the legendary Mario Andretti, the greatest race car driver of all time
  • Indy-style race cars are similar to the ones Mario Andretti raced in his amazing racing career
  • Passing is allowed and no lead car to follow as you drive by yourself for the timed racing session
  • Get in car 2-way radio communication with your personal racing instructor coaching you every lap
  • Receive a full-color graduate certificate printed with your top speed!
ISM Raceway; Avondale, AZ
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October 22, 2022
November 12, 2022
December 10, 2022
February 11, 2023
March 25, 2023
April 15, 2023
May 20, 2023
June 17, 2023
December 9, 2023

AM times are typically 8:00 to 11:00 
PM times are typically 12:00 to 3:00

*Schedule is subject to change

Essential Information
  • Participants must be between 5' - 6'5" tall, weigh between 100 - 275 lbs and be in good overall physical condition
  • A valid drivers license is required
  • Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who must give written consent
  • Participants do not need to know how to drive manual transmission (stick shift)
  • Pricing includes a $39 drivers fee that covers accidental insurance coverage, racing license, ear buds, and releases you from liability for any vehicle damage
  • Feel free to bring drinks and snacks to enjoy while at the track
  • Some seating is provided, however, it's recommended to bring lawn chairs to guarantee a seat for any spectators
All driving experiences will be completed within 3 hours.
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Maximum Participants
1 participant per car.
Yes, we encourage you to bring friends and family to share in the experience!
Weather Dependent
If we have inclement weather and have to cancel, the experience provider will contact you and either reschedule you for another available date or issue you a gift card that you can use to reschedule at your convenience. A refund will not be issued due to rainouts.
What To Wear
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.
What is the age requirement?
All participants must possess a valid driver's license. Any participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who must give written consent at the track.
Are there any physical requirements or restrictions?
Participants must be a minimum of 5'0'' and 100 pounds in order to participate, a maximum of 6'4" and 250 pounds, and must also be in good overall physical condition. Participants will be required to climb into the vehicle's cockpit with minimal assistance which sits about 24'' off the ground.
Do I have to know how to drive stick shift?
It is recommended, but not required. You will have to shift from low to high gear.
How will the program be structured?
Following a one-hour pre-drive orientation/training session with the driving school's Crew Chief and professional instructors, you'll drive a real Indy-style race car on a Super Speedway for a timed session. Total drive-time will depend on the lap-length program purchased. For this experience, there is no lead car utilized and and no instructor in the car with you! You will have constant, 2-way communication with a professional racing instructor through a state-of-the-art, in-car racing electronics radio system. Upon completion, you'll receive a full-color, Graduate Certificate with your top speed proudly displayed on it.
What happens if I wreck a car?

The price includes a $39 fee for racing license and liability insurance. This releases you from all vehicle damage.

Is passing allowed?
Yes. If you come up on a slower race car, track personnel will assist you around the slower portion(s) of the group, using techniques and instructions covered in your pre-drive orientation session.
Can I choose my own racecar?
No. Unfortunately, the driving school cannot guarantee which exact cars will be at the track on a given date, nor can they promise the specific car a participant will be assigned to for his/her drive. Each participant is assigned to a car with careful consideration, based on individual height and weight.
What is the policy on rain-outs?
If your experience is canceled due to inclement weather, the driving school will contact you and either immediately reschedule you for another available date, or issue you a gift card that you can use to later reschedule at your convenience. A refund will not be issued due to rain-outs.

Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days. All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.
Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference. If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Virgin Experience Gifts.

Cancellation Policy

Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation all bookings are final. No refunds or exchanges are allowed once you have scheduled a date. If you need to reschedule, you have up until 30 days prior to your reservation to make changes for a $50 administrative fee. Once you are within 30 days of the event, you are then locked into your booked date and time and no changes can be made.

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Customer Reviews

This experience has a customer rating of 5
based on 4 reviews.
The two seater ride it self was an experience of a lifetime and the solo drive was an even more grand and surreal experiecne but there where little details that would have made it better. Especially for what we paid. Although, the newly renovated facility is amazing, It seemed that the overall experience at this track was really "geared" for the NASCAR fan and not an indy car fan. It would have been nice to have the Andretti fire suit and an Andretti Certificate when finished. The staff did not seem to know the difference between a indy race helmet and a NASCAR race helmet. I would do this experience again but think that a different track might pay attention to the little details that make a life long indy car fans memory even better.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Tori, This sounds like a thrilling experience! What a rush to be able to race around the track in an Indy car! I'm sorry to hear of your disappointments regarding the overall NASCAR focus of this track. As I'm sure our partners strive to cater to both sets of fans, I know this feedback will be helpful for the future! It sounds like you had a memorable time and I hope we can get you on another track sometime soon! I truly appreciate you sharing your feedback! Best regards, Cheri
Was so excited and everything went perfect!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Stephanie, Glad to hear you had an exciting adventure and perfect day! I can't even imagine the adrenaline you felt as you drove at top speeds. I'm thrilled you found us and hope we can get you out on another adventure soon! Thanks, Ryan
My time before being on the track was well organized and provided the necessary information to enable my time on the track to be an excellent experience. All persons I interacted with were knowledgable, helpful and considerate. There was no wasted time. The thrill of driving an Indy car was the culmination of a boyhood dream. Terrific!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi Paul,  Cheers to an excellent experience! Thanks for sharing your thrill, and making us proud to work with such a great driving school - and such great customers such as yourself! Kasia
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi Jodie,  You're the best, thank you for the review!
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