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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

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Prepare for the thrill of a lifetime when you drive a Stock Car at Thompson International Speedway!

  • Take control of a 560-plus horsepower Sprint Cup style stock car - all cars have raced in competitions
  • Begin your day with a classroom session to review vehicle dynamics, racing lines, and safety instruction
  • Automatic race cars available and racing suit and helmet included 
  • Buckle up and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime stock car driving experience at Thompson International Speedway! 
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park - Thompson, CT
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    Essential Information
    • Participants must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver's license
    • Must weigh between 125 - 340 pounds and be between 5'2"-6'4"
    • Participants must be able to fit through a standard-size car window to enter the vehicle
    • Insurance and a DVD of your experience can both be purchased directly with the experience provider
    Plan on being at the track between 2.5 - 3.5 hours for safety and track overview, drive time, picture taking etc.
    Experience Provider Info
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    Maximum Participants
    1 participant per car and up to 10 participants per class
    It is encouraged to bring your friends and family to watch.
    Weather Dependent
    This experience is weather dependent. In the event the experience is canceled due to inclement weather, you will reschedule directly with our experience provider at no additional cost. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
    What To Wear
    Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions and soft sole closed-toe shoes. Please note, boots are not allowed. A driving suit and helmet will be provided.

    For this experience, our partners are taking additional measure to help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. They are sanitizing all common surfaces, driving safety equipment and vehicles after each drive. All participants will be issued a clean head sock for their event and the team at the track will also be providing goggles and gloves. All team members will be required to wear a face mask at all times and there will be hand sanitizer available around various locations at the track. Our partners kindly ask that all guests please bring and wear their own face mask and remain 6 feet apart during the experience. All participants who are feeling symptomatic or have traveled to a high-risk area are asked to reschedule your experience. These Covid-19 safety measures are subject to change.

    What is a typical day like?

    This driving experience begins with a 45-minute driver’s meeting including a 5-page handout that covers vehicle dynamics, racing lines and safety instructions. Next, you’ll head over to pit road for a racing suit and helmet. Be assigned a racecar, get buckled in and wait for the command to fire up your engine.

    What is the track like?
    The crown jewel of short track racing in the northeast, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is a 5/8-mile high banked asphalt oval track that was once known as the Indianapolis of the East. It was the first asphalt-paved oval racing track in the United States and plays host to several major events each year. Length: 5/8 mile, Banking: 26 degrees, Track Shape: High banked oval
    Is there an age requirement?
    All drivers must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver's license.
    Are there other requirements?

    Yes, drivers must be between 5’2” and 6’4” tall and weigh at least 125 pounds. Participants must be able to fit into a standard size car window (15” high x 30” wide and 36” off the ground). If you’re near the limits of the size requirements, please contact Virgin Experience Gifts prior to purchasing. There will be no refund due to a student’s inability to fit in a race car.

    What type of cars are used?

    All of the cars are race cars previously used in NASCAR Nextel Cup, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour or NASCAR Busch Series. Automatic cars are available.

    Do I need to know how to drive a stick?
    No, you do not need to know how to drive a manual transmission. Our experience provider is able to accommodate drivers who have never driven manual before.
    Can I choose the car that I will drive?
    Although all of the cars are the same, the seats are different sizes to fit different body types. The Crew Chief will assign students to cars based on size.
    Are they real race cars?
    You bet! Each car has been raced in competition (including one that sat on the front row at Daytona!) One of the late models was raced last fall at Thompson and climbed from 24th place to an 8th-place finish.
    What if it rains?
    In the event your session is cancelled due to inclement weather, you will be provided a rain check good for 1 year. Refunds will not be offered.
    Can I bring guests?
    Spectators are always allowed and encouraged! They are more than welcome to bring cameras and video cameras, as well as food and non-alcoholic beverages. Spectators are only allowed in the grandstands and behind the wall on pit road. Due to insurance regulations they are not allowed on the actual pit road.
    Do I need a reservation?
    Yes, it is recommended to submit a request at least 30 days in advance for this particular track to ensure that you get your preferred date. The dates tend to fill up quickly.
    Do I have to follow a pace car?

    No, you will not be required to follow a pace car.

    Do I need to bring anything?

    Just your driver's license and soft soled closed-toe shoes.

    Do you offer photography or video of my experience?

    Yes! In-car video and professional digital photography are available for an additional cost. Packages start at $49 (subject to change). 

    Do I need to purchase insurance?

    An insurance policy is available for $55.00 subject to a $1,500 deductible. You are responsible for your own health insurance.

    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, no returns or exchanges are allowed. Outside of 30 days of your scheduled class date, if you need to reschedule for any reason, you will be required to pay a $50 processing fee. If you need to reschedule for any reason inside 30 days of your scheduled date, the fee will be 50% of your class tuition. No cancellations or rescheduling is allowed within 7 days of the booked date. Substitutions are permitted to avoid these penalties.

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