Drive an Indy Car

Dover International Speedway

Item #: DRI-DEL-0023
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Do you have what it takes to drive a full sized, 600 HP, open cockpit, open wheel, Indy-style race car?

  • School started by the legendary Mario Andretti, the greatest race car driver of all time
  • Full size, 600 horsepower Indy style race cars
  • Options ranging from 8 - 32 minutes of racing (don't worry, even 8 minutes is a long time at 150 MPH!)
  • No lead car and passing is allowed.
  • Receive a full color certificate printed with your top speed!
Dover International Speedway - Dover, DE
When Do I Choose A Date?
If giving as a gift, your recipient can choose a date at their convenience; otherwise, you can choose one after checkout.

Select Dates Only:
May 6, 2023
August 19, 2023
September 2, 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.
Experience Provider Info
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Maximum Participants
1 per car
Yes, we encourage you to bring friends and family to share in the experience. And don't forget to bring a camera!
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 in to that date and time and no changes can be made.

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Customer Reviews

This experience has a customer rating of 3.5
based on 4 reviews.
Was a great overall fun time.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Emmanuel, This was a great review overall. I am pleased to know you had such a fun time and hope we can get you out on the track again soon! Best, Brooke
Spotter never stopped talking while I was driving which took something away from the experience. Always shouting "1/4 throttle", "1/2 throttle" or "3/4 throttle". It was hard to gauge exactly what that was without being familiar with the car. I never heard him say "full throttle" even on the last lap, but he did threaten to bring me in if I didn't slow down. So I must have been doing something right.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Thomas, Thank you for your leaving a review about your experience with the Indy Car! I would definitely want to go as fast as I can and it sounds like you were able to push those the car to its limits. Cheers to that! I do understand that you would have preferred your instructor to spot less but I want to assure you that he was only trying to be helpful so you could make the most out of your experience. All in all, it still sounds like a fun time on the track. Best, Brianna
It was a great experience. I was happy but the issues I had was, it took some time checking in as the staff did not seem to know what they were doing. I bought three Indy car, 8 Min drives for me, my brother and son. They only had 2 Med size helmets for the Indy car and we were switching helmets when completing each run. It took a long time for all three of us to complete or 8 min run due to this. Although we were all in line together, one of us would complete the run, then they would take someone else while we exchanged helmets. Besides that it was a good time and the briefing was good as well.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi Thomas, Thank you for taking a moment to write this review! It is truly great to receive your feedback about your time on the track. I am so sorry for the delay during your track time due to switching helmets, swapping drivers, and the check in process. It sounds like it might have been a busy day at the track which would have caused the lack of helmets available. Nonetheless, I would be happy to relay this information! Although those actions took longer than anticipated, I am thrilled that you were able to get out on the track and do a fun new adventure with your family.  Best, Brianna
Excellent - thrilling - will definitely go again!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Wonderful! We're here to make that happen! Thanks for the awesome review. Cheers, Jake.
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