Drive a NASCAR

Michigan International Speedway

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It's time to put the pedal to the metal, as you get behind the wheel of a full size NASCAR style stock car at the Michigan International Speedway! Strap on your helmet and buckle up for an adrenaline rush unlike anything you've ever experienced!

  • Drive real NASCAR style stock cars- the same cars driven by NASCAR legends like Jeff Gordon and Dale Jr.
  • Choose between 8, 16, 24, or 32 minutes of racing time
  • Hit tops speeds of up to 160 MPH!
  • No lead cars. Just you, the track, and a 2-way radio
  • Take home a racing license and a certificate with your top speed!
Michigan Int'l Speedway - Brooklyn, MI
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:
October 1, 2022
May 27, 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 a minimum of 5'0'' and 100 lbs in order to participate, and a maximum of 6'7" and 300 lbs
  • Participants must be in good overall physical condition
  • A valid driver's license is required
  • Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent of legal guardian who must sign a consent form
  • Vehicles are manual transmission (stick shift), however the crew is happy to assist you if you need a little help
  • Pricing includes a $35 drivers fee that covers accidental insurance coverage, souvenir racing license and ear buds
  • Photos and video packages are available for purchase at the track
  • Feel free to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Some seating is provided, however, it is recommended to bring lawn chairs to guarantee a seat for any spectators
Plan on being at the track for approximately 3 hours.
Experience Provider Info
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Maximum Participants
1 driver per car with 3-4 cars on track at a time.
Yes, we encourage you to bring family and friends, and don't forget the cameras!
Weather Dependent
If we have inclement weather and have to cancel, you may either reschedule for another available date or be issued 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?
Participants must have a valid drivers license and participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who must sign a written consent form.
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 6'7" and 280 lbs, and must also be in good overall physical condition. Participants will be required to climb through a 15'' x 30'' window, that sits 36'' off the ground (with minimal assistance).
Do I have to know how to drive a stick shift?
Yes, the cars you will be driving have a 4-speed racing transmission. However, if you need a little help getting going the professionals at the track will be glad to assist you.
Do I need a driver's license?
Yes, driving participants must have a valid (legal and not expired), government-issued driver's license (from any country).
Do I need to bring my own racing gear?
No, the racing school will provide you with racing gear, including a driving suit and helmet. If you have your own gear that you would like to use, you are welcome to bring it for possible use, but it will be subject to inspection and approval for use by the Track Operator. Gear will be available for you at the track, should you not be approved to use your own.
Can I choose which racecar I drive?
No, unfortunately the racing 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 happens if I wreck the car?
The price includes a $35 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.
What does the typical day look like?
Following a 1-hour pre-drive orientation/training session with the racing school's Crew Chief and professional instructors, you'll drive a real Sprint Cup style stock car on a speedway for a timed session. Total drive-time will depend on the program purchased. For this experience, there is no lead car utilized 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 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 valid for 1 year. 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 4.5
based on 10 reviews.
They run a very smooth program. My spotter was great and very helpful. Would tell anyone to do it!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Rick, We agree, our partner tries to keep things as smooth as possible. I am pleased to hear your spotter was so wonderful throughout your time on the track! This sounds like a 10/10 recommendation if you ask me! Thank you for your great review! Best, Brooke
It was frustrating waiting in line with coveralls and helmet on in the heat for extended period. When finally driving it was fantastic until after 3 laps was notified i crossed finish line and proceed to pit row ending my ride that was only half of my 8 minutes according to my spectators on the roof. It was alot of fun except not getting my full 8 minutes.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Michael, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. I am very sorry to hear that you had to wait in your racing gear in the heat. I can understand that is not the most enjoyable experience. I am glad to hear that you did enjoy your time on the track despite your time getting cut a little short. I am happy to hear that our partner was able to get in touch with you directly and offer you a chance to get back out on the track to make up for the time missed! We truly hope you enjoy another round on track, and are glad we could help make this right for you! Regards, Brooke
It was exciting and fun! A little disappointed with the dashboard video.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Gerald, I am so happy to hear that you had such an exciting time on the track! I can understand that the dashboard video may have been disappointing compared to the real thing. I am overjoyed that driving the NASCAR was a blast and I can’t wait to hear about your next fast paced adventure. Regards, Briana
It was surreal to experience what NASCAR drivers do. It really gives a new perspective on NASCAR racing like I never imagined. Highly recommend this.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi Nick! I greatly appreciate you taking a moment to share your experience as well your recommendation. It really is such a unique opportunity to not only see but really feel what professional racers experience on race day. I am beyond ecstatic that this exceeded expectations and we love that you walked away with a new perspective! Until next time! Kind Regards, Brianna 
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