NASCAR Ride Along

Richmond International Raceway

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Experience the thrill of NASCAR racing as you ride shotgun with a professional driver in a 600 horsepower Sprint Cup NASCAR stock car at the Richmond International Raceway! Buckle up. You're in the for the ride of your life!

  • Ride as a passenger in full-size, Sprint Cup stock car just like the ones raced by NASCAR legends such as Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, and Dale Jr.
  • Race with a professional racecar driving instructor and reach top speeds of 110 MPH!
  • To Actually Drive The Car Yourself, check out our Drive a Stock Car in Richmond experience!
Richmond International Raceway - Richmond, VA
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:
September 17, 2022
April 15, 2023
July 15, 2023

AM times are typically 9:00 to 11:00
PM times are typically 12:00 to 4:00

*Schedule is subject to change

Essential Information
  • Participants must be in good overall physical condition, no taller than 6'7" and weigh no more than 300 pounds
  • There is no age limit to ride, however for safety reasons it is required that participants are a minimum height of 5'0" and a weigh at least 100 lbs
  • Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who must give written consent
  • Feel free to bring snacks and drinks to enjoy while you are at the track
  • Some seating is provided, however, it is recommended to bring lawn chairs to guarantee a seat for any spectators
3 or 6 lap packages; time at the track is approximately 2 - 3 hours
Experience Provider Info
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Maximum Participants
1 per car
We encourage friends and family to join you, and they may bring a camera to capture your experience! Limited seating is provided, so we recommend bringing lawn chairs to guarantee a seat for any spectators.
Weather Dependent
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact your experience provider in advance, especially if inclement weather is predicted! If inclement weather causes cancellation of your experience, you will be given the option to reschedule for another available date or be issued a gift card that you can use at a later date; both of these options will be carried out directly with the racing school. A refund will not be issued due to rain-outs.
What To Wear
Comfortable, casual clothing depending on the time of year. Closed toed shoes are required (tennis shoes are recommended). Sandals, flip-flops and heels are not permitted.
What is the age requirement?
There is no age limit to ride, however for safety reasons a minimum height of 5'0" and a weight of 100 pounds is required. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who must give written consent.
Are there any physical requirements or restrictions?
Participants must be in good physical condition, be between 5' - 6'7" tall, weigh between 100 - 280 lbs and able to climb through a 15'' x 30'' window, that sits 36'' off the ground (with minimal assistance).
Do I need a driver's license?
No, a driver's license is not required for the ride along. However, please have a valid photo ID handy for registration purposes at the track on the day of your experience.
What kind of cars will I be riding in?
Real Sprint Cup style race cars driven by the likes of Jeff Gordon, Jimmy Johnson, Kevin Harvick, and Dale Jr. and other professional NASCAR drivers.
Can I pick the car I ride in?
No, due to maintaining the track operations schedule, the car for your ride along will be assigned to you based on availability at the time of your ride along. They also match up the best car for you based on your height and weight.
How long will this experience take?
The total experience typically takes no more than 2 hours. However, the exact length of your experience depends on how many other participants are scheduled for the stock car ride along on your particular booked date and time.
What is the policy on rain?
If your experience is canceled due to inclement weather, the racing school will contact you and either immediately reschedule you for another available date, or issue you a gift card that you can use to reschedule at a later date. 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 12 reviews.
You could not ask for a friendlier, more considerate group of workers providing the experience. The ride itself was fantastic and the driver was not only professional, but VERY GOOD in his handling of the car. Only thing that should be looked into is bigger tent for more shade and a concession stand. The bathrooms were close by and nice. I’d go back again in a heartbeat. Five stars!!!!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Tracey, What a thrilling adventure! I'm glad this ride of a lifetime was a wonderful experience for you! Having friendly, helpful staff can really make all the difference, so it's great to hear your driver was fantastic! Thank you kindly for sharing your feedback regarding the tent for shade. I'm happy to hear the facilities were easily accessible and up to par! I hope you get the chance to jump into one of these cars again in the future! Thank you for sharing this awesome review with us! Best Regards, Cheri
Great venue, everybody was very friendly and focused to providing a great experience…would be nice to have more than 3 laps….,overall a very good time..
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Margaret! What an exhilarating adventure! I’m glad to hear that it was a friendly and focused experience. I totally understand not wanting to end this high-speed event but glad you had a very good time. Thank you for sharing your review and for taking a chance with us. Thanks, Ryan
It was a great experience. I rode with Andy and he was confidence inspiring. Sadly it went by way to fast (pun intended).
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello, Robert! Cheers to you, and Andy! So happy to hear that you had a great experience. We are racing to get you out on another adventure in the future, pun intended = ]  Best,  Kasia
Very quick and easy. No hassle. Worth the ride.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Cheers to great rides, and great customers! ​Kasia
My background: 82 years old!! raced SuperVees (SCCA) in the U.S. and a Rallye modified Tacoma 6 cyl in Africa 40 years ago!! This experience was mildly interesting, perhaps the most interesting was getting through the window and back out again. I was disappointed that we didn't reach racing speeds (no sliding). It was sort of like a victory lap after a race!!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi Andrew,  Wow! What an impressive background! Thanks for sharing and we are happy that you were able to add yet another type of racing to your list! I am sorry however, that it didn't live up to your expectations. With regards to top speeds, instructors are typically pushing the car to its limit, but to clarify, were you anticipating the car to drift? I guess I'm confused by the speeds and sliding. All the same, I appreciate the response and inspired by your racing resume! These things take guts, and you've certainly got 'em!  If you're looking for something with a little more pizzazz, driving Exotics tends to fit the bill with most:) Kasia
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