Driving schools and programs available at Texas Motor Speedway allow you to drive a NASCAR racing car on your own! After meeting with a crew chief and receiving training and guidance, you will be able to go behind the wheel of a NASCAR race car for timed racing sessions. To qualify for this program, you must have a valid driver's license and be at least 16 years old.
These driving experiences are offered by many different companies in and out of Texas. Before you sign up for any of these programs, make sure to ask questions about what to expect during the session, such as how long it will last, other options that may be available, etc. These questions can be answered by calling or emailing the company that offers the program.
In addition to driving schools, Texas Motor Speedway has race camps where young people can participate in all types of motor sports activities including camping, riding programs, rallies, and events. There are also travel teams that use the same name as the camp or driving school that they are part of. These teams consist of drivers between the ages of 14 and 18 who travel across the country or world competing in various races and events.
Texas Motor Speedway has been offering these programs for over 15 years and has trained over 10,000 people from all over the world to drive stock cars.
There is no lead car to follow and no instructor to accompany you when you drive 5 to 48 minutes on the course. You can choose between going half time or full speed during your ride.
The speedway first opened its doors in 1959. Since then it has become one of the most popular motorsports venues in the United States. Each year it hosts more than 500 race events including the longest-running football season in professional sports: the NFL's Dallas Cowboys (who have never lost a game) vs. the Arizona Cardinals (0-1). The opening ceremony is held before each race with the pace car being driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr., the son of the driver who won the first ever Daytona 500 back in February of 1990.
There are three primary race courses at Texas Motor Speedway: the 1.5 mile ISM Raceway, the 2.54 mile OWG Racing Circuit, and the 0.695 mile Cowboy Carousel. In addition, there is a go-kart track called Kartplex that features eight tracks for riders age 13 and up. There is also a motocross course called MXIS which stands for MotoCross International Series. This is the premier off-road motorcycle racing series in the world where competitors race on different terrain including dirt and grasslands.
At the "World Center of Racing," you may drive a NASCAR race vehicle! Drive a racing vehicle on your own or as a passenger in a NASCAR race. The NASCAR Racing Experience provides timed racing sessions with no lead vehicle to follow and no instructor riding alongside. However, you can still experience the thrill of driving race cars by watching onboard video footage of previous laps played back on large screens inside the simulation centers.
The World Center of Racing is a place where you can drive different types of racing vehicles including NASCAR stock cars, IndyCar, Formula One, and more. You can also take part in simulated racing sessions on computer games like Gran Turismo and Project CARS. The center was created by NASCAR founder Bill France and opened its doors in 1990. Since then it has become the world's largest racing simulator complex with six locations across North America.
You don't have to be a driver to enjoy the World Center of Racing. As a passenger, you will be given the opportunity to participate in short races during which you can tilt and turn the wheel at any time without affecting the car behind you. There are also special events such as reverse races where you must avoid crashing into spectators in the last row of seats.
Children under 12 years old are not allowed in the NASCAR Racing Experience.