The Indy Car ride along was a terrific experience. The Mario Andretti Racing Experience crew at Phoenix International Raceway were all very friendly, and well organized. The wait time was minimal, and in fact I was finished with my ride before my scheduled time. My wife gave me this event as a Christmas present last year, and we wanted to make it part of a special trip. It was well worth the wait, and I highly recommend it.
This was an absolute blast. You can really get a sense of what its like to take these amazing machines near their limit!
It was fun.
Awesome experience. It felt like the car was going to take off & fly. Crew was very safety proactive. One of a kind experience.
Ive always wanted to do this and finally got a chance. I really loved the drive and cant wait to do it again. Wish they offered a 10 lap price. Things I would have changed was that it is 3 laps counting pit in and pit out. It would be nice to get 3 full up to speed laps. I also really wanted to know the speed we were going but no one had timers on the ride along customers. Last thing. If you get the package, the picture of you is lame. Its nowhere near the car. Be nice to have a pic of you in the car or at least next to it. All else made this a totally awesome ride and the staff was super. I'd do it again and again and again.
I got this package gift for my boyfriend. The number one thing on his bucket list was to 'see an indy car race'. To actually be inside of an indy car was more than an amazing experience for him. People were very helpful and kind. No problems whatsoever. Thank you xperience days for making things like this possible. He will never forget this memory! 10 out of 10!!!!!
Fantastic! Heart pounding. Exilerating! Friendly employees. An experience I'll never forget.
Was great, but was publicized at 3 laps - only did two by my count.
The ride was great, but would like a full 3 laps not 2 1/2.
This was a birthday present and I love my family for doing this for me! The ride is a puppy mill process, 1)helmet on, 2)step into the car.3) first lap gets car up to speed, 4) second lap car at speed, 5) car slows down back to pits. 6) get out of the car and wander off. It's fun but expensive and all over in three minutes. I can say, 'I did it'.
This was absolutely awesome. Thrill. Driver very good. Staff getting us registered and in the line extrememly efficient. Moved things along great. Bought tee shirts, got great pics. Liked having people with me to take my pics. Thank you for the experience.
The ride was absolutely great. I was a flight instructor for 20+ years (just the private stuff). I routinely went 180 mph+. It's a whole different kind of speed going that fast with my butt 2' of the pavement and 3 ft from a concrete wall. WOW. Great ride. Great xperience. I will probably do the I ride Indy somewhere in the near future. Only thing you really need to improve on is communication - really hard to hear when we were supposed to ride with all the engine noise on the track. Also no one on the staff was on the pavement telling us what line to be in - there was a lot of confused riders. Not sure what line to be in. Also would help if when you check in the neck tag you get has a number on it (1,2,3...) since its a 1st come 1st serve. You had rain in the AM at Chicago Speedway and everyone knew about the delays. Just improve the communication (speakers?) and the check in tag / priority. I give you a 9 out of 10 for the experience. Fix the above and 10's across the board.
I was expecting a very awesome experience that included 3 laps and a photo w/ t-shirt & hat. Well, it was disappointing because,as advertised, there are supposed to be 3 laps but in reality you only get 2 laps (the last lap is consisted off the second lap as a pull in to the pit)... and lastly the photo was very bad and cheap (half of the formula car was missing).
Driver had to lift numerous times due to slower traffic. Driver did a nice job.
After finding out my ride was rescheduled for the next day and I had not been contacted, the staff went out of their way to make amends and made my experience an amazing one. They are very professional and accomodating. The staff knows the meaning of customer service. I'll attend again next year and give a ride as a graduation gift as well. I having nothing but great things to say about the way I was treated.
I couldn't take the smile off my face for hours! It was awesome. I will be doing it again!
The most incredible experience ever. I am still smiling. HIGHLY recommend this. A MUST addition to your Bucket list. Very professional and great fun.
A girlfriend (also an Indy fan) gave me a Gift Card for the ride when we celebrated our 70th birthdays together. Though the ride on Nov. 6 was the highlight of the event, I’ve had a month’s worth of fun, sharing the anticipation with friends and now reporting and showing pictures afterwards. The entire experience was great, and my husband and a good friend also enjoyed the event. The “crew” was efficient and pleasant, and the ride was as exciting as expected. An experience of a lifetime!
I COULDN'T WIPE THE SMILE OFF MY FACE FOR TWO DAYS WHAT A GREAT EXPERIENCE! WONDERFULL CREW AND DRIVER. WOULD DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN BUT WOULD LIKE TO DRIVE NEXT TIME!
Maybe its because I'm not the biggest fan of racing, I felt that this was quite the rip-off for what you get. Joliet is far from everything, took me 1.5 hours to get there, stood in line, and raced around for 5 minutes. No interesting information, no fun lessons, just jump in the car, 3 laps, and BAM -
I had a blast riding in the Indy car. The experience was great. The staff at the Kentucky speedway was outstanding. The only bad feedback would be that 3 laps is not enough. I would recommend it to friends if it were 5 laps.
Great experience. Really need two more laps to take in the full experience. Lap 1 is getting up to speed and lap 3 is slowing down so you only have one full speed lap. Great to experience the g loading and the closeness to the wall.
Experience of a lifetime. The staff was friendly, facility great, and the ride was amazing. Having attended the Indy 500 for over 30 years, this was a dream come true. I have a newfound appreciation for what the drivers do on the track. My only wish was that the ride was longer. Offering something like a 10-lap run would be great.
Great experience! Staff was courteous, track was amazing. I would recommend it to everybody.
The ride exceeded expectations. He cut the acceleration lane short in order to get into the 1st turn banking quickly and give me nearly 3 hot laps. An earlier rain delayed the start of the rides but they let anyone that wanted drive the track to help speed the drying time. That just added to a day that kept a smile on my face well into the next day. The staff and the organization of the day was just fine. Next time I'm doing the drive!
Well organized event and the staff were very courteous and professional. Not being a “real” race fan but always looking for a thrill, I found one in this experience. The only drawback was that the ride lasted less than 2 minutes (4 laps in a .75 mile track) for months of waiting. The ride's G forces were a thrill, but did not get to experience the high performance speed of the ride due to the size of the track. Was it worth it? Yes… Would I do it again? Yes, but it would be at a Super Speedway and I would drive.
The driver 'wicked it up' as I'd asked. The corner speeds were amazing. I road race motorcycles and decided, on lap number 2 that it feels a lot safer driving the motorcycle than being a passenger in a race car. I brought my own helmet so didn't have to worry about fit. (It's unrealistic to think that someone elses helmet is going to fit like you want it to.) Waited about 15 minutes for the ride. Could have used some 'guides' around the paddock to direct patrons to the photo spot, or the correct line for check in or the line for the ride. Otherwise, an A+ experience. Thanks.
I went to Chicagoland Speedway for the June 27th experience. They had me on the list, but the whole admin part was lacking. There were too many people for the whole process. 1. The ride was great....helmet was too big...so be sure to test...prior to getting on track....it will blow around a bit. 2. We had to stand and wait without shade over hours (for me it was at lest 1.5 hrs and I was mid line). They finally got 2nd car going right when I was up to go. 3. I had purchased the Ultimate ($50 extra...which was supposed to get me Picture and shirt and hat). I got in the Long line at the Sign In Trailer and asked about picture...they said they would be back at Winners Circle in 5 - 10 mins. We were there again waiting with No Shade...90 degrees and finally gave up after 25+ mins waiting for camera. So basically we forfeited our $50 because we didn't want to have heat exhaustion. So overall....the 3 mins for the Ride was great, but the 3+ hrs of waiting in the 90 degree heat was bad. They need more people there I guess. Good luck all.
The staff was great, the ride was stimulating, the driver professional...bottom line...... 'great fun'!
Great thrill! 175+ on the high banks of chicago. makes me appreciate how brave those IRL drivers are....
The ride itself was great, although as others have said, way way too short. The rest of the experience was far from great. I arrived early and so got to wait even longer as nothing happens in the rider line till ALL drivers are checked in. There is no cover (except for employees) and the direct sun was scorching. I waited well past check in time to check in. Then it was off to trackside for over two MORE hours in the direct sun to get my short ride. Drivers have a sun cover. Riders have nothing. I guess we don't pay enough for that treatment. To top that three ride/drivers went right to the front of the line after we waited over two hours. NOT a good idea. I see why you have a no refund policy. I would have left otherwise.
So again, the ONLY part that was great was the actual ride. But that 2 minutes was NOT worth the wait!
Great experience...I would do it again...Staff was very professional working with the car and rider.
Seemed a little unorganized and very light on presentation before the ride. But once it was your turn everything fell into place. Ride was very short almost too short for a complete experience. But what a ride it was.
This was a great experience...nothing like I expected. It really needs to be a longer run time. Just as your getting a feel for what it must be like for a driver it's over. A few more laps would make this experience perfection!! It's much more fun to watch a race knowing what I know now....
The ride itself was awesome but far far too short. I just expect more for the money than 2.5 laps. On the plus side, I got my dates mixed up but the staff allowed me to ride with no issues whatsoever.
Great experience but too short!
Thrill of a lifetime! Perfect day - sunny, blue skies - track is awesome. Well organized - no hickups. Would do it again INDY STYLE in a heartbeat!
I was up at 4:30am ready to do this. Once we reached the track we were able to check the cars out from top to bottom inside and out. Finally, the cars started to roll out and get up to speed. My turn came about 30 minutes later and I ended up with a student driver who, my guess is, did not understand the phrase pedal to the metal. I had requested that I go with one of the pro drivers vs a student just because my goal was to have as much speed as possible. The advertised 180mph is a bit over done. These cars only hit about 160-165 which dont get me wrong, it is a blast but that extra 20-25mph would have put this even over the top and thru the roof.
Over all I will say, if you have the chance to do it....DO IT. Just being in a race car again for me was a blast. The crew members were very easy going and willing to answer any and all questions the best they could and even directed me to someone else with more insight.
I will do this event again. You should to.
The ride was great but the staff made the experience. Everybody was GREAT!
We had a lot of fun. THANKS!!
Really cool to zip around the track, but they apparently didn't even know I was there. Alfter checking in, I was told to 'wait for them to call 'Indy Race Car Ride'.' 1:30 later, when a 'last call' was made for Indy Car *drivers* I went up to ask and heard the guy turn to someone else and say 'Oh wow man, we have a Race Car Ride.' I literally got in on the last run. (And My poor pregnant (7 months) wife had to sweat it out for the 1:30 too.
I might also add that the directions for getting there were poor at best if you aren't familiar with the speedway.
This was the most amazing experience I have ever had. I couldn't believe that I was actually in a live racecar and it was over too soon. This was an experience of a lifetime and I have the love of my life to thank for it.
This was a gift from my son and it was SOOO fun! I had all my family there and the ride was awesome. It was a great day.
The wait was well worth it. We arrived at the track around 11:30 a.m. and my scheduled time wasn't until 1 p.m. but I didn't get to ride in the Indy Car until shortly after 3 p.m. It was a long wait but so worth it. During the delay on the track, we were all allowed on pit road to get an up-close look at the cars and take pictures. It was an awesome experience for both of my boys who are huge fans. Will do the driving experience next year.
The ride was fantastic. Due to weather delaying their schedule, me and everyone behind me in line was given the option of a champ ride (3 laps at 180 mph) or our original package of 6 laps at 145 mph for no extra charge. I chose 3 laps at 180. WOW. But... the event was way understaffed and somewhat
disorganized. There was almost no instruction on what to do or where to go. We stood in line for at least 30 min. before the track personnel told us we were in the wrong line. The check in/check out trailer was totally understaffed. All in all it was well worth the price but I would rather pay a little more for more staff and organization.
I had a great time, next time I'll have to do the drive. 5 years ago I did the Richard Petty Driving Experience and this was just as fun!
It was worth it! I had been up most of the night, we drove 2 1/2 hours to get there, and there was quite a long wait, but the ride was awesome! Please get better directions to include in your packet. They need to include how long you're on each road, etc. They also need to end at the gate you are required to enter. Ours ended on the opposite side of the track.
Had a great day, even though it rained for a short time. The instructors were fun and very formal. If I had the opportunity I would do it again. The time went by quickly.
The ride was fantastic. I was impressed with the set-up,but the people in charge weren't always that helpful when we had questions. It was very hot and we did stand under aa awning, but we had no direction of where to go or when to be at a certain place. We had to ask if it was time for photos as there was no announcement of it and we had to wait for over twenty minutes just to get checked in. I had a good ride, but the service wasn't what I expected.
Ride was great, Venue needed to ave some sort of shade. Very HOT and no place to get out of the sun.
Also instructions and directions were a bit hap hazard. Really did not know where to go or stand because instructions were not outlined and no signage or personel to direct you as what to do or stand.