Formerly known as Lowe's Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway is situated in the city of Concord, North Carolina. The speedway includes a 1.5-mile quad oval race track that hosts races such as the NASCAR All-Star Race, the Coca-Cola 600, and the Bank of America 500. It's also the home of the NASCAR Racing Experience and the Richard Petty Driving Experience.
Visitors to the Charlotte Motor Speedway can experience what it's like to drive a real NASCAR race car at the thrilling NASCAR Racing Experience. The speedway's mission is "to offer the most professional and technically advanced driving experience in the world; and to bridge the gap between fantasy and reality in this once in a lifetime experience" Guests can also try their hand at driving an Indy-style race car at the speedway's Mario Andretti Racing Experience. If visitors don't feel like driving the race car themselves, they can choose the Ride Along option and ride shotgun as a professional racing instructor drives the car.
A handful of tours are also offered at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Feel the Thrill Speedway Tour takes guests to see the garage area of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, as well as a ride through two of the infield race tracks. After the ride on the tracks, the tour makes its way down Pit Road, with a stop at the Winner's Circle for a quick photo opportunity. Visitors will learn about Charlotte Motor Speedway's history during a ride around the Superspeedway, where they will have the chance to feel the 24-degree banking's full-tilt force. The tour also includes a visit to The Dirt Track and zMAX Dragway.
The Over the Wall Tour includes everything from the Feel the Thrill Tour, as well as a few additional exclusive features. Guests have the opportunity during the tour to walk through the speedway's press box and visit one of the fifty-one front stretch suites, providing a chance to take in an amazing view of the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The tour also consists of a look inside the Performance Racing Network studios, a tour of the Media Center, a ride down Pit Road, and a look at timeless photographs of the history of the speedway.
The Richard Petty Driving Experience is another opportunity at Charlotte Motor Speedway for visitors to experience the thrill of driving a race car. There are many different options from which guests can choose for their driving experience. The Practice Experience gives guests a 5-minute racing session by themselves on one of the premier speedways in the country. If visitors don't want to drive, the Ride Along option provides the chance to still feel the thrill of high speeds. Guests will ride as a passenger with a professional racing instructor driving a real NASCAR race car for three laps.
The Kings Experience is a great choice for major race fans. This option offers guests even more time behind the wheel. After a Driver's Meeting, participants get to try their hand at driving a real race car for two eight-minute driving sessions with a short pit stop in between sessions.
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