Get ready for a week of Vegas on the blog, starting with the Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE)! A few weeks ago Hubby and I visited Las Vegas for the first time. It seemed a bit odd that we hadn’t been to Vegas yet with all of our world traveling experience. Nonetheless, we booked a week-long trip, sans the kids and headed out to “Sin City”.
We could not have booked a better welcome to Las Vegas than visiting the Richard Petty Driving Experience bright and early our first morning in town. The site mentions this about the experience: “Roll the dice in Las Vegas and feel the adrenaline rush behind the wheel of a 600HP NASCAR race car. The nightlife on the Las Vegas Strip may be legendary, but when the sun is up the action is always at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s top attraction, Richard Petty Driving Experience. There is no better way to complete your trip to Las Vegas than to challenge your friends and family on the track at speeds of up to 155 MPH.”
Our Las Vegas Ride Tour included transportation to and from the speedway, making it very convenient for visitors and vacationers alike. Our driver, Don picked us up at the designated area outside the Excalibur right on the strip. As we made our way to the Speedway, which is about a 20 minute drive Don filled us in on everything we needed to do and see while in Vegas. He offered some great recommendations and really made the experience for us!
Once at the track, we took a tour of the mechanic shop where they house all the race cars.
We then made our way to the Speedway. It could not have been a more gorgeous day to visit the track with clear skies and 70 degree weather. Once there, we were given a run through of what we could expect during our Ride-Along tour and then got suited up.
RPDE describes the Ride-Along experience as a real life racing thrill by riding shotgun in a 2-seat NASCAR race car driven by one of our professional instructors for a 3-lap qualifying run at speeds up to 160 mph!
I have to admit, I love cars and fast ones at that, but I was just a tad nervous watching the cars go around the track. Soon enough, I was in the hot seat and taking in the experience. Of course safety is of the utmost importance so before each rider climbs in the car we’re given a neck brace, then fastened in with a five point harness and off we went at racing speeds!
The Ride-Along Experience was amazing and thrilling! We were pumped after our ride. Once done we had an opportunity to view our video from the dash cam during our experience plus purchase that and other other merchandise at the kiosk. We then hopped back in the van and made a quick stop at the speedway shop before returning to the Excalibur.
If I haven’t sold you yet on this must-see experience, check out this video from RPDE:
Through the end of December they are offering an unbeatable deal on the Ride-Along tour with 3 laps around the track for just $59!!! The Ride Tour includes the Ride-Along plus transportation to and from for strip for just a little over $150. They offer several other options including getting in the driver’s seat of a NASCAR race car for 8 laps! I highly recommend making the Richard Petty Driving Experience a part of your Las Vegas itinerary. There’s no way you can go wrong with a thrilling ride in a NASCAR race car!
Disclosure: All opinions are my own and may differ from yours. I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.