Las Vegas Racing and Driving Experiences


For local auto racing fans, the NASCAR season could rival Christmas as the most wonderful time of the year. All the famous drivers arrive in town; fellowship with like-minded fans; the roar of pure power; mind-boggling speeds; the endless turn to the left; the balance and control it takes to run so fast and so close. This weekend’s NASCAR festivities, highlighted by Sunday’s South Point 400, but including many other events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (lvms.com), should fill even the most super fan’s tank.

But why let professional drivers have fun? Besides the high-speed lane changes, risky maneuvering, and frantic heel-to-toe work required by your daily commute, it turns out there are plenty of ways in Southern Nevada for you and your family to please. your need for speed (perfectly safe).

Fun for the entire stand team

Las Vegas Mini Grand Prix

What: Opened in 1992, it is the oldest karting facility in Las Vegas. It has the largest go-kart track in town, not to mention a full arcade with prizes, a 90-foot slide, and several rides. Tickets range from $ 9.49 to $ 82.99 depending on what you want to ride and how many times.

Your journey: Go-Karts (minimum height of 54 inches; children can ride with a person 14 years or older in the same kart at no additional cost); High speed Euro Karts (up to 47 mph; 14 years or older); Kiddie Karts (karts and track designed specifically for young drivers; minimum height from 38 inches to 54 inches).

Contact: 1401 N. Rainbow Blvd .; lvmgp.com

Las Vegas Superkarts

What: Operated by Exotics Racing, this outdoor track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway offers four layouts, all designed by professional racing drivers. Prices range from $ 35 to $ 90 for ages 14 and over, and $ 30 to $ 75 for drivers ages 10 to 13. Walk-ins are welcome. In addition, the site hosts several races throughout the year for karting enthusiasts from 15 years old.

Your journey: Powered by four-stroke gasoline engines and said to be faster than indoor versions, these go-karts are linked to timing software and lap times are displayed around the venue on television screens; drivers can also follow their lap times on the Vegas Superkarts app.

Contact: At the Las Vegas racing circuit; vegassuperkarts.com

Pole position

What: No inhalation of smelly exhaust fumes with electric karts on this indoor track. All races are timed, so you compete against your family, friends and complete strangers. The cost is $ 50 for two junior races, $ 60 for two adult races. Pole Position offers three levels of annual memberships which can include perks such as discounts, free races, and t-shirts. It accepts walk-ins, small and large groups and birthdays.

Your journey: Two karting options: adult (56 inches and over) and junior (6 years old and at least 48 inches)

Also: Pole Position at Omni Arena, a virtual reality racing experience with motion technology.

Contact: 4175, rue S. Arville; vegas.polepositionraceway.com

Settle into the driver’s seat

Exotic races

Exotics Racing co-owner Romain Thievin drives a Ferrari 458 Scuderia around the Exotics Racing circuit, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, in Las Vegas, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. (Las Vegas Review-Journal, file) Exotics Racing Co – Owner Romain Thievin drives a Ferrari 458 Scuderia on the Exotics Racing circuit, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, in Las Vegas, Wednesday, May 1, 2013 (Martin S. Fuentes / Las Vegas Review Journal)

What: Supercar Driving Experience – Choose from many high performance cars and drive them on a custom track designed to Formula 1 standards. In the passenger seat, an instructor coaches you for better performance. Prices range from $ 199 to $ 299 for five rides, with custom multi-car packages available.

Your journey: McLaren, Lamborghini, Corvette, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Mustang and more (including, from next year, Tesla).

Also: You can ride with professional high speed driver or drift car driver.

Contact: At the Las Vegas racing circuit

SpeedVegas

Angel Frechette of Las Vegas drives an Arrow car with Arrow engineer Leah Davidson in the pass ...
Angel Frechette of Las Vegas drives an Arrow car with Arrow engineer Leah Davidson in the passenger seat during a fundraising event for the Conquer Paralysis Now charity at SpeedVegas in Las Vegas on Sunday, October 20, 2019. ( Rachel Aston / Las Vegas Review- Journal) @rookie__rae

What: Considered the longest supercar circuit in Las Vegas, this venue offers more than a dozen supercar options, as well as all-terrain vehicles. Depending on the package you choose, the cost ranges from $ 279.99 for Shelby’s Ultimate Experience to $ 1,099 for Battle of Legends (five laps each in a Porsche, Ferrari, and Lamborghini). And for those who need it, SpeedVegas offers four ADA compliant cars with manual controls.

Your journey: In addition to those mentioned above, selections include Corvette, Tesla, BMW, Challenger, and Camaro.

Also: Driving experiences in which you sit as a passenger of an expert driver.

Contact: 14200 Las Vegas Boulevard South (near Sloan); speedvegas.com

Dream race

Lindy La Rocque, head coach of UNLV women's basketball, accelerates immediately with the instructor ...
Lindy La Rocque, UNLV Women’s Basketball Head Coach, accelerates right away with instructor Anthony Csuzi in a Lamborghini at Dream Racing as UNLV coaches take their Rebel Caravan to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, in Las Vegas. (LE Baskow / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images

What: With a 2014-2021 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, Dream Racing allows customers to zoom in on their favorite supercar on a 1.2 mile nine-turn track. Prices start at around $ 200 for five laps in a Mercedes-Benz or Aston Martin, and increase from there depending on the car (s) and number of laps.

Your journey: A rich selection of Ferraris, Porsches, Lamborghinis and more.

Contact: At the Las Vegas racing circuit; dreamracing.com

Take the scenic route

Hollywood Car Museum

What: Here you will find 30,000 square feet of vehicles over 100 movies, TV shows and commercials. Notable cars: five James Bond vehicles, TV and movie adaptations Batmobiles, vehicles from the first “Fast and Furious” movie, the DeLorean “Back to the Future” and cars from “Robocop”. Want more old school? Herbie the Love Bug is there, as is the car from “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”. Admission is $ 20; children under 16 enter free when accompanied by a paying adult

Contact: 5115 Dean Martin Drive, # 905; hollywoodcarsmuseum.com

Count’s Kustoms Las Vegas Driving Tour Experience

Danny Koker stands next to a 1947 Chevrolet COE (Cab Over Engine) truck that he uses to transport ...
Danny Koker stands next to a 1947 Chevrolet COE (Cab Over Engine) truck that he uses to haul vehicles to his store, Counts Kustoms, in Las Vegas, Monday, July 30, 2012. Koker, who works with the “Pawn Stars” on the History Channel, has their own show on the channel. (JLas Vegas Review-Journal, File) Danny Koker stands next to a 1947 Chevrolet COE (Cab Over Engine) truck that he uses to haul vehicles to his store, Counts Kustoms, in Las Vegas, on Monday July 30, 2012. Koker, who works with the “Pawn Stars” on the History Channel, has his own show on the channel. (Jerry Henkel / Las Vegas Review-Journal)

What: Owner Danny “Count” Koker is the “Counting Cars” star of the story, showcasing his Count’s Kustoms hot rod and chopper restoration workshop. Take a bus around Las Vegas with an expert guide to see Count’s Kustoms, WelderUp (Steve Darnell-owned personalization shop), the Shelby Museum, and the ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign. You’ll visit the filming locations of “Counting Cars” and “Vegas Rat Rods,” seeing dozens of classic cars and custom vehicles during the four-hour tour. Tickets are $ 99.

Contact: 2714 S. Highland Drive; countskustoms.com

Welder visit

What: Car customization workshop specializing in the restoration of old vehicles. Some of the cars in the showroom and the WelderUp collection have been featured in national publications such as Hot Rod magazine, Diesel Power magazine and Rat Rod magazine and on shows such as “Vegas Rat Rods”. Free self-guided tours daily or schedule a guided tour led by WelderUp owner Steve Darnell. Scheduled tours start at $ 89 per person and last approximately 1.5 hours. T-shirt and signed photo included.

Contact: 3160 S. Highland Drive, Suite D; welding.com

Carroll Shelby Heritage Center

What: This 15,000 square foot facility offers customers a chance to explore the life, career history and cars of automotive visionary Carroll Shelby. (He was played by Matt Damon in “Ford vs. Ferrari.”) The experience includes an ever-changing display of up to 40 cars featuring original prototypes and some of Shelby’s personal vehicles. General admission is free; a $ 49 VIP tour includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the Shelby Heritage Center, real-time viewing of the Shelby American Modification Shop next door, a chance to sign the Shelby Signature Wall, and a gift bag with Shelby merchandise.

Contact: 6405 Ensworth Street; shelby.com


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