Spring has arrived in Indianapolis. And it won’t be long before the hum of the engines and the smell of the rubber fills the air.
Our favorite drivers have not yet arrived at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but fans who can’t wait any longer…no longer have to wait.
As of April 7th, IMS is offering victory laps through the Indy Racing Experience every day, year round (weather permitting), during Hall of Fame Museum hours (9-5). No appointment is necessary, just show up at the trailer in the museum parking lot.
For $60, riders nine years and older can take a victory lap ride at 60 mph around the famous oval in a real two-seat IndyCar, NASCAR, or event car. It’s another way for fans to engage their passion for racing.
The full experience (including full speeds of up to 180 mph) is also available for $499. And for $1,000, you can drive an IndyCar yourself (after some training). Those options do require an appointment.
John Paul Hyden, manager of the Indy Racing Experience says the victory lap is a new addition. And for a simple reason.
“There’s two types of people. People that really want to go fast. And people that don’t really want to go fast.”
You can browse all your options at: indyracingexperience.com.
After doing a victory lap myself, there are a couple of things I can tell you. First, you can’t be claustrophobic, because you’re strapped in pretty tight. You also can’t be too tall (under 6’5” and 250 lbs.), as the IndyCar doesn’t sell itself on leg room. And you can’t be afraid to sign a waiver asking for your blood type. (Yikes — and I have no idea!?)
Thankfully, my driver Jimmy executed a flawless run. And to be honest, signing the waiver was the only thing that felt dangerous.
I can tell you what it feels like to put on the helmet, be strapped in the car, see the stands, round the turns, pass the pole, and feel the bricks…but it won’t do it justice. You really have to experience it for yourself. And that’s what the Indy Racing Experience is all about.
But, I will tell you this — I know I’ll never watch a race the same way again.
And I also don’t need to see the track at 180 mph.
At least, I don’t think so.
I don’t know.
Let me think about it…