The Richard Petty Driving Experience Takes High-Speed Adventure Around Walt Disney World Speedway

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Speedway is the place of dreams, offering race fans and adventure-seekers the ultimate thrill of riding in or driving a racecar around the one-mile tri-oval Walt Disney World Speedway. Guests are offered several ride and drive experiences as they follow their dream of leaving the grandstands and climbing into a racecar, just like The King himself.

Four driving experiences and a ride-along program are offered at the Walt Disney World Speedway location:

  • Ride-Along Program: A three-lap thrill ride as a passenger at a top speed of 145 mph.
  • Rookie Experience: A three-hour program that places guests behind the wheel for eight exhilarating laps around the track.
  • King’s Experience: Features 18 laps of drive-yourself thrills divided into one eight-lap session and one 10-lap session.
  • Junior Ride-Along Program: A three-lap thrill ride for 6- to 13-year-old passengers, who are at least 48 inches in height.
  • Piston Cup Junior Ride-Along Program: Three thrilling laps in a specially equipped Piston Cup race car.

Beyond these core options available to Walt Disney World guests, riders with an insatiable “need for speed” can turn up the excitement with these premium experiences:

  • The Exotics Course at Walt Disney World Speedway®. Guests can get behind the wheel of supercars by Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi, Porsche and Nissan for six laps with a professional driving instructor in the passenger seat. An interior road course-style section is used specifically for the Exotic Driving Experience and features a series of quick, challenging right and left-hand turns, known as “switch backs.”Driving Experiences start at $199 for six laps around the circuit. Thrill Rides with a professional driver at the wheel are available for $99.  Reservations can be made at or by calling 815-822-0149.
  • Experience of a Lifetime. Talk about pulse-pumping, thrill-seekers choosing this Petty track will experience 30 laps of white-knuckle, heart-pounding speed in a NASCAR race car. The “Experience” is divided into three 10-lap driving segments and between each session, drivers will receive one-on-one feedback from the Pit Road instructor Priced from $1,299 per person.
  • Speedway Challenge. Imagine the high-octane rush of this one-of-a-kind driving program. This 50-lap program consists of five 10-lap sessions as well as a Ride-Along, shop tour with tech talk and lunch with the instructor and crew chief. Priced at $2,099 per person.

The Junior Ride-Along program provides children, who are at least 48 inches in height, the opportunity to ride shotgun with a professional driving instructor for three thrilling laps in a specially equipped two-seat NASCAR race car. Priced from $59 per child. For “Cars” fans, the Piston Cup Junior Ride-Along program offers the chance to experience real-life racing excitement as they ride shotgun with a professional driver and choose from two full-size custom character cars, Aiken Axler or Sage VanDerSpin, both characters from the Academy Award-nominated 2006 animated film “Cars”. Priced at $59 for children ages 6 to 13.

Built in 1994, the one-mile oval at Walt Disney World Speedway® has been home to Indy Racing League (IRL), NASCAR Truck series and United States Auto Club (USAC) sanctioned races. Since 2000, it has been operated year-round exclusively by Richard Petty Driving Experience, which has seen more than 250,000 people drive or ride in one of its NASCAR race cars.

Richard Petty Driving Experience sessions at Walt Disney World Speedway run every other day with Ride-Alongs offered daily. Driving experiences are available for those at least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license. All student drivers are accompanied by a professional right seat driving instructor who provides coaching and feedback throughout the driving experience, made possible by Stilo helmets that feature a built-in, two-way open-mic system.  Fans at least 14 years of age can participate in the Ride-Along Program with proof of identification. For information or reservations, visit or call 1-800-237-3889.