Bought this for my hubby, went with him to Orlando on Dec 8th, very impressed! They went over everything very clearly to ensure you had the best and safest time. Highly recommend the Ride Along even for experienced drivers. Purchase as many laps as you can afford, sometimes its cheaper to add them on the day but they will wish they had more. Hubby had 20 laps and was still wanting more. It is hot so dress cool, take a change of clothes even. But you will love it, awesome experience, he was lit after! I've already booked for him to do the larger track at Homestead!
Review by MindDiver1 month ago
I realize I am in the minority, there are a lot of 4 & 5 star reviews.
Our event was in Fontana Nov 16th 9:00 am. We arrived early and class started on time approx 9:15. After class we waited almost 1 hour in the near 90' sun before getting on the track. Some of our same class members waited even longer. Once on the track & starting to get the feel of the car we were told to pit after about 3 laps. Come to find out a elderly lady, a participant, was taken to the hospital via ambulance before she ever left pit row. (heat stroke). We had to wait approx 30 mins for the ambulance to return. Once out on the track again I rolled around the apron waiting for instruction from my spotter to get onto the track and get up to speed...I went an entire lap around the track on the apron and was told "Oh Sorry car 11 pull on to the track when you are ready. Sorry, Man there are a lot of cars out there for me to keep track of".( same thing happened to my nephew) After 2 more laps I hear my spotter saying something I DID NOT UNDERSTAND, sounds like a bad drive thru window or a tired pilot at the end of a long flight.
Being cautious I pull to the bottom of the track and cruise around when I hear " Car 11, ( he is yelling now) get back into the race line, I was telling you you were doing a great job, not to move left"? 3 more laps go by, coming out of turn 4 I get passed on the high side by the instructor doing a ride along. If I am doing 100 he is doing 150 It Scared the living Crap out of me because I had no communication from the spotter that he was coming. Scared the Crap out of my family watching from pit row watching, what was about to be a collision Yes, To make maters worse I was about 1/2 a car width out of the race line, I was too high on the track, but I am the 1st timer here. A notice please
Review by Arturs2 months ago
I did the ride along and 10 lap drive at Nashville on 11/9/2019. Bought everything except the plaque. The ride and driving experience, of course, was amazing. The reason for 3 stars instead of 5 comes down to the customer service and lack of organization. This is a bare bones operation. Most of my group that was scheduled to drive at 10 am, had to wait at least 30 minutes for a proper fitting helmet. There weren't enough driver suits either.
Jen was terrible. Very rude to many customers. Not sure why she has a job or why she would want one there. If you're not happy, move on.
The professional video had over a hundred random pics on it before my drive. Yes, easy to delete but not very professional.
I'll drive again, but Rusty Wallace Racing Experience won't be getting my money.
Review by Kaylie3 months ago
Raced before with a different company. Prior experience the spotter talked you through the preferred line and you had two way communication. At Dover the line was marked with tape. Very little encouragement from the spotter. My experience with prior company was much better. That said, I would like to come back to the same track with you now that I know what to expect in hopes of improving my experience.
All in all I had a good time. Bit of a better value also.
Review by Jschut4 months ago
I booked a session at Milwaukee Mile after receiving a voucher as a gift from a family member. The "confroamtion"(sic) email from Jen LaRose said that I had a Friday ride along instead of the Saturday opening that I had requested. I blew a vacation day and drove to Milwaukee Mile on the date indicated in the email. Upon arriving, the RWRE agent said she could not find my name on the Friday schedule...she found me on the Saturday docket instead. "Sorry about that, you'll have to come back tomorrow." What a waste of my time...very poor customer service!
Review by Gujral4 months ago
Cars were in poor shape and they kept having problems. The windshield was so scratched up that you could see worth a crap. Even the people were great it was a very bad experience. I'm kinda shocked that Rusty Wallace would put his name on it.
Review by Labaze Cahill4 months ago
The car I was assigned #46 should have been retired long ago. Windshield scratched so bad you could barely see the track. Sounded and ran like it was only running on 5 of 8 cylinders don’t think it was capable of hitting 60 mph (foot to the floor) and looked as bad as it ran. They preached safety in the media room but clearly not the case when I got in #46. Very disappointing experience so beware the equipment is worn out and does not perform as it should probably why they push the upgraded cars after you arrive.
Review by Henzly5 months ago
The driving experience was exciting but the RWRE left much to be desired. I expect that other companies would have to try hard to be worse. RWRE was a very low budget operation. Customer Service was severely lacking at every turn, no pun intended. Several of the cars were broke down and one guy tinkering to get them running while we waited in line over 2 hours to get a ride-along(which in itself was eye opening) in the one ride along car that was running. The customer driven cars were very worn,switches broken, padding torn/falling off. several cars were required to be push started.
Information and Instruction was lacking to start and only got worse. The training class gave zero instruction other than to stay in the taped racing line. Other than shown a non working seatbelt as an example of what we would be wearing.
Once in the car, the spotter giving directions left me contemplating pulling into the pits and quitting. I was told to get in High gear and go but then aggressively reprimanded for entering the track. yelled at for not being in the line as I drove into the blinding sunset with a dirty plastic windshield that had masking tape for a sun visor.
Overall this is a great driving experience but the execution can easily be improved...
Review by TurramurraCust5 months ago
I drove at Dover, took the 3 laps with a Pro first. Definitely worth it. Then my laps were awesome!! The whole experience was worth every penny. I'm doing it again next year!!!!
Review by FabulousTams Ous5 months ago
Wow ! What an experience. From start to finish. Our instructor Art was very good and to the point. He did an excellant job of informing us on the do and don't and most of all safety. Having been a Rusty Wallace fan his whole career, you could not believe the thrill that my family and I had when I was informed by the pit crew that I would be driving The Number 2 black and gold, my family went nuts. After getting a feel of the car the first 2 laps I let it go I drove it as fast as I could make it go. When I took it to the pits who was there to help me out of the car, Art. That was so cool, Art you're awesome dude ! Great Fathers day gift from my 2 daughters.
Review by NinjaPanda5 months ago
Thank you very much to the Rusty Wallace team for making it an awesome and unforgettable day. They each did a fantastic job of being so patient, friendly, helpful, courteous, informative and just fun to be around!
That included check-in, driver's meeting, suits and helmets, getting comfortable in and helped out of the ride along car, the ride along
driver, the photographer and being safely strapped into and out of the Dale Earnhardt Junior, red, Budweiser #8 Chevy.
I was thrilled to actually drive a race car on the legendary Milwaukee Mile! It is a pretty flat oval that has challenged every race car driver at every level.
It was an amazing experience which created fond memories that I have shared with everybody I know since that day. I can't stop thinking about and rehashing every moment of that day in my mind.
Being back in a race car after 25 years of being retired from racing has surely made me feel 10 years younger!
Do the Rusty Wallace ride along and drive. I'm already planning for my next one.
Thanks again RW team.
This was a Father's Day present from my terrific family and included the 4 lap ride along and 8 laps of driving. Don't forget to buy a plaque with your picture on it.
Review by MissBrooks5 months ago
When dealing with outdoor events you should have a clear plan of dealing with it. Upon arrival today at Texas Motor Speedway, there was no clear direction of where to go. When we finally figured out where to go, no direction was to where to check in. After that and the driver meeting, it's a free for all on getting your suits and helmet, not organized or sorted. Finally to the real issue. We were dealing with rain and extremely high winds. After an hour of trying to hear something, we were told we are going to have to wait another hour for a decision when it was clear by now the track wasn't getting better. As several were leaving, we were told that we had to wait another hour for a decision. By now we are 2 hours past our scheduled race time and there appeared to be nobody in charge if making a decision, rather it was like we were just being stalled for an inevitable decision. Finally someone took control and said we could continue to wait or we should be able to reschedule! SHOULD??? Come on Rusty Wallace Racing, get organized!!!
Review by Liglig Dinsmore6 months ago
This was a Christmas gift from my husband it was awesome!
Review by Suzany6 months ago
it was awesome best money i have spent in a long time
Review by Sheshkumar6 months ago
Val and Bailey will be some of the team you meet first. They are wonderful. I was injured and had to re-sched and Val was so wonderful to work with. I asked if I would see her at track day, she said no but Bailey would be there. I though too bad because Val was so fun and helpful on the phone. She said Bailey would be great... well on track day, Baily was fantastic, cheerful, fun, helpful... just happy to serve kinda person. Wow what a team.
The class instructor was like my flight instructor in the Marines. He was professional, acurate, and confidence inspiring. You will be ready if you listen to him. Also he had a great sense of humor in his instruction... great one liners.
The whole crew reminded my of a carrier launch, they suite you up, fit the seat, belt you up, do safety and com check,,, then ready for launch.
You are alone in the car with the track boss in your ear... amazing fun and it is like real racing. If you know what a racing line is, for sure buy the ride along.
On a scale of 5 these folks are a twenty. Very very worth the time and Money. Lindsy Strait 25 laps August 16, 2019 Southsound Racway
Review by Youlstone7 months ago
For some of use this was the second time, Dover was the first (wow). This time to Charlotte, with a bit bigger group. Seven of use were your guests and I think I can speak for all by saying it was a very good time. The instruction was everything it needed to be. The "Rookies in our group did the ride arounds and getting out of the cars with big smiles. The standard cars are stock cars with crate engines with HP on par with most exotics. These are not your custom fit to the driver cars but they do their best to put in a car that fits you. They are also not the most comfortable cars to be in. But these are race cars not your Sunday go to meeting, AC, soft seats and stereo blasting grocery getters. But these are far more fun. 16 laps at speed ( you will not equal the pace of the Sunday 9000 rpm pros) what a great package. From check in, through school to suiting up, to getting in the car and out on the track so much help. With seven to eight cars and only a couple more people than a standard pit crew they work hard at making your visit go smoothly. And as with any race car there is the possibility of hiccups ( one of our party had a car that got stuck in gear but they got him on the track). Next time the going for the COT.... need save up for that one.... The only thing I can say if you get the chance Do It there is only one thing better......
Review by Paeshence Thelum7 months ago
I had a gift given to me to do the driving experience along with my 2 sons which is never driven a race car the youngest could only do the Ride along due to the age limit. All I can say is they come with what equipment they have they do the best that they can with their equipment this is not a dig they did an excellent job. In fact 2 lapsinto it they made me come in because I didn't purchase the insurance and they noticed I was getting on the race car quite a bit. They explain to you firmly that if you smash it up and don't get the insurance you pay ,they also explain to you if you get hurt or killed it is at your own discretion. So if you enter this thinking it's someone else's fault it's your own. Sorry just had to get that out I read one of the bad reviews and it was totally bogus. I will say this my son come out of there now wanting to race a race car he had a great time it was the most fun he's ever had, he's a college student right now and I see he probably will be back again to drive again. And as for me I got my butt chewed but they let me go back out and finish and I gave it all she got for what tires it had on it and let me just tell you it was the most fun I hadn't been in a race car in over 25 years. so thank you guys for coming up to Lee New Hampshire and bringing that close to the northern New England! I recommend it I've done other racing schools in the past by far this one was pretty good I'm sure there's more in the South that are competitive but for here that was great. oh yeah purchase the insurance I actually did for my son it's well worth it.. it's only sixty bucks with $1,000 deductible.
Review by IronWire7 months ago
I gave this to my husband for Christmas, and he was happy. But after his experience driving the car on the track....He was ecstatic!
He said it was awesome.
Review by Jarvius7 months ago
My son absolutely loved this!!
Review by Undray7 months ago
Can't wait to do it again! Great crew, great cars.
Review by Meddie Roake7 months ago
It was great to actually drive a NASCAR! You get first hand experience on how the actual drivers feel and it was amazing! I'll be doing it again next year!😀😀😀
Review by Devlina Chappers7 months ago
This was gift for Spouse bday and Father’s Day...he absolutely enjoyed.
Review by Tallack7 months ago
As it was my second time driving at Iowa speedway, it was again an amazing experience. With only the same regret as the first driving experience is not getting myself more laps. The staff was all great and very informative and helpful. I will definitely be back and hope to experience other tracks in the future.
Review by Olson7 months ago
Was so awesome , instructor was great and the experience is amazing. The only thing that I would change is have signs on where to check in and what door of the classroom is in.
Review by Virtus Pulukçu7 months ago
I gave my man the Rusty Wallace package for a Christmas present. He had to wait until June to use it. My man can be the most impatient person I know, but this day he waited for about three hours to get a chance to take his turn. He LOVED IT!!! He said it was well worth the wait. He is now gathering his friends to go back and go again. Thank you Rusty Wallace for making this experience so memorable.