Stock Car Racing Experience, Peterborough

Slide behind the wheel of a race car for an adrenaline-fueled, high octane stock car racing experience at Kawartha Downs and Speedway. See for yourself the speed and power that these stock car racing machines bring to the table. Buckle up and hang on for the racing experience of your life!
COVID-19 SAFETY:On COVID-hold for summer 2020 – Please see below for details
Where:Peterborough, Ontario
Age restriction:Minimum age for participation - 18 years
Price for:1 Participant
Picture of Taste of Speed - 5 laps           Stock Car Racing, Peterborough
Taste of Speed - 5 laps Stock Car Racing, Peterborough
The Taste of Speed package is for those who want to say, “I did it!”. One more check on the bucket list! The Taste of Speed package is all the thrills and excitement of NASCAR racing in a smaller “condensed” experience. After classroom instruction, you’ll be on track for 5 laps.
Picture of The Qualifier - 10 laps           Stock Car Racing, Peterborough
The Qualifier - 10 laps Stock Car Racing, Peterborough
The Qualifier package is for those who have had a taste and want more.
Picture of The Shootout - 15 laps           Stock Car Racing, Peterborough
The Shootout - 15 laps Stock Car Racing, Peterborough
The “Shootout” experience is so much more than any entry level experience. You will get suited in our beautiful custom Rusty Wallace Racing Experience driver’s suit made by Oakley. You go through a 45 minute orientation with one of our Professional Instructors and then you drive for 15 laps of racing.
Picture of Start Your Engines - 20 laps           Stock Car Racing, Peterborough
Start Your Engines - 20 laps Stock Car Racing, Peterborough
If you are looking for just a little more lap time, this is the experience for you. We take everything from our Shootout package above and add more laps for a total of 20 laps. More laps equals more speed and more thrills.
Picture of Ride Along - 3 laps           Stock Car Racing, Peterborough
Ride Along - 3 laps Stock Car Racing, Peterborough
Climb in, buckle up and ride shotgun in a NASCAR stock car driven by a professional instructor for a 3-lap qualifying run. This is the ride of a lifetime. You are riding shotgun with a real stock car racing driver around the track for the high speed driving thrill of a lifetime.
Picture of Side by Side Ride Along - 5 laps           Stock Car Racing, Peterborough
Side by Side Ride Along - 5 laps Stock Car Racing, Peterborough
Just when you think it can’t get any more realistic, it does!! Experience all the thrills of the Ride Along package but now with another race car. These cars will simulate the thrill of racing to the checkered flag door handle to door handle as they dice back and forth passing within inches of each other.

Experience the thrill of Stock Car racing!

For the diehard NASCAR fan in your life, the awesome gift of an authentic stock car racing experience is one they'll always remember. Make that dream come true at Kawartha Downs and Speedway.

With in-depth race car driving instruction, the NASCAR driver in your life will never forget the thrill of putting 500 horse power of racing machine through its paces around an exciting track.

Become a NASCAR driver for the day
From the moment you arrive and are fitted out in your authentic racing suit, boots and helmet, the dream of becoming a pro stock car driver becomes a reality. You’ll begin with a pre-race briefing.  Listen intently as you learn all there is to know on how to tame the track and get the most out of your mean racing machine. Then it's time to climb behind the wheel of your highly tuned 400 horse power NASCAR proven stock car.  Your mind will be focused on one thing only - SPEED!

The driving experience of a lifetime!
The stock car racing experience utilizes a dedicated and knowledgeable staff, beautiful NASCAR race cars, and state of the art technology to complete your unforgettable car racing experience.

2020 Dates*

  • July 19, 2020 /July 21, 2020Cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Stayed tuned for 2021 dates.


*Dates are subject to change

The Cars
Some of the same race cars you have seen on TV in the NASCAR Sprint Cup & Nationwide series. All of the cars are standard transmission. If you need help operating a standard vehicle our pit crews will help you leave the pit area and get you up to speed quickly.

  • The cars have an integrated tube chassis built from the ground up for safety and speed.
  • The Late Models are designed from day one to race on smaller short ovals.
  • The strong chassis is combined with a fiberglass body making the cars lighter and quicker than the bigger NASCAR style Cup cars used at bigger ovals.
  • The design of the cars combined with their light weight and incredible power to weight ratio make them a thrilling choice on the short ovals.
  • The chassis is combined with a GM crate motor making approximately 400 hp, it is a combination that will take your breath away as the car rockets off the corner.

How fast will I be able to go?

  • Each level of experience has a target speed, and the speeds will vary according to a driver’s individual performance.

Do I need any prior racing experience?

  • No racing experience is required
  • You must have a valid driver’s license to participate in the driving experiences.

Are there any age requirements?

  • Students must be at least 18 years old to participate in our driving programs
  • In the Ride Along programs riders must be 14 years old to participate plus be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

What is provided?

  • All participants are provided with a Driver’s Suit, Helmet (with one way radio communication) and a HANS Device.

What to wear?

  • Participants need to wear closed toe shoes & clothes that will be comfortable under the Driver’s/Rider’s suit.

Are there weight and height restrictions?

  • NASCAR race cars don’t have doors. All Driver’s & Rider’s must have the ability to climb through a 15” high by 28” wide window that sits 35” from the ground.
  • Drivers must be at least 5′ tall. Maximum height is 6′ 4″.
  • Waist and chest can be no bigger than 52".

What if I damage the car?

  • You are financially responsible for all damage caused to the car due to driver error. A Vehicle Protection Plan is available for $75.00. If you purchase this plan the maximum repair cost, you would be required to pay is $1000. All payments for damages must be paid at the track at the time of the incident. Due to the quality of the training and cars, damage is rare. You can purchase optional insurance at the race car track on the day of your event or when you reserve your experience day/time with the experience provider.

What if it rains?

  • Please note that this experience is dependent on weather. Should your date be cancelled due to weather, your certificate will be honored for a future date but no refunds can be issued.

If you are looking for an unforgettable birthday, Father’s Day or Christmas gift idea for him that he will always remember   THIS IS IT!  If you are searching for a unique idea for their bachelor or bachelorette party a NASCAR style stock car driving experience is the perfect way to get the stag party day started.  They will never forget this adrenaline filled race day you gave them!

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