Thrill-seeking travelers looking for more than just casinos and nightlife will want to visit nearby Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Home to the Pennzoil 400 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the speedway hosts a lineup of racing tournaments. In addition to watching the action from the grandstand, visitors can also sign up for an experience that puts them in the driver's seat.The Basics
You can get an up-close look from one of the 80,000 seats around the 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) track, or you can jump behind the wheel with one of the speedway’s riding experiences. Choose among several racing packages that include NASCAR and Indy race cars, as well as exotic models like Ferrari and Lamborghini. For travelers who don't want to steer, drive-along experiences with professional racers allow you to feel the high speeds from the comfort and safety of the passenger seat.
Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- Open-toed shoes, sandals, and flip-flops are prohibited, if driving.
- The driving experiences are not recommended for pregnant women or for those with back problems or heart issues.
- Remember to bring a valid photo driver’s license, or a passport if your international license does not have a photo.
- Accessible facilities are available including special seating, tram services, and parking.
The Las Vegas Motor Speedway is located just a few miles north of the Las Vegas Strip. Take Interstate 15 north to exit 54 (Speedway Boulevard). Check the website for special directions for accessing the speedway during weekends with major events. The speedway recently launched shuttle service to and from the Strip for special events, with convenient pickup locations at major hotels.
When to Get There
Spring NASCAR Weekend, which includes the Pennzoil 400, takes place in March, so expect the biggest crowds then. Overall, spring and fall are the busiest seasons in Las Vegas because of the pleasant weather. If an event is postponed due to weather, ticket holders receive credit toward a future race.
Adrenaline seekers who want to explore the surrounding desert can sign up for a guided tour of Hidden Valley, located in Jean, Nevada, a quick drive from Las Vegas. There, you can hop on an ATV, dirt bike, or off-road vehicle and travel over the rugged terrain. It’s another adventure away from the sparkle and glitz of the Strip.