Dream Racing, the five-star racing experience, is now open at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Dream Racing offers thrill seekers the opportunity to become a race-car driver for the day, taking a track-ready Ferrari F430 GT for fast laps just like a professional.
Dream Racing is the only place in Las Vegas where participants can take to the track at the wheel of a true automotive machine specifically tuned for professional Gran Turismo (GT) Racing.
Former race car drivers Enrico Bertaggia and Adriano De Micheli have created the ultimate first class racing experience for consumers, designed from years spent on the professional racing circuit. “We have traveled around the world throughout our racing careers,” said Bertaggia. “When we conceived the Dream Racing concept we knew that Las Vegas, with all of its energy and excitement, would provide the ideal location for such an exhilarating luxury adventure.”
The three hour Dream Racing experience begins with a shuttle to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from the exclusive pick-up location inside Crystals at CityCenter. Once at the track, participants are greeted by hostesses who will guide them through each step to the finish line. First on the agenda is a 15 minute classroom instruction in the dedicated theater room to learn the proper handling of the 2700 pound race car. After that, racers get familiar with the twists and turns of the Las Vegas track with a session on the unique 3D professional simulators powered by iRacing.com, which features a laser scan of the track, and provides the realistic preparation necessary for the live driving portion of the day.
Adrenaline starts to build as the racing suits and helmets are donned in the locker room and drivers make their way to the cars. Drivers climb into the cockpit of a Ferrari and fasten the safety belts as a professional racing instructor takes the passenger seat, ready to provide guidance as needed. The pit crew preps for the start and the drivers are on their way in a race car able to go from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The 1.1 mile track is a permanent circuit designed to professional race specifications and features low, medium and high speed corners and a straight with a maximum speed of approximately 120 miles per hour.
After completing the five laps it is back to the custom designed lounge to revel in the thrill with fellow racing comrades and their guests before heading back to the Las Vegas Strip. The lounge encompasses a gift shop with branded merchandise for both men and women, a ‘bar’, large screen TVs with live action from the track, and the opportunity to follow all activities on pit lane from a panoramic window.
“Taking control of a racing car specifically built for the track is an unmatched experience that delivers indescribable emotions to drivers and passengers,” said De Micheli. “There is simply no comparison to a street car, much like there is no comparison between a jumbo airliner and jet fighter plane.”
The Dream Racing cars feature a steering wheel paddle shift, traction control and abs system, making the experience accessible to anyone with a driver’s license. Even at speeds that would not be street legal, the Ferrari F430 GT will prove to be more responsive, easier to handle and safer than most road cars. Dream Racing brings participants as close as possible to the thrill that only professional race car drivers have of taking these incredible machines to their limit.
The Dream Racing experience includes five exhilarating high speed laps around the track, instruction from professional drivers, use of racing suit and helmet and transportation between Crystals at CityCenter and Dream Racing for an all inclusive fee of $499. Five additional laps may be purchased for a supplementary $399 fee, and those that want the thrill of the race as a passenger can ride with a professional for two laps for $179.