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How to Experience the Thrill of Palm Springs Indy Racing

If you are a fan of motorsports and want to feel the adrenaline rush of driving a high-performance car on a world-class track, then you should not miss the opportunity to book your Palm Springs Indy Racing experience.

Palm Springs Indy Racing is a unique and exciting way to enjoy the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, the premier open-wheel racing series in North America. You can get behind the wheel of a real Indy car and drive on the same track where the pros test their skills and speed.

The track is located at The Thermal Club, a private, world-class facility just outside Palm Springs, California. The Thermal Club opened its 470-acre property in 2012 and is known as a premier circuit for club racers and sports car enthusiasts. INDYCAR will use a combination of the North Palm and South Palm circuits to create a 17-turn, 2.9-mile layout for the 2023 test.

In this post, we will show you how to book your Palm Springs Indy Racing experience, what to expect on the track, and how to make the most of your time in Palm Springs. Whether you are a beginner or an expert driver, you will find something to suit your taste and budget.

How to Book Your Palm Springs Indy Racing Experience

Booking your Palm Springs Indy Racing experience is easy and convenient. You just need to follow these steps:

  • Choose Your Package

We offer different packages for different levels of experience and thrill. You can choose from:

Rookie Experience: This is the perfect package for beginners who want to get a taste of Indy car racing. You will get a 3-lap session with an instructor in the passenger seat, who will guide you through the basics of driving an Indy car. You will also get a safety briefing, a helmet, and a souvenir photo.

Veteran Experience: This is the package for intermediate drivers who want to challenge themselves and improve their skills. You will get a 5-lap session with an instructor in the passenger seat, who will give you tips and feedback on how to drive faster and smoother. You will also get a safety briefing, a helmet, and a souvenir photo.

Champion Experience: This is the package for advanced drivers who want to unleash their full potential and feel the ultimate thrill of Indy car racing. You will get a 10-lap session with no instructor in the passenger seat, but with radio communication with your pit crew. You will also get a safety briefing, a helmet, a souvenir photo, and a video of your session.

You can also add extra laps or upgrade your car to a newer model for an additional fee.

  • Reserve Your Date and Time

Once you have chosen your package, you can reserve your date and time online or by phone. We recommend booking at least two weeks in advance to secure your spot and avoid disappointment. We operate year-round, but our peak season is from February to May, when the NTT INDYCAR SERIES tests at The Thermal Club.

  • Prepare for Your Arrival

Before you arrive at The Thermal Club, make sure you have:

– A valid driver’s license

– Comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes

– A signed waiver form

– A confirmation email or voucher

You should also check the weather forecast and plan accordingly. We run rain or shine, but we may cancel or reschedule your session if there are extreme weather conditions that affect safety.

What to Expect on the Track

When you arrive at The Thermal Club, you will be greeted by our friendly staff and checked in. You will then receive your safety briefing and gear up for your session. Here is what you can expect on the track:

  • Get Your Gear and Orientation

You will be fitted with a helmet and a racing suit that match your size and style. You will also receive an orientation on how to operate an Indy car, including how to start, stop, steer, shift, and brake. You will learn about the features and specifications of your car, such as its horsepower, top speed, weight, aerodynamics, and tires.

  • Meet Your Instructor and Car

You will be introduced to your instructor (if applicable) and your car. You will have a chance to ask any questions you may have and get comfortable with your seat position and controls. You will also do a walk-around inspection of your car and check for any issues or damages.

  • Drive Like a Pro

You will then head to the track and start your session. You will follow a pace car that will lead you around the track and show you the ideal racing line. You will also have radio communication with your instructor or pit crew, who will give you instructions, feedback, and encouragement. You will be able to drive at your own pace and skill level, but you will also be challenged to push your limits and have fun. You will feel the thrill of accelerating, braking, cornering, and overtaking on a world-class track.

How to Make the Most of Your Time in Palm Springs

After your Palm Springs Indy Racing experience, you may want to explore the city and its attractions. Palm Springs is a popular destination for tourists and celebrities, who come for its sunny weather, scenic views, and vibrant culture. Here are some suggestions on how to make the most of your time in Palm Springs:

  • Explore the City and Its Attractions

Palm Springs has something for everyone, whether you are into history, art, nature, or entertainment. You can visit some of the city’s landmarks, such as the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Palm Springs Air Museum, or the Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway. You can also enjoy some of the city’s events and festivals, such as the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, or the Modernism Week.

  • Relax at a Spa or Resort

Palm Springs is known for its spa and resort culture, where you can pamper yourself with massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, and more. You can choose from a variety of spa and resort options, from luxury to budget-friendly, from modern to vintage. You can also enjoy some of the amenities and services offered by these spa and resorts, such as pools, hot tubs, golf courses, tennis courts, restaurants, bars, and casinos.

  • Enjoy the Nightlife and Entertainment

Palm Springs has a lively nightlife and entertainment scene, where you can dance, drink, dine, and have fun. You can find some of the city’s best bars, clubs, lounges, and live music venues along Palm Canyon Drive or in downtown Palm Springs. You can also catch some of the city’s best shows and performances at venues such as the McCallum Theatre, the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage, or the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.

Wrap Up

We hope this post has given you some ideas on how to book your Palm Springs Indy Racing experience and how to make the most of your time in Palm Springs. If you are ready to take on this adventure of a lifetime, contact us today to reserve your spot. We look forward to seeing you on the track!

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