Rev up your engines with the American Muscle Car Challenge

The Richard Petty Driving Experience’s American Muscle Car Challenge invites thrill seekers to get behind the wheel of iconic muscle cars to drive around the famed Las Vegas Motor Speedway at speeds up to 140 mph.

Drivers up for the exhilaration will get the opportunity to man up to three models — a Chevrolet Camaro SL1, Shelby Ford Mustang and a Dodge Challenger Hellcat. With each muscle car experience, participants will receive five laps of drive time, which amounts to 1-1/2 miles.

“These are the same muscle cars you can buy and find on streets all over America,” Brian Doleshal, the director of marketing for the Richard Petty Driving Experience, explained to the Vegas Guide. “The major issue is that you can’t drive them legally the way they were intended to be driven. With the creation of AMCC at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the help of our professional driving instructors, we have created an experience for guests to really push these cars to the limits.”

Prices for a ride begin at $149, plus a $25 driver release fee. For the true enthusiast, all three muscle cars are available to be driven for $399 plus a $25 driver release fee. Following each challenge, drivers will receive a detailed lap-time sheet for each car they drove. Additionally, visitors can purchase souvenirs like a photo plaque or an in-car video to remember their day executing hot car maneuvers.

As for guests who are more hesitant to floor the accelerator, there is also another popular option to explore at the 20-degree banked racetrack.

“Another great experience for newbies is our ride-along programs,” Doleshal said. “They’ll have a blast riding shotgun in a NASCAR race car driven by one of our professional driving instructors around the speedway.” 

Just another excuse to get fast and furious.


— Genevieve Wong, L.A. Times Content Solutions

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