What is a general driving itinerary timeline?
Participants should arrive at track 30 minutes prior to their scheduled driving time for check-in. Check-in includes verification of driver license and filling out Liability Waiver. You will participate in a preparation session – learn from your Instructor program expectations, track driving line, acceleration points, paddle shifting, safety features and more. After this, it’s on to the track for your experience. Expect to be at the track approximately 2 hours.
Will someone be in the car with me?
Yes, a right seat instructor will be in the car coaching you the entire time. No other people will be allow in the car.
Can I drive as fast as I want?
Our goal is to provide a safe, exhilarating and fun experience. Fittipaldi Exotic Driving is not a school or “racing” program. The vehicles in our program are some of the finest in the world, and must be driven with caution and respect to avoid any loss of control. If you follow our coaching you will go fast, but you will not be allowed to approach loss of control speeds. Traction control will be engaged at all times. There will be speed limits for certain portions of our tracks to ensure your safety and the safety of our instructors. Any deviation from our on-track instruction may result in conclusion of your experience. We will provide a great experience within the safety parameters!
How fast will I be able to go?
Many variables affect speed. Speed varies based on track, and also depends upon track/weather conditions and the participant’s road course skills. The better you listen and follow your driving coach’s instruction, the faster you will go.
Are there any age requirements?
To participate in our driving experiences students must be at least 18 years. Participants for our Race Rides must be at least 14 years old. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Do I need any prior racing experience?
No experience is required, but you must have a valid driver license.
What is provided and what do I need to bring?
All participants are provided a helmet. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and bring valid driver license.
Can I Use My Own Helmet?
No, as all of our helmets contain integrated communication which is required to communicate with your right seat instructor.
Are there weight and height restrictions?
There are no weight or height restrictions for this experience. Participants must be able to fit in the sports car the participant selected. Participants over 6′ 2″ may have difficulties fitting in the Lamborghini Superleggera LP570-4 and Lamborghini Balboni LP550-2.
What if a participant doesn’t show?
If a student fails to check in, they may be substituted with another participant in your group. Sorry, refunds and credit certificates are not available.
Are the cars difficult to drive?
Not at all. There are no manual transmission or clutch pedals. All cars are equipped with paddle shifters and feature racing ABS and traction control. You will have a right seat instructor assisting you during your track session. Your instructor will make your experience as enjoyable as possible, encouraging you to get the maximum out of your experience without pushing you beyond your comfort level.
Do I have any liability if I damage the car?
Our Vehicle Damage Waiver is required for all participants. Unless you act intentionally or with gross negligence, you will have no liability for damage to the car.
How do we count laps?
If you purchase a 6 lap program, you will do six full speed laps. Unlike other driving programs, we do not count the exit from pit road to the start/finish or the lap entering pit road!
What are your office hours if I have questions?
A: Fittipaldi Exotic Driving office hours at Monday thru Friday from 8:30am to 5:30pm p.m. CST. Feel free to contact us by phone (281) 584-6618, or by email [email protected]
Can I pass a slower car while on the track?
Yes. If during your driving experience you come up on a slower car, your instructor will guide you through passing the slower car.
How long will I be on the track driving?
Time on the track is based on the package you select. The driving time will be approximately 10 minutes to complete 6 laps. Please note that your total driving time will depend on your ability as well as the speed you are comfortable driving.
Can my family and/or friends ride in the race car with me?
No. Despite their bravery in offering, the only passenger allowed in the race car is your professional instructor who will be with you throughout the driving portion of your experience.
Can I bring a family member or a friend to watch me drive?
Please do! You are welcome to bring friends and family with you. There is a viewing area around pit road so your guest can have a view of your on-track experience. They are also welcome to watch the your opening presentation.
What should I wear?
A: We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes. You are required to wear closed-toed shoes in order to drive. We recommend your favorite pair of sneakers.
What happens if I’m late to my scheduled start time?
Should something cause you to miss the start of your experience at the race track you will have to wait for the next session to start, and join them. If you arrive more than 30 minutes later than your scheduled time we are not able to guarantee that you will be able to reschedule your experience.
Can I reschedule if I can’t make it?
Subject to availability, dates and time slots may be changed up to 3 days prior to the reservation with no fee. Inside 3 days there is a $50 rescheduling fee. All no-shows will result in 100% forfeiture.
Are Gift Certificates available?
Yes. Gift Cards are available for each of the experiences. They can be purchased here at drivefittipaldi.com. Gift Cards have no expiration date.
How do I make a reservation?
Reservations can be made online through the website’s booking system at drivefittipaldi.com. Our site is mobile-friendly, so you can make a reservation with a variety of devices including your smart phone. Payment can be made by all major credit cards.
Can I receive a refund?
No. You may reschedule a reservation for a future time but no refunds will be given. All sales are final.
Are reservations necessary?
Reservations are not required but are recommended. Availability at track may be limited. To be sure you can drive the car you want where and when you want, book in advance!
Can my child participate in a ride?
In order to participate in the Race ride experience your child must be 14 years of age and a parent/guardian must be present and sign a release of liability waiver for the child.
How old do I have to be to drive?
You must have a valid driver’s license in order to participate in the Fittipaldi Exotic Driving. You need to be at least 18 to drive.
Do you accept an international driver’s license as a valid driver’s license?
Yes, as long as it is currently valid in the country in which it was issued. International Driver’s Licenses issued on the internet without an underlying country’s driver’s license are not acceptable.
I don’t know how to use a stick shift, can I still drive?
Our cars don’t have stick shifts or clutch pedals! All of the cars are equipped with paddle shifters on the steering wheel, so you do not need to know how to drive a manual transmission. During your training you will learn how to use the paddle shifters. Automatic transmission mode is available on all of the cars if you prefer not to shift.