West Valley drivers

Regular West Valley drivers get the rare opportunity to drive their cars around Phoenix Raceway’s legendary track this weekend, just like the pros.

 Ever wonder what it’s like to drive on a race track?

In a rare opportunity, average West Valley drivers can “get their NASCAR on” like never before this weekend.

Race fans who wish to get a personal feel for the host track of the NASCAR Championship Weekend will get their chance when Phoenix Raceway hosts Track Laps for Charity from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.

For a donation of $25 to Arizona Accelerator Charities, Track Laps for Charity will provide fans the opportunity to drive around Phoenix Raceway in their own personal vehicles in a safe and socially distanced manner alongside their friends and family.

“This is a unique time for our community, and we wanted to provide a special experience for our fans while also raising money through Arizona Accelerator Charities to give back to those in need,” Phoenix Raceway President Julie Giese said. “Fans will get to experience the track’s banking and the infamous dogleg from the comfort of their own vehicle while knowing that their donation will also be making a positive impact here locally in Arizona.”

All funds raised will support Arizona Accelerator Charities, a donor-advised fund under the NASCAR Foundation. 

Arizona Accelerator Charities’ mission is to accelerate the development of children in Arizona by supporting education, children and families of our military and military veterans, and life enrichment programs for children and families in our community.

For the $25 donation, fans will get to experience five paced laps around the 1-mile oval.

To register, visit phoenixraceway.com/laps.

COVID-19 and track waivers must be printed in advance and brought to the event.

All participants are required to remain in their personal vehicles, and no public restrooms will be available.

Vehicles must be street legal. Motorcycles, rental cars, ATVs, golf carts and/or large-capacity vehicles (15-passenger vans and buses) will not be permitted to drive the track.

Drivers must be 18 or older, and valid driver’s license and insurance will be required.

All occupants must remain inside the vehicle at all times, with seatbelts on. Passengers are not permitted in truck beds.

Phoenix Raceway will host the NASCAR Championship Weekend, Nov. 6-8. For more information, visit phoenixraceway.com.