Where Can I Legally Speed or Race?

Let’s face it. Going fast in your car can be an enjoyable experience and racing your friends can be even more fun. Unfortunately, you are not a professional race car driver, and you do not have the opportunity to drive on the German Autobahn, where sections of the road have no speed limit. This means you probably do not get many opportunities to legally go at whatever speed you want. You might be wondering, “Where can I legally speed or race?” Luckily, there are places in the United States where even an amateur driver can legally speed.

Sonoma Raceway- Sonoma, California

After taking a course conducted by professional drivers and getting some driving pointers, those who take a class through the Simraceway Performance Driving Center are let loose on the Sonoma Raceway to test their speed limits. There are a variety of classes to fit your speed or racing needs. While some courses allow you to bring your vehicle to the track, others let you drive an Audi sports car or take a Formula 3 race car on the track. You will even get tips from professional drivers on how you can do better next time. With the option for group training, it is a wonderful opportunity to take classes with your friends and family members to see who is the better or faster driver.

Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park- Chandler, Arizona

Bob Bondurant School of High-Performance Driving also offers courses in race car driving for interested individuals. Classes run from one to four days, depending on the course. Although there are several classes, the signature course is the Forza Motorsport Grand Prix Road Racing course. While drivers have a ride-along passenger to coach them in the beginning, they later get the opportunity to take a race car around the track on their own, with no speed limit. Plus, at the completion of the course, you can obtain your SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) Regional race license, allowing you to compete in real races.

Qualcomm Stadium- San Diego, California

If you are looking for something a little less expensive than going to a race car driving school, another great place to race is Qualcomm Stadium. Their Friday night Race Legal events allow you the opportunity to enjoy street racing in a much safer environment than on the road. It is an event that is great no matter your racing experience. You might even find yourself coming back for more races. Races take place most Fridays from January through April. Prizes are even given to the top performers in a wide range of categories.

Aspen Motorsports Park- Woody Creek, Colorado

Created after Colorado Governor Edwin C. Johnson banned racing on public roads, Aspen Motorsports Park is located a short distance from Aspen. Performance Driving Days allow participants three hours of driving experience around the track. Each driver is given full racing gear, including a race suit, gloves, a helmet, and driving shoes. After completing the instruction portion of the day and getting a feel for the race car and the track, participants can travel the track on their own while completing time trials. At the completion of your time trials, you will get a printout of your lap times.

If you are interested in racing around the Aspen Motorsports Park, you must be able to drive a manual transmission vehicle, and you must be at least eighteen years old. Plus, sessions are only available Tuesday through Thursday from mid-June to mid-September.

Of course, these are not the only places where you can speed or race legally in the United States. If you are interested in driving fast, we encourage you to find places near you where you can legally drive with no speed limit.


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