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Pro Tips: Driving a Supercar at NCM Motorsports Park

Are you ready for your Supercar Track Xperience at NCM Motorsports Park?

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NCM Motorsports Park

The National Corvette Museum, located in Bowling Green, KY, in one of the largest automotive centered facilities in the country. With the addition of their motorsports park, it’s a place we knew our customers would love to visit for a chance to experience a supercar. Paying homage to the great American sports car, the Corvette. This isn’t just a walk in the park, this is a high-speed test drive on a 2-mile racetrack that was purpose-built to challenge all skill levels of drivers. To make sure you’re ready to step on the pedal of a $200,000 supercar and take it past 100mph, we put together this guide.

To kick it up a notch, you will notice some helicopters entering and exiting the park. We’ll be hosting our first ever Xtreme Helicopter Xperiences over NCM Motorsports Park. These experiences can be added online, or at the track. Click HERE for more info.

Here’s your guide to get from the parking lot to the pits of NCM MSP

*Please note that this is general information in an effort to help you have the best track day. As every track facility and layout is different some of this information may not be exact.

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NCM is located at: 505 Grimes Rd, Bowling Green, KY 42103

Your reserved time is your Xtreme Xperience Check-In time. Please be at our Check-In area at the time you reserved, and have your driver’s license and confirmation out and ready. We will accept your confirmation via paper form or on your mobile device. Reminder: NCM MP is in the Central Time Zone.

Most tracks require you to sign a general track waiver at the entrance gate, please budget 15 mins for yourself to sign and park.

For XX Guests, there are no fees to park at NCM MP. All participants will be required to sign in at the Check-in post, prior to entering the facility. 

Customer parking is available directly across from the Main Building. Please follow our flags and parking signs and remember not to block in other guests. Walking distance is about 30-50 yards from parking to our Check-In.

Any XX branded area after Check-In is considered the “Pit Area” and adults will need a spectator pass. VIP Pit Pass access ($10 per adult) provides closer spectator viewing in the pit area (kids 12 under are FREE but must be with an adult). Tented seating, bleachers, close photo opportunities, and waters are included in the Pit Pass, but cannot be promised for free spectator areas.

Drone usage/ aerial footage is not permitted at NCM Motorsports Park.

 

After checking in you will attend a driver’s briefing which lasts around 25 minutes.

Classroom will be held in the Main building meeting room, located West of the Gift Shop.

As our program is always evolving and safety is always strengthening, it is required that every driver (no matter how many times you have enjoyed our program) attend the driver’s briefing. No exceptions.

 

Drivers must wear closed-toed shoes (no sandals or heels). Halter tops or other sleeveless shirts, and skirts are not permitted. This event is outdoors (no covered pit). Though we provide tented areas we ALWAYS encourage that you dress for weather possibilities (heat, cold, or rain).

There are concessions but the hours vary. They may not be open during your event hours. We welcome you to bring your own food and drink (non-alcoholic). Waters are provided to Pit Pass holders

We are a rain or shine experience so on average, our experiences are not postponed and refunds are not provided due to inclement weather (as long as track conditions remain safe). A day-of reschedule request is a $100 fee, unless we have postponed.

If we postpone an event you will be alerted via Email and text message, and we have up to 12 months to provide a reschedule date at a track location close to you. Please visit our FAQ for more information on postponements or cancellations.

Turn-by-Turn Guide of NCM MSP

NCM MSP Track Map turn by turn

NCM MSP Track Map

NCM is a complicated road course. Patience is the key to success on this circuit as many of the turns have late apexes. I can’t emphasise enough how important a Discovery ride-along in our lead cars is before you drive this course yourself.

  • Turn 1
    As you leave the pits, you will stay on the left side of the track to set up for turn 1.  Once you turn in for corner 1, hold the same turning hand position all the way through what is almost a double apex turn. The car will track out to the left side as you roll gently into the throttle. The track bends to the right, then the left and you will try and drive as straight as possible through this section with as little steering input as possible. At the end of this section, you come into a hard braking zone with your brake markers on the left which will then lead you to your next turn.
  • Turn 2
    This turn is a long sweeping turn with a late apex. The key is to use as little steering input as possible and let the car come out to the left-hand side after the apex. Brake markers will be on your right-hand side.
  • Turn 3
    Leaving the braking zone from turn 2, you turn into 3 which is almost a 90-degree turn which leads downhill. Line up on the left side of the track to get set up.
  • Turn 4
    This is another near 90-degree turn that will now go uphill. The key is to not let the car track out too far to the left, as you need to set up to the right side quickly in order to make your next turn.
  • Turn 5
    This turn is another late apex turn. Leaving the turn you will want to position your car about mid-track to get ready for your next turn.
  • Turn 6
    This is a fast downhill then an uphill section which leads into a tricky brake zone. Key is to straighten out your braking as best you can and get your car all the way to the outside of the track (right side).
  • Turn 7
    Another late apex turn that requires a lot of steering input. Be patient getting on the gas here. As you unwind the steering wheel, roll into the throttle gently.
  • Turn 8
    Leaving turn 7 you are lined up on the right side of the track. There is a bend in the road as you get into turn 8 so you end up on the left side of the track. You will need a tap on the brakes to set the nose of the car as you turn into 8. Use the entire track out on the left-hand side.
  • Turn 9
    This turn is a fast turn that doesn’t require much steering input. Let the car track out as much as needed and then get back to the left-hand side.
  • Turn 10
    Late apex turn that will lead you on to the front straight away. Be patient getting on the throttle. Wait until you are unwinding the steering wheel and roll into the gas gently.
  • Turn 11
    This turn combined with 12 and 13 is my favorite section. Flow and proper weight transfer is the key to being fast through this entire section. At the end of the straight is a hard brake zone. You will turn in and try to keep your car as far right as possible to get set up for your next turn.
  • Turn 12
    Hopefully, you were able to keep right coming out of turn 11. If not you were carrying too much speed. Delay your turn in for a late apex on 12. You don’t want to turn in early here. As you leave the apex, stay as left as possible to get set up for your next turn.
  • Turn 13
    You are increasing speed as you get to 13 which is a long sweeping turn. You will track out to the left side with your brake markers are on the right side.

Watch a video of 3 laps in a supercar at NCM Motorsports Park


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3 Responses to “Pro Tips: Driving a Supercar at NCM Motorsports Park”

  1. Shoshaunna Gragg

    My “comments” are more like a “review article” so I apologize at the top of my “novella” regarding my XTREME XPERIENCE! There’s just so many awesome things to share with everyone who might like to know about it XX, and what it’s about that I don’t know what to leave out – so here were go! Fasten your seat beats and let’s ride! 🙂

    First off and foremost, You may have noticed I am a female. So? Women like cars too! I am also a HUGE Formula 1 Fanatic & Supercar “Petrol-head”! I grew up around cars in the racing world with my Dad who was a lead racing pit mechanic, then became a stock-car driver when I was a young girl. I loved to help him in the garage at home & learned a lot from him. I’m proud to have inherited his love, passion & “need for speed” as well as appreciation for the Classic American Muscle Car & the sleek, European Sports cars designed by Enzo Ferrari, Ferdinand Porsche, & Ferruccio Lamborghini. I’ve owned & enjoyed some great cars over the years, & will be buying my second Porsche next month!

    Okay, enough about me. Let’s move onto why I am here & writing! XTREME XPERIENCE! WHOOOO-HOOOO!! (Did I just type that?) It’s that much FUN!!! Seriously!

    I couldn’t tell you enough about how excited I was when I discovered XTREME XPERIENCE while browsing through Groupon looking for Christmas gifts for friends & family! “This has got to be TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!” I said out loud, but I checked out their website, & sure enough, XTREME XPERIENCE is the “real deal!” It will be 2 years this March, and I am ready to buy another one for myself and do it again, this time in a McLaren! (Gotta drive the car representing my favorite Formula 1 team!)

    Anyway, I’m rambling…sorry! I just get so excited about XX! (You “guys” are saying, “Yep, just like a woman! Blah, blah, blah – talk, talk, talk!” Yeah-yeah…

    Okay, Back to the story of XX….

    I bought the Groupon as a gift to myself for Christmas & purchased the 3 lap drive in a Ferrari 458 Italia!! (This is a half-million dollar value car that I would be getting to drive AS FAST AS I WANTED TO FOR 3 LAPS ON A REAL RACE TRACK CIRCUIT!!)

    My drive would be at the National Corvette Museum (NCM) Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, KY, just a short 1 ½ hour drive north from my home in Nashville, TN. I couldn’t wait for March to come soon enough!
    From December until my drive in March, it seemed like a LIFETIME! In the meantime, I wanted to make sure my first XTREME XPERIENCE would be a well prepared one, so I checked out everything on the XTREME XPERIENCE website, their driving tips, advice, & their suggested reading material, which, if you REALLY want to learn about how to drive a supercar on the track, the fundamentals of racing, & the how to handle braking and accelerating when you take a turn coming into a chicane to the straight & vice-versa, I HIGHLY recommend the book XTREME XPERIENCE recommends on their website: “Going Faster! Mastering the Art of Race Driving” – by Carl Lopez (Author), Danny Sullivan (Foreword) 1997. (You can purchase this on Amazon as low as 16.99 -used and up for collector editions).

    NOTE: If you have NEVER raced on a circuit track, (like myself), or have never raced period, here’s a bit of advice/suggestions to make you better prepared for your drive!

    My instructor who rode with me even said that the NCM track was their most CHALLENGING circuit track on their calendar & even the most experienced XX racing instructors found it challenging to drive! It also displays this on the XX NCM track page if you’re not convinced yet…just take a look at the circuit! (Don’t let it scare you away – it is AMAZING AND FUN!!!)
    The track is similarly configured much like a Formula 1 track! So don’t expect a simple “NASCAR” circle circuit that you’ll drive around-and-around-and-around going nowhere, fast. Nope. Not happening here.
    It’s also a good idea if you’re able to, have access, and/or permission, (in some places), to PRACTICE in a safe, secure off-road area! If you have a car you can practice with, or have a friend who has a car, (preferably a fast car) & you two can work out a deal that they’ll let you use it to practice with…..WHY??? Well, if YOU were them wouldn’t YOU want to go have your own XTREME XPERIENCE now that you knew WHY your friend wanted to borrow their car to practice racing moves in? Yeah, I would make them buy me a XX package for the use of the car! Smart Friend! 😉

    Man, I veered off story again….(scrrreeetch!)

    March arrived and the BIG DRIVE DAY WAS HERE! The 1 ½ hour drive to the track couldn’t go fast enough! It was a gorgeous warm March day, and I was ready! I even wore my Scuderia Ferrari shirt!
    Got signed in, go my info that I would have a 30 min class on prep for the driving, and in the meantime I went over and looked at the track & watched the earlier registrant’s driving their dream cars on the track. There were Ferraris, Porsches, Lambos, Corvettes (of course), Mustangs, (Mustangs?) Okay, Okay, yep, those Mustangs did some whiplash on a few necks when they go by!
    I got my instruction with about 20 others in a classroom. The instructor was super-nice, knew his stuff about the track, what to expect, what we were to do, listen and watch for, listen to our instructors in the passenger seat, what to NOT do, and most of all, to go as fast as we wanted to and HAVE FUN!
    Where else can you go & drive cars that cost more than most people’s homes (sometimes 2 homes) and told you can drive it as fast as you feel comfortable and to have fun while doing it at the same time!

    It was time to get ready for my drive! I got in line, got my head sock, (sorry ladies & gents, especially the hair and/or germ phobic) NO WORRIES THOUGH! Even though you HAVE to wear one, which they provide, they are clean, as you are given a fresh, unused one! Upon the end of your drive, you put the head sock in a box where they will be laundered for another set of drivers. Then you get a helmet, properly sized for you, and you get in line according to which car you are driving.

    When it was time for me to drive, I walked toward that beautiful white Ferrari 458 Italia! Belissima!! She was mine to drive as fast as I wanted for 3 whole laps!! WHEEEEEE!!!! I wanted to jump up and down screaming like I won the lottery, it was that exciting!!
    As I got ready to get into my car, my instructor and another XX crew member saw me walking toward them and the Ferrari and stopped dead in their tracks. I think they must of thought a kid was driving or something? Haha! (I am rather petite at 105 lbs./ 5’3″) It couldn’t be that I was a….Girl? (And a Blonde of all things!) They looked at me, looked at each other and my instructor said to me, “You’re driving the Ferrari?” I looked at him, smiled, and said, “I am indeed.” Then a big grin spread across his face as he replied, “COOL!”

    Oh to sit inside a Ferrari for the 1st time in your life! There will never be another time like the FIRST time! (haha!) I am friends with “J.G.” who owns the largest private collection of Ferraris in the world. I thought about him at that moment & wondered, “Does he still feel the excitement when he gets in the seat of one of his thousands of Ferrari’s & does it still feel as exciting as the first time he ever sat in a Ferrari? I sure hope so, & I will make sure to ask him later!”

    My instructor was super-nice, introduced himself, asked me about my experience: Have I ever raced, (no, not on a track like this), driven a Ferrari (not until now! hee hee!) Are you comfortable with the car and having cars driving around you: (yes, I am ready, let’s go!!!)
    He got the go-pro camera set up (Which you can have a video made of your driving experience as an add-on in your package), and we were off!

    Boy, did that Ferrari SING!!! To hear that engine roar like a Ferrari is supposed to sound & feel it handle the curves so tightly the way it was built to do! I listened to my instructor tell me where the chicanes would be and where to slow and the next straight, where to accelerate. They were right. Wow, what a complex circuit! What a drive!
    There were a couple cars passing me. Yeeeeeeoooommmmmmm! There goes a Porsche, a Corvette, a Mustang….wait! Did a Mustang just pass ME in a FERRARI? Come on Instructor, I got two more laps here – I prepared for this, right?

    Obviously, (As I found out later) there are those who can come race on the track or in the parking lot at NCM where for a suprisingly affordable price you can come and drive here and prepare yourself for whatever or just have fun driving fast! (This is aka “practice” – remember the advice I spoke about earlier? Now you know why I said it’s a good idea & you’ll take that advice!)
    By the end of the 2nd lap, I picked up speed and the instructor radioed to the course team “Ferrari driver is VERY comfortable on the course and the car!” That made me smile! I got in the triple digits and man, that 458 roared and soared! I was living a dream!

    It was over so fast though!
    That is the thing about driving fast and just 3 laps. Sigh. My instructor said, “You can buy more laps and go again!”
    Something else I learned!
    3 laps go very fast – so you may want to buy 2 packages to go again – and try another car of your dreams!

    Hey, you only live once. You can’t take your money with you. When will you EVER get to drive these SUPERCARS unless you win the lottery, come into a mega-inheritance, or someone wills/gives you one?
    Slim chance for me too.

    So Buckle UP Buttercup! Enjoy the Ride! The Ride IS The ADVENTURE and the Experience is ONCE in a LIFETIME.
    Make it an XTREME XPERIENCE!

    Live FIERCE,
    Shoshaunna Hoover Gragg
    Nashville, TN

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