For those who know me, Las Vegas is my home away from home where I get a break from the office and party my weekends away. If you follow me on Instagram, you can get lost at the number of check-ins I have at XS and Drais. But besides the wild nights, gentlemen's clubs and casinos Vegas is known for, there's something you have to try just 20 minutes outside the strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway called Exotics Racing. I've been to the Speedway many times before during drag races, MFest, past Formula D events and of course, Electric Daisy Carnival, but Exotics Racing has been around since '09 and they offer one of the sickest experiences you can buy for just a couple hundred dollars.
The formula behind Exotics Racing is simple-drive your favorite supercar around a road course. Sure we've all done karting or even taken our own project car to a road course, but how many places allow you to take a six-figure exotic sports car and drive it to the limit? Exotics Racing is the first of its kind and is open to virtually everyone-guys 'n' girls, moms and dads, company outings, and of course since it's in Vegas, I'd recommend it for any bachelor or bachelorette party. You just need to be 18 years old, have a valid driver's license, wear a helmet (that's provided), and rock closed-toe shoes.
To show you that anyone can do Exotics Racing, our friends Elle Navarro, Mariah Bevacqua, and Kristy-Lei Juan joined us at the track in full race attire-two-piece bikinis and sneakers. They've never driven on the track, let alone been behind the wheel of a vehicle that's more than 250hp, so you can imagine they were nervous when we brought them to Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
After a quick check-in and getting the obligatory liability waivers signed (don't worry, insurance is included), the girls hopped in a Porsche Cayenne for a couple laps around the seven-turn, 1.2-mile course as an instructor gave some pointers on proper technique, racing line, braking points, and turn-in points. From there, it's time to suit up! In our case, the girls had to switch from their heels to sneakers and strap on a helmet. The rest was history... The ladies picked their dream car and were allowed five hot laps on the track. It's important to remember that all Exotic Racing vehicles are turnkey, either using paddle shifters or are automatic, plus retain all the safety features. And, of course, drivers aren't allowed out on the track alone-an instructor sits shotgun to offer his expertise and grab the steering wheel if necessary. The instructor also has a brake pedal on the passenger side in case things get really squirrelly-thankfully, our girls didn't need it!
Exotics Racing in Las Vegas proved to be one of the best experiences our models have had in their lives. You can tell by the huge grins on their faces when you watch the full-length video on our website! But our experiment in Vegas just shows that Exotics is fun and suitable for everyone. We're all car guys here and if you're anyone like me, you probably won't be able to afford one of these rides in the next 200 years. However, with a place like Exotics, for a few hundred bucks you can beat on someone else's car and create a memory that'll last a lifetime.
Birthday October 21
Hometown Oxnard, CA
Occupation Model, Hakassan Las Vegas cocktail server
Test Car Lamborghini Gallardo LP550
Experience I was a bit tense, as I've never driven or ridden inside a car at such high speeds, but all the employees made me feel at ease with their knowledge and experience. I recall slamming on the gas on my last round and hit about 110mph in the Lamborghini. It was so much fun!
Birthday May 12
Hometown Ventura County, CA
Occupation Full-time model
Test Car Audi R8 V10
Experience I had such an amazing time! Getting behind the wheel was almost intimidating at first, but once I got comfortable, I just wanted to keep going. My favorite part was when one of the drivers took me out drifting in the Corvette. It was so exhilarating and one of the best experiences I've had. I would definitely do it all over again!
Birthday May 23
Hometown Honolulu, HI
Occupation Jack-of-All-Trades, aka self-employed, business owner, model
Test Car Ferrari F430
Experience I had SO much fun playing with an F430 on the track! Not only did I get to drive it like a pro, I got to ride with a couple of the pros, too. I even got some drift ride-alongs in. The hardest part? Choosing which car I wanted to drive... Haha! A huge thanks again to Exotics Racing and Super Street!
Exotics Racing Los Angeles
Can't make it to Vegas? Don't worry. Exotics Racing has its own track at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California-a 45-minute drive outside of Los Angeles. It features an eight-turn, 1.2-mile road course with more or less the same cars available to drive. Availability is a little more limited so be sure to check the website or call to make an appointment.
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