From the spectator’s viewpoint in the grandstands or watching on the television, the speeds of NASCAR stock cars or IndyCar open-wheel cars on a speedway can be deceiving. When all the cars are consistently running similar speeds and running together, it can be easy to lose track of the fact that speeds approaching or in excess of 200mph are very fast.

The NASCAR Racing and Mario Andretti Racing experiences operate at several tracks across the country to give fans a sense of oval racing at speed. The Speed Journal recently ventured to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California to give both experiences a try.