I surprised my husband with a trip to F1 Boston. I had purchased a package on Living Social and thought this was something he would really love being a racing fan. He had a fantastic time!
First, everything is very well organized. Your license is checked to ensure you are a legal driver, and they make it very clear that no one will be allowed on the track who seems to be "under the influence" in any way. There is a safety video, and track personnel go over all of the safety rules prior to allowing you into a cart. You put on a racing suit, a neck brace, and a full helmet with visor before racing. The track has lights to indicate the status of the track as well as personnel all around the track watching the action and waving flags as necessary. The track personnel allow you to have fun, but they also hold to the rules and will send a driver into the penalty lane if a major rule infringement has been spotted. This ensures fun racing for everyone! They also "blue flag" slower drivers to allow faster drivers to pass. These blue flags are mandatory, which again, keeps everyone running to their best speed (fast or slow!) and having a good time. At the end of the race there is a print out of your lap times and your average speed for the 15 laps.
My husband did 3 sets of 15 laps. We were set to purchase one race in addition to the one purchased with Living Social, but we were pleasantly surprised to find out he got one free for his birthday! Having 3 sets was great. The first set allowed him to get used to the track, and the next two allowed him to improve on his speeds.
After the racing was completed, we also had some lunch in the café associated with the track. We enjoyed sitting there watching the racing while eating.
Overall, we had a great experience!! I enjoyed watching him race, and he loved being on the track. When we have a chance, I will certainly take him here again for a special occasion. I might even try racing myself sometime!!
Suggestion: Definitely call before you go. Many companies rent out the track for corporate events. During these "private" sessions, there is no open racing. Therefore, you need to be sure there will be plenty of open racing when you want to be there. If you are willing to pay in advance, you can make reservations (at least on Friday and Saturday if I understood them). Also, as much fun as my husband had, it would have been great if there had been friends to race against on the track. Next time, we may try to plan a group event.
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