You've never been to a NASCAR event before. You've heard about it, maybe seen a race on TV, but haven't enjoyed the experience that is a NASCAR weekend. Well, you've come to the right place! RIR is a fantastic destination for new fans. Show off that rookie stripe with pride and check out some helpful tips and hints prior to sitting in your seat at America's Premier Short Track!
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Make sure you have your tickets on race weekend! If you selected home delivery when you purchased your tickets, you should receive your tickets in the mail prior to race weekend. If you haven't received your race tickets, please call 866-455-RACE(7223). If you chose Print at Home for your method of delivery, make sure to print out your tickets and bring them with you. You should have received an email with the link to print your tickets. Click here for details on Print at Home tickets.
Check the view from your seats with our virtual seating chart or view maps to help with your visit.
Plan Your Stay
Let us help you plan your stay in the Greater Richmond region. Visit the link below for area information, special race weekend hotel offers, directions, camping information and travel packages.
What to Bring
Fans are allowed one soft-sided cooler, which measures up to 14x14x14 and doesn't have wheels or telescoping handles. Fill it up with your favorite beverages and snacks. Along with one cooler, one lightweight backpack or day pack is allowed.
Since there is so much to do and lots to see on race weekend at RIR, wear comfortable shoes to walk around in.
Feel free to enter and exit the grandstand gates as you please, just remember it'll be more of a wait the closer to the green flag it is. Click here for the complete list of grandstand policies, including approved and prohibited items.
Richmond International Raceway is conveniently located in Henrico County, just outside the city of Richmond, and is easily accessible from interstates 95, 295 and 64. Click here for race day parking information.
RIR offers FREE Parking! Lots open at 7 a.m. on Friday and Saturday of race weekend and free, continuous tram service from Lots H and Lot J Blue Ox Meadowbridge Unreserved RV Parking begins at 9 a.m. Be sure to note where you parked as you walk towards the track or tram pick-up locations.
Remember, Richmond International Raceway is a large facility and with over 100,000 fans, workers and race team members in the area on Saturday, traffic and congestion will continually build throughout the day. Plan to arrive early and spend the day with us! Tailgating, souvenir trailers and free displays in the Midway and the Miller Lite Party Zone in the Amphitheater Hill are just some of the things to check out before the green flag falls.
Richmond International Raceway also offers free shuttle service from the Richmond Coliseum. The Richmond Coliseum is located at North 7th Street in downtown Richmond (near the intersection of interstates 64 and 95) and parking is $6 per car. The shuttle service to and from the track is free. Click here for directions and more details about shuttle service.
While You Are Here
What better way to get ready for racing than tailgating pre-race? RIR is home to one of the best tailgating scenes in NASCAR, so get here early, set up the tent, fire up the grill, get out the coolers and have fun! Tailgating is limited to the area directly in front of, or behind, your vehicle and cannot take up other parking spaces. Also, outdoor fire pits and campfires are not allowed.
Turn 3 Gwaltney Fun Zone
Fun for all ages and open to all ticket holders on Friday at 5pm and Saturday at 2pm through the end of the race. Take a bite of juicy fried bologna sandwich and Pit Stop Dog at the mobile concession unit on Saturday. Play some free games, including corn hole, bacon toss, and tic tac tasty. It's easy to spot with its sky topping Ferris wheel. it's free to ride, but optional donations to Victory Junction are greatly appreciated.
Track Takeover powered by Nationwide (SPRING ONLY)
Get up close and personal with the track you love at Track Takeover powered by Nationwide. Every ticket holder can access the track from 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. to walk around the track, sign the start/finish line, enjoy NASCAR driver Q&As, and take photos to share on social media using #TrackTakeover.
Post-Race Party (FALL ONLY)
The party begins when the race ends! Don't miss your chance to party on the track after the checkered flag Saturday night and see who made The Chase. More info
Miller Lite Party Zone
Don’t want to plan your own tailgate? Head over to the Miller Lite Party Zone near the Virginia Is For Lovers Frontstretch Gate and enjoy live music, tailgate games, great tasting Miller Lite and tons of fun.
The Midway is conveniently located behind the frontstretch grandstands and features driver and RIR souvenir trailers, food and beverage vendors and free interactive displays, games and giveaways, music and much more. Click here for a concessions map, detailing all of the food options and locations at the track. The RIR LOVEwork, Toyota PitPass & Drive Center, Fanatics souvenir plaza and VIBE, a local business exhibition, are all popular destinations in the Midway. The Virginia529 Kids Zone includes educational games, displays, and children’s activities. Parents can also sign their kids up for the RIR Kids Club in the Midway.
Guest Information Booths
There are Guest Information Booths in several areas to assist with directions around the property and other needs. For the locations of Guest Information Booths, please consult the map in the back of your fan guide or click here.
RIR has expanded its commitment to the fan experience by launching a FREE mobile application to conveniently bring essential race weekend information to your Apple and Android devices. Android users may CLICK HERE and Apple users may CLICK HERE.
You can also follow us on Twitter @RIRinsider and Instagram @RIRinsider or like us on Facebook for race day updates on both social media sites. Follow RIR track president, Dennis Bickmeier, @RIRPrez.
RIRUPDATES Texting Service
To keep fans informed on race weekend, RIR also offers the RIRUPDATES texting service. By texting “RIRUPDATES” to 69050, fans can choose to receive informative race weekend updates via SMS text messages on their phone. After texting ”RIRUPDATES” to 69050, fans will receive a standard reply message confirming they are signed up for the service. Standard text message fees from your service provider apply.
Watching The Race
Rent a FanVision Controller
The FanVision controller is the ultimate race companion providing exclusive at-track, hand-held access to live broadcast feeds, eight on-board cameras, official timing, data statistics, and the ability to follow specific drivers, instant replays and a digital radio scanner. The FanVision broadcasts high-definition video on a 4.3-inch screen. The FanVision can be rented for one day for $26.99 and two days for $29.99. To rent FanVision for two days, call the Ticket Office at 866-455-7223. For more information on a FanVision Controller, visit www.fanvision.com.
Rent a Scanner
Tune in and get the scoop on what your favorite driver and team are talking about during the race! Scanners are available to purchase at many electronic stores prior to race weekend and are available to rent at Racing Electronics (R.E.) trailers on race weekend. Stop by a Racing Electronics trailer in the Midway to have your scanner tuned or ask about weekend rentals.
Rent a Cushioned Seat
IMG Seating is now offering fans the opportunity to rent a cushioned seat for your seat location. The three-inch padded cushion and back support will be pre-installed at your reserved seat location prior to your arrival. Seat rental is $10, $20 for two days. Seat rentals may be reserved online here or by calling our ticket office at 866-455-7223. If you are interested in Friday seat rental, go here. Rentals available until April 15. For fans who wish to sit in general admission seating areas for Friday's NASCAR XFINITY Series events, seat rental must be picked up at any customer service location on-site with a photo ID. Service is not available in the Commonwealth Tower Grandstand.
Listen Live on WRVA 1140 AM
Get the live play-by-play for the action by listening to the MRN Radio broadcast on WRVA 1140 AM.
No Smoking in the Grandstands
Smoking is prohibited in the grandstands, in front of the grandstands and in the portals leading to the seating areas. E-Cigarettes and vapes are also prohibited. Smoking is allowed underneath the grandstands, in designated areas of the Commonwealth Mezzanine, all parking lots, the Midway, the campgrounds and outdoor areas of fan hospitality.
If you need assistance while in the grandstands, ushers are available to help. Ushers wear bright green vests and are stationed in each section of the grandstands.
After The Race
Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Post-Race Party (FALL ONLY)
Celebrate NASCAR-style on the track surface after the checkered flag flies, setting the field for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. More info
Watch Gatorade Victory Lane and Press Conferences Live
At the end of the race Saturday night, we invite you to stick around and watch the celebration in Gatorade Victory Lane and post-race media press conferences live on our video scoring tower.
Once again, remember Richmond International Raceway is a very large facility and exiting the parking lots will take time. We consistently work with local law enforcement agencies and traffic controllers to get our fans out of the parking lots as safely and as efficiently as we can. Please be patient and courteous to your fellow fans upon exiting.
We’re always looking for suggestions and fan feedback on how to improve our events. Feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org after the event.