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Guide to Race Week with Chase Sapphire®

Start your engines! Get ready for a high-octane extravaganza as Race Week fever hits Las Vegas from November 16th to 18th, 2023. It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for – for the first time since 1982, the city that never sleeps, Las Vegas, a place synonymous with excitement and glamour, welcomes the 2023 Racing World Championship.

Buckle up for a weekend full of daily events and entertainment. But the real adrenaline rush happens on Saturday night during the laps of the last race. Picture this: a temporary 3.8-mile track weaving through the very heart of Las Vegas, taking the drivers on a wild ride along the legendary Vegas Strip, including landmarks such as the Bellagio Fountains and the Eiffel Tower at New York New York’s Hotel.

The track itself is an impressive design feat boasting over a dozen heart-pounding turns that will probably test any experienced driver. The straightaways will likely see speeds above 200 mph! It’s a can’t-miss event for any race lover.

An overview of Race Week Las Vegas

Various ticketing options are available, including VIP packages, grandstand seating and general admission. Ticket prices start around $500 for the weekend, which includes admission to a dedicated zone and features Vegas-style entertainment, as well as food and certain beverages. These packages are not offered by Chase.

Step right into the heart of the action, where you’ll get to see your favorites drivers battle it out on the track.

Schedule of events:

Thursday, November 16th

  • Track hours are 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Live music all evening
  • Practice lap one is at 10:30 p.m.
  • Practice lap two is at midnight

Friday, November 17th

  • Track hours are 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Live music all evening 
  • Practice lap three is at 10:30 p.m.
  • Qualifying lap is at midnight 

Saturday, November 18th

  • Track hours are 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Live music all evening 
  • Las Vegas Grand Prix is at 11:00 p.m.

Benefits of using a Chase Sapphire Reserve® credit card at Race Week

Even more fun awaits if you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card! Cardmembers will get access to some special perks throughout the event.

Cardmember perks at Mama Rabbit

Chase Sapphire will be moving into Mama Rabbit for the weekend — an upscale lounge space within the Park MGM Hotel. Expect a blend of relaxation, immersive entertainment and heart-thumping excitement in line with the Las Vegas spirit. With unique activities set up throughout the lounge, Mama Rabbit presented by Sapphire is transformed into an unconventional, multidimensional race week experience that encapsulates the thrill of racing, the camaraderie of competition. Some of these experiences include:

  • Fastest Lap - Guests can step into the world of professional racing with state-of-the-art race simulators, developed in partnership with World of Racing in Pasadena, California. Each life-sized simulator accurately replicates the Las Vegas race track, offering an adrenaline-pumping experience guided by friendly and knowledgeable staff who offer tips to reach top speeds. Daily winners of the fastest lap secure an exclusive prize, with the overall weekend champion winning a coveted paddock ticket for race day.
  • Immersive Viewing Wall - A massive, large-format LED wall will broadcast the race in crystal-clear high definition. Adding an interactive dimension, guests are given access to a custom website where they can engage in gamified elements related to the race — predicting outcomes, voting, and earning points for accuracy. The leaderboard is updated regularly, stirring up friendly competition among guests.
  • Driver Audio Experience - Guests can immerse themselves fully in the world of racing by entering a realistic race car replica and donning a VR headset designed to resemble a racing helmet. A36-speaker spatial audio system surrounds them, mimicking the immersive sounds of a live race. Paired with a virtual reality race experience, this activation delivers a high-speed adventure around the track, making guests feel as if they're right in the driver's seat.
  • Cardmembers will receive 2x points on purchases at Mama Rabbit, discounts on food and specialty drinks.

Cardmember perks at Park MGM

Chase Sapphire Reserve cardmembers who stay at Park MGM, will be delighted by the following perks the moment they step into the lobby:

  • Enjoy VIP check-in at Park MGM lobby. This means you can access an exclusive check-in area where cardmembers are assisted with a swift and seamless registration process that eliminates any potential waiting times or hassles. You'll be escorted to a separate VIP line in which any cardmember who shows their Sapphire Reserve card can participate in the VIP check-in process without prior registration. 
  • Step into paradise at the Sapphire Wellness at Nomad Pool. Enjoy an oasis within the buzzing Las Vegas weekend. A special activity for Chase Sapphire Reserve cardmembers, this space offers a revitalizing break from the adrenaline-charged activities. Guests can unwind by the poolside, bask in the warm Nevada sun or take a refreshing dip in the pool. You're also invited to participate in a variety of wellness activities designed to rejuvenate both the mind and body. Yoga sessions, guided meditations, tai chi, cupping and massage services are available to provide a relaxing counterpoint to the thrill of racing.
  • Escape from the roar of the speedway at the exclusive Saturday Brunch. Held in the beautiful surroundings of the Sapphire Wellness experience at Nomad Pool, this brunch features a carefully curated menu of wholesome, delicious dishes designed to fuel the body and delight the palate. A selection of refreshing beverages, including detox juices, smoothies, and wellness-inspired cocktails, accompany the meal. This brunch provides the perfect opportunity for guests to refuel after a morning wellness activity, and also serves as a relaxed social gathering spot.

Sapphire Speedway at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Sapphire Speedway is an exclusive, high-octane event held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, designed for Chase Sapphire Reserve cardmembers to experience the thrill of motorsports for a day. The immersive event offers guests the freedom to partake in various exciting driving experiences, including supercar racing, drifting, and go-karting. The evening culminates in a gourmet dining experience curated by renowned Chef Eros, all under the spectacle of a grand firework finale. There’s an option to extend the offering for a second night, at minimal cost (this extension would focus on driving only).

  • Outer Racetrack Super Cars – Kick off your evening with the roar of a supercar as you take two exhilarating laps around the Outer Racetrack. At your own pace and time, you can head over to the track, where a line of gleaming supercars awaits your command. As you cross the finish line after the second lap, pyrotechnics celebrate your triumphant run.
  • Cocktail Hour – The cocktail service is in the heart of the on-site Speedway Lounge, manned by expert mixologists from Michael B. Jordan’s Last Lap Bar and Restaurant. These craft bartenders will craft an array of refreshing drinks including premium spirits and mixers to create both classic and innovative cocktails. With a DJ playing music all evening, you can enjoy this electrifying ambience on the dance floor.
  • Customized Merch Station – The Customized Merch Station is set up within one of the Speedway garages, cleverly designed to resemble a chic and modern automotive parts shop. You can peruse through a selection of unique merchandise that includes personalized racing jackets, distinctive burnt rubber candles and more. Each item serves as a stylish memento from the Sapphire Speedway experience. Interactive customization stations are also available, allowing guests to add a personal touch to their racing jacket.
  • Dinner with Chef Eros – The dinner with Chef Eros is a gourmet culinary adventure that takes place within the transformed Orange Garage at Sapphire Speedway, surrounded by gleaming supercars. You’ll be served a meal, each dish showcasing Chef Eros's fusion of global flavors. Afterwards, enjoy a spectacular firework show.
  • Inner Raceway GT Cars – Guests that have purchased the GT Racing experience can switch to the adrenaline-pumping Inner Raceway. Here, you'll experience the thrill of speed and precision with five laps in authentic race cars. This experience can be revisited throughout the night, should you desire more high-speed thrills.

Benefits of the Chase Sapphire Reserve® credit card

Aside from offering access to all kinds of cool experiences during Race Week, the Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card has other benefits that may make you consider applying for it.

  • Earn a sign-up bonus – After you get approved for the Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card and spend a minimum amount on eligible purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, you can earn a signing bonus, perfect to put toward any upcoming travel.
  • Bonus rewards on travel and dining – You can earn 3 points per dollar spent on travel and dining, and 1 point per dollar on all other purchases with Chase Sapphire Reserve card. Earn even more points by making your purchases in the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal. You can get 10 points per dollar on eligible dining, hotel stays and car rentals, and 5 points on flights.
  • Credit for NEXUS, TSA PreCheck or Global Entry fees – Every four years, you can receive a reimbursement of up to $100 to cover the application fee of NEXUS, TSA PreCheck or Global Entry when you use your card to make the payment.
  • Annual travel credit – Receive an automatic reimbursement of $300 for travel expenses charged to the card every year.

In summary

A spectacular experience awaits you at Las Vegas Race Week, especially if you're a Chase Sapphire Reserve cardmember! You won’t want to miss this heart-thumping getaway set against one of the most exciting backdrops that race fans have ever seen.