In Vampire Race Events, the player competes in a basic three lap race that adhere to the basic rules and gameplay mechanics of a Standard Race in Team Sonic Racing. As such, the player takes part in an all-against-all race where they compete by themselves without any teammates by their side. Up to twelve racers can compete in this Event at the same time. The player's standings during a race is displayed in the upper left corner of the HUD and is constantly updated. The racers are also allowed to pick up power-ups from the Item Boxes on the race tracks and use them against rival racers. The racers also cannot pull off any team maneuvers, such as the Item Box Transfer, Slingshot, Skim Boost, Rival Takedown and Team Ultimate.
The goal of the player in this Event is to get the best position possible in the race. When starting out the race, the racers will be in possession of ten Rings. As in most other Events, collecting Rings increases the racers' top speed and can be collected from the tracks. However, during the race, the Rings in the racers' possession will slowly decay over time, with one Ring vanishing from the racer's Ring count roughly every second. At the same time, the racers can also lose Rings when taking damage, which causes them to slow down as well. The amount of Rings the player possesses is displayed by a gauge that can be seen on the top of the screen during the Vampire Race. This gauge has an yellow-orange-red bar that grows whenever the player obtains Rings and shrinks when the player loses Rings. When this gauge is filled to the maximum, the player cannot hold any more Rings. As such, during Vampire Races, the player must focus on collecting Rings and keeping them from being stolen or dropped.
In addition to the Ring-draining effect, Item Boxes in Vampire Race Events only grant Orange Wisps and Violet Wisps, the latter of which allows the player to pull in Rings and Item Boxes, absorb Orange Rocket fired from rival racers, and, most noticeably, steal Rings from nearby rival racers with the Violet Void.
To complete a Vampire Race Event, the player must simply complete all three laps. The winner is the one who completes all three laps first.