Driving a car requires the exact same skill set as driving a uranium-powered pushcart, but without the pushcarting hazards of hail and fruit thieves. Today's Groupon promotes the union of velocity and steering columns with two go-kart races and a temporary racing license for $26 at Pole Position Raceway in Summerlin. After you revel in the myriad glories of indoor go-karting, your temporary race license will be good for an entire week if you decide to return and race again.
Indoor racing blends adrenaline rushes with a deep commentary on how so much automotive technology leads us along a circle and back to the same place we started. Pole Position Raceway hosts the longest indoor racing tracks in Nevada with a climate-controlled arena patrolled by turbo-slick Formula EK20 Electric Karts. Harness the power of 18 mature ponies vacuum-sealed into the engine of your automobile as you speed amidst the company of up to nine other racers and encourage your driving-foot to win first place accolades and Gatorade baths. Each race is judiciously recorded by an RPM system that provides immediate time results following your final lap. Safety helmets are provided in-house (unless you have your own Snell/D.O.T.–approved head harness), and the use of electric karts means that no gas fumes will block your memory from recording racing adventures or cause subtle racetrack hallucinations of hooked roadside hitchhikers and oncoming butter trucks.
While the open highway has its fair share of willing competitors and disgruntled speedsters trapped in 9 to 5 office suits, there's a time and a place for squeaking rubber. Prove to all your mates back home that you make both the most charming and the fastest of all chauffeurs.
Jeannie Borbe of VEGAS.com is still pumped from her race-kart experience at Pole Position Raceway:
- Craving a taste of adrenaline on your vacation? If you want a bit of excitement and adventure, Pole Position Raceway will send your heart racing. Novice and experienced racers alike can enjoy this state-of-the-art facility, which features indoor race karts zooming faster than any of their kind in the country. – Jeannie Borbe, VEGAS.com
- What a great business. Thanks for showing us what real racing is all about. I'll definitely be bringing my family back. – DriftMaster24, Citysearch
- We went to Pole Position during some down time while in Vegas.....what an unexpected treat. I am a fairly accomplished driver so I wasnt expecting much, [sic] I was surprised. The cars are quick and the track is challenging. – Bgreenard, TripAdvisor
Pole Position Raceway
European Formula EK20 karts whiz by on Pole Position Raceway’s quarter-mile track, cruising at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. Spectators crank their heads to keep up. There’s no wind to battle against, no sun blinding the drivers’ eyes, and no birds rigging the race by dropping smoke bombs because all of Pole Position Raceway’s competitions happen inside. This is thanks to a fleet of electric-powered karts, which accelerate more quickly and hug curves more smoothly than gas-powered karts without dumping out clouds of exhaust.
To sate speed cravings, drivers simply arrive and drive—show up and nab one of 13 spots in the next race. Then with a DOT-approved racing helmet, they push the pedal to the floor for roughly 10 minutes, drafting their opponents to fly past them near the finish line. At the end of each race, drivers receive a SpeedSheet that displays their race results, fastest lap time, and the likelihood of getting their own action-movie franchise. For those seeking to dive deep into the world of racing, Pole Position Raceway offers driving clinics and youth racing camps, where younger racers pilot EK10 karts that peak at 20 mph.