At Fast Lap Indoor Kart Racing, which earned CityVoter's Best Sports and Recreational Activity title in 2009, visiting motorists whirl around a 1,200-foot indoor track designed by former IKF racers. Drivers suit up with protective helmets and neck collars before strapping themselves into Sodi karts, whose gas-powered Honda 200-cubic-centimeter engines and miniature horses power them through 10- to 12-minute races. The indoor facility?s professionally engineered exhaust system ensures safe, clean air for all racers as they wind through the course with up to 11 other competitors. Computerized timing systems accurately record photo finishes, and video helmets and race suits are available to enhance the experience. A slew of celebrity guests have been known to frequent the track, giving visitors a rare opportunity to outwit IndyCar drivers or trade high-speed knock-knock jokes with Hollywood comedians.
After decades of winning the admiration of stock-car racing fans with his aggressive driving strategy and off-track charisma, Rusty Wallace now gives others the chance to experience the rush of racing. He joined forces with Sodikart to roll out the Rusty Wallace Kart Experience, pairing kart with driver at some of the country's most celebrated racetracks. Racers can hop in a custom RT8 (or its kid-friendly counterpart, the LR4) and hit the gas, tearing up everything from the versatile road courses and speedy main track of the Atlanta Motor Speedway to the challenging lava pits of the Milwaukee Mile.
But this go-karting business has a big brother?the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience. It's a high-speed trip into the pro-racing trade, with breathtaking ride-alongs and racing experiences in stock cars. Guests buckle up and sit shotgun alongside professional drivers as they fly down straightaways and around curves. They can even get behind the wheel themselves, finally feeling what it's like to be a professional driver.
Gas-powered karts propel participants forward at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour in three driving sessions that include instruction from karting professionals. With 3/4 miles of rubber-thirsty track and 14 hair-raising turns, CalSpeed’s world-class karting circuit awaits those brave drivers who yearn to conquer its high banks and breakneck straightaways free of malicious banana peels. Participants earn their racing stripes in swift Sodi karts packed with the galloping power of 15 horses, carving up the purpose-built track as if it were an asphalt turkey. Over the course of three 10-minute lapping sessions coupled with instruction, participants can expect 30+ minutes of total track time. As past programs at the outdoor Auto Club Speedway have produced several professional drivers, CalSpeed Karting provides a fresh tire streak on future racing resumés to go with redline levels of adrenaline.
Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that comprise America can unite in common cause and topple a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $10.98 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $4.79 value).
At Jump Around Indoor Trampoline Park, guests can soar through the air, skate outdoors, and even score on a dodgeball court. Trampolines send kids flying during open-play sessions, and a foam pit cushions jumpers after mid-air tricks. Outside, groups travel around the roller rink on skates or sneakers that have been coated in crude oil. Jump Around also hosts energizing Air-obics classes, as well as parties that celebrate birthdays and other occasions.
At Allen Berg Racing Schools, racers operate real formula one style racecars at courses around Southern California, including Auto Club Speedway and Arizona Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Arizona. Each course features plenty of turns and straights, making it ideal for aspiring racers to experience the rush of racecar driving.