When Eisenhower designed the interstate-highway system, he envisioned a lawless death-race arena where only the fastest could avoid being killed by mechanical gulls. Experience a thrilling fraction of his racing dream with today's Groupon: for $10, you get three races and a license fee at Canastota Kart Speedway (a $21 total value). Each race is about five minutes long.
With both indoor and outdoor tracks, Canastota Kart Speedway pairs acceleration junkies older than 16 years old with the Sprint Kart, which features riding action designed to imitate stock cars and includes a roll cage and safety harness. Budding steering-wheel handlers can motor around the speedway on a Nas-Kart (an $18 value for three races), and couples, conjoined twins, and practitioners of the three-legged lifestyle can copilot the double-seated sidewinder karts on Canastota's road-course-style outdoor track, which is nearly a quarter-mile long. Before racing, automotive athletes must go through a short briefing on the workings of the karts, which earns them a laminated license (a $3 value) that allows them to skip this part in the future.
Canastota Kart Speedway
Canastota Kart Speedway's slick indoor track and nearly quarter-mile outdoor raceway sing with the sounds of rumbling power from the engines of muscular sprint karts, easy-handling NasKarts, and double-seat Sidewinders. While they chew up asphalt on their way to the checkered flag, the aerodynamic karts remain as safe as they are fast thanks to sturdy roll cages and four-point safety harnesses. Batting cages stand ready for muscles looking to work through prerace warm-ups, and electric kiddy karts and a klaxon-filled arcade keep diminutive drivers entertained. The smell of savory fried fare emanates from the track’s in-house grill, setting the table for postrace refueling or attempts to engineer karts that run solely on french fries.