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 at Canastota Kart Speedway. Choose between the following options:
- For $8, you get two 5-minute rides and a license (a $16 value).
- For $23, you get 50-lap rides and licenses for two (up to a $46 value).
Whether acceleration junkies are on a 5-minute racing spree or a 50-lap run, Canastota Kart Speedway propels them at eye-watering velocity around both indoor and outdoor tracks in safe, professional-quality karts. Drivers 16 or older get to strap into the Sprint Kart, which features riding action designed to imitate stock cars and includes a roll cage, safety harness, and ejector seat. Smaller motorists can coast the speedway in a Nas-Kart, and couples, conjoined twins, and practitioners of the three-legged lifestyle can copilot the double-seated sidewinder karts on Canastota's nearly quarter-mile long road-course-style outdoor track. Thanks to a fleet of electric and gas kiddy carts, children as young as three have a chance to challenge their parents to a curfew-determining Grand Prix.
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 each) exempting them from future briefings. Check the facility's hours before planning a day at the races.
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.