Go-karting is unfettered by competitive toy-train racing's restrictive tracks and obligatory freight stops. Chart your own course with today's Groupon: for $12, you get a two-race pass (a $25 value) to Checkered Flag Indoor Karting in Haverhill. Today's deal also includes the $5 license fee.
Challenge friends, family, and strangers to a professionally officiated race on Checkered Flag's snaking, 23,000-square-foot main track. Fifteen-horsepower Electra Motorsports RS-R karts sate the most burning needs for speed as they slingshot around 10 twisty turns and zip across 100 feet of straightaway. Each electronically timed and scored race consists of 20 laps and takes about 7–10 minutes to cruise through, depending on your speed and karting experience. Each miniature speedster features super handling and acceleration, dual disc brakes, and customizable settings for each driver, while deriving power from electricity, perseverance, and a single strand of Jeff Gordon's hair.
Visitors can speed through both races in one visit or return another day to finish the job. All drivers must wear closed-toe shoes to keep trolls living near the accelerators from secretly painting their toenails fuchsia.
Checkered Flag is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays for private events. Check the hours for more information.
Checkered Flag Indoor Karting
A stream of yellow and black buzzes by. It's not a swarm of bumblebees, but friends and family racing each other in yellow and black go-karts around Checkered Flag Indoor Karting's 23,000-square-foot speedway. Strapping on helmets and sliding in behind the wheel of 15HP electric karts, up to 10 drivers jockey for position while whipping around eight snaky turns and sling-shooting past opponents on the wide lanes along the 100-foot front stretch. The facility's electronic timing system lets speedsters check out their best lap times from each 15-lap race. Racers must be at least 54" tall or born with tires instead of feet to traverse that track, but during birthday parties kids aged 4–9 and at least 36" tall zip across the 100-foot Mini Cup track. With a snack bar slicing pizza and pouring soda and an arcade, the facility can play host to parties for older kids and adults, as well as corporate team-building events. And for kids and adults seeking serious competition, Checkered Flag organizes leagues lead by indoor karting champion, Tom Prioli.
239 Neck Rd.
Haverhill, Massachusetts 01835