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, which gets you half off indoor-kart-racing packages at Driven Raceway in Rohnert Park. Each package includes an annual membership racing license, which grants you access to discounted racing rates, plus a head sock and free helmet rental. Choose from the following two options:
- $23 for two 14-lap adult races (a $45.95 value)
- $15 for two eight-lap kid races (a $29.95 value)
At Driven Raceway, racers snake around the D-Force SuperTrack, hugging corners, streaking down straight-aways, and dragging off fellow foes to reach speeds of up to 45 mph. Each electric kart represents the cutting edge in indoor racing technology, allowing for intuitive handling, cozy comfort, the ability to jump to warp speed, and scientifically sound safety. All contests are tracked by a performance and timing system capable of tabulating lap times and keeping track of point totals.
Until pesky road laws regarding racing, stopping at stop signs, and driving rocket cars change, indoor kart racing will remain the next-best thing to professional competition. To prep for impending adrenaline flow, drivers can browse Driven Raceway's video gallery or brush up on the racetrack rules before revving up.
Minimum height of 55 inches for adults and 48 inches for kids; racers 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
The striped barriers hugging the edges of Driven Raceway’s winding track quickly mutate into a black-and-red blur as emission-free electric go-karts zoom around it at speeds of up to 45 mph. Though the vehicles' superb cornering and speedy acceleration respond swiftly to their drivers' actions, the staff also mans electronic controls that can override their commands, minimizing the risk of colliding karts and clashing radio stations. Off the track, the center maintains the racing theme, peppering the mini-golf course with cars that glow under black lights and painting checkered-flag lines on each of the bowling alley's lanes.