Today’s deal satisfies Formula One wannabes and speedsters with a trio of karting trials and the required headsock at F1 Race Factory. For $33, you and your friends can whip across indoor tracks at America’s largest indoor kart racing and entertainment venue, a $69 total value.
This kart kingdom takes racing seriously: it's hosted the Indoor World Kart Championships three years running, and has two quarter-mile long tracks in its 113,000 square feet of space. First, you’ll gear up in aerodynamic helmets, race suits, and gloves, and then slip inside one of the 44 European racing karts. With each race, you'll complete 12 to 16 laps at speeds more than 45 mph while competing against up to 10 karts per race. Keep track of stats via the club’s state-of-the-art timing system—scores including finishing place, best lap, and average lap will be broadcast on surrounding televisions and documented on print-out result sheets to log progress and to allow victory to be both metaphorically and literally shoved in opponents' faces.
Refuel after the races and stop by F1’s Trackside Bar & Grill. The menu serves up standard bar fare including pizzas, burgers, and wraps. It opens daily at 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. the rest of the week, and stays open late. You can also check out off-track entertainment including billiards, rock climbing, or arcade games.
Karting is perfect for a group of speed-lusting friends, a fast-paced bachelorette party, or celebrating a successful space shuttle launch. Unleash the driving spirit inside you and live a high-adrenaline lifestyle without working as a commercial trucker.
- All go-karts are not created equal. It takes just one trip to F1 Race Factory to learn this. – Phoenix New Times
- My son is a teenager and he had a total blast racing the cars here. It is a very large facility and the equipment seems to be kept up well. – Lori H., Insider Pages
- They're very safety conscious - you have to watch a video if it's your first time and everyone wears helmets. – Bethany M., Insider Pages
- Nice track layout, many things to do here – Prashant S., Insider Pages
Detective Speed, P.I.
This TV season, be sure to check out surefire hit, Detective Speed, P.I. This race-themed action-adventure stars JP McDale as professional race-car driver and amateur detective Thom Speed: He Drives Fast, He Loves Fast, He Solves Mysteries at a Reasonable Pace Considering Mystery Solving Is a Hobby. Here are the synopses of the first three episodes:
Episode One, “Fast As Speed”: Thom expects to win the Pepsi Very Berry Fruit-Flavored Carbonated Energy Beverage 500, but he doesn’t expect racing teammate Neal to turn up dead. Thom knows the racing scene in a way the police never could, so he investigates the only way he knows how: inelegantly. Along the way, he fights (and flirts!) with lady policewoman Alexandra.
Episode Two, “Mystery at 100 mph”: After placing third in the Virginia’s Best 5-Hour Energy Cigarette Night Race, Thom is called to a meeting with his unforgiving owner, Mr. Clement. When Thom arrives, Clement is dead, and instead of calling the police, Thom investigates on his own for a while before calling the police. By chance, Thom catches the real killer and the sexual tension between he and that lady cop drives America insane.
Episode Three, “Tire Tracks”: During a photo shoot for his sponsor, Budler Low Calorie Energy-cohol, Thom’s photographer turns up dead. Thom citizen-arrests his first suspect, then drives a race car to make love with attractive female law officer Alexandra. Eventually, Thom forgets about the photographer’s murder.
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It's hard to say which is more distinctive: the karts zipping around Octane Raceway or the track itself. During each lap on the 1/3-mile course, drivers zoom through an indoor area, then weave around an outdoor section that's covered by a permanent steel canopy, making for a hybrid experience rarely found in American go-kart tracks not owned by bored supervillains.
An equally rare find in the U.S. is the raceway's fleet of 32 Sodi RTX karts, all imported from France, whose electric motors give off zero emissions while reaching speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. Drivers who can stay in control at these top speeds are in for success: the winner of each race is determined not by who finishes a given number of laps first, but by who puts up the fastest single lap time, a result that's posted both at the track and online for posterity.
Races take place in a 65,000-square-foot space that doubles as a gathering place for parties and corporate events for up to 500 attendees. In addition to racing, the raceway is also home to off-track activities that include shooting pool in the billiards room, arcade games, and melting burgers and pizza into rocket fuel at the Brickyard Grill.
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