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Today's side deal gives racing enthusiasts who are tired of covering their cars with corporate logos and building custom roll cages a much-deserved break. For $25, you get two indoor kart races ($40 value, Mon-Thu; $50 value, Fri-Sat) and a single day membership ($10 value) at Grand Prix New York. The single day membership includes use of the facility, racetrack, and restaurant. The facility is a short 45-mile drive from the heart of NYC in Mt. Kisco, giving drivers the chance to warm their gasoline hearts before the race. Your Groupon is good for the adult Arrive & Drive, so participants must be at least 16 and have a valid license and invalid library card. Check the schedule for hours and availability.
Each of the facility's two European-inspired racetracks are approximately 1/4 mile long and 24-feet wide, and feature six feet of elevation changes,14 turns of various sharpness degrees, and a gravitational pull twice that of a black hole. Each race lasts a satisfying nine minutes—in which time you will cover approximately four miles (32 furlongs) of track. Your mechanical ponies are top-of-the-line Sodi RX7 gasoline-powered karts. Each one can achieve a maximum speed of 40 mph, has a 6.5 hp engine, and is equipped with proven safety mechanisms. Other than video games, karts are the safest way to fulfill speed fantasies—plus they have the added advantage of being located in real life.
In between races, do some exploring around the premises. Grand Prix also has food, a bar, and romantic trackside ambiance. It's a sanctuary for groups of likeminded speed freaks to spend entire days. Settle road rage arguments by inviting an opposing driver to a duel on the tracks. Prove to your friends that the six times you failed your driving test were, in fact, flukes. Or just cruise out solo, defeating total strangers in a wild day of rubber burning and dust eating.
- The racing experience was unlike any other go karting experience i [sic] have been to. It was an extremely safe track environment while maintaining the fastest and most exhilarating indoor karting experience available. – Dillon, Google Maps
- I've been here over 70 times since it opened! Its [sic] a fantastic facility. It is hard to explain just how fun the karts are to drive. There are two 1/4 mile tracks that can be run forwards or backwards. They also combine the tracks to make a 1/2 mile supertrack. Either way, it creates a wonderful race. It is tons of fun to bring all my friends and just hang out for the day… – Andy, Google Maps
- Overall I would have to say I love Grand Prix and anyone who has ever come with me has loved it as well. Great place that is worth checking out if i [sic] could give it 10 stars I would! Family friendly and costumer [sic] friendly place. – Bryan, Google Maps
Grand Prix New York
Grand Prix New York's sanctuary for speed captures the thrill of karting in the country's largest indoor race complex. Racers rumble and roar over speedways that change elevation six times, careen cars around 14 turns and three elevation changes, and boast a gravitational pull quadruple that of a black hole. Adult drivers race in championship-caliber gasoline-powered gasoline-powered Sodi Karts equipped with race-proven safety-wrap systems and 9hp-horsepower engines that reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour on the Uptown Track. Teen clientele race 6.5hp Sodi Karts on the Brownstone track while kids under 60 inches race on the Tunnel track give mini racers the opportunity to get behind the wheel. Apart from its karting specialty, Grand Prix New York houses a bowling alley, billiards room, arcade, and bounce castle. The onsite restaurant, appropriately named Fuel, serves up an American menu of burgers, sandwiches, and more. Fully enclosed and air-conditioned, Grand Prix New York shelters families from heat waves and summer storms, offering a comfortable arena for healthy competition or proving that six failed driving tests can be a fluke.