Go-karts allow people to experience the thrill of driving without having to hear radio ads for pungent soaps or look at four empty seats that remind them of the time someone stole their family of mannequins. Keep thrills pure with today’s Groupon: for $19, you get a go-kart outing at Kart 2 Kart in Sterling Heights (up to a $37 total value). This Groupon must be redeemed in one visit. Each package includes the following:
- Two races (up to a $17 value each)
- Two fountain drinks (a $1.50 value each)<p>
For the past decade, Kart 2 Kart has equipped novice and advanced drivers with pro karts for eight-minute racing sessions on its 1/5-mile indoor track. After receiving instruction on the use of safety equipment, up to 12 drivers blast down a 200-foot straightaway at speeds up to 35 miles per hour, hug six varying corners, and talk their way out of speeding tickets given by hidden trackside cops. Club Speed timing systems and live scoring rank each competitor as they steer JB Indoor Racing Karts replete with 5.5 horsepower engines, slick racing tires, and hydraulic brakes. Groups can split the six races between them and battle for bragging rights, or single racers can compete against the ghosts of races past with six individual sprints. Between races, a bevy of fountain drinks at Kart 2 Kart’s full bar cools speed-demon throats to avoid setting off in-mouth sprinkler systems. Open races are held daily, though customers should call ahead to ensure that Kart 2 Kart has no special events or races scheduled.
Kart 2 Kart’s rates fluctuate throughout the week.
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The 300-foot straightaway comes to an end in one of six wheel-testing curves. The Honda 6.5-horsepower engine hums in anticipation. The moment foot touches pedal, hydraulic brakes give their answer and the racing wheels cling to the textured concrete as the go-kart deftly whips through the turn. Coming up on the end of an eight-minute streak of adrenaline, racers zip past the final stretch of the 1/5-mile race track, tearing ahead of each other as the computerized timing system clocks each score to fuel future bragging rights and rematch challenges.
From Kart 2 Kart's café and bar, applause rises as family, friends, and opponents sizing up the competition send their appreciation down to the track, which they've been watching as they nosh on a selection of snacks and beverages. Juniors, meanwhile, wait their turn to hit the blacktop in age-appropriate Formula-K karts. Before strapping in, all racers receive instruction and a safety lesson, during which they learn how to operate the equipment, then strive to set records that can earn them a spot on the website's scoreboard.