Before the stress of 60-hour weeks and indoor plumbing, Americans left work to compete in competitive go-karting. For $35, today's Groupon lets you return to a simpler time with $75 worth of go-karting at LeMans Karting, San Jose's lone go-karting facility.
Feel the thrill of speed, power of velocity, and subversion of regular traffic laws on a curvy and swervy course. LeMans uses Sodi RX7 go-karts that run up to 40 mph, which is faster than most animals and the speed of crying. Get to know your vehicle in 20 practice laps and in the company of up to 10 other drivers, an excellent way to acclimate to the road ($25). Hop into the sprint race for an exciting five-minute qualifying session before lining up for a competitive 15-minute race ($40). Combine practice and a sprint race into one rubber-demolishing package ($60). Or go all the way with the triple play package, which includes three 10-minute time trials ($75). Since all karts at LeMans are created equal, skill is what separates the great drivers from the slightly-below-great drivers.
Go-karting is perfect for a group of speed-lusting friends, a fast-paced bachelorette party, or celebrating a successful space shuttle launch. All racers who are 18 or older must present a valid driver’s license, and 12–17-year-olds must first pass the training education of the Junior Racer's Program ($50). Unleash the driving spirit inside you and live a high-adrenaline lifestyle without working as a commercial trucker.
SanJose.com gives LeMans Karting a warm write-up:
- Whether seeking the perfect family destination, corporate party event venue or just a fun place to go with friends, nothing could be better than the exhilarating moments between the green and checkered flags of LeMans Karting.
Nearly 80 Yelpers give it four stars:
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 racecar 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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LeMans Karting helps visitors satisfy their needs for speed, safety, and social interaction. Nine-horsepower SODI RX 7 karts take drivers soaring at speeds of up to 42 mph across indoor and outdoor tracks as they compete for the fastest finish. High-grip track surfaces help drivers reach top speeds, and high-visibility lighting and flagmen keep everyone safe as they round corners and pass other drivers on the wide course. On certain days, the staff connects the indoor and outdoor track into a single, giant mega track that hosts extended races when it’s not busy fighting Godzilla.
LeMans Karting also offers endurance racing for drivers who want to sharpen their driving skills or land a job as Vin Diesel’s chauffer. The center also offers private parties for birthdays and bachelor parties and can help plan charity or corporate events.