What You'll Get
Psychiatrists claim that humans’ all-consuming need for speed supersedes their need for sleep, companionship, and brakes. Bypass your hierarchy of needs with today’s Groupon to Octane Raceway, formerly known as F1 Race Factory. Choose between the following options:
- For $21, you get a race package for one person (up to a $42.90 total value), which includes:
- Two 12- to 16-lap races (up to a $20.95 value each)
One head sock (a $1 value)<p>
- For $39, you get a race package for one or two people (up to an $85.80 value), which includes:
- Four 12- to 16-lap races (up to a $20.95 value each)
- Two head socks (a $1 value each)<p>
Within the cavernous confines of their supersized indoor kart facility, Octane Raceway’s track-masters place racers aged 10 and older inside high-speed karts to zip around two quarter-mile tracks. Speed demons first suit up in provided aerodynamic helmets and stylish-but-optional race suits, then slip inside one of 32 Sodi RX7 European racing karts for a 12- to 16-lap race at speeds that may top 45 miles per hour. Racers can check stats through the track’s state-of-the-art timing system, which displays finishing place, best lap, and average lap time on televisions and printouts of results that allow victory to be literally shoved in opponents’ faces.
Would-be racers are advised to consult the FAQ for driver requirements and check the calendar to find open racing times that don’t conflict with their thoroughbred millipedes’ steeplechase competitions. Octane Raceway strongly encourages customers to call ahead for weekend races.
About Octane Raceway
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.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Aug 9, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 addl as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Call ahead for weekend availability. Adult drivers must be 16+ with valid driver's license. Junior drivers must be 10+. Under 18 must be accompanied by guardian, or have a notarized minor release. All drivers must sign waiver, be 52" or taller, and have closed-toe shoes. 2-race option valid for 1 person. 4-race option valid for 1 or 2 people. Not valid for group events or birthday parties. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.