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 this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
$21 for a two-race package for one (up to a $42.90 total value)
- Two races of 14–16 laps each (up to a $20.95 value each)
- One head sock (a $1 value)<p>
$39 for a four-race package for up to two (up to an $85.80 total value)
- Four races of 14–16 laps each (up to a $20.95 value each)
- Two head socks (a $1 value)<p>
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.<p>
Though the name is new, the fundamentals remain unchanged at Octane Raceway. The roar of Honda GLX 270cc engines still rises to the rafters in a 130,000-square-foot indoor space as European Sodi RX7 go-karts reach speeds of up to 45 miles per hour on the same two quarter-mile tracks that won three Best Go Kart Racing awards from the Phoenix New Times’ under their former name. After a short safety briefing and proving their eligibility with a valid driver’s license and hip-hop interpretation of the Rules of the Road , racers don a head sock, full face helmet, and optional driving suit before jumping into their appointed vehicle for a 12- to 16-lap race against up to nine opponents. Surrounding television screens display each driver’s finishing place, and best and average lap time, which also appear online.
In addition to playing arcade games, rock-climbing, and practicing drive-by high-fives on a Segway performance course, off-track activities include watching ongoing races from more than 40 TV screens at Trackside Bar and Grill.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Feb 14, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Limit 1 per visit. Not valid with online reservations. Adult kart drivers must be 16 or older with valid driver’s license; junior drivers must be 10 or older. Under 18 must have guardian-signed and notarized minor release form. Must sign waiver. 54" height min for all drivers. Closed toe shoes required. Not valid for group events and birthday parties. Promotional value must be used in 1 visit. Weekend races subject to availability. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
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 zombies in their new velocity VR attraction, mini bowling, arcade games, and melting burgers and pizza into rocket fuel at the Brickyard Grill.