Studies show that the human body produces adrenaline in response to high speeds, physical threats, or getting called on-stage on The Price is Right. Today's Groupon gives you the next-best thrill to playing Plinko: for $19, you get one 15-minute kart-racing session, license, and head sock (a $38 total value) at PGP Motorsports Park in Kent. PGP Motorsports was voted Best Guys Weekend Destination by CityVoters.
PGP Motorsports allows drivers to test their motorized mettle on a 0.82-mile outdoor track that gets as wide as 30 feet. Self-chauffeurs will start by picking from a fleet of Birel N35 karts equipped with ergonomically designed cradle seats, hydraulic brakes, and powerful four-stroke Honda engines. Once they've mounted their horsepowered horse, possessed autoists will get 15 minutes to exorcise their speed demons as they propel themselves through the track's banked corners, exhilarating straight-aways, and up to 15 turns at speeds up to 45 mph. Arrive 30 minutes before the kart session so that you can get a sense for the track and select the right helmet to protect an elaborate hairstyle.
PGP Motorsports Park encourages dedicated speedsters to come on rainy days, as the wet weather gives them an opportunity to practice drift-style racing without having to break open a fire hydrant in a cul-de-sac. Though jostling is expected in packs of motorized wheel-debeests, PGP prohibits aggressive driving, unnecessary bumping, and flagrant koopa shells. Purchase up to two extra Groupons as gifts so that you can settle debates with friends about whose foot is filled with the most lead.
CityVoters voted PGP Motorsports Park the Best Guys Weekend Destination in the 2010 Best of Northwest Escapes:
PGP Motorsports Park
The buzz of motors rises and falls as bright-red blurs zip around the track at PGP Motorsports Park. Here, in the shadow of Mount Rainier, racers ages 15 and older loop around an 8/10-mile track at speeds of up to 48 miles per hour, leaning back in the ergonomic seats of Italian-built Birel N35 karts. The 30-foot-wide asphalt track can be altered to take on 12 different configurations and is centered in a velodrome, which puts spectators at an elevated angle so they get a good line of sight no matter where they sit.
For safety reasons, drivers should wear long sleeves and pants and closed-toe shoes. Drivers are equipped with helmets and driving suits, and since races take place rain or shine, they will also be provided with rain gear.
31001 144th Ave. SE
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