When Eisenhower designed the Interstate Highway system, he envisioned a lawless, death-race arena where only the fastest could avoid being killed by mechanical gulls. Experience a thrilling fraction of his racing dream with this Groupon.
$29 for three races Monday–Friday (up to a $59.85 value)
Drivers careen around an indoor circuit at up to 45 miles per hour in electric karts, tracked by a computerized scoring system. The most common type of walk-in racing, Arrive & Drive, gives up to 12 competitors a chance at a win based on the fastest lap and most intimidating sunglasses. Wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes; the staff provides helmets. All three races must be scheduled within the same visit.
Ladies race free on Wednesday and kids 15 and younger race free on Thursday when accompanied by a nonmember paying adult. Though Pole Position Raceway sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Pole Position Raceway
In 2005, Jason Williams and Ken Faught assembled a team of experienced racers and designers to create the driving experience at Pole Position Raceway. Williams, a motocross racer since 1984, and Faught, a three-time land-speed record holder at the Bonneville Salt Flats, recruited professional drivers Kurt Busch and Jeremy McGrath to help their engineers. They reimagined every detail of the track from the ground up, creating indoor courses that balance the grip of asphalt with the swervy fun of polished, concrete slick tracks. Pole Position Raceway's Formula EK20 Pro Karts rumble over the track powered by 18-horsepower motors (nearly triple that of average gas karts), which reach speeds capable of up to 45 miles per hour without filling the temperature-controlled arenas with fumes.
After the first Pole Position Raceway opened in Corona, California, it soon spawned 14 locations stretching to the Atlantic. Technicians maintain the fleet via handheld computers, and top drivers are regularly sent out to evaluate karts’ handling and reading comprehension. During races, up to 12 guests compete in contests that last about 10 minutes.