Go-karts allow people to engage in a safe simulation of a dangerous sport, much like playing frisbee with a holographic grizzly bear. Flirt with faux danger with today’s Groupon to Pole Position Raceway, with locations in Corona and Murrieta. Choose between the following options:
- For $29, you get three races scheduled on Sunday–Friday (up to a $59.85 value).
- For $29, you get three races scheduled on Saturday (up to a $59.85 value).<p>
All three races must be scheduled within the same visit.
Kartsters careen head-to-head at up to 45 mph in fume-free electric karts around Pole Position Raceway’s indoor circuit, tracked by the state-of-the-art SpeedSheet scoring system. The most common type of walk-in racing, Arrive & Drive presents a first-come, first-served venue for corner-sliding and straightway-flooring, set against other racers (8/race at Murrieta, 12/race at Corona) and scored by fastest lap and most intimidating sunglasses. Speed around the ring to get the chance to plaster walls in postrace records showing your personal best, average lap, and overall race results. Racers should don comfortable wear and closed-toe shoes, and the indoor raceway provides helmets for all and rental shoes for sandal-philes and world-champion hot-coal walkers.
All drivers must be at least 48 inches tall and able to operate the kart, and those younger than 18 must have their parent or guardian sign a waiver.
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.