What You'll Get
Driving a car requires the exact same skill set as driving a uranium-powered pushcart, but without the pushcarting hazards of hail and fruit thieves. Today's Groupon promotes the union of velocity and steering columns with three go-kart races for $29 at Pole Position Raceway (a $60 value for adults, and a $36–$54 value for kids and youth drivers). After you revel in the myriad glories of indoor go-karting, the rest of your life will seem to move in slow motion, allowing you to maximize productivity at work and impress friends by responding to questions that haven't been asked yet.
Indoor racing blends adrenaline rushes with deep commentary on how so much automotive technology leads us along a circle and back to where we started. Pole Position Raceway offers a climate-controlled arena patrolled by turbo-slick Formula EK20 Electric Karts, each of which vacuum-seals the power of 18 mature ponies into its engine. You’ll need that pony kick as you speed past up to 11 other racers and encourage your driving foot to win first-place accolades and Gatorade baths. Each race is judiciously recorded by an RPM system that provides immediate time results following your final lap. Safety helmets are provided in-house (unless you have your own Snell/D.O.T.–approved head harness), and the use of electric karts means that no gas fumes will block your memory from recording racing adventures or cause subtle racetrack hallucinations of hooked roadside hitchhikers and oncoming butter trucks.
While the open highway has its fair share of willing competitors and disgruntled speedsters trapped in 9-to-5 office suits, there's a time and a place for squeaking rubber. Bring today’s Groupon down to Pole Position Raceway and prove to all your mates that you make both the most charming and the fastest of all chauffeurs.
Must be at least 48" tall to ride the junior karts and 56" tall for the adult carts.
VEGAS.com writer Jeannie Borbe is still pumped from her race-kart experience at Vegas's Pole Position Raceway:
- Craving a taste of adrenaline on your vacation? If you want a bit of excitement and adventure, Pole Position Raceway will send your heart racing. Novice and experienced racers alike can enjoy this state-of-the-art facility, which features indoor race karts zooming faster than any of their kind in the country. – Jeannie Borbe, VEGAS.com
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Aug 8, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per visit. Must wear closed-toe shoes. Must be 48" tall for the junior karts and 56" tall for the adult karts, and for both must be able to safely operate the kart. Valid only for the Oklahoma City location. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Pole Position Raceway
European Formula EK20 karts whiz by on Pole Position Raceway’s quarter-mile track, cruising at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. Spectators crank their heads to keep up. There’s no wind to battle against, no sun blinding the drivers’ eyes, and no birds rigging the race by dropping smoke bombs because all of Pole Position Raceway’s competitions happen inside. This is thanks to a fleet of electric-powered karts, which accelerate more quickly and hug curves more smoothly than gas-powered karts without dumping out clouds of exhaust.
To sate speed cravings, drivers simply arrive and drive—show up and nab one of 13 spots in the next race. Then with a DOT-approved racing helmet (provided), they push the pedal to the floor for roughly 10 minutes, drafting their opponents to fly past them near the finish line. At the end of each race, drivers receive a SpeedSheet that displays their race results, fastest lap time, and the likelihood of getting their own action-movie franchise. For those seeking to dive deep into the world of racing, Pole Position Raceway offers driving clinics and youth racing camps, where younger racers pilot EK10 karts that peak at 20 mph.