Racecar driving is one of the few sports that can be practiced in miniature, unlike miniature discus throwing, which just results in a yard full of shattered Sade CDs. Suit up for facsimile speed with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get a go-kart membership and four karting sessions at Summit Point Kart (a $109 total value) in Summit Point.
Summit Point Kart puts the miniature pedal to the miniature metal for four rounds of authentic NASCAR-esque racing excitement around a sweeping half-mile track. With a fleet of Indy 500–fit futurist karts, including the Sodi RX250––one of the fastest go-karts in the world, topping out at a whopping 78 mph––Summit Point Kart is so realistic that professional racers use its tracks for practice laps to stay sharp between bouts.
Regular go-karts travel at the speed of wood and only respond to wizened, old car whisperers, but Summit Point Kart has fast and furious karts for pint-sized speed demons and adults alike. Racers ages 6 and up can hop in the 5.5 horse powered kids' kart, which reaches a top speed of 38 mph, perfect for heading off ice-cream trucks at the pass. Speed seekers ages 10 and up can opt to strap into a Sodi RX7, which gets up to 52 mph, and adults age 18 and up with a valid driver's license can prepare for time travel in the Sodi RX250. Like a degree in early American maritime cartography, typical go-kart tracks are limiting, but Summit Point Kart's Washington Circuit track boasts 11 testing curves and a whole 1,000 feet of inertia-goading straightaway around its 2,640-foot circumference.
Membership at this high-octane association comes with more perks than a member's only jacket, as new pledges receive a sporty Summit Point Kart T-shirt along with a spot on the guest list to special events and programs at the track. Membership also dramatically reduces the price of future sessions to quell the shakes of a need-for-speed addiction. Racers under 16 years old must attend the youth training school before driving the karts, and all participants must wear close-toed shoes. Summit Point Kart provides you with a full-face helmet, a head sock, and a driving suit before unleashing you onto the track. See the FAQ section for more driving information.
- A temple of fresh pavement, bright stadium lights and top-speed go-karts, open now just over the West Virginia border. – Urban Daddy
Summit Point Kart
Sitting behind the wheel of a 32 Sodi RX7 kart has a way of making you feel like a professional stunt driver. Maybe it's zipping up your driver’s suit or snapping on your helmet. Either way, at Summit Point Kart, all participants get the look they want and the safety orientation they need to cut turns like Andretti when they take on that piece of half-mile track known as the Washington Circuit.
Overhead, lights blaze down on the track’s 22 turns, so karters can race well into the evening or on that day after summer solstice when the sun is too partied out to get out of bed. Racers who get hooked can get themselves a yearly membership card, which discounts the price of racing credits. Little ones enamored with the track can enlist in a four-hour kart school that builds confidence behind the wheel.
201 Motorsports Park Cir.
Summit Point, West Virginia 25446Get Directions