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What You'll Get
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 today's Groupon: for $59, you get a Formula One go-kart-racing package, which includes two high-speed individual go-kart races, transportation from a central location in midtown Manhattan, and appetizers and beverages (a $125 value) at Velocity 17 in Maywood, New Jersey. Velocity 17 buses will depart from midtown Manhattan at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday evenings, though Groupon buyers can also drive themselves as long as they inform Velocity 17 upon making their reservation.
Featuring a 2,000-foot-long spaghetti-style racing track designed by Formula One professionals, Velocity 17 entertains amateur Andrettis with a slew of adrenaline-pumping amenities. After being bused from Manhattan, racers are fitted with a helmet, protective gear, and a onesie featuring up to 30 sponsorship decals before taking to the indoor streets for two Formula One races. The 3-mile-long races pit up to 10 contestants against each other in an excitement-fueled contest of high-speed driving and hairpin-turns. Like any true auto-gunning contest, the results from the first heat determine grid position in the winner-take all second race, with pride and a one-time exemption from New York City speeding tickets on the line. Adding to the competitive intensity, each kart is equipped with an electronic transponder that provides a printout of lap times, stats, and daily horoscopes, encouraging speedsters to analyze and improve their performance between races.
Velocity 17's electric-powered Bowman Storm karts reach velocities of up to 30 miles per hour, which is amplified by an open-air design and a seating carriage resting a mere 2 inches above the ground. To sate race-starved bellies and parched throats, the track will serve a complimentary buffet of brandied, seared baby-back ribs and beverages, refueling human tanks with enough energy to explore the center's other activities or attempt to race the bus home.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Nov 22, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1/person, may buy 4 additional as gifts. Limit 1/visit. Must be 18 or older. 4'9"–6'6" height restriction; 250lb weight max. Must have valid driver's license. See web site for additional rules and regulations. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.