Pole Position Raceway is America's number one chain of indoor go kart tracks, and the company's largest facility is right here in Oklahoma City. The state-of-the-art indoor karting center is home to the fastest go karts in the state, and are capable of speeds up to 45mph. If that's not enough, Pole Position Raceway uses high-performance electric karts that produce no smelly fumes, and accelerate quicker than gas karts. No wonder 2004 NASCAR Champ Kurt Busch is one of the many celebrities who are behind the Pole Position Raceway brand!
These are not the karts you remember as a kid! These are real performance karts that are probably the closest you will ever come to driving a real race car. There’s also food, drinks, video games, pool tables and much more inside the 85,000 square-foot building. That’s right, Pole Position Raceway has almost two covered acres, and there is nothing like it in the state of Oklahoma.
Up to 12 racers can compete at a time in head-to-head race action. This ads to the intensity of the experience and allows for incredible side-by-side race action. Pole Position Raceway also has karts for kids sized 48" - 56", youth karts for kids 56" to 13 years old, and adults karts for racers 14 and above.
“It’s a lot of fun sitting just a few inches off t he ground and going that fast,” said NASCAR pit reporter Jamie Little. “I’m surprised at how fast the karts go. There is no way that you can hold the throttle wide open around the entire track. This is an absolute blast.”
“I’m really impressed with the explosive growth of indoor karting,” said Brad Mark, a former general manager of the Richard Petty Driving Experience who offered NASCAR drives at race tracks around the United States. “Pole Position Raceway is a great place for drivers of all skill levels, and even seasoned racers can have fun driving these karts.”
Each race lasts approximately 10 minutes on the massive 1/4-mile track. The entire facility is air conditioned, and every racer receives a results sheet full of interesting data. This family form of entertainment has become so popular that Pole Position Raceway has been on such television shows as Street Outlaws, Good Morning America, Cake Boss, Ice Loves Coco, NASCAR on Fox, and more. In fact, it's even been featured in an Oklahoma State Lottery commercial!
“It’s an incredible place,” says Oklahoma dirt track legend Shane Carson. “I have a great time every time I am there. The entire staff really understands how to create a real racing experience.”
A new addition to Pole Position is Oklahoma City's only indoor dirt remote control racing track. With more than 25 years of racing experience, Gary O'Brien has added 405 R/C Raceway and Hobbies to Pole Position's lineup. The addition includes the indoor racing track - 55 feet by 68 feet, a complete hobby shop stocked with parts for the r/c enthusiast, and some of the best r/c racing competition in the world. Visitors are welcome to experience the excitement of r/c racing each Saturday afternoon. Entry for spectators is always free!
Pole Position Raceway is also loaded with authentic racing memorabilia and has more than a dozen flat screen televisions that play the latest sporting events. The facility is managed by co-owner Greg Slaton, who when he is not at the kart track, he's helping his daughter Alison launch her sprint car career. It's all part of the company's motto - Built For Racers, By Racers.
“I’m actually really impressed with the performance of the karts,” said five-time motorcycle land speed record holder Paul Livingston. “The electric motors are really fast and produce a lot of torque. The torque allows them to accelerate off the corners faster than their gas counterparts. The karts also have a really cool sound, almost like a mini Formula One car. I’m very impressed and Pole Position Raceway has certainly set a new standard in the sport.”
Another interesting aspect about the facility is that the entire track is made of moveable barriers to absorb energy in the event of an accident. This moveable track also allows Pole Position Raceway to change the course design every few months so that customers can have a new challenge on a regular basis.
It’s so cool that seven-time AMA Supercross Champion Jeremy McGrath calls Pole Position Raceway “the ultimate racing experience for family and friends!”
“A lot of people think that karting is just for kids,” says co-founder and President Ken Faught. “Fact is that most of our customers are adults. Pole Position Raceway offers an authentic race experience for pretty much everyone in the family, and that’s the driving force behind indoor karting.”
"One race is all it takes to get hooked,” said Wendy Fuller, owner of Kittactical. Eleven years after my first turn around the winding track when Pole Position Raceway began with it's first track in Corona, California, and I am still game to buckle up and go every chance I get. The speeds feels a lot faster on that tight and twisty track. It's a total rush!
Beware, if you are a competitive person, this will bring out the best and worst of that nature. Once you pass all the other drivers (if you can, and I can), you find yourself glancing at the board trying to beat your own last lap time, even if only by a fraction of a second. I am always chasing that perfect lap, when my corners are perfectly apexed and so smooth that there is no squeal of the racing slicks. These carts have such a realistic race car feel that it makes me think I may have missed my calling as a female Mario Andretti.
Prices start at $9.95 per session for kids and $14.95 for adults. There are also three different race packages - Pole Position Challenge, Grand Prix and SuperPole - available for groups of eight or more. Pole Position Raceway is located off I-44 on the corner of N.W. 36th and May Ave. The company also has tracks in California, Texas, St. Louis, Nevada, New Jersey, Missouri and New York. For more information call 405-942-2292 or visit www.polepositionraceway.com.
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