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 two different size karts. The adult karts are for racers who are at least 48 inches tall and the Junior karts are for racers who are at least 48 inches in height.
“It’s a lot of fun sitting just a few inches off the 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 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.”
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!”
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. It’s also an excellent place for birthday parties, corporate team building events, product launches, bachelor parties, church groups, sports teams and more. In fact Pole Position Raceway has had a lot of major companies use the track for big events including Dell, Sonic, Monster Energy Drink, Chesapeake, American Suzuki, Chili’s Bar & Grill, Applebees, Bank of America, and more.
“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.”
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.