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Car54
01-09-2007, 09:28 PM
I wanted to start a forum to discuss kart tracks around the country. I for one like to visit local tracks as I travel. Here are a couple that I've been to recently.

GoKart Racer
http://www.gokartracer.com/
San Francisco (near airport)

Two independent indoor tracks that combine a couple of days a week to make a 60sec track. Full gear and 3pt harness req'd. I was literally worn out after a couple of sessions on this track. The cars are 9hp and the track is prepped to be sticky. I highly recommend this spot, very professional atmosphere and incredible kart setup and track.

Tampa Bay Grand Prix
http://www.tampabaygp.com/
St. Petersburg, FL

Outdoor track that was just reconfigured and not up to date on the website. The karts are italian and electric. The electric karts are quite a bit different than the gas, mainly due to the crazy amounts of torque available at low speeds. It's a totally different experience. The carts are heavy and no where near as nimble as a Sodi-Kart. I recommend the experience, because of the electric karts, but the atmosphere was kind of trashy and not professional.


Please feel free to share your experiences, or look up the local track next time you travel.

Craig

orijinal_poser
01-10-2007, 04:22 AM
great idea Craig!


F1 Boston
www.f1boston.com
Braintree, MA (just south of boston)

Two independent indoor tracks that sometimes conjoin (I guess similar to GoKart Racer). The two times that I have gone, I have only done Track 1 (which is the main, "city" course). The track layout is awesome and the track is semi-slick, not so much as Allsports. I believe the karts are Sodi karts as well. Definitely gas powered. It is about a 22 second course or so, with the fastest guy there having a 19 second time, I believe?

Amazing atmosphere with a bar that has a balcony that overviews the track. Very professional atmosphere and awesome entrance with actual race cars and race karts. Highly recommended!





Virginia Int'l Raceway: Plantation Valley Kart Track
http://www.virclub.com/vir/index.php?option=com_content&task=section&id=11&Itemid=70
Alton, VA

Outdoor track that has been in service for a year or two, if I remember correctly. Very sticky, 5/8th mile course that does not need braking except for one hairpin. Gas powered karts with seats that hurt my back. But a trip well worth it. $30 for 1/2 hour, $50 for 1 hour. Just one or two minutes from VIR full course. I believe we were running somewhere in the time of 38 seconds?

Very relaxed and extremely nice staff. A must if you made the trip all the way down to VIR.

dougmoney
01-10-2007, 12:27 PM
www.monticellokarting.com

Close to me @<hidden> FSU. Juan Pablo Montoya designed course.

wnelms
08-30-2008, 09:17 PM
I do not know much about the sport but looking to get involved in the very near future... my son is a few years away from being old enough to participate, but I started his training this summer at a few beach and Baltimore area go-kart tracks.

By the way, I believe the new new outdoor track in New Jersery (NJ Motorsport) in Melville offers a F1 karting experience. Not sure what that means but it sounds quite compelling!

With any luck, I intend to visit Allsports this fall/winter. Does anyone know of any discounts for BMW CCA members? I hope to visit the track once (maybe twice) a month later this year.

glindsay
08-31-2008, 06:06 AM
The Chapter organizes a Winter Karting League and runs from December through February. Last year's information is at

http://www.nccbmwcca.org/index.php?karting

and check back later on for this year's schedule.

woodym3
09-01-2008, 02:53 PM
By the way, I believe the new new outdoor track in New Jersery (NJ Motorsport) in Melville offers a F1 karting experience. Not sure what that means but it sounds quite compelling!



Several of us from the chapter did an Arrive & Drive at the NJMP kart facility when there for the NJ Chapter drivers school weekend before last. We were not able to use the full course because the existing karts we were to use are not geared right for the long straights. They said they had lost 12 engines so far. Anyway, the Liberator short course was longer and faster than Allsports and the new pavement is quite sticky. A&D (15 laps) is $25 plus $10 for a 1-day license. A season license was $25 as I recall. Tons of fun except for the bright setting sun at 6 pm.

http://www.njmotorsportspark.com/karting.html

wnelms
09-01-2008, 09:12 PM
I truly appreciate the feedback especially since this is an old post... Sounds like some fun. My only concern is the distance to Melville track.

While I maybe able to working it in, the crew I would like to roll with (pun intended) would probably complain!

Maybe there will be a club event there in the future. That way, I could spend the entire day there will another/new group of friends...

If anyone is listening and interested, Sundays work best as the little one as soccer games on Saturday afternoons so he and I could drive up Saturday night and sleep in an inexpensive hotel. This might be a good way to officially jump start my involvement in the sport!

2000_328ci
09-03-2008, 02:33 PM
The Chapter organizes a Winter Karting League and runs from December through February. Last year's information is at

http://www.nccbmwcca.org/index.php?karting

and check back later on for this year's schedule.
i definitely want to participate in this

Jenson Button
09-04-2008, 12:03 PM
great idea Craig!


F1 Boston
www.f1boston.com
Braintree, MA (just south of boston)



The facilties of F1 Boston are great but the staff sux! They are rude and have no idea about racing. They are way too liberal with the black flag - punishing the passing car even if an impact was clearly the result of a slower car closing the door after the corner was lost. (ask me how I know) FWIW, I thought little of the staff before being put in the "Sin Bin" for the passing contact.


Some other tracks worth mentioning (all include timing and scoring sheets post race as part of the deal) :

G-Force in Richmond, VA. The facilities are good with plenty of grip. Once lap times goals are met, Supercarts are available. This facility is in the shadow of Richmond International Raceway. The people here are great and really help people enjoy their facilities. Short of F1 Boston, G-Force has the best facilities IMO.

Mid Atlantic Grand Prix. This Wilmington, DE track is similar to Allsport in its layout and size. They now offer supercars as well. The staff at Mid Atlantic are the best. The staff will help you with your cart choice (read: you can get em to tell you the ringers ;o)) and the girls behind the counter are cute friendly and have a sense of humor. I believe one day a week they offer an enduro for a fair price that will leave your arms, neck, and back crying for mercy.

Rafgar
09-09-2008, 12:02 PM
The Chapter organizes a Winter Karting League and runs from December through February. Last year's information is at

http://www.nccbmwcca.org/index.php?karting

and check back later on for this year's schedule.

For anyone interested in improving their driving skills (by playing with go-karts) you don' t have to wait until the NCC winter league. Send Gary an email (his address is in the above link). There is a group of chapter members that gathers at Allsport on a pretty regular basis and Gary can add you to their email list.

For those of you with kids. I highly recommend their KIDS program. Just be prepared to accept defeat at the hands of your kids. I don't care how good you think you are, you will get beaten by these light-weight racers.

Car54
09-09-2008, 12:20 PM
http://www.sadlersindoorracing.com/

This in Olathe, KS. This place is a pretty nice, very large, and has crazy fast carts. The place is more like barnyard racing than it is F1 style karting. The staff is very friendly and low-key. The track is probably 1/4 mile or more, can't remember my lap times but the average speed was about 42mph. Seriously, the carts are fast. It's a $1 per minute on weekdays, which is seriously cheap seat time. If you're ever in town, stop by and see them.

Car54
12-29-2008, 08:27 PM
Got some new ones!

http://www.americanindoorkarting.com/

This is in Portsmouth, VA. I went there on my way to Norfolk area for work a couple weeks ago. I went there on a Wednesday, that's when they had Supertrack...which is both tracks combined. The track was about 42 seconds long, and a real blast. The karts are in pretty great shape, especially the Superkarts. Track is sticky, and extremely fast with a full speed right hander that could get hairy if you turn in too soon.
Prices are reasonable, especially compared to N.VA prices, staff is friendly and prompt. No driving suits available, so be prepared to be stinky afterwards.

http://www.gforcekarts.com/

This track is in Richmond, VA, right next to Richmond International Raceway. Hit this one on my way home from said business trip. I only got to run one session due to a corporate group coming in. Track seemed very grippy and fast, but the karts were pretty banged up. The track features a long sweeper at the end of the straight which turns into a decreasing radius turn where trailbraking is used. This track is a bit more technical than the Portsmouth track, but not as much fun or thrilling (less speed).

Jenson Button
12-31-2008, 09:56 AM
This track is in Richmond, VA, right next to Richmond International Raceway. This track is a bit more technical than the Portsmouth track, but not as much fun or thrilling (less speed).

Earn the superkarts and G-Force is plenty fast. I was in Richmond for several days taking some licensing classes and went racing each night. Once I ran with some local hot shoes, I learned some of their tricks and was surprised by the speed one could carry into the corner at the end of the back straight. I have never been to Portsmouth though...

Car54
12-31-2008, 10:40 PM
Right so you would stay on the throttle through the last right hander then get near the outside (left) to set up for the right-left....I was able to keep the boil on through that complex, but was still tinkering with the following hairpin when my session ended.

I can only imagine the superkart speed coming off the main straight. I hope to get back there soon as I feel my time there was too short to understand the whole track.

Uber-Goober
01-22-2009, 11:17 PM
Bi-level, lot's of fun. Fast Times in Indianapolis-it was a great way to kill time during F1 weekend till the Michelin fiasco.

http://www.fastimesindoorkarting.com/index.html

wnelms
05-20-2009, 08:56 PM
I went to the Grand Am Rolex there and saw signs for their F1 Karting track. I have only been karting once in Delaware but would be interested in heading back to New Jersey Motorsport Park in try this outdoor track. I beleive it is $35 arrive and drive.

Car54
05-20-2009, 09:29 PM
Collin Jevens is starting a karting program at Summit Point...it will be arrive and drive style. They are going to start linking them to Track Daze Driving events. I think they'll be at Washington Circuit. A few guys drove the karts they plan to run last weekend, maybe they'll comment.

http://renntagracing.com/node/76

Car54
09-01-2010, 04:48 PM
Tampa Bay Grand Prix

http://www.tampabaygp.com/

Extremely nice facility. Staff was very friendly and racing oriented. Electric karts were unique to get used to with all the torque. Plenty of grip on the track. Shorter line was faster. It was faster to not hit the brakes in many cases because it delayed the throttle response. There is so much grip that an abrupt lift would be enough to rotate the karts in a tight turn. Track is short with track times in the 17-19sec range.

Link
12-01-2010, 08:40 AM
Ditto on this being a fantastic idea. I was trying to find a track near Fort Worth, TX. Haven't discovered a serious track, yet (there's a Putt-Putt, but I think they also allow bumping, so you know it isn't worthwhile). If anyone hears of one, please speak up. Planning to contact someone in the Lone Star Chapter to see what they know, too.

woodym3
12-01-2010, 10:33 AM
This is from a friend who lives near Dallas/Fort Worth:
There is a karting place in Denton just north of the city about 25 minutes. Www.ntkarters.com for the location in Denton.
I presume ha wants shifter karts and not just a place like Speedzone? There is a Speedzone near to downtown dallas Which is an arcade with some go-kart tracks. They do corporate events and and lunches and our chapter has a meeting there once a year so I do have contact info for them if that is what he is planning.

AutobahnSpeed
05-17-2013, 07:48 AM
We recently opened an indoor karting facility in the Baltimore, MD / Washington D.C. area (in Howard County). We have two tracks and use Italian made electric Karts.
www.AutobahnSpeed.com

pseto
05-17-2013, 09:08 AM
We recently opened an indoor karting facility in the Baltimore, MD / Washington D.C. area (in Howard County). We have two tracks and use Italian made electric Karts.
www.AutobahnSpeed.com

I was there the other night and had a good time. Those electric karts are kick-ass!

johng
06-26-2013, 10:41 PM
does anyone know if the summit point karting events run rain or shine?

tres
07-01-2013, 07:36 AM
i've also been to your facility great place the staff is very friendly and courteous. the courses are also great I wish lemans was a little longer.




We recently opened an indoor karting facility in the Baltimore, MD / Washington D.C. area (in Howard County). We have two tracks and use Italian made electric Karts.
www.AutobahnSpeed.com

su_maverick
08-07-2014, 09:58 AM
If anyone is every in upstate NY, one of my favorite tracks is Oakland Valley Raceway Park. The course layout is long with a great variety of turns and high vs low speed areas.

http://www.ovrp.net/

jacson33
03-09-2015, 08:08 AM
o independent indoor tracks that combine a couple of days a week to make a 60sec track. Full gear and 3pt harness req'd. I was literally worn out after a couple of sessions on this track. The cars are 9hp and the track is prepped to be sticky. I highly recommend this spot, very professional atmosphe

adamgeorge
12-16-2015, 10:33 PM
I went to the one in San Francisco was our first time doing it. I didn't know what to expect but really ended up enjoying it. And it was a pretty good workout for the arms :-)

Beemu55
03-16-2017, 09:39 PM
I haven't tried it but I was enthused after reading this thread. Would like to try it too