Kids can pretend they’re in the Indy 500 at Grand Prix New York in Mount Kisco, where karting enthusiasts gear up in blue vintage-style body suits, helmets and neck collars before revving their Italian Sodi RX7 engines. The gasoline-powered karts can reach a maximum speed of 40 mph and will run for four hours between fill-ups. A video arcade, a bouncy castle, and a restaurant and bar are also part of the indoor facility. Hours: noon-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, noon-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays. Fees vary. At 333 N. Bedford Road, Mount Kisco. 914-241-3131, www.gpny.com.
Cotty Edgens, his wife Joyce and two sons Scotty and Tim plan to open Shore Speed, an indoor go kart race track, by the end of July in Milford. Located at 971 East Masten Circle, the former location of First State Manufacturing behind McDonalds,the new facility hosts a quarter mile track made for racing up to 8 electric go karts at once. Edgens hopes to create a destination for race fans and their families inside the 40,000 square foot building as the business will offer individual and private races year round.
An avid race fan and driver himself, Cotty is Track Champion at Lakeland Raceway and Auburndale Speedway in Central Florida where he drove ministocks for several years. After visiting Myrtle Beach with his family fourteen years ago, he saw a go kart track in full operation and thought about the possibilities of opening a similar business in Delaware. Ten years later Cotty purchased four electric go karts from a gentleman in Ohio as he continued to look for a venue large enough to accommodate an indoor track. As he stepped foot inside the industrial building on Masten Circle in Milford months ago, Cotty knew he would finally have the chance to open the business he had envisioned for years.
“This is my dream and I have been doing this for fourteen years,” commented Cotty. “I want this to be a full family experience when we open.”
Living in Millsboro, Cotty decided on Milford as the future location for Shore Speed because of its central location. “Milford is central to Rehoboth, Seaford, Dover and puts us in a great location,” commented Cotty. “In the summer many people from Delaware are looking for something fun for the family where they do not have to sit in beach traffic.”
In addition to the indoor track, the facility will host a rock climbing wall, inflatable bounces, remote control car track and an arcade for younger children to enjoy. Shore Speed will offer race times open to the public as well as private parties where individuals, businesses or organizations can reserve the facility for themselves.
“We want to have a wide variety of people here,” commented Cotty. “We want to see the younger as well as the older kids here enjoying themselves.”
With an inventory of 16 single seater and 6 two seater go karts in the pit, 8 go karts will be allowed to race each other on the track at one time. Edgens states that individuals must be sixteen to drive the go karts by themselves and will be required to wear a helmet and review safety guidelines. Racers’ track times and tournament winners will be displayed in real time on their website and Facebook page.
Before opening their doors to the public, Shore Speed, LLC must first acquire approval from their conditional use request to the City of Milford. The request to use the industrial-zoned building as a recreational facility will first be heard by City of Milford Planning and Zoning on Tuesday, June 18 where that committee will make a recommendation to Milford City Council for final approval.
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The next car show will be Saturday, September 14th from 8:00AM until 12:00 Noon. This show has been moved from our normal "First Saturday of the month" schedule to the second Saturday on the 14th. Please mark the change on your calendars!
Come see a diverse selection of exotic, classic, and unique vehicles that is usually in excess of 100 cars and motorcycles. It is FREE to attend or show your vehicle and we will have discounted racing on Pro Karts during the car show at only $15 per race. A great opportunity to show off your ride or come see some interesting cars and people.
At Mount Kisco's Grand Prix, a garage for artists, not go-karts
He launched his business six years ago with a half-mile of indoor go-kart racing, which he marketed to corporate event coordinators.
He was among those investing $2 million to build a bowling alley with VIP lanes to attract private parties, and he upgraded the kitchen by hiring a new chef to put out catering-quality cuisine.
He helped add an electronic arcade room and secure village approval for up to 75 gaming machines.
But something was missing from the 118,000-square-foot business known as Grand Prix New York, co-founded by Bedford native Nat Mundy.
So excess office space was gutted and a new art room was built that will cater predominately to elementary school-aged girls. With its own 1,300-degree kiln, the new Arts Garage crafts center is a place to custom decorate holiday gifts or take an arts class.
If the new addition seems like an odd fit for a former warehouse filled with the roar of small engines and the crash of pins, it’s understandable.
“This is a hard thing to market,” said Mundy, drinking a Red Bull over ice and sitting at one of the kid-size chairs in the new Arts Garage. “It’s this massive space where you walk in and it has all this activity and energy coming at you from all directions.”
But the latest addition to this business in the heart of Mount Kisco’s commercial district is part of a calculated move away from the early concentration on corporate outings and toward more entertainment offerings for families.
“It’s my first time here and I am enjoying it,” said Millwood chef Abraham Cisse, watching from a booth as his two sons and daughter rolled more gutter balls than spares in the bowling alley. “The kids have been here for parties before, so they know all about it.”
Without diversifying into bowling, arcade and food, the go-kart business would not have survived the downturn in the economy, Mundy said. The Art Garage is part of the continuing evolution.
“We’ve had to adapt with the economy changing, so that the place is no longer solely a corporate and large private event venue,” Mundy said. “If kids in the family range from 2 years old to 15, we now have a place where you can one-stop shop.”
Grand Prix itself is part of a larger transformation of the former 575,000-square-foot warehouse off Route 117 at the Bedford border formerly owned by Grand Union and taken over by Diamond Properties.
The warehouse has been transformed into a 36-acre commercial park that includes the Saw Mill Club East, MMA Fit and Ideal Electric.
Lewis Gersh of Manhattan said there was nothing like Grand Prix in New York City so he signed up his 6-year-old for Grand Prix summer camp where kids race for a few hours, take a lunch break then have their fill of the arcade room, the bowling lanes and the simulated racing machines.
As for the new art space, which is quaint and contained compared with the throbbing world of neon and speed around it, the plan is to stage a grand opening at the start of the school year, although parties can be booked before then.
“It is an exciting, clean new space that is not your typical art room at a local school,” Mundy said.
GPNY Hosts First-Ever Fundraiser to Benefit Project Yellow Light
Event Raised Funds and Awareness to Discourage Distracted Driving
Eighteen teams of drivers sped around the track at Grand Prix New York, competing in a 90-minute endurance race in a first-of-its-kind fundraising event for Project Yellow Light, an organization that inspires teens to educate each other about the dangers of distracted driving. The event, organized by Greenwich High School Students Ben Albano and Beau Dealy, raised $2,200. “Our age group needs to take the lead in putting a stop to distracted driving. By raising funds and holding this event we hope to help further the cause of Project Yellow Light,” said Albano.
Julie Garner, with her husband and daughter, founded Project Yellow Light after losing her son, Hunter, in a car crash six years ago this week, at the age of 16. “We are so thrilled and honored with this amazing community effort. Ben Albano and Beau Dealy have done something very special here in raising awareness of distracted driving, the number one killer of our youth in this nation,” said Garner. “This is actually the first time anyone has ever done a fundraiser on behalf of our effort and we are absolutely blown away and humbled. I just can’t tell you how much it means to us.”
Sixty-two participants, including high school students from Fairfield and Westchester counties, a team of Skip Barber Racing School mechanics, and three teams of firefighters from Greenwich CT, competed in the race, with the top finishers taking home trophies and prizes. GT Class winners (more experienced drivers) were: Paige Jockimo of Somers, NY in first place, as the only 1-person team; Skip Barber mechanics of Lime Rock, CT in second place; and teammates Addison Albano of Greenwich, CT and Alex Eickelbeck of Armonk, NY in third place. Pro Class winners were: teammates Oliver Coates, Mike Fong and Chris Freda of Greenwich, CT in first place; teammates Peter Smith, Jack Benenson and Hamid Salehzadeh of Greenwich, CT in second place; and teammates Owen Gerber and Max Weiss of Greenwich, CT in third place.
“Grand Prix New York wanted to host and sponsor this fundraiser for Project Yellow Light because we know that while driving karts is fun, being on the road is serious business,” said GPNY Vice President Nat Mundy. “We have a perfect opportunity here to capture the attention of young drivers and help educate them about the dangers and potential consequences of distracted driving.”
Additional event sponsors included 12 Beverage, Birdie's Auto Spa, The Coughlin Group, Fresh Green Light Driving School, Rand Insurance, Skip Barber Racing School and U.S. Pavement.
Grand Prix New York Racing (GPNY) is the only large indoor racing, social entertainment, and corporate event venue in the New York City-metro area. Centrally located in the village of Mount Kisco New York, GPNY is a unique 118,000-square-foot facility that offers a quarter-mile-long, state-of-the-art racetrack for all ages; Spins Bowl (a 19-lane bowling center and special events services); Fuel restaurant and bar, with award-winning catering; an arcade, carnival room, banquet facility, conference rooms, and more. GPNY is actively involved in community outreach and fundraising efforts. Since its inception in 2008, GPNY has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities by hosting high-profile fundraising events. For more information about GPNY, visit their website at www.gpny.com.
About Project Yellow Light
Project Yellow Light is a scholarship competition designed to bring about change. Applicants have a clear mission: encourage peers to develop and embrace safe driving habits. For both the high school and college contests, the first-place winners receive a scholarship in the amount of $5,000, second-place finishers receive $2,000, and third-place finishers receive $1,000. Project Yellow Light was founded in memory of Hunter Garner - a 16-year-old with a dry wit, wicked sense of humor, interesting creative mind, who loved music, running, and had lots of friends from all walks of life. Hunter died in a car crash on June 10, 2007. For more information about Project Yellow Light, visit www.projectyellowlight.com.
Layoff drove software executive to go-karting career at Destiny USA
How does a 30-year veteran of the software industry wind up in the indoor go-karting business? Her first career fell out from under her, that's how.
Karen Davis-Farage hit rock-bottom when the software company that employed her in Jersey City, N.J., downsized her out of her job as vice president for business development soon after the Great Recession struck in 2008.
"I didn't see it coming," said Davis-Farage, now president and co-owner of two Pole Position Raceway go-karting franchises, including the one at the Destiny USA shopping mall in Syracuse. "The CEO didn't give me a heads up. I was absolutely devastated. It was my first time unemployed."
At 52, the Manhattan resident wasn't sure which way to turn because her job prospects in the software business were not good. Her expertise, developed over her 30 years in the industry, was building strategic partnerships to drive revenues.
"There's only one vice president for business development in every company, and most software companies were in survival mode, so they were not expanding," she said. "There were no jobs. It didn't matter how much networking I did."
Making matters worse, her husband Eyal "Alex" Farage's construction business was also feeling the recession's pinch, she said.
But the following summer, while he was dropping their son, Andrew, off at college in California, Eyal and Andrew went to an indoor go-karting facility in Los Angeles. Andrew loved it so much, he suggested his dad go into the business.
When he got back to Manhattan, Eyal suggested the possibility to his wife. But she said she did not think her experience in the software industry would translate well to sporting business.
The more she thought about it, though, the more she thought the go-kart business was for her.
"I had the skills to run the business," she said. "HR, marketing and sales were my expertise."
So she and her husband searched around for an indoor go-kart business that would sell them franchises for the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. They found one -- California-based Pole Position Raceway.
They opened their first Pole Position in an 80,000-square-foot former pharmaceutical warehouse in Jersey City, N.J., in 2010 and opened one in a 43,000-square-foot space on the third floor of Destiny USA in October.
Davis-Farage said they had originally planned to open raceways within a 90-mile radius of New York City but decided their second one would be in Syracuse after being approached by Destiny USA representatives.
Based on her own research and information provided by the manufacturer of her company's karts, she said the raceway at Destiny USA is the first electric kart racetrack in a shopping mall in the U.S.
Since opening, the Syracuse Pole Position has hosted 45,000 races, 15 percent more than her projections, she said. Sixty percent of the track's customers wind up buying a membership, so the raceway gets a lot of repeat business, she said.
Races on the winding, quarter-mile indoor course last 14 laps for adults and 10 for children. They cost $23 for adults and $20 for children. Discounts are available with annual memberships that start at $55.
Pole Position also markets itself to businesses by renting rooms for meetings and employee team-building events.
Davis-Farage said she is looking in Connecticut and Long Island for a location for a third raceway.
"Indoor karting is the new bowling," she said. "There's a skill you learn, but everyone can do it."
Now 56, Davis-Farage said she is finding her venture into entrepreneurship empowering because, unlike her situation in 2008, she's in full control.
"I never thought my skill sets would transfer to another industry, but business skills are business skills," she said. "It's all transferable."
For more information about Pole Position Syracuse, visit :www.polepositionraceway.com
Indoor Electric Kart Racing Facility Celebrates August’s Motor Sports Awareness Month with Free Races for “Speedsters” Until September 2
Pole Position Raceway, America’s number one chain of state-of-the-art indoor motorsports entertainment facilities, today announced that in celebration of August’s Motor Sports Awareness Month, it will offer one FREE race to motorists who were issued – and paid – a speeding ticket this summer.
Specifically, motorists who received a speeding ticket between Memorial Day (May 27) and Labor Day (September 2) will receive one FREE race at Pole Position Raceway facilities to help safely scratch their racing itch in its high-performance, all-electric, indoor karts capable of speeds up to 45 MPH. This offer is valid for redemption at all ten Pole Position Raceway locations in the United States. Valid driver’s license and proof of ticket payment must be presented at time of redemption. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Limit one redemption per household. Participating Pole Position Raceway locations include Corona, CA, Dallas, TX, Las Vegas, NV, Murrieta, CA, New York/Jersey City, NJ, Oklahoma City, OK, St. Louis, MO, Summerlin, NV, Syracuse, NY and Houston, TX
“While Pole Position Raceway does not condone reckless driving, we do appreciate motorists who are racing enthusiasts,” said Ken Faught, president and co-owner, Pole Position Raceway. “For those who have the need-for-speed, we want them to do so in an authentic, exhilarating and safe environment. In honor of Motor Sports Awareness Month, we thought it would be fun to give away a free race to any driver who recently received – and paid – a speeding ticket. We want to give them the opportunity to race off their post-ticket angst safely at Pole Position Raceway, on us.”
One of the fastest growing forms of recreation in the county, Pole Position Raceway offers a variety of options to suit the needs of all racers – from families, to die hard karting enthusiasts. Its “Arrive & Drive” racing is for those that enter a queue to race against others. Pre-Scheduled Racing events are for groups of 10+ and include the Pole Position Challenge, Grand Prix or Super Pole which are 2, 3 or 4 race events culminating with racers receiving 1st, 2nd & 3rd place medals at the Winners’ Circle. Pole Position Raceway features adult karts for racers who are at least 58 inches tall and separate junior karts for kids who are at least 48 inches tall. Best of all, the karts use electric technology, so there are no fumes.
Pole Position Raceway has ten locations nationwide, including Corona, CA, Dallas, TX, Las Vegas, NV, Murrieta, CA, New York/Jersey City, Oklahoma City, OK, St. Louis, MO, Summerlin, NV, Syracuse, NY Houston, TX – and coming soon to Buffalo, NY and Long Island, NY.
About Pole Position Raceway
Pole Position Raceway is America’s #1 chain of indoor kart tracks and was built for racers, by racers. The overall experience was developed with well-known names in the racing world, and those behind the Pole Position Raceway brand include 2004 NASCAR champion Kurt Busch, 7-time AMA Supercross champion Jeremy McGrath, X-Games freestyle gold medalist Mike Metzger and NASCAR Pit Reporter Jamie Little. Pole Position Raceway’s state-of-the-art-facilities feature quarter-mile tracks, the latest in high-performance, emission-free electric indoor karts capable of speeds of 45 MPH, arcade games, and space for private parties or corporate events and more.
For more information, visit www.polepositionraceway.com.
K1 Speed has introduced the sport of indoor go-kart racing to people throughout Texas. With our San Antonio karting center, we’ve now brought the sport to Southwest Texas as well. If you’ve never been to a K1 Speed center before, forget everything that you think you know about go-kart racing. At K1 Speed, we offer a truly unique – and thrilling – experience. Gone are the anemic, heavy, unreliable, gas-spewing karts of your youth. In their place are state-of-the-art, high-performance, zero-emission electric karts that offer unparalleled performance – performance that is in the reach of nearly anyone yet potent enough that extracting all of it requires skill, dedication, and practice.
Whether you’re a novice who has never turned a wheel in anger or are a veteran enthusiast who rides motorcycles, races stock cars, or attacks the flat track every other weekend, we are confident that our center will not only meet, but exceed your expectations. If you’d like to experience indoor go-kart racing yourself, visit our San Antonio center today. We are situated within close distance of Leon Valley and Alamo Heights, just 15 minutes from the River Walk and close to Sea World.
Ailing Boy Visits Driven Raceway As Part Of Dream Factory Wish
It's back to Missouri on Tuesday for Jonathon O'Malley, a 15-year-old with a tough medical condition and a new friend who's huge and strong and wishes he had the power to heal the boy.
You would not believe the dream weekend Jonathon shared with Gabe Tuft, the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Analy High alum who called himself “Tyler Reks” when he was a pro wrestler on TV.
At one point — amid the limo rides, the scream machines of Great America, the celebrity dinner at Guy Fieri's restaurant, the drive to Bodega Bay for a Midwestern lad's first encounter with the sea, the private playing of video games cast onto a screen at Rialto Cinemas — Jonathon asked, “Is this real life?”
Dominating his life in Kansas City is an incurable autoimmune disease, dermatomyositis.
The Dream Factory in Missouri offered to send him and his mother, Lori, on the adventure of his choice. He asked to come to Sonoma County and spend time with Tuft and his wife, Priscilla.
A host of local firms and non-profits volunteered to welcome them and treat them like royalty. Among the sponsors who pulled out the stops were the Active 20/30 Club of Santa Rosa, Driven Raceway, Pure Luxury Limousines, Sally Tomatoes and John Ash & Co., where mother and son dined Monday night before packing for the flight home.
As Jonathon and Tuft sobbed their good-byes, the ailing kid's grip was even tighter than the wrestler's. Said Priscilla Tuft, “I know there's a little boy who's going home very blessed by Sonoma County.”
Final totals from Racehall in Denmark from the 2013 World Kart Indoor Championship.
Place DRIVER NAME TEAM NAME NATION
1 ROBIN BORREMANS BLUESTAR BEL
2 CORNEE SNOEP TEAM HOLLAND NED
3 MARK KAMSTRUP ATR DENMARK AUT
4 FILIPE VIEIRA BFP POR
5 FABIO KONRAD BRAZIL KVR BRA
6 BENJAMIN BAILEY ATR BRASK BEL
7 RUBEN BOUTENS TEAM HOLLAND NED
8 BRADLEY PHILPOT BRKC GBR
9 MATHIAS GROOTEN BLUESTAR BEL
10 MATTS BRECKPOT BFP BEL
11 CEDRIC WAUTERS TRAXXIS BEL
12 SEBASTIAN PAPKE BLUESTAR GER
13 LEE HACKET BRKC GBR
14 CRISTOPH VERHOEVEN TRAXXIS BEL
15 LUCAS MOTTA BRAZIL KVR BRA
16 MANUEL TENCHERT AUSTRIA AUT
17 MARIO NOVAK AUSTRIA GER
18 ALEX GUPENBERGUER TEAM AUSTRIA GER
19 GREGORY LAPORTE BLUESTAR BEL
20 THIAGO AMORIM VELOPARK BRA
21 GIORGIO PANTANO ATR BRASK ITA
22 MARTIN HANHARDT (M) MC RACING GERMANY GER
23 NICK VAN OVERVELD DELEO HOSTEM NED
24 STEFAN VERHOFSTE TRAXXIS B BEL
25 HUMBERTO RUBIN BRAZIL KVR BRA
26 ROMAN SCHNEIDER (M) TEAM AUSTRIA AUT
27 MARCEL KOUIJZER TEAM HOLLAND NED
28 WERNER TRUEGLER TEAM HOLLAND AUT
29 JEAN PHILIPPE GUINET ATR BRASK FRA
30 RUSSEL ENDEAN BRKC GBR
31 FLORIAN SKUPIN MC RACING GERMANY GER
32 LEO ROUSSEL BLUESTAR FRA
33 REMIGIUSZ DRZAZGA TEAM POLAND POL
34 ANNELIEN BOUTENS VELEO HOSTEM NED
35 CHRISTIAN JESSEN GO KARTING BEL
36 MIKKEL JENSEN ATR DENMARK DEN
37 BJORN VERMEULEN BEL
38 JOSE BURRILLO LA MANCHA SPA
38 MIKOLAJ MARCZYK TEAM POLAND POL
40 ORLANDO SIDOTI KEYSTONE ITA
41 JANICK NIELSEN ATR DENMARK DEN
42 JONATHAN ELIOTT BRKC GBR
43 MAURICIO PEREIRA BRAZIL KVR BRA
44 SVERRE ZIELMEN FINISH LINE DEN
45 ADRIANO CARBONI VELOPARK BRA
46 JERROME VERRALEWECK BFP BEL
47 JERROT KING GO KARTING USA
48 MATS DE JONG TEAM HOLLAND BEL
49 WARD MAENHOUT BEL
50 LUIS VARGAS JUNIOR VELOPARK BRA
51 HARON PASSARELLI F-46 BRA
52 SEBASTIAAN CIRCKENS FINISH LINE HOL
53 KONRAD JECZEN (M) TEAM POLAND POL
54 BRANDON MAISANO ATR BRASK GBR
55 PABLO MARLAGEON (M) VELOPARK BRA
56 SANDER DE BAETS BEL
57 BRUNO DIAS F-46 GBR
58 FRANCISCO LOPES F-46 BRA
59 JULIAN RABIANEAU ATR DENMARK FRA
60 RUTGER VANHEE DELEO HOSTEM NED
61 AMAURY WASYLYNA TEAM POLAND FRA
62 TARIK ALMOU MAR
63 WILSON OLIVEIRA F-46 BRA
64 GIORGIO ROSIN ITA
65 CHRISTOPH PUTZ TEAM AUSTRIA AUT
66 TINA KOK GO KARTING BEL
67 CHRISTIAN MUÑOZ LA MANCHA SPA
68 SCOTT MUTIMER TEAM GB AUS
69 OTACILIO OLIVEIRA FINISH LINE BRA
70 ARNAUD TINET TEAM GB FRA
71 ANNA LESNIAK (M) TEAM POLAND POL