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Grand Prix New York Sponsors SurvivetheDrive® Classes at Somers High School
Facility NewsGrand Prix New York doesn’t want our teens driving in the fast lane. The racertainment center, located in Mt. Kisco, NY, teamed up with the SurvivetheDrive® organization beginning in 2011 to help educate teenage drivers on safe driving techniques and the consequences of reckless driving. Since 1996 SurvivetheDrive®, a nonprofit organization and educational service, has provided risk-awareness and safe-driving presentations to schools and community groups.

“Grand Prix New York is proud to sponsor such an essential educational service for our teens,” said Nat Mundy, Vice president sales & marketing at Grand Prix New York. “We know how exciting and enjoyable it is to get behind the wheel, especially for new drivers. We want to make sure that teenagers learn how important it is to be a responsible and safe driver.”

Recently, Bob Green, director and trainer of SurvivetheDrive®, shared his knowledge of driver safety at Somers High School. Known for his enthusiastic and humorous presentations, Mr. Green provided students with examples of how powerful the impact of a car can be and why it is important to learn safe driving skills at an early age. Through personal anecdotes, PowerPoint slide shows, graphic demonstrations about the physics of driving and what happens during a crash, Mr. Green has truly been instrumental in teaching countless students about the safety, responsibility and consequences of driving.

“At SurvivetheDrive®, we strive to educate young drivers about the consequences of irresponsible driving habits and the significance of making safe choices on the road,” said Mr. Green. “Presenting our teens with the startling reality of what could happen when we don’t practice safe driving techniques is a great accident prevention tool.”

For further info about GPNY visit www.gpny.com
Club Speed Announces New Client - Autobahn Indoor Speedway
Facility NewsClub Speed™ would like to welcome Autobahn Indoor Speedway- Jessup, Maryland - USA to the World's Finest Karting Software Platform.

Visit our Website @ www.clubspeed.com to see a few of the things you’re missing by using old or INFERIOR software.

Club Speed™ is the World leader in Indoor Karting, supplying its customers with software designed to help them grow and manage their facilities through innovative reporting, social networking, event and facility management features never before seen in the industry.

Stay tuned for a new product launch coming soon!
12 Year Anniversary For Fastimes Indoor In Indy
Facility NewsFastimes Indoor Karting Indianapolis celebrates
12 year anniversary during the month of May


• New fleet of Sodi racing go-karts for our 900’ bi-level track
• Several events planned with Indy race teams & drivers
• Special event Colts cheerleaders and driver Ed Carpenter
• Fastimes special event for members only
• Advertise your business on our race track wall

Come help us celebrate our 12th anniversary at the new Fastimes Indoor Karting center at 96th & Keystone behind Ruth Chris steakhouse.

Call ahead for open race times or book an exciting team building event at 317-566-0066 or online at www.ftik.com.

GPNY Mt.Kisco, NY Hosts New York State’s First Fuel-Efficient Car Show
Facility NewsEver want to know what the coolest looking environmentally friendly automobiles look like? On Sunday, April 28 you’ll get the chance, as New York State’s first fuel-efficient car show, “Bedford 2020,” will be held at Mount Kisco’s Grand Prix from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“As we work to become more energy efficient in many ways, I’m proud that our facility will host this incredible event for Bedford 2020,” said Grand Prix New York Vice President Nat Mundy. “As a lifelong car enthusiast, I’m looking forward to checking out and driving all these cool cars!”

For the first time viewers will get the chance to see every electric, hybrid and plug-in car available on the market in the state of New York.

Models such as Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf, BMW Active E, Chevy Volt, Toyota Prius and the Honda Accord will be on deck to test drive and talk about with the dealers.

Their will also be informational stations teaching the public how to charge electric cars, how to save money and reduce pollution and why you should switch to electric cars if you haven’t already.

For more info on GPNY visit www.gpny.com
Victory Lane Indoor Charlotte, NC Hosts King's Cup May 21st
Facility NewsDate: Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Event Time: 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Race Time: To be determined

Location:

Victory Lane Karting Indoor Center
2320 Tipton Dr, Ste 100
Charlotte, NC 28206

Tickets: Buy tickets at this link!

Event Format: 30 teams compete; two 1-hour heat races to determine the 16 team shootout field; Last race will be a 1.5-hour race with 16 qualifiers total; Each team will be comprised of six drivers; all drivers will be required to complete at least 1 segment

Event Features:

Driver appearances & autographs,
Food and beverage
Silent auction, music & fun!

NASCAR Drivers:

Richard Petty
Aric Almirola*
Marcos Ambrose*
Ryan Blaney*
Michael Annett*
Sam Hornish Jr.*
Joey Logano*
Brad Keselowski* (*Tentative based on availability)

Who: Join us along with NASCAR drivers and racing enthusiasts, in a friendly go-karting competition, to raise funds to support Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Attendance: Approximately 350 guests

Mission: Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veteran services organization dedicated solely to the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injuries or spinal cord disease. Their mission is to provide both physical and vocational rehabilitation and legal services (veteran’s affairs) as well as assist in the removal of structural barriers in public and private facilities for paralyzed citizens.

Contact: For more information, please contact Mindy Ann Walker at (919)291-1545 or mindyw@pva.org.
Grand Prix New York Leadership On The Road to Better Health With Help From Skinny Buddha
Facility NewsGPNY Vice President Nat Mundy is looking and feeling a lot better than he was 9 weeks ago, thanks to the folks at Skinny Buddha. He began his journey to better health with “Buddha’s Detox” – a 5-day food and exercise regimen designed to make people aware of how their diet affects their health and get their bodies functioning at an optimum level.


“I was ready to get my energy back after seven years behind a computer desk,” said Mundy. “I knew I needed to pay more attention to what I was eating, and my exercise regimen. Skinny Buddha got me on the right track very quickly.”


During the detox, Mundy ate a very specific diet of organic meals supplied by Skinny Buddha, and trained with a Skinny Buddha personal trainer for half an hour each day, focusing on multi-joint exercises to burn fat and boost metabolism with the goal of a more effective detoxification.


According to Skinny Buddha Catering Company Head Chef Elyce Jacobson, this program is unique because it’s the only one that provides prepared organic meals with one-on-one personal training.


“Buddha’s Detox is not a long-term solution,” explains Jacobson. “The goal is to make each person aware of their past habits,while giving them the motivation to change any that are detrimental. Buddha’s Detox also provides clients with a safety net – a spring board to bounce back if he finds himself slipping back into bad habits.”

Moving forward, Mundy continues to train with Skinny Buddha two times a week, losing weight and feeling better and better.


Skinny Buddha offers many other program and meal combinations in addition to to Buddha’s Detox. Visit www.myskinnybuddha.com for details.


AboutGrand Prix New York:

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.
Club Speed announces today that they have translated their software into over twenty different languages.
Facility NewsIt is with great excitement that Club Speed ® announces the release of a new version of Software that will run in over twenty different languages. “After months of significant development we have now translated the most unique Global Venue Management Software Solution ever - Check back soon for Club Speed installations coming this year in Russia, Germany, France, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Poland, The Netharlands and more.. ”, according to Club Speed ® CEO and Founder Eric Novakovich.

Additionally, Club Speed ® is also working on new version with enhanced marketing functionality that we expect to be released in Summer 2013.

The New Club Speed Registration Kiosk allows for tighter Social Networking Integration, signing of waivers with your mouse, and a more stream-lined process for better throughput! We are constantly looking for ways to save you money and increase your bottom line.

Visit their Website @ www.clubspeed.com to see a few of the things you’re missing by using old or INFERIOR software.
THE RACE-ELING CHAMPIONS OF JERSEY CITY
Facility NewsVince McMahon, CEO of the WWE, presented Eyal Farage and Karen Davis-Farage, owners of Pole Position Raceway in Jersey City, NJ, with former pro wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s world championship belt. The Farage’s purchased the belt for $10,000 during WWE’s recent Superstars for Sandy Relief Auction.

Proceeds from the auction benefit The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City and Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. The belt will accompany a great wealth of sports memorabilia on display at Pole Position Raceway.

The company purchased the belt to support its give-back charter, CAReS (Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Recover and thoSe in need).
Club Speed Welcomes K1 Buffalo Grove, IL To It's Growing List Of Tracks
Facility NewsClub Speed welcomes K1 Speed in Buffalo Grove, Illinois - USA as our newest customer!

The New Club Speed Registration Kiosk allows for tighter Social Networking Integration, signing of waivers with your mouse, and a more stream-lined process for better throughput! We are constantly looking for ways to save you money and increase your bottom line.

Visit our Website @ www.clubspeed.com to see a few of the things you’re missing by using old or INFERIOR software.
Test Driving Lehigh Valley Grand Prix's Super Karts
Facility NewsSometimes fast isn't fast enough. You have to be faster. And you do whatever you can to make it happen.

That's when you have caught the speed bug.

You add power. You add lightness. You work on your driving, choosing new lines to go around corners, shaving seconds off the clock.

And if you're lucky, your dad doesn't ask what happened to the station wagon.

The speed bug can be costly, however. Safety and financial concerns make racing an exclusive club.

That's where kart racing comes in.

At Lehigh Valley Grand Prix, you can walk in and, for less than what it costs to put dinner on the table, get a taste of the action.

I had an opportunity to test drive the facility's souped-up karts Tuesday at their indoor track in Allentown.

New Honda engines boost the gas-powered fleet of karts from 6.5 to 9 horsepower, giving them a top speed of 50 miles per hour. Touted as having the fastest indoor concession karts in the country, LVGP says it is one of just two places on the East Coast where you can arrive and drive super karts without having to prequalify. You just sign in with your Facebook account, pick up a ticket, watch a tutorial, get your gear and go.

And boy do you go.

Weighing in at about 300 pounds each, it doesn't take much to slingshot the karts around the quarter-mile track. A beefed-up 14.1 footpounds of torque produces low-end power that rockets you through numerous turns as you sit just inches off the ground.


Test drive at Lehigh Valley Grand Prix James Moening tests drive the newly souped up karts April 2 at Lehigh Valley Grand Prix.
Striving to lower my lap times, which were posted on a screen visible from the track, I imagined I was at the BBC's "Top Gear" test track and asked myself, "What would The Stig do?"

I tried braking as little as possible to maintain speed by taking the corners wide. Then I tried braking hard to cut them as close as possible.

As I got the hang of it, my numbers dropped from about 50 seconds to a more respectable figure in the high 30s. A printout at the end of my session detailed how my performance compared with others, some of whom have managed to break the 30-second barrier.

Track maps with advised lines of travel show how to go around the course, and feedback from the crew lets you know how you're doing.

Talking to the staff, I got a sense that renting a kart is good first step for aspiring racers to test their skills.

When I talked with co-owner Michael McCreary afterward, he shared the sentiment.

Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart and other big names began their careers racing karts, he says. " the ideal platform for anyone looking to get into pro motoring.ť

Parents can let their kids try out racing without having to go broke on a car and equipment.

It's the same route taken by Nazareth Area High School junior Sage Karam, who last month placed third in the Firestone Indy Lights series, the second-to-last rung before IndyCar competition.

Karting isn't just for would-be pros, though. It's easy for anyone to get hooked on the fun.

"Its like golf,"€ť McCreary says. "With each round, you're cutting that stroke,";ť looking to lower your lap time. "is where the addiction comes in."

I know the feeling. Later in the day I checked LVGP's website and watched my name moving down the week's leader board as others posted faster times.

I wanted to go back and do better.

I had the speed bug.

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IF YOU GO

Lehigh Valley Grand Prix, 629 S. 10th St., Allentown, is open seven days a week. In addition to its track, the facility has a bar, kitchen and viewing area.

Pricing: $24 for an adult, 8-minute race, $22 for a junior. Members save $5.

Events: Lehigh Valley Grand Prix hosts competitions, corporate events and parties. Up next, the facility will host a five-hour, four-race All Star Shootout on May 19 to coincide with the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race weekend.

By James Moening | The Express-Times

Information: 610-432-7223 (RACE), lehighvalleygrandprix.com
Xceleration Indoor Kart Racing - Cathedral City, CA Now Open
Facility NewsSAW Karting, LLC, is the power consultant and development team behind bringing to the Palm Spring/Coachella Valley area the newest, hottest competitive sporting activity popular in Europe and parts of Asia today – and now a major success in the USA, following the largest and most popular sporting event phenomena in the USA: Automobile Racing. INDY®, NASCAR® FORMULA 1™ all draw the largest crowds of all sports. SAW Karting is aimed to bring that success in developing a destination entertainment site revolving around the growing popularity of auto racing to take individuals from the seats in the bleachers to a seat behind the wheel.

For more information on Xceleration Indoor Kart Racing visit www.xikracing.com
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