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Southern California is filled with exciting activities with residents always looking for something to do. Thrill, adrenaline and heart pumping fun is as engaging as ever for racers at heart. Kids and adults who want to channel INDY 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya or Denny Hamlin of NASCAR can take a turn or two on the go kart speedways around Orange County. First timers and seasoned drivers will find a thrill at these top go karting tracks near the Orange County.
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(credit: K1 Speed)


K1 Speed
1000 N. Edward Court
Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 632-6999
www.k1speed.com

K1 Speed is an indoor karting center that caters to both the beginner and advanced driver. Professionally designed, the go-kart tracks at K1 were created with the racing enthusiast in mind. Racers get a competitive go karting experience driving K1’s high-performance electric karts, which are capable of reaching 45 mph with quick acceleration and torque to the max. Once the addiction sets in, racers performances are posted as adults and juniors compete for the best lap of the week and best of the month. Height requirement for adults is 58 inches and 48 inches for juniors. K1 keeps racers safe by maintaining the tracks and karts, and they never allow adults and juniors to race together.

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Boomers! Irvine
3405 Michelson Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 559-8341
www.site.boomersparks.com/irvine

Boomers! in Irvine is a super place to spend a summer day. Racers love to bee-line straight to the park’s Thunder Road Go Karts. These passenger go karts are perfect for kids and their parents who want to push the speed limits around banked curves, hairpin turns, and through straight-aways. Drivers must be at least 58 inches tall and 40 inches is the minimum height for passengers. Kiddie go karting is also available at Lil Thunder Road, which gives the little kids, who are at least 42 inches tall, a chance to push the pedal. Boomers! features a whole lot of play, including miniature golf, bumper boats, rock wall climbing, laser tag, batting cages, water play and an arcade. Check Boomers! website for summer pass promotions.

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Fast Lap Ontario
735 N. Milliken Ave., #C
Ontario, CA 91764
(909) 944-2890
www.fastlaplv.com

Located conveniently across the street from Ontario Mills Mall, Fast Lap Ontario is a perfect outlet for the non-shoppers in the family. Designed to give drivers a real racing experience, this indoor go kart track has all the right sights and sounds. Fast Lap Ontario’s tracks are 20 feet wide, which offers faster drivers the opportunity to pass safely, all while upholding their competitive spirit. The Sodi single driver karts are Honda gas powered (200cc 4 stroke engines) featuring the same professional padded race seats and lighter than electric, which offers the driver a better handle of the kart. Vega Dot 3 helmets are outfitted to attach the GoPro camera, which Fast Lap has available for rent. It’s a great way to capture and take home the race. Users keep the 4GB SDHD card. For safety purposes, drivers must be 51 inches tall to drive, no more than 350 pounds with a 44 inch maximum waist size.

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Pole Position Raceway
1594 E. Bentley Drive
Corona, CA 92879
(951) 817-5032
www.polepositionraceway.com/corona

Pole Position Raceway gives drivers the real deal when it comes to racing. Founded by motorsport racers Ken Faught, three time land speed record-holder at Bonneville Salt Flats, and Jason Williams, Pole Position Raceway has created a team of racing advisors made up of the best of the best, including Jeremy McGrath, Kurt Busch, Sam Schmidt, Chad Reed, Kenny Bartram and many more. The indoor raceway welcomes individual drivers or groups who are ready to put the petal to the metal. No reservations required. Here, go kart races are approximately 10 minutes in length. Adult and kids carts are outfitted differently to ensure maximum safety. Pole Position is a popular playground for birthday parties and family reunions, corporate events and team building. The facility is available for full rental, which gives guests a myriad of race options such as Ironman, endurance or elimination. Youth racing camps and driving clinics are offered as well throughout the year. To drive safely, adults have to be at least 56 inches tall, and kids 48 inches tall.

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