5 Tips to Improve Your Lap Time

5 Tips To Improve Your Lap Times

  1. Get comfortable. Whether this means adjusting foot pedals, grabbing a booster seat, or tightening your seatbelt a little more you want to make sure you are comfortable and ready to race! Having a lose seatbelt or trying to constantly reach the pedals the whole time can lead to a distracted mind! A distracted mind means you aren’t focused on the race!
  2. Look ahead! Not only is looking behind you dangerous-it can affect your laptimes! Looking forward ensures you have enough time to make a change if necessary. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings so you can avoid collisions-looking ahead will help with this!
  3. Shift your weight. This may be the most important tip because it can drastically improve your lap time! As you make your way through each corner, try to shift your weight with the direction of the turn. This allows you to make quicker turns.

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  1. Go easy on the corners. Many new or inexperienced drivers take turns too quickly and lose time either trying to recover or realign the kart. Whereas more experienced drivers ease into corners by letting go of the gas or lightly braking. By doing this they can quickly accelerate into a straightaway and get the ultimate lap time!
  2. HAVE FUN! Even if you follow none of the other tips I have listed above, the most important thing is to be safe and have fun!

Getting Over Fears

People fear the unknown. If they aren’t exactly sure what is going to happen, many times people don’t even want to approach it. That is why people are scared of things like skydiving, go-karting, roller-coasters, etc. You don’t always know the end result of what will happen or how you will feel but that is the magic of it all.

For most of my life, I was terrified of bridges. This fear stemmed from a scary experience I had as a child. It was caused by a trip I had taken to New York City with my parents. I was having the best day. I saw all of the major sites including the World Trade Center, Times Square, and even the Statue of Liberty. We also had plans to see my aunt who lived in Brooklyn at the time. We started to make the drive towards Brooklyn and had to go over the Brooklyn Bridge.

if you know anything about the Brooklyn Bridge, it is one of the oldest bridges in the United States. Additionally it is a suspension bridge. A bad storm was coming and on top of it we hit traffic. We were stuck on the bridge. All I can remember as a child was the bridge starting to sway a little bit back and forth due to the storm. I remember crying and being so scared. I thought for sure we were going to fall off of the bridge. Eventually we crossed the bridge, and we were fine. But from that point on, I was terrified of bridges.

Flash forward about 10 years. I was 17, had just gotten my license, and was feeling invincible. I worked to buy my own first car. It was a piece of junk, but it was mine. Although I now had the freedom to drive where I wanted, I managed to avoid crossing a bridge for two years.

It wasn’t until I was in college that I finally had to face my fear. My parents had moved me in, and usually picked me up if I wanted to come home for the weekend. If they couldn’t pick me up- public transportation was super easy to use.It wasn’t until winter break that I had to face my fear. Neither of my parent could take me back to school because of work. I packed up my belongings and headed back to school. I started my car, and began the drive. As I got closer to the bridge, I gripped the wheel tighter and tighter. I began to get very anxious and even started to sweat a little. I paid the toll, and over the bridge I went. Eventually, I realized I was over the bridge and that I had actually done it. To this day, I still can’t look over the sides of bridges. I am still not completely over my fear, but I now know I can at least do it.

Some people never get over their fears. I am happy that I was able to face my fear even though it was out of necessity. Working at Speed Raceway, I come into contact with people facing their fears all the time. People of all ages can be afraid of go-karts. You would think it is just small children, but trust me, I have met many adults who are just as frightened as the kids. One of my favorite parts of this job is watching people face their fears. Talking them into doing it, watching them get their safety briefing, getting into the karts, etc, is so exciting to me. It is even better when our customers come out of the race and wind up LOVING it. The excitement and happiness on their faces are priceless.

If you are looking to get over a fear, i highly reccommend getting out their and just DOING it. You never know, you may discover you actually really enjoy whatever it is you are so afraid of!

Rather than Share a meal, Share an experience

You have just gotten home from work. You start to make dinner for you and your significant other. It’s a Friday night and for once neither of you have plans, but want to go out. You don’t want to see a movie or go to the bar. You want to try something new, fun and exciting. You decide to look online and seek other options. You find go-karting on a list of “Fun Date Ideas” online.

Go-Karting makes for a great date night for many reasons. In general an activity is always an awesome idea for a date. Not only does it give you both something to do but, you automatically have something to talk about. Another reason is that it provides couples-2some fun, friendly competition between the two of you. You can talk about what you liked about the race, how you tackled the course, ways to improve your lap time, etc.

Speed Raceway is the perfect place to come bring your date whether you are bringing your boyfriend or girlfriend. People of all ages love it too! We offer various different packages and specials both during the week and on weekends (perfect for couples who can’t always go out on weekends because of work) so that you can enjoy racing ANYTIME!

Our most common ‘date night’ package would be our First Timer’s Special which can be purchased in the facility your first time here, any time, and seven days a week!

This special includes two races and your membership for $37 per person. One race is up to 14 laps around our quarter-mile track. The race itself lasts about 10 minutes long, however the racing experience (going through your safety briefing course, getting equipment on, into karts, etc) takes about 20 minutes.

Two races is a good amount of races to start with for a date night. During your first race you can discover the layout of the track. After you are done racing you can come off and talk to your date and then both try and tackle the course again. We offer two, Formula One inspired tracks in our facility so you may even be able to try out both if you wanted to. If you REALLY like the racing you can even purchase additional races!

Besides racing, we also offer arcade games and food. You and your date can play some games and enjoy some food before, during or after your races. Additionally the atmosphere is great because although races are happening and we have music playing, you can still partake in a conversation with your date. We have everything you need right here in the facility not only making it a fun time, but it’s also super easy and convenient. You can focus on your date which is the most important part! So if you’re tired of the same old “dinner and a movie” RACE on in to Speed Raceway today!

Go Karting - Perfect for Wedding Parties

bachelor-party-8-by-4Millennials are an interesting group of people. According to Forbes.com, there are about 80 million millennials in the United States alone. Millennials are passionate about their beliefs, are technology loving, and thrill seeking individuals.

These thrill-seeking individuals are always looking for new things to do or new places to go. This time of year happens to be wedding season which often times millennials dread due to the fact that it involves a lot of typical planning, or includes the same old boring activities.

Pre-wedding planning not only means picking out food, a dress, the music, a venue, etc. but that also means planning your bachelor/bachelorette party.

More often than not, people have an entire day of fun filled things to do for a bachelor or bachelorette party.

Some of those things include:



-going to a gun range

-trampoline parks

-laser tag

- and sometimes go-karting!

Not only does go-karting provide the thrill the millennials seek, but it’s also a fun, safe, and different way to celebrate your big, action-packed day! It’s also perfect for both men and women of all ages!

Speed Raceway offers party packages for both bachelor and bachelorette parties! Our party packages include a reserved start time for you and your guests as well as the use of a private party room or our track-side lounge if you would like to use either room. All of our packages include at least 2 races per person and medals for the top three finishers. You can choose from a variety of packages that offer upgrades such as tokens for the arcade, trophies for the top three finishers, and even a t-shirt.

The best part of all? We take care of everything for you! You just have to invite your guests and show up! The rest will be taken care of by our event coordinator and your party host or hostess the day of the event.

Rather than stressing out about planning something else for your wedding (or worse doing something everyone else has already done) choose something FUN, EASY, and DIFFERENT for your bachelor or bachelorette party! If you want to have an unforgettable experience that will have your friends talking for months, be sure to include Speed Raceway. Contact us for more information.