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The Kart-Track at Virginia International Raceway

Karting at VIR

Karting at VIR

Fun? Yes
Off-the-chain fun? Yes
Cheap Mental Therapy? Yes
Great Staff? Yes
Reasonably Priced? Yes
Wide open, rear end sliding, arms sore at the end of the day, I AM Jeff Gordon, face sore from smiling fun? Absolutely.

Did I mention off-the-chain fun?

First of all, these are not your kids go-carts. These are NOT the Celebration Station putter along go-carts. Nor are they the fiberglass covered ‘Nascar’ like wanna be go-carts. These things are fast, safe and a scream to drive. When you drop the hammer, you’re moving.

The guys running the track are great. They are there to keep you safe, and let you have some fun at the same time. I’ve been to places like this before that bombarded you with rules and regulations, only felt comfortable if you were 50 feet away from the nearest kart and really preferred you just cruise around like you were Driving Miss Daisy. This is NOT that kind of place. These guys are reasonable about the whole thing. They know you’re there to go fast and have some fun. Just use common sense, have a good time, don’t get too aggressive (ram someone intentionally or act like a complete idiot) and you’ll be fine. If you fly off the track, no problem. They’ll come get you with the 4-wheeler of shame and drag you back on the track. Remember, rubbin’ is racin’.

Here’s what we did. One of my friends reserved the track for an hour Sunday. We gathered 9 other folks and drove up Sunday morning. You show up, pay your money then pick out a helmet and a neck collar. As far as cost, expect to pay approx. 50.00 for an hour of track time. Maybe a bit more, maybe a bit less. It depends on how many people you have in your group. Again, we had 9 people and I thought that was about the right number on the track. I think they allow 12 people on the track at once but I’m not sure. Check with them on numbers/costs/etc. They give you a quick overview of the track, things to look out for and tips on handling some of the curves. Then, you pick out a car, they fire it up for you and you’re off. We did two 30 minute sessions with about a 10 minute break in between.

What follows is an hour of the cheapest stress relief I’ve found in quite awhile. We swapped some paint, slid the rear end, ran off the track, bumped a few tires and had a blast. I’m currently considering changing careers. I wonder if you can make a living as a kart-racer? I’ll be the Boris Said of kart racing.

I highly recommend this place. It’s a short ride from the Greensboro/Asheboro area. The next time someone asks me what I want to do for a birthday/father’s day I know exactly where we’re headed. If you want to go and need someone to help fill up your group, let me know. I’ll go with you. Here’s the link to their website.

    A couple of tips:

  • Arrive early so you won’t miss any of your reserved track time. If there’s another group coming up after you, you might loose some track time.
  • If you have your own motorcycle or ATV helmet, take it with you. They have plenty of helmets to borrow but I always feel better wearing my own. If you take your own helmet, take eye protection.
  • Currently, they don’t have full restrooms at the track. Port-A-Potties are the order of the day. I’ll let you do what you want with that information.
  • Take your camera. The guys running the show will take pictures of your group and of you on the track.
  • If you’re headed to the track from the Greensboro/Asheboro area, grab something to eat in Danville. There aren’t many culinary options available near the track.

Plantation Valley Kart Track at VIR

Our Group

Our Group

 

Yep, that's me.

Yep, that\’s me.

 

Let the mayhem begin.

Let the mayhem begin.

 

Can you dig it?  I knew you could.

Can you dig it? I knew you could.

 

Racer man

Racer man

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