The go-kart craze is gaining some traction, and the south metro area is going along for the ride.
K1 Speed is getting ready to wave the green flag on a new Highlands Ranch location, expected to open the third week of July at 8034 Midway Drive. Kids and adults alike can take to the indoor track in the electric karts, battling it out for pole position.
“We are very thrilled to be opening in the Highlands Ranch area,” said Randall Hoppe, company spokesman.
K1 got off the starting line in Carlsbad, Calif., in 2003, driven by David and Susan Danglard. Real racecar driver Boris Said climbed on board later as a co-owner. He's been racing professionally for more than 20 years, competing across North America and Europe in a variety of classes and cars.
“Our nationwide indoor karting facilities are designed to provide our customers with an authentic racing experience, and the fact that our tracks carry his seal of approval is an example of our commitment to this goal,” reads the company website.
The Highlands Ranch site will be the company's 23 and will employ about 25 people.
There's big news at The Track at Centennial, as well. Jim Keesling, owner and avid kart racer, announced in the spring that he's partnering with the owners of Rush Indoor Kart Racing to build a 70,000-square-foot facility to house them both at Keesling's current location.
“This is truly a unique opportunity,” he said in a news release. “This is the first in the United States, and may be the first in the world, that combines the best of outdoor state-of-the-art competitive karting, corporate karting and team building with a first-class indoor karting entertainment facility at the same location in an urban setting.”
The Track, in its eighth year, has held events for the top-kart racing series in the country, The Rotax Max Challenge.
Locally, The Track coproduced two specials with Altitude Sports and Entertainment that were shown on the cable network, both of which won Telly awards for “Outstanding Live” and “Outstanding Sports” presentations in 2007.
According to Keesling, indoor karting is very popular in Europe with an estimated 600 facilities, and is an emerging market here in the United States.