KARTS AT FULL THROTTLE GET HEARTS RACING
June 09, 2015 | by Dan McKernan
The wildly-popular kart racing is now in Big Bear Lake! Thrill seekers can now drive SODI RT8 Karts and compete against the clock while reaching speeds of up to 30 mph at the new Big Bear Speedway. The SODI RT8 Karts, which look like miniature Formula 1 race cars, have innovative technology designed to handle twists and turns with precision. Drivers buckle in and wear full-face visor helmets as they circle around the track at top speeds to race against the clock. Each heat includes more than two miles of racing with an average of 10 to 14 laps per heat.
"What makes Big Bear Speedway different than other tracks is the length of the course and the speed and smooth handling ability of the karts," said Bruce Voigt, Owner of Big Bear Speedway. "The overall design of the track was designed to challenge all skill levels to a thrilling race experience!"
The new open-air racetrack, located on the main lot at Big Bear Snow Play, is a Grand Prix style course that is a fifth-of-a-mile long filled with hairpin turns and s-curves. Green, yellow and checkered flags just like at professional races, as well as Tecpro barriers, used in Formula 1 racing, line the track adding to the authentic experience.
The type of karts at Big Bear Speedway are Sodi Kart's RT8, a mini-race car with features straight from the automotive industry, like self-adjusting hydraulic brakes and vacuum fuel pumps. The leader in the kart racing craze that's sweeping the country, Sodi Karts balance speed and safety with Four Point seat belts and Extra Enhanced remote controls that the pit crew can shut down or throttle back any or all karts at any time for safety.
The karts handle like race cars with pinpoint steering. The Honda Whisper Motors generates amazing power, enough for cars to lay rubber through turns, yet virtually impossible to roll. Sodi RT8 sports design elegance and fully adjustable patented pedals to serve up the ultimate race experience.
Big Bear Speedway has 17 single karts and six doubles that have two steering wheels and two brake pedals for training or parent riding with a child. Up to 11 cars are allowed on the track at one time but drivers aren’t racing against each other, they're competing against the clock.
The racing experience begins in the base lodge where first time guests view a two-and-a-half minute safety video. Then they're issued Big Bear Speedway licenses—complete with picture—good for one year and assigned a heat number. Pit crew waves karts onto the track in staggered starts. First lap is not timed so drivers can get a feel for the car and track. Drivers get two to two-and-a-half miles of racing per heat depending on how fast they go. After their heat drivers can get a printout of their time and the six fastest times in the heat.
Initial Big Bear Speedway membership is $25 (double kart $30) which includes license valid for one year, one race and mandatory head sock worn under the helmet. Subsequent visits cost $20 per race or buy credits in advance which are stored on your license for a year and save up to 30%. Open daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., till 9 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays. Big Bear Speedway is located 42825 Big Bear Blvd. at the Big Bear Snow Play lot. For more information about Big Bear Speedway visit www.bigbearspeedway.com or call 909-585-0075.
To get more information about all activities in Big Bear Lake, to book lodging reservations, or to request a Visitors Guide, log on to www.bigbear.com or call 1-800-424-4232.
June 09, 2015