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3 Thrilling Go-Kart Tracks in Illinois and Indiana


If there’s one thing Indiana excels in, it’s speed. As the racing headquarters of the Midwest, it’s no surprise that the Hoosier State is filled with Indy-inspired go-kart tracks that surpass the average low-speed indoor loop. Next door, Illinois borrows that same need for speed by offering its own thrilling small-scale tracks. These are some of the best go-karting venues in both states.

Speedway Indoor Karting (Indiana)

It’s not surprising that there’s a concentration of go-kart tracks in the vicinity of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one of them being Speedway Indoor Karting a couple blocks away from the full-size, professional Indy stadium.

This indoor racing venue offers multiple kart types and tracks for drivers young and old. Racers over 14 years old can use the CRG Centurion with a Honda GX270 CC engine and a top speed of 40 mph or a similar model expanded for big and tall drivers. Junior racers can take control of the CRG Centurion Mini with its Honda GX 120CC engine and top speed of 30 mph. If your child above 4 years old wants to ride in a kart without driving it, hop in the Two-Seater Centurion with them so they can feel the thrill of whipping around the two-level, 14-turn indoor road course.

What sets Speedway Indoor Karting apart from the many other venues in the area is its indoor, banked oval track — the only one in the country.

K1 Speed (Indiana and Illinois)

The K1 Speed company established a successful niche for itself since it began 15 years ago. This premier indoor go-karting track exclusively uses all-electric karts, which deliver a quieter, zippier and cleaner driving experience than traditional karts.

K1 Speed has dozens of locations throughout the nation, including two in Illinois and one in Indiana — with the latter’s track boasting one of the company’s longest straightaways. Their available meeting rooms make K1 Speed sites popular destinations for corporate events and group parties.
All venues offer a variety of unique racing options beyond its basic “Arrive and Drive” walk-in format. Competitive drivers sign up for specially arranged events throughout the year, such as the Challenge GP series, and younger drivers can compete in the junior league. On drift nights, the karts are specially modified with drift sticks to offer a driving challenge uncommon at most go-kart tracks.

Accelerate Indoor Speedway (Illinois)

Another venue that uses electric go-karts, Accelerate Indoor Speedway, invites you to race through its winding indoor track with its massive 75,000-square-foot facility. Its Italian-made, F1-inspired karts get their power from solar panels on the building’s roof, allowing you to soar at speeds up to 50 mph. Earn points when you participate in a race to develop your personalized ProSkill score that reflects your kart-driving ability.

If you’re not interested in driving, you can still hang out here while you wait on the rest of your family to cross the finish line. Accelerate Indoor Speedway also has an arcade, an axe-throwing experience and the Victory Lap Bar & Grill.

These are just three of the many go-karting tracks throughout Indiana and Illinois. Whether you’re young or old, you can experience the thrill of racing at a track near you.

This article is presented by Jennings Chevrolet.
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