I spent some time at Unser Racing, an indoor Karting venue, in Denver, Colorado this weekend, and it was a great time. It was my friend Tom’s 30th birthday, so for a present I bought him a 5 race package to complement a 5 race deal for myself. I have been Karting before in Arizona at F1 Race Factory and had a great time, and Unser Racing is no different.
Unser Racing has 1 speed Honda powered racing karts that can probably hit 50 MPH, running Hoosier racing tires. They can hold more g force in a corner than most road cars and are a real kick to drive. In order to drive one, each racer has to go through safety briefing to familiarize themselves with the flagging system and the kart controls. Then you don your racing gear and helmet and hit the track.
Unser Racing’s course is pretty technical, with several lower speed hairpins and front and back sweepers that really test your physical conditioning and driving ability. The average lap time is around the 20-21 second mark, with younger drivers running in separate heats in slightly underpowered karts from the older drivers. The fastest time I was able to put in was a 20.5 second lap, and with 7 minutes of track time per session, 18-20 laps is more than enough to wear you out.
Their system is pretty cool to keep track of races paid for and run, as I bought a 5 race package but was able to do only 3 races before feeling totally wiped out. They kept the other 2 races in my name and I was able to come in and race again the next day.
I gathered from talking to some workers that there are big plans for more and longer tracks in the future, with indoor and outdoor tracks in the same complex coming in the near future. This may shape up to be the premiere spot in Colorado to go Karting. They also do corporate events and parties and things like that, so I may have to have a chat with my companies owner about where to have our next team-building event..
All together, I had a great experience, and I would recommend it to anyone looking to test their chops in a serious racing environment.
7300 N. Broadway