Grand Prix is an indoor karting center at Gallimore Dairy Road in Greensboro, North Carolina for anyone over the age of eight. The 40,000 square foot former warehouse was transformed by racers John Gaither and Matt Richmond in to a race track and opened in 2006. They opened it knowing that there were less than a 100 indoor kart tracks in the United States.
The center is open seven days a week from noon, except on Sundays when it opens an hour later. An initial membership fee is required of $10, and thereafter there are various price packages for adults (starting at $15), juniors (starting at $12), college members and military personnel, with the latter two groups having the cheapest options for a single race at $10. Adult members can also obtain an all day race pass for $125.
Children between the ages of 8 and 15 must have a consent form signed by their parents, and must be 48 to 70 inches tall. Clothing must not be loose and shoes cannot be open- toed either. The junior and adult racing is kept separate for obvious safety reasons.
The track at Greensboro has 15 corners for drivers to negotiate and is approximately a quarter of a mile long. The karts are provided by the center, along with safety gear such as helmets, race suits and neck braces. As well as the juniors having a consent form signed by their parents, adults must also sign an adult liability waiver.
There are two types of kart available to drive at the racing center for the adults. The SuperKart is the more powerful of the two with better handling and it apparently produces the fastest laps as a result, but drivers have to qualify to drive this by turning out fast laps in the other car first. The GT-3 is the other car, and has a 6.5 horsepower Honda engine, custom steering wheels and roll bar protection amongst its features.
The juniors have a different set of wheels to take round the track. The Kid Kart has a 5.5 horsepower Honda engine as well as adjustable seats and steering column to ensure the child is comfortable whilst driving. For the child's protection the karts also have seatbelts a roll bar and they are given a safety briefing to ensure they understand the meaning of the flags and safety lights.
As well as the racing the Grand Prix center also has conference facilities, which can accommodate parties, meetings and seminars. Meeting rooms can take between 8 and 100 people, whilst there is also a private conference room that can hold up to 40. Food and drink is also provided as part of the booking.
The center also takes bookings for children and adult birthday parties with a minimum of six people in the party. If the party has more than eight people racing, then they have to be split in to two heats as the track can only accommodate eight at a time. There are also video arcade games on site for people to play in between races.
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