K1 Speed Indianapolis Will Satisfy Your Need for Speed
Writer / Josh Brown
Photographer / Brian Brosmer
May is here as race fans rejoice for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500. For those looking for their own taste of the fast track, there is one option sure to satisfy your need for speed — K1 Speed Indianapolis.
The indoor go-kart racing facility opened its doors in Fishers nearly three years ago and has been waving the checkered flag ever since. It’s only fitting that a world-class go-kart facility resides in the backyard of one of the biggest racing cities in America. The Indianapolis-based location was a no-brainer for K1 Speed.
“It is awesome being in a racing city like Indianapolis,” says K1 Speed Indianapolis General Manager John Weber. “We get tons of local racers as well as fans who come out. With that Indy 500 influence in the facility and this area, it makes for a really fun vibe and a great time.”
K1 Speed is corporately owned with locations all across the U.S. Most locations have similar designs and feels, but the Indianapolis location stands out from the rest because of its Indy 500 and Brickyard-400 inspired designs and themes inside the facility.
Full size, Indy 500 show cars greet customers as soon as they walk through the door and famous photos and signage from past races line the walls of the facility as well.
“We really try to give this facility that local inspiration,” Weber says. “We have huge murals on the back walls of shots from actual races, and that really sets us apart from other K1 locations.”
But at K1 it’s all about the speed. The adult karts top out at about 45 miles per hour, while the junior (kids karts) can hit about 35 mph. What makes K1 Speed unique is all karts are electric, compared to traditional motorized go-kart facilities. K1 Speed Indianapolis is the only all-electric go-kart racing facility in the area.
K1 Speed’s electric karts give participants a cleaner, 100 percent emissions-free experience, and a safer experience as well.
“We really pride ourselves on our karts and the way they run,” Weber says. “Our karts are our babies and we treat them like that. With the all-electric, we have no fumes throughout the building, no bad smells and no karts running out of gas, which is awesome. The way all-electric karts drive too is a much smoother drive. The acceleration and braking work smoother and that is probably the biggest feedback we get from people who come out. We also have more control over the karts as well.”
If participants are being reckless or trying to bump into other drivers, the K1 staff can slow down driver’s karts at the push of a button. The innovative technology offers a safer experience for each race.
The facility also has a spacious lounge, a Pit Cafe snack bar, and even an arcade room — offering plenty of entertainment options as customers wait for their next race. K1 Speed Indianapolis recently re-designed its track as well, and the facility now boasts one of the largest K1 tracks in the country.
“We just changed our track in March,” Weber says. “We are one of the only K1 Speed facilities to do that. Our corporate office got behind us and brought our build crew in for the redesign. We wanted to change the track up and do something different for our customers. It is new turns, new speeds, the whole nine.”
While K1 Speed Indianapolis offers packages for birthday parties, company events, bachelor parties and more, it also draws in many customers with its weekly adult league. A leaderboard holds the scores and fastest laps from drivers all over Indiana and across the U.S. through K1 Speed’s overall standings.
A bachelor party several years ago drew Weber in for his first K1 Speed experience, and he was hooked. When an opening last year for the manager position popped up, he jumped at the opportunity.
“What has drawn me into this company is how our corporate offices run things,” Weber says. “They really want to take care of the customers and it is a fun environment. We are family and group entertainment and that really drew me into it. When I saw an opportunity open up here, I immediately went for it and thought, ‘that is going to be a fun place to be.’”
Whether you are itching to hit the race track or hesitant to give it a try, K1 Speed is sure to be a memorable time for drivers.
“Come on out and try it,” Weber says. “Racing here is exhilarating and fun. Even if you are not a go-kart or a racing fan, it can be fun for all ages. We keep everyone safe, and K1 is a fun way to get an adrenaline rush while staying safe too.”
K1 Speed Indianapolis is located at 9998 E. 121st St in Fishers. For more information on hours and pricing, visit k1speed.com/indianapolis-location.html or give them a call at 317-348-1176.