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What Happens at Octane Raceway?
Octane Raceway is an indoor/outdoor kart racing venue. Previously located near Phoenix near Sky Harbor International Airport, in July 2013 it moved to a new location in Scottsdale. It's a large, modern facility that exudes excitement as soon as you walk in the door!
The main attraction here is, of course, kart racing. Each race can accommodate up to 12 karts racing at a time on the 1/3 mile track, is approximately 4 miles in length and lasts about 10 minutes. Everyone can race, from the first-time racer to the experienced league racer.
The track layout at the Scottsdale location is different than it was in Phoenix. Each lap begins indoors then winds through an outdoor section of the course before returning inside. Air walls separate the indoor and outdoor track sections. For temperature and element control, the outdoor portion is covered with a permanent steel canopy and has a misting system.
In addition to the tracks, Octane Raceway’s 65,000 square-foot facility also houses colorful and appealing group meeting and conference spaces, a billiard room, lounge, pit competition area, arcade, rock wall, Segway Performance Course and the Trackside Bar and Grill.
Octane Raceway opened in 2003. It was formerly known as F1 Race Factory. In 2005 drivers from nine countries met there to compete in the very first Indoor Kart World Championship.
The name was changed to Octane Raceway in 2011.
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Who Should Go To Octane Raceway?
Whether you have never operated a kart before or you are an experienced, competitive racer -- or if you are somewhere in between -- you can have a great time at Octane Raceway. While coming here for the first time might be intimidating, not to worry. The staff here will take care of you and answer all your questions. First timers register and sign a waiver. You purchase your race and schedule your race time. On your first visit, you are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes before your race time to take care of paperwork and instructions. Get a head sock and a helmet. If you didn't wear closed-toed shoes, you will have to rent them here. Ladies, I wouldn't wear a dress for racing. Racing jumpsuits are also available to rent but are optional.
You'll probably notice that experienced drivers may bring their own equipment: head socks, helmets and seat pads. If you race often enough, you'll find that having your own equipment makes sense. Octane Raceway hosts kart racing leagues all year long. Drivers of all skill levels are welcome.
Let's get this out of the way - Octane Raceway is not for little kids, and there are really no activities or day care services here for them if you bring them along. While there is no minimum age to race, racers must be at least 4'6” tall and wear closed toe shoes. There are also maximum weight requirements. People who race must be able to safely operate the vehicle, and staff will make all decisions about who can race. Racers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. A parent must be present to sign a consent form for racers under age 18.
Kart racing is fast, with hairpin turns, cars that are close to the ground and close to each other. Track marshalls will be on hand to make sure that races are conducted safely. Remember, no bumping!
Not only is Octane Raceway a popular place for friends, dates and co-workers to race and mingle, it is also a very appealing spot to host theme parties, corporate teambuilding events and parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties, adult and junior birthday parties and holiday parties. I was very impressed with the spacious facility and the party facilities.
When you are between races, or if you are here with your teen racer, the Trackside Bar and Grill is a comfortable lounge with reasonably priced food and beverages. Beer and wine are sold here (obviously, don't drink and drive).
My final comment about who would enjoy racing here: I purchased a gift card to Octane Raceway for a relative, age 40+. Here is what he had to say about his first racing experience: "That was some of the best FUN I've ever had!!! WooHoo!"
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Location, Prices, Schedule
Octane Raceway is open seven days per week, 364 days per year.
9119 E. Indian Bend Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Ample free parking is available onsite.
Take the Loop 101 Pima Freeway to Exit 44, Indian Bend Road. Turn west on Indian Bend Rd. The Pavilions at Talking Stick is located on both sides of Indian Bend Rd., and Octane Raceway is on the south side. Enter The Pavilions at Talking Stick at the first entrance after you head west on Indian Bend Rd. Octane Raceway will be in the southeast corner of the shopping/entertainment area.
Monday through Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. to midnight
Saturday: 10 a.m. to midnight
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Closed on Thanksgiving day.
NOTE: Not all days are available for open racing. There may be leagues or special events scheduled. Check the calendar online before you head out to make sure that open racing is available that day.
Octane Raceway offers an online booking system. Racers can select a date and race time by accessing Octane's race calendar. Races can be booked 72 hours in advance. Racers under the age of 16 may make reservations at 602-302-7223.
You can also make same day race reservations by phone to 602-302-7223 ext 4. Call ahead, Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and for weekends, call before 5 p.m. on Friday.
Racing Prices (April 2017)
One Kart Race: $20
Two Kart Races: $38
Three Kart Races: $50
Five Kart Races: $75
Eight Kart Races (Anytime): $100
A racing membership is required for an annual fee.
Octane Raceway Official Website
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