A high speed hobby has Central Valley residents heading to one place: MB2 Raceway Indoor Kart Racing Center located in Modesto. The former Gottschalks Department Store building at 2401 E Orangeburg Ave., Suite 330 has reemerged as a new family destination for all ages.
Since opening its doors in February 2016, MB2 Raceway Indoor Kart Racing Center has become the premier go kart destination in the 209.
“We used to have to go to Sacramento or even the Bay Area to go ride karts. Now my family and I can come here (Modesto) and not have to cut our day short with traveling,” Merced resident Josh Barker said of the convenience of having an indoor go kart center in the Central Valley.
MB2 Raceway Indoor Kart Center’s asphalt track that stretches nearly one full mile is full of twists and turns is not your average oval track that can sometimes be boring or dull.
“The one thing we like to promote is a safe, yet fun environment. Everything down to the asphalt track, to the racing spec tires on the karts. It is a fast pace adrenaline-filled experience. It really is a racing simulation,” said Modesto resident and MB2 General Manager Cody Lemont of the newest Central Valley sensation.
There is no racing age requirement. Racers ages 12 or older or those who are at least 57 inches tall are classified as an “Adult Racer” and under 12 drivers must be at least 48 inches tall to be considered a “Junior Racer.” Those under 48 inches tall cannot drive the cars.
There are several different types of races available for each family’s need. Known as “The Family Race” racers in this category are allowed to just race with their family members at their own pace and not have to worry about the pressures of competing against outsiders. Other popular events include Mini Grand Prix which includes a 14 lap qualifier race and a 14 lap Main Event race for up to 10 racers on the track. The Grand Prix race includes a nine lap practice race, 14 lap qualifier, followed by the 14 lap main event that also features up to 10 racers. The largest race, known as Super Grand Prix allows racers to have the same options as the Grand Prix; however, it includes a bonus 14 laps of qualifying. Track passes are also available that feature two free races that are valid anytime, one free birthday race, T-shirt and discounts along with other specials. The track pass is $50 and is good for one year upon sign-up date. Their unique track also features a big screen on which racers and spectators can see the progress of the racers’ lap speeds, leader boards and even how fast the drivers are going (karts go up to 45 miles per hour).
MB2 is also a party destination that features private party rooms. Each room features tables and chairs, air conditioning and includes a scheduled track time for your party. Their upgraded VIP party room includes a pool table, two television sets, XBOX 360 and their executive room features a projector and screen. During your waiting time, party goers can also enjoy the arcade center that features a pool table, air hockey table, video games, and prize claw machines. Their merchandise center includes hats, T-shirts, wrist bands and more.
There are four other MB2 Raceways, three in California and one in Grimes, Iowa.
“Here in Modesto, the car culture is rich. We essentially created cruising, so we have a lot of car fanatics come in, because it is something they cannot necessarily do on the streets, but I have to say that Modesto is a premier location for us,” Lemont said. “We get a lot of people in here reliving their youth, and we also cater to those who are just getting started in racing.”
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