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Having fun with go-karts at Pole Position Raceway

Recently, we visited Pole Position Raceway in Farmingdale and had the most fun ever racing electric karts on an indoor track. The karts can reach speeds of up to 45 mph, and it was so much fun.

When we got there, we checked out the two tracks, which were huge. Then, we were fitted with hairnets and helmets before we started our rides. Then, we climbed into our karts. All of this was done under a great deal of supervision. We were strapped in and then given the chance to start racing. It was so great weaving around the track at top speeds.

You need to be at least 48 inches tall to do this on the junior track, and if you are, get there; you won't regret it. It's safe, it's fast, it's fun. Besides racing, you can have parties there. It has a snack area and lots of games to play.

After we were done with our ride, we met with co-owner Eyal Farage. We asked him what gave him the idea to get involved in the go-kart business. Eyal said, "Well, it's kind of luck, and it's a long story.'' He gave us the short version, saying that, on a cross-country trip to take his son to college, he and his son visited a go-kart track. "The minute he took off his helmet he said, 'Dad, this is what you should be doing in New York.' And that's what made us start. So I looked at it, and that's what I wanted to do."

We wanted to know if he raced, too. Eyal said, "I do race, and I think it's exhilarating, it's fun and it's different. Every race is different from the other. And in a racing experience, you never know what could possibly happen. So sometimes people spin, some people crash, some people . . . their kart just doesn't work, which you experienced. And all of a sudden, we had to change it. Right? So every race is a different race."

We thought it might get boring to race the same track all the time, but Eyal has a solution. "We have unique barriers that create the track," he said. "Every six months, we will change the layout because people get used to the same layout and they just want to have a different racetrack layout."

We wanted to know about safety, with all the inexperienced drivers on the track. Eyal told us, "If you're in a race and somebody spins and you don't see [the other racer], you are probably going to come into a crash. But the fact that you're wearing a helmet and you have a seat belt and those cars have a bumper around them, it protects you so you don't get hurt." We also saw lots of assistants who could help shut down the karts remotely if things got a little too crazy.

See for yourself. They are at 40 Daniel St. in Farmingdale;

or visit them online at

polepositionraceway.com

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