Kart racing revs up for the season in Big Bear Lake. Those who seek adventure can now drive SODI RT8 Karts at Big Bear Speedway and compete against the clock, while reaching speeds of up to 30 mph! The SODI RT8 Karts, which look like miniature Formula 1 racecars, have innovative technology designed to handle twists and turns with pinpoint precision. The open-air racetrack, located on the main lot at Big Bear Snow Play, is a Grand Prix style course that is a fifth-of-a-mile long with hairpin turns and s-curves.
“It’s all about getting your race on and trying to beat your best time or your friend’s best time,” said Big Bear Snow Play Director of Operations Scott Voigt.
Big Bear Speedway’s SODI RT8 karts come equipped with features straight from the automotive industry, including Pro-Slide absorber system, four-point seatbelt, adjustable seats and pedals, self-adjusting hydraulic brakes, vacuum fuel pumps and universal joint steering that is ideal for precise handling of the track. The Honda Whisper Motors generate amazing power with enough gusto to lay rubber through turns.
Big Bear Speedway has 17 single karts and six doubles. The double karts have two steering wheels and two brake pedals for training or parent riding with a child. Up to 11 cars are allowed on the track at one time. Drivers however, are not racing against each other; they’re competing against the clock.
The racing experience begins in the base lodge where first time guests view a two-and-a-half minute safety video. Then they’re issued Big Bear Speedway licenses that are good for one year, and assigned a heat number. Pit crew wave karts onto the track in staggered starts. The first lap is not timed, so drivers can get a feel for the car and track. Drivers get more than two miles of racing per heat with an average of 10 to 14 laps per heat. After each heat, drivers get a printout of their time and the six fastest times in the heat.
Initial Big Bear Speedway membership is $20 (double kart $25), which includes license valid for one year, one race and mandatory head sock worn under the helmet. Subsequent visits cost $15 per race (double kart $20). Guests can save 20 percent by purchasing four single kart races or three double kart races in advance for $48. Drivers of single karts must be 14 years of age or older and at least 54” tall. The primary driver of double karts must be at least 18 years old and the passenger must be 4 years old and up. Big Bear Speedway is currently operating Saturdays and Sundays, and will open daily for the summer starting June 9. Big Bear Speedway is located 42825 Big Bear Blvd. at the Big Bear Snow Play lot. For more information call 909-585-0075 or visit BigBearSpeedway.com.