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What’s Happening in September at Sears Point

September means Labor Day and heading back to school, but it also means more time at Sears Point for track experiences, skill-building, racing, and lots more.

Here’s what we have on the agenda after Labor day:

Spend a Day Behind The Wheel of a KTM X-Bow

According to Road & Track’s Sam Smith — who drove a KTM X-Bow for a week last February under the guidance of Sears Point’s instructors — “The whole thing is just a gem.” The KTM X-Bow is one of the world’s lightest, fastest, most nimble track cars. 

X-Bow Cup USA at Sears Point Performance Driving-Center Sonoma Raceway

The KTM X-Bow Experience has inspired a lot of five-star reviews on TripAdvisor like this one from an enthusiastic dad. If you’ve ever wondered what it would feel like to go around a two-and-a-half-mile road course in a sports car, the KTM X-Bow will answer your questions and more.

You’ll experience an ultra-light, nimble race vehicle for an unforgettable day.

Learn More, Lap More, Race More in Kart Racing School

There’s a reason karters say that Sears Point’s Kart Track is “Best in the West.” Sears Point’s karts are the fastest karts in the state on the longest track in the west. 

Sears Point’s karting begins with the Race Karting Experience, a half-day program that will show you the ropes of karting and racing. Move up to the Kart Racing School Stage 1 and 2. Kart Racing School Stage 1 is a full-day program that will give you more fundamentals of go kart racing. Move to Stage 2, which will build your skills and speed around the track in ROK-powered Sprint Karts. 

Go Kart Racing at Sears Point

Once you complete both stages of the Kart Racing School, you’ll be eligible for your Kart Racing License. Drivers age 13 and older are eligible for karting programs. Karting is incredibly fun and it’s a fantastic intro to the world of racing. 

Open Kart and Moto Practice and T1 Karting Days in September

Take Sears Point’s National Pro karting track in reverse or conventionally on select weekday and weekend days in September. Turn 1 club members can take advantage of T1 Club Karting days reserved for T1 club members. 

Rent an Lo206 or a ROK-Tony Kart starting at $40 for a 15-minute session. Sears Point’s Performance Karting Center offers complimentary standard safety gear. Plan ahead: ROK-Tony Karts have to be reserved at least 48 hours ahead of your open practice or track day.

Advance Your Driving Knowledge, Learn New Techniques at Sears Point

The KTM X-Bow Racing School Stages 1 and 2 have open dates in September. After completing the KTM X-Bow Racing School, you’ll be eligible to compete in Sears Point’s KTM X-Bow Racing Series.

KTM X-Bow Racing School

The Performance Driving Program continues in September with Stages 1 and 2 of the Performance Driving School and the Car Control Clinic. Bring your own car: in each stage, you’ll have opportunities to drive world-famous Sonoma Raceway’s track and receive in-class instruction and car control exercises, including on Sears Point’s skidpad. 

We make it as easy as possible for you to take part in any of our events at Sears Point. Whether you’re looking into karting for the first time or seeking to move up in racing skill, check out the September schedule at Sears Point. We want to see you at the track!

Celebrate the Holidays at Simraceway

As we approach the end of the year, it’s time to start planning holiday festivities.

Whether you are planning a corporate holiday event, a family celebration or activity, or even a bachelor party, Simraceway offers a one-of-a-kind experience to make a big impression. 

The Greatest Corporate Event You’ll Ever Throw

Simraceway offers the perfect alternative to the stale company holiday party we all know.

Corporate Events Bay Area

Instead of giving your hard-working employees a couple of drink tickets in a nearby hotel conference room, why not treat them to a hair-raising, adrenaline-fueled experience that they’ll be talking about for years? 

Simraceway has a reputation for being experts at corporate entertainment, and we pride ourselves on being engaging, fun, and safe.  

Go Karts – Arrive and Drive: $150 Per person/Min 24 People, for Up to 2 Hours

Our Go Kart Arrive and Drive experience will put your staff behind the wheel of high-performance 70-mph Go Karts on the longest and most challenging circuit in California with all necessary equipment over the course of two hours.

Go Kart Racing at Simraceway

Everyone will get as much seat time as they could possibly want, and your employees will leave with an adrenaline rush.

Additionally, our packages and experiences encourage people to push their limits, become more competitive, work together as a team, and seek perfection in everything they do.

While many employees may roll their eyes at “company team-building exercises,” our bolt-on experiences like the Go Kart Relay Race, Junkyard Challenge, and F1-Style Pit Stop Challenge will challenge them to work and grow together in a fast-paced and fun environment:

  • KTM X-Bow Demonstration Laps: $195 per person, for up to 30 minutes
  • Go Kart Relay Race: $75 per person, for up to 1 hour
  • Go Kart Junkyard Challenge: $50 per person, for up to 30 minutes
  • F1 Style Pit Stop Challenge: $50 per person, for up to 30 minutes
  • Autocross Time Attack: $295 per person, for up to 1.5 hours

KTM Experience: $795 Per Person/Min 6 People

If you’re looking to reward a few exemplary employees or a top client with something downright magical, our KTM Experience is a better “thank you” than any gift card or plaque.

KTM Experience Bay Area

Your employees will get behind the wheel of the 300-horsepower carbon fiber KTM X-Bow R and take it around one of America’s premier racetracks at full speed. Needless to say, save the drinks and celebrations for after the victory lap.

Go Kart Competition: $275 Per Person/Min 8 People, for Up to 3 Hours

Do you have hordes of people descending on your home from out of town for the holidays and need a reason to get out for some fun?

Our Go Kart Competition package is perfect for smaller groups like families and friends, encouraging you to compete with each other and have more fun than you can imagine. It is the perfect opportunity to insert a bit of levity into your group and break up the monotony of holiday traditions.

Simraceway has Fun for Everyone

Simraceway also offers options for those who are too young to drive but have a budding interest in all things automotive.

Our garage tours will allow them to come face to face with some legendary racing cars, exotics, and a few other surprises that are kept at Sonoma Raceway. We also offer the Polaris Circuit Tour, in which a professional driver will take you around the track’s perimeter road in our off-road buggy, showing off its capabilities, giving you a thrill ride along the way. 

  • Polaris Circuit Tour: $50 per person, for up to 30 minutes
  • Garage Tours: $50 per person, for up to 30 minutes

Book Your Event Now!

If you are interested in hosting an event at Simraceway, visit our Holiday Party page to make reservations online, or call 1-800-733-0345.

For more on the facilities and programs, be sure to check out our website to see all that we have to offer. 

Labor Day Sale: Work Hard, Play Hard

20% off all KTM racing school programs now through Monday!

You work hard, now it’s time to play hard.

In honor of the upcoming Labor Day holiday, Simraceway is excited to announce a 20% discount on its Three Day Racing School and Racing School Stage 1, 2, and 3!

These terrific programs will help sharpen your skills and prepare you to climb the ladder to advanced programs like the KTM X-Bow Cup USA and Simraceway Series. If you’ve ever thought about tearing it up Sonoma behind the wheel of KTM’s ultimate track weapon, the X-Bow Comp-R, here’s your chance to start racing!

As one of the premier racetracks in the country, Sonoma offers driving experiences like nothing else. Simraceway proudly offers unique programs and instruction that can not only provide incredible memories but also help you become a better driver.

Racing School Stage 1, 2, and 3

Simraceway’s Racing School Stage 1-3 offer progressive instruction, high-level training, culminating in open lapping with the incredible KTM X-Bow Comp-R.

The focus of Stage 1 are the fundamentals of racing and driving a performance car on the track. The farther you progress through the stages, the more detailed and specific your training becomes.

These programs include:

  • Classroom time
  • Car control exercises on our dynamic skidpad
  • Guidance on how to get the most out of the X-Bow
  • Instructor-led lapping sessions around Sonoma Raceway
  • A comprehensive focus on developing you as a driver and bringing down your lap times

All three stages run two full days, with day two focusing on refining the skills and techniques taught on day one. If you’re looking for the perfect entry point to your racing career, you just found it.

Three Day Racing School

The three-day Racing School program is for those looking for in-depth, comprehensive racing instruction from our world-class coaches, and tons of track time. Graduates who complete this program will have all the necessary qualifications to receive an SCCA Full Competition Racing License.

A wide range of skills is covered including:

  • Threshold braking
  • How to downshift effectively
  • Proper track etiquette

In the classroom, participants will review items like the many complex theories of chassis dynamics, and then they’ll tackle the skidpad to explore the boundaries of grip and chassis manipulation.

The first day ends with a lapping session to familiarize you with the capabilities of the KTM X-Bow and the unique challenges of Sonoma Raceway.

Day two centers around more technique training on both the track and skidpad. After some important classroom time that covers the basics of open-lapping and how to participate safely, you’ll jump back behind the wheel and test your new skills in two adrenaline-pumping on-track sessions.

And finally, day three will be taking things to the next level and build on all the lessons learned thus far. Our instructors will also introduce new tools like high-speed aerodynamic driving exercises on full slick racing tires and data acquisition.

These powerful programs will assist you in refining your skills and bringing down your lap times during your three on-track sessions. Once you’ve completed this course, you’re ready to get your SCCA Full Competition Racing License!

Why it’s Worth It

The hard work it takes to improve as a driver is all worth it when your times improve and your confidence grows.

Both the Racing School Stage 1 or Three Day Racing School will provide you with valuable skills that can translate directly into whatever racing path you choose to take. And now that both are on sale for Labor Day, it’s the perfect time to pursue your racing dreams!

ROK CUP USA AND SIMRACEWAY PERFORMANCE DRIVING CENTER LOCK DOWN MULTI-YEAR AGREEMENT

ROK CUP USA AND SIMRACEWAY PERFORMANCE DRIVING CENTER LOCK DOWN

MULTI-YEAR AGREEMENT

“Three-year partnership now in place that will see ROK engines on track at the famed facility”

 

February 1, 2018 – After months of negotiations, ROK Cup Promotions is pleased to announce a long-term agreement with the Simraceway Performance Karting Center located at Sonoma Raceway. The agreement will see the Vortex Engine platform and Bridgestone Tire combination run at the famed facility and the local program take on the name of ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru Games, as the video game development studio will return as primary sponsor for the series.

“We are pleased to have a solid program in place in California that will help us build the foundation for ROK programs on the West Coast,” explains ROK Cup Promotions Director of Operations Garett Potter. “With the Challenge of the Americas making the switch to the ROK platform and their first successful event week under their belt, we can add another solid series and track to the list that will house the Vortex ROK and Bridgestone Tire product lines.”

Prizes for the ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru Games series will include tickets to the highly anticipated ROK the RIO event for champions in each class, as well as other special prizes throughout the year.

 

2018 ROK Sonoma presented by Sanzaru Games Schedule
Race #1 – March 10-11
Race #2 – April 7-8
Race #3 – May 11-12
Race #4 – June 9-10
Race #5 – July 7-8
Race #6 – August 4-5
Race #7 – September 8-9
Race #8 – October 6-7

 

Potter continues, “ROK Cup USA will have a full support program in place that not only includes helping elevate the current program at the Simraceway Performance Karting Center, but we will also work with all local dealers and teams to build to one of the largest karting programs in the country.”

As part of the new partnership, Simraceway Performance Karting Center will add a fleet of school karts powered by ROK GP engines to help elevate and grow not only the school aspect but to drive new racers to the club program.

“I want to thank Steve from Cameron Karting for all the work he has put into this effort. We look forward to building a great program on the West Coast with him and his team,” concludes Potter.

For more information on ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru Games, please visit www.sanzarukarting.com. For more information on Sanzaru Games, please visit www.sanzaru.com.

For more information on ROK Cup USA and ROK Cup Promotions, please feel free to contact ROK CUP Promotions at (407) 476-5635 or [email protected]

2015 Summer Kart Camp Announced

The ultimate summertime treat for aspiring racers aged between 10 and 13, the Simraceway Performance Karting Center’s 2015 Summer Kart Camp is taking place from 13th to 15th July.

 

An entertaining and educational environment for young race fans to make friends, hone their skills and, above all, enjoy an awesome experience, the camp still has some places available.

 

Click here to find out more and book.

2015 Rotax Kart Arrive-and-Drive Race Series Is a Go

The 2015 Rotax Kart Arrive-and-Drive Race Series got under way at the PKC at the end of March. It turned out to be a weekend of intense racing and awesome entertainment for the many onlookers. To check out the current standings, click here.

 

And remember, it’s called “Arrive-and-Drive” for a reason–you don’t have to do anything but turn up and strap in! So with the second round taking place on April 25 and races costing under $500, why not try it out?

 

Click here to find out more.

Race Fans Raise Over $11,000 for Charity

What’s better than getting a huge group of race fans together to race karts and hang out with NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing stars?
When it raises money for charity!

The Simraceway Performance Karting Center provided karts, suits and instruction for over 40 attendees last Saturday and helped them raise $11,050 for Speedway Children’s Charities. This was the 13th annual NHRA Tour de Charity, and we were thrilled to be part of it!

Find out more about the day here.

Arrive, Drive, Score

The 2015 Rotax Kart Arrive-and-Drive Race Series begins tomorrow. With our fleet of 125cc Rotax-powered sprint karts prepped and raring to kick off the first of nine adrenaline-fuelled weekends, all you need to do is turn up and strap yourself in.
Each race will cost just $495, so what are you waiting for?
Click here to find out more.

Fuss-Free Racing is Back in 2015!

The ultimate kart racing series returns later this year with prices from $395 per race. The Simraceway Performance Karting Center’s 2015 Arrive-and-Drive Race Series ensures everything is ready-and-waiting for you, so you can concentrate on the road ahead. Find out more.

Grab your Annual Pass for Non-Stop Karting!

The best place for karting just got better! Purchasing a PKC Annual Pass will get you on the track for the entire year, not to mention $5 off Grand Prix Karting sessions! It doesn’t take many visits for it to pay for itself–and the rest of the year is gravy!
The PKC Annual Pass will only be available until February 28th, so grab one now!

PKC Enduro Sprint Kart Rental

Want the adrenaline of karting competition but lack the equipment? The Simraceway Peformance Karting Center has the answer! Rent one of our TAG 125 Jr Rotax karts for our awesome, four-hour Enduro race on January 24th! It will cost only $995.00 for a team of up to four drivers! All you need to do is arrive-and-drive and let our team of expert engineers take care of the rest!

 

For complete rules and event information please email [email protected] or click the red tab at the bottom of the screen. To book, click here.

PKC Pro Shop Now Open

Find everything the discerning karter needs, from Fastech Racing gear to Simraceway apparel, at our brand new Performance Karting Center pro shop.

Solving your Kart Storage Problems

Tired of transporting your kart to and from the track? Running short on space? The Simraceway Performance Karting Center has the answer, with three storage solutions to satisfy any budget. Read on for more.

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New to the PKC: Margay Racing Karts

The Simraceway Performance Karting Center will soon be taking delivery of 12 Margay Ignite karts, which will be added to the school’s fleet as well as starring in a number of exciting upcoming series. Powered by Briggs and Stratton Racing’s turn-key Local Option 206 engines, these machines are capable of speeds in excess of 60 mph and are set to add another dimension to racing at the PKC.

 

A number of brand new races featuring these super-competitive karts, including an arrive-and-drive series and a bi-monthly club race (slated to begin in Spring 2015) are currently being prepared.

 

What’s more, for those who want even more access to our latest additions, ready-to-race Margay Ignite karts will also be available to buy at the PKC Pro Shop for just $3,995.

 

And there’s good news for drivers whose budgets won’t stretch to outright purchases, because plans to implement a pioneering “rent-to-own” package that will allow racers to put their kart rental fees towards the price of used machines, are at an advanced stage. Here at the Simraceway Performance Karting Center we’re always trying to make it easy for you to get behind the wheel!

 

 

PKC Testing New FIA Safety Light System

Working in conjunction with New Zealand-based Alitrax Circuit Control Systems, the Simraceway Performance Karting Center is currently testing out a new FIA safety lighting system at the track. Capable of displaying all flag combinations, these small-but-significant additions are helping keep the PKC at the front of the pack when it comes to safety and innovation.

Superkarts! USA Returns to Sonoma

SKUSA headed back to Sonoma in style last weekend with the Simraceway Performance Karting Center hosting Round 4 of the California ProKart Challenge. With over 130 entrants, including 25 S1 Class drivers, and hundreds more watching, two beautiful Californian days saw a host of fiercely-fought, exciting contests. Read on to find out more!

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