Provided by Northern Virginia Family Service
Get ready to start your engines at the Grand Opening of the Autobahn Indoor Speedway electric go kart track, from 11:00 a. m. – 4:00 p. m. on Wednesday, May 11, at 8340 Sudley Road in the Manassas Mall. The event will benefit the Northern Virginia Family Service SERVE program, with 50 percent of the day’s proceeding going to the organization that helps more than 34,000 individuals and their families each year find housing and emergency service.
The official ribbon cutting will start at 11:30 a. m., and Mayor Harry J. Parrish II and other officials will speak on the importance of the new business. Shortly after, local celebrities, officials and business leaders will race for bragging rights.
SERVE, a program of Northern Virginia Family Service, provides support to individuals and families in western Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. The campus was founded in 1975 by a group of churches, local organizations and concerned citizens with the goal of pooling existing resources to meet the emergency needs of families. Services at the shelter have continued to expand over its 40+ year history, and the campus now includes a 92-bed emergency shelter, Hunger Resource Center, Early Head Start classroom, health access services and workforce development training, among other programs.
“Northern Virginia Family Service has enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the Prince William community and been able to serve thousands of local individuals and families, thanks to the community’s generosity,” states NVFS president and CEO Stephanie Berkowitz. “We’re thankful that Autobahn Indoor Speedway has selected us to be the beneficiary of its grand opening so we can continue to support families in need in the area.”
According to Autobahn’s Managing Partner, David Larson, “Indoor kart racing has been popular in Europe for many years and has recently found a strong following on the West Coast of the United States. Autobahn Indoor Speedway is extremely excited to be bringing the first European-style indoor electric kart racing facility to the Manassas area.”
At Autobahn Indoor Speedway, everyone can be a race driver and feel the rush of being behind the wheel of Italian-made adult racing karts that approach speeds of 50 mph. The speedway utilizes zero-emission electric karts that accelerate faster than their noisier, gas-powered counterparts.
“These are not the slow, rattling ‘ go carts’ you may be used to as a kid”, says Larson. “Our karts are the highest performance available, state of the art and built for safety. One of the first things people notice is the torque of our electric motors — that acceleration is amazing! The handling is also top of the line with hydraulic disc brakes, a rear differential and competition style racing tires.”
The company, which will have a total of nine tracks on the East Coast by the end of the year, provides racing techniques instruction to newbies and offers competitive leagues to more seasoned drivers. There are even Junior Karts (with a little slower speeds) suitable for the younger crowd if they are at least 48″ tall.
Since the speedway is indoors, the weather not a factor. The indoor facility is heat/cooled and kept at a comfortable temperature year round. Sodas and snacks are available for refreshment between races. Autobahn Indoor Speedway offers the popular “Arrive & Drive” race format, assigning racers to one of the upcoming races and requiring no reservations. Up to 10 drivers will compete in each race to set the fastest lap times.
Autobahn Indoor Speedway is open for company outings, social groups and birthday parties. Various group race packages are designed to meet the needs of most events, but a custom package can be arranged (including private full facility rentals). Groups have reserved race times, exclusive use of the track during their races and they can compete individually or in teams.
For more information visit .AutobahnSpeed.com or email [email protected] and get ready to race! For more information about the Autobahn’s newest speedway visit the Manassas Mall, 8340 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA 20109