Rochester…Start Your Go Karts: Pole Position Raceway Opens Fall 2014

When Syracuse, NY opened the biggest, baddest, MEGA-mall in Western New York, our family couldn’t wait to check it out.  Inside Destiny USA we found not only miles of stores, but an indoor kart racing track – Pole Position Raceway.  I couldn’t wait to give the indoor go karts a try, but, alas, couldn’t convince my daughters to drive.  Lately, my oldest teen has said, “Dad, I wish we would have given Pole Position Raceway a try.”  Well, you know what?  Soon we’ll be able to go for a spin right here in our hometown of Rochester, NY.  That’s right Rochester… start your go karts, because Pole Position Raceway is opening this Fall 2014.  Continue reading for more details from Pole Position Raceway’s press release while I find my race car driving outfit.  “Honey!?!  Where is my super-suit?!?”

Update October 16, 2014

Rochester’s Pole Position Raceway officially opens on Tuesday, October 28th!

“We are pleased to announce that our fifth Pole Position Raceway location will officially open its doors to Rochester on Tuesday, October 28,” said Karen Davis-Farage, president and co-owner of the Pole Position Raceway franchise. “Indoor karting is one of the fastest growing forms of family entertainment in the country. We look forward to offering our authentic and exhilarating race experience as another reason people come to the mall, or as a fun activity they can do while they are here.”

Original post from April 4, 2014 follows below

Pole Position Raceway

From Pole Position Raceway’s press release

Pole Position Raceway, America’s leading chain of state-of-the-art indoor motorsports entertainment facilities – with the fastest electric karts on the east coast – announced that it is bringing its unique and exciting racing experience to The Marketplace Mall in Rochester, NY this fall.  Owned by husband and wife franchisees, Eyal Farage and Karen Davis-Farage, operators of Pole Position Raceway locations in Jersey City, NJ, at Destiny USA in Syracuse, NY and newly opened at Walden Galleria in Buffalo, NY, this new facility will add 40 jobs to the local economy.

Located in the southwest section of the mall, formerly occupied by Bon-Ton, Pole Position Raceway’s 52,000 square foot facility boasts one quarter-mile track and the latest in high-performance, all-electric, indoor karts capable of speeds up to 45 MPH.  Pole Position Raceway features adult karts for racers who are at least 58 inches tall and separate junior karts for kids who are at least 48 inches tall.  Best of all, the karts use electric technology, so there are no fumes – they are clean and green.

Pole Position Raceway at Destiny USA, Syracuse, NY

“We are pleased to announce our fifth Pole Position Raceway location coming to The Marketplace Mall in Rochester,” said Karen Davis-Farage, president and co-owner of the Pole Position Raceway franchise.  “Indoor karting is one of the fastest growing forms of family entertainment in the country.  We look forward to offering our authentic and exhilarating race experience as another reason people come to the mall, or as a fun activity they can do while they are here. We are excited to add the Rochester area to our expanding family of kart tracks.”

Pole Position Raceway offers a variety of options to suit the needs of all racers – from families, to die hard karting enthusiasts.  Its “Arrive & Drive” racing is for those visiting the mall that enter a queue to race against others.  Pre-Scheduled Racing events are for groups of 10+ and include the Pole Position Challenge, Grand Prix or Super Pole which are 2, 3 or 4 race events culminating with racers receiving 1st, 2nd & 3rd place medals at the Winners’ Circle.  In addition to side-by-side race action, Pole Position Raceway also features authentic racing memorabilia, arcade games, concessions and V.I.P. spaces for private parties, personal celebrations, corporate events and fundraisers.

“The addition of Pole Position Raceway is an exciting complement to the retail and entertainment concepts we want to achieve, as we continue to move forward with our redevelopment plans at The Marketplace Mall.  We look forward to the vitality and fun the raceway will bring to the mall and the area,” said Mike Wilmot, General Manager at The Marketplace Mall.

Pole Position Raceway is the second store to be announced for the redevelopment of the southwest section of the mall, including the former Bon-Ton space. Field & Stream announced its first location in upstate New York in January 2014.  The redevelopment will bring two to three new retail and entertainment concepts, in addition to three to four new restaurants.  Additional announcements are expected to be made in the coming weeks.

“We are extremely excited to be expanding further into New York State,” said Ken Faught, president and co-founder of P2R Karting, Inc., the franchise company for the Pole Position Raceway chain of indoor kart tracks.  “We are going to provide those in the Rochester area with a unique form of entertainment that continues to rank as one of the top entertainment activities for families.  Karen and Eyal Farage are experienced franchisees with a successful track record.  I have no doubt that they will build a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility that will be among the best in the family friendly sport of indoor karting.”

Pole Position Raceway

Committed to supporting the communities it serves, Pole Position Raceway’s give-back charter, CAReS – which stands for Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Recovery and thoSe in need – partners with local charities on fundraising initiatives year-round.  The company looks forward to working with and raising funds for the many great charitable causes in and around Rochester.

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.