Traxx Racing caters to novice, experienced race enthusiasts

Go-karts can reach speeds up to 35 mph
By David Pan | Jul 21, 2016
Photo by: David Pan Olivia Scovee of Seattle enjoys the ride at Traxx Racing in Mukilteo. Scovee visited the indoor track Saturday for a friend’s birthday party.

For more than 17 years, racing enthusiasts know where to go to satisfy their need for speed,

Racers as young as 3 and as old as 90 head to Traxx Racing where they experience the exhilaration of indoor go-kart racing.

The 38,000-square foot facility in Mukilteo features a 1/5 mile indoor course where racers can reach speeds up to 35 mph.

During the summer and weather permitting, Traxx Racing opens an outdoor extension, which extends the course to about 1/4 of a mile.

First-time visitors likely will be surprised by the speed and the power of the gas-powered karts, which are imported from France.

Don Mitchell and his family, who were visiting from Plain City, Ohio, decided to go racing on Saturday afternoon. It had been many years since Mitchell got behind the wheel of a go-kart.

“It was great. It was a lot of fun,” he said. “It was a little faster than I thought it would be, which was good. It seemed very fast.”

Traxx Racing general manager Chris Kruse noted that drivers are inches off the ground.

“So you feel like you’re going faster than 35 mph once you get into it,” he said.

While Mitchell was driving on the adult course on the ground level, his 10-year-old son Joel was upstairs on the kids course.

Joel enjoyed his first time racing in the specially designed gas-powered kids kart.

“I really liked it,” he said.

Joel added that his favorite part was when he was able to drift on the turns on the padded L-shaped course.

Kids, age 3 to 5, also are able to race using electrically powered karts.

“We have a separate track upstairs where the kids drive,” Kruse said. “It’s a little bit smaller track, a little bit more padded, so they can go up and have fun and still stay safe.”

The racing sessions last eight minutes, which initially some people think might be too short, according to Kruse.

People soon realize that the amount of turns and strength required to make those turns isn’t easy.

“It’s pretty strenuous,” Kruse said. “When you figure you’re doing one lap around on the indoor track, it’s about 15 turns. … It’s not driving your car to the coffee shop in the morning with one hand on the wheel.”

Don Mitchell agreed that the eight-minute race was a workout for his arms.

“It felt longer than that,” Mitchell said. “It was a good amount of time.”

Learning to operate the car was an easy process, according to Mitchell. All drivers watch a safety and instructional video. Racers are outfitted with a racing helmet with liner. Racing suits and gloves also are available.

Unlike some places that offer two-seat vehicles, everyone drives their own go-kart at Traxx Racing.

“We’re offering something a little bit more competitive and a little bit faster,” Kruse said. “We give you a little more of that real experience.”

Track marshals are on the course to control the race with various flags, he added.

Up to 12 go-karts can be on the track at the same time. After finishing, racers receive a printout of their lap times. Traxx Racing records the best times of the day, week, month and the track record.

“A lot of people try to beat their times and beat other people’s times,” Kruse said.

Traxx Racing is located at 4329 Chennault Beach Rd. in Mukilteo. For more information, visit http://www.traxxracing.com.

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