Livermore, California (EastBayDaily) — Umigo Indoor Kart Racing at 6538 Patterson Pass Road in Livermore, California, has recently installed a new track approved by Scott Speed #82 Toyota NASCAR Sprint Cup driver for Red Bull Racing. Inside its renovated warehouse space, Umigo Indoor Kart Racing is offering the regular racing enthusiast the opportunity to try out their own skills on a track approved by a professional racer. Through its collaboration with Red Bull Racing, Umigo is also challenging its customers to meet a qualifying time to earn a chance to win a limousine trip ant pit passes for two to the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma on June 20, 2010.
“We are thrilled to get a high profile driver with local ties like Scott Speed to approve of special track configuration for our customers,” said Jim Buck, President and Co-Founder of Umigo Racing Inc. “Not only is it rare for any indoor track to get this kind of attention, but it also adds a bit of prestige to the 20+ track configurations that we already have. Having this many track designs for one center, Umigo is in a class of its own in indoor go kart racing. I think that is why we earned this kind of attention from Red Bull Racing. In true Red Bull fashion, Umigo goes above and beyond what is expected for an indoor track.”
Umigo Indoor Kart Racing has been in business for over 2 years in Livermore and has attracted over 30,000 racers to its facility, many from outside of the Livermore area. “Umigo is a destination business that attracts a lot of visitors to the Livermore area”, said Jim. “We coordinate with other local business to make our customer’s visit to the Livermore Wine Country exciting with the sense of unexpected discovery that the Tri Valley offers. We are a unique member of the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association, and Tri Valley CVB in that we attract visitors to the area and promote its benefits as a complement to our exciting activity.”
“Umigo offers the just about anyone a chance to experience the unique thrill of motor racing without the commitment, cost or danger associated full scale racing,” said Jim. The high performance karts reach speeds of around 40 mph, are effectively maneuvered around hairpin turns, and are designed to give drivers some of the same experiences and challenges of full scale racing. Umigo is unsurpassed in its ability to provide high speed excitement, track variety, and the highest value in indoor high performance racing.”
Umigo caters to kids from 10 years old to over 80 years old. Whether it is a small gathering of friends or family, or a large high end corporate gathering, Umigo provides its visitors with the opportunity to drive high performance go karts that are specially designed to be raced on its quarter mile indoor race track. Moreover, Umigo provides everything the driver needs to participate and no experience is necessary.
“We have introduced this activity to many new participants,” said Jim Buck. “Our goal has always been to create a welcoming atmosphere so that novice drivers will feel eager to try this activity. Once out on the track, they’ll likely find that they have a new personality emerging that is ready to compete.”
In addition to the sensation of speed, go kart racing participants find that the level nature of the competition to be a big draw to the sport. “This is one activity where almost everyone is equally experienced,” said Jim. “If you know how to drive a motor vehicle and you have the desire to win, you can compete effectively. Most other activities require a great deal of practice to be proficient, but karting requires a basic set of skills that most drivers already have. This feature makes kart racing a lot of fun for the beginner.”
Umigo Indoor Kart Racing is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday every week for racing participants or curious observers. The race center is adjacent to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory at 6538 Patterson Pass Road in Livermore California is accessible from Vasco Road just south of Interstate 580. For more information, see Umigo’s website: http://www.umigoracing.com .
Umigo Racing Inc.