New Caney’s Speedsportz Racing Park revs its engines with go kart racing for all levels

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Drivers of all experience levels can strap themselves into world-class go-karts and test their mettle on the curves of two expertly designed tracks at Speedsportz Racing Park in New Caney.

 

The brains behind Speedsportz is co-owner and veteran of the karting world, Alan Rudolph, who cut his teeth and honed his craft at the famed Arizona racing school, the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, where he worked with some of the best drivers in the world for 16 years. He partnered with Tim Crawford, a go-kart hobbyist who enjoyed racing with his son and wanted to invest in a high-end park for the Houston area.

 

“This is what I’ve done all my life and I don’t know anything else,” Rudolph said from the welcome center of the 27-acre property. “It’s better than sitting in an office every day. I refer to this as my field of dreams.”

 

The park, soft-opened in December 2016, offers a half-mile track for beginners and kart rentals, and a 0.8-mile pro track that hosts regional and national races. The park welcome center also features ample space for corporate meetings, group outings, and even bachelor parties.

 

Groups of 20 or under can participate in a Grand Prix-style race in which drivers do a practice and qualifying lap, concluding with an actual race. Larger groups split into teams for an Enduro relay race, in which teams conduct pit stops so every member of gets a chance to race around the track. The speed of karts at Speedsportz reach up to 45 miles per hour.

 

“We like to say they are faster than the track, so you actually have to drive them,” Rudolph said about the karts. “They aren’t your amusement style [karts], where you put your pedal to the medal and go. You put your pedal to the medal, but you also have to brake and slow down around the corners.”

 

Speedsportz also serves as the crucial first step for those who dream about being a professional race car driver. Go-karting is where nearly all professional Indy Car and Formula One drivers start, learning how to maneuver around tight corners and master key racing elements on the smaller track.

 

“You’re not on a big track like Indy Car,” Rudolph said. “You’re on a condensed track, so everything is happening so fast. And that’s why people can make the step from karting to other forms of racing easily. You get into a full-sized car and things feel slower.”

 

Speedsportz sells karts, parts, and equipment, imported from Italy, where the world go-karting industry originated. Karts can cost anywhere from $2,500 to $12,000 and come in three sizes – a kids kart for 5-8-year-olds, cadet kart for 8-12 years, and pro size.

 

The park also is home to nearly 100 members and 36 garages for serious and recreational drivers. For those who wish to take it to the next level, there is the Alan Rudolph Racing School, where drivers can learn everything from basic racing techniques to expert level lessons that involve GoPro footage and driving with Rudolph on the track.

 

All of this is centered around the fun of ripping around the tracks in go-karts with friends and family, whether it’s simply for bragging rights or bigger aspirations of being the first driver to the checkered flag at the Indy 500.

 

“It’s an adrenaline rush,” Rudolph said. “It’s a sport like no other.”

 

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