20TH ANNUAL N. Y. S. INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP
by FX CAPRARA
December 8, 2012
Americraft Center of Progress Building * NYS Fairgrounds * Syracuse, N.Y.
Thanks to everyone, drivers, pit crews, workers, and spectators, for a great event! Results are
Photos for this, and past, races are available from Turn 4 Photos:
Looking forward to another great race in 2013!
Indoor Go-Kart Racing!
Gates open 11 AM, Racing 11 to 5 PM (race times approximate)
General Admission (includes Pit Pass) $15 (under 12 $10, under 5 free) * Public Welcome * Family Oriented
Drivers and Pit Crew, please click on Drivers/Crew at left
"The most intense oval racing imaginable" is how drivers describe indoor go-kart racing.
Saturday, December 8, 2012 brings the 20th Annual N. Y. S. Indoor Championship to the
New York State Fairground's Americraft Center of Progress Building.
Race promotor Rick Martell says "Imagine taking ordinary racing
and squeezing it down to a track that's just 100 feet in diameter. Like making maple
syrup, the more you condense it down, the more intense it is, and that's how indoor racing
works. You get fierce wheel-to-wheel action in 6 second laps. With 12 karts on the track,
just to watch it is a challenge. The karts pull 1.4 lateral G's in the corners, and
because the track is inside a building, it's all turns. There are no straights on which the
drivers can momentarily relax. From green to checkered it's full throttle, with occasional
taps on the brakes to stay off the guy in front of you. It's the most challenging racing
Gates open to the public at 11 AM, racing starts at 11 AM and runs to late afternoon. Come on out, and
bring the kids. This is very much a family affair.
The previous race,
last December, drew 189 entrants in 18 classes. Between the heats, consolation
races, and A and B main events, there are approximately 70 races packed into six hours of non-stop action.
Unlike other forms of racing you may have seen, there are no long delays between races. One group exits
the track, and the next comes on. The noise never dies down, and the action on the track never stops.
The secret to indoor racing is in the track. It's a heated rubber track, with a
grip so strong you can't walk across it unless your shoes are tied extra-tight. Sticky sticky sticky.
The secret to the track is a smooth concrete surface. Surprisingly, the smoother the concrete, the better.
Infrared heaters shine down on the concrete, heating it to 120 degrees or so. Then a layer of adhesive goes down.
The adhesive of choice is Coke syrup, straight from the fountain! Then go-karts with extra-soft rubber tires go out
and zip around the track. After half an hour or so, there is a thick layer of rubber adhered to the top of
the Coke syrup. Voila, an indoor kart track.
Throw in some grandstands, pits, and a crowd of a thousand or
so people, and you've got yourself a indoor kart race!