Maine Indoor Karting co-owner Lori Snow is not a gearhead by any stretch of the imagination. But when she married her car-loving husband, Rick, he frequently mentioned an indoor go-karting track he once rode in Europe. Still, Lori was the one who one day blurted out that Rick should start an indoor karting track in Maine. She did this when she was six months pregnant with twins. “It must have been the pregnancy hormones,” she says. “Now he blames the track on me.”
Today, the two are the proud owners of Maine’s only indoor karting track, complete with just enough twists, turns, and straightaways to make life interesting with the pedal to the metal. You’d think that the indoors and idling engines wouldn’t mix, but the facility’s state-of-the-art ventilation system exchanges all the air within a space of 10 minutes. The track also has firm rules in place to keep the racing action fun but controlled.
Since they began their business in 2003, the Snows have appealed to a broad swath of the community. They offer an open area with 5-mph vehicles for small children and host fundraisers and ladies’ nights. The track is known to stay open into the wee hours for after-graduation events.
Prices: $24 per race for nonmember adults. Discounts available for adults who become karting league members.