On Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 5 p.m., locals will be invited to step into the new BOSS PRO-Karting, a high-speed, indoor karting facility at 18301 Brookpark Road in Brook Park.
Featuring Sodi RTX electric karts, which are manufactured in Europe, drivers will speed around the 12 turns of the 1/5 mile track at speeds up to 50 miles per hour.
“We’re racers,” said Lee Boss, BOSS co-founder and three-time national karting champion in a statement. "Creating an authentic racing experience with the best racing karts available and a challenging, exciting track is paramount to us."
Capacity for the facility is 500 people, with up to a 12 races zipping along at one time. BOSS FastTrack, a free race app available for Apple and Android devices, allows racers to preregister for time slots and also offers live race tracking and statistics. Additional features include a messaging system, Facebook page integration and visuals depicting lap time history and statistics. In addition to indoor racing, the 40,000-square-foot facility is available for corporate events with conference rooms, catering and 3,000 square feet of event space that can accommodate up to 200 people.
“Compared to other sports and hobbies, the cost to participate in motorsports is extremely high,” added Brad Copley, BOSS co-owner and president. “Combining the speed and cornering g-forces that top many professional vehicles, a lap at BOSS PRO-Karting will be an exhilarating experience for racers and novices alike.”
Brook Park Mayor Thomas Coyne will kick off the Aug. 10 festivities with remarks at 6 p.m. followed by a flag drop for the first race, which will include mascots from the Browns, Cavs, Gladiators, Canton Charge and Lake Erie Monsters.
BOSS PRO-Karting will be open year round. There is a one-time annual membership fee of $6. Cost for one race is $22 with reduced pricing for subsequent races and other discounted packages. Racers must be at least 56" tall.
"We believe adrenaline trumps practicality, and that the edge of our comfort zone is where we learn the most," said BOSS management. "It’s not about taking things to the extreme with abandoned disregard, but pushing beyond the comfortable deliberately, often, and with purpose."