Living in the Inland Empire puts you within a short driving distance from a whole slew of race tracks: Adams Motorsports Park in Riverside, the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Perris Auto Speedway, and Glen Helen Speedway in San Bernardino.
The IE has plenty of venues nearby to fill your need for speed. But if you’re looking to start small when it comes to pulling a throttle, go-karting is probably the way to go.
Pole Position Raceway in Corona is one of the IE’s go-to go-kart tracks. Housed in a warehouse in one of Corona’s industrial centers, the track has a track with a 12-racer capacity with karting speeds as high as 45 mph for adults (20 mph for kids). The electric carts aren’t the most comfortable, but when it comes to passing your buddies and hugging the turns, it’s all about a simple and safe kart design.
Pole Position seemed to have all the bases covered for everything from family outings, corporate events, or bachelor parties (sans a groomzilla). There’s video games for the kids who can’t race (you have to be at least 48 inches tall) and plenty of seating for spectators. If you catch the go-karting bug, there are different races and a driving clinic to hone your racing skills.
After this writer’s race, no amount of G forces could satisfy a newly acquired need for speed. The track may not be as large as Adams Motorsports in Riverside, but it’s just big enough to master in as little as a few minutes (after a few near-spinouts, of course).
Before go-karting, leave your hair undone, and use your hair product in the bathroom afterward. Pole Position requires you to wear a helmet (like most other tracks), but it can leave your hairdo a bit messy. A small price to pay for a good time in the IE.
For more information, check out polepositionraceway.com/corona.