Stamford go-karting complex set for 2018 opening
STAMFORD — A regional go-karting chain is revving up a new speedway that is set to open in the city’s Waterside section within the next few months.
RPM Raceway plans to open in the first half of this year an approximately 90,000-square-foot complex at 600 West Ave., a two-level facility that would mark RPM’s first in Connecticut and sixth in total. The site would two quarter-mile racing tracks, a 14-lane bowling alley, racing simulators, arcades and other video games, and dining and sports bar amenities.
The new destination, in a building that formerly housed a FedEx delivery center, would likely create between 75 and 100 jobs, according to RPM Raceway’s husband-and-wife owners and founders, Eyal Farage and Karen Davis-Farage.
“Since we opened in 2010 with our first location in Jersey City (N.J.), we knew that Connecticut was a state and, specifically, Fairfield County was a region we wanted to come to,” Davis-Farage said in an interview Wednesday. “Stamford is perfectly positioned to draw from surrounding areas.”
The raceway will feature electric karts capable of speeds of more than 45 miles per hour. Driving options would include head-to-head matchups, group races and year-round racing leagues. Children would have to be at least 6 years old and 4 feet tall to race.
Key markets for RPM include “arrive-and-drive” patrons looking for an entertaining daytime or evening activity; gatherings for celebrations such as birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, bar and bat mitzvahs and reunions; corporate events; and tourists.
“We want to make sure people have a reason to come back over and over again because they’re having fun at everything they do,” Davis-Farage said. “With an activity like racing, you can keep coming back to get better.”
RPM’s new race track would appear to be the first racing facility in the southwest corner of Fairfield County. Stratford hosts the outdoor Stratford Speedway at 725 Barnum Ave. Cutoff, while Brookfield is the home of On Track Karting at 100 Silvermine Road.
More than 1 million drivers have raced at RPM’s existing locations in Jersey City, and four New York state locations in Buffalo, Farmingdale, Rochester and Syracuse.
“Stamford is the model that we have defined for our future,” Davis-Farage said. “We want multiple experiential activities all combined under one roof. The focus of our existence is on authentic, exhilarating and memorable racing experiences.”
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