Pole Position Raceway and P2R Karting, Inc. are proud to announce that an all-new state-of-the-art high-performance indoor kart track is coming to Houston.
The new entertainment facility is expected to open in late Spring and will be Pole Position Raceway’s second location in Texas. The world-class facility is an independently operated franchise created by Michael Barron, President of Houston Karting & Entertainment, LLC. Barron, a veteran police officer and experienced pilot. Barron has developed a number of successful businesses in the Houston/Galveston area and brings a wealth of experience to the business from both a marketing, as well as a promotional perspective.
“We are excited to bring this unique and exciting indoor racing venue to Houston and the Clear Lake area,” said Barron. “This is my home town, and it will be an incredible place for family entertainment, birthday parties, and corporate events.”
Joining Barron are three highly professional individuals, all tops in their respective fields. Local REMAX agent Sharon Rowsey will serve as Vice-President of Sales & Marketing. With over 20 years of sales and marketing experience, Rowsey has already begun accepting applications for corporate sponsors.
Barron and Rowsey are joined by Drew Neubauer and Willy T. Ribbs both executives with Winners Circle LLC, a motorsports management firm located in Austin, Texas. Mr. Neubauer has over 25 years experience in the karting and motorsports industry. With a collegiate baseball career and both professional karting and motorcycle experience, Drew has a competitive spirit and passion for excellence and has a proven track record for success in highly competitive markets. His marketing and strategic development experience comes from holding executive positions with ESPN, Salem Communications, Faulding Capital, and Rush Enterprises.
Willy T. Ribbs is a true American sports legend, who has just been inducted into the San Jose California Sports Hall of Fame this past year. He has spent his entire professional life in the business of professional auto racing. Willy has achieved many firsts in his career and still remains the most-winning African American driver in history. A few highlights include:
- First African American to qualify and compete in the Indianapolis 500.
- Winner of the Formula Ford Championship in Europe during rookie season.
- Recipient of two “Driver of the Year” titles while driving for such racing icons as Dan Gurney, Jack Roush and Derek Walker
- First African American to compete in the NASCAR Cup series
- First African American to compete in CART/Indy Car Championship in partnership with entertainer, Bill Cosby
- First African American to test for a Formula 1 GP team (owned by Bernie Ecclestone) in Estroil, Portugal
Willy has a large reach into the motorsports and athletic community that will enhance our profile both locally and globally within the motorsports landscape.
“To kick off our Facebook Page, we are pleased to announce a special Limited Edition Founding Members VIP Kit that will be introduced at the Houston Auto Show, January 23-29, 2013,” said Rowsey. The kit includes: VIP Founding Member Status; Invitation to be the first to race the Pole Position Raceway Houston track; An opportunity to race against professional NASCAR, Indy and F1 Drivers at a special opening event; VIP Passes to all the opening events; as well as a t-shirt and wrist band. Priced at $89, it's an incredible offer.
“We would like to invite everyone to visit our booth at the Houston Auto Show, meet our team, and have the opportunity to rub shoulders with NASCAR and INDY drivers and to take home an autograph or two” added Neubaur.
Indoor kart racing is quickly becoming one of the fastest-growing forms of recreation in the United States and the Houston facility will be Pole Position Raceway’s 10th location, with several more planned in the next 12 months. In addition to side-by-side race action on a giant ¼ mile track, each location also features authentic racing memorabilia, video games, concessions, party room, V.I.P. room, and more.
“This is the ultimate hands-on racing experience,” said co-founder Jason Williams, CEO of P2R Karting, Inc. “Aside from those who just show up and race in our arrive and drive races, we will offer a wide variety of programs including corporate team building events, birthday parties, group races and more.
“This is a track for racers by racers, and anyone can join in on the action,” said co-founder and P2R Karting, Inc. President Ken Faught. “We have high-performance electric karts that have twice the horsepower of the karts found at most facilities around the country. At 45mph these are certainly not the karts you remember driving as a kid. They accelerate harder, are more evenly matched, and provide the closest racing found anywhere in the state.”
Those behind the Pole Position Raceway brand also include AMA Supercross Champ Jeremy McGrath, 2004 NASCAR Champ Kurt Busch, X-Games Gold Medalist Mike Metzger, NASCAR pit reporter Jamie Little, Freestyle MX hero Kenny Bartram, off-road legends Randy Hawkins, Barry Hawk and Dick Burleson, along with F.I.M Motocross World Champs Greg Albertyn and Grant Langston, among others.
The all-new Houston Pole Position Raceway is expected to open in late Spring 2013. Pole Position Raceway also has locations in Las Vegas, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Jersey City, St. Louis, MO, Summerlin, NV, Syracuse, NY, and two in the California cities of Corona and Murrieta. For marketing or promotional information for your company please visit our website at www.PolePositionRaceway.com or call Sharon Rowsey at 713-922-7701.