I-Drive NASCAR: Orlando’s Newest Thrill

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Orlando has no shortage of go-kart amusement opportunities, but I-Drive NASCAR is entirely different. For starters, it’s indoors. This aspect alone is a display of brilliance, as indoor attractions are rapidly gaining in popularity here. Whether it’s rain, oppressive heat, or any of the other factors weighing in on the area’s unpredictable climate, shelter from the elements helps to insure that nature won’t dampen your quest for fun. 

So, how exactly does indoor karting work? Better than you’d expect! This 65,000 square-foot building features a half-mile of track. The state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly, electric karts are capable of reaching speeds of up to 45 mph. While this may be the main attraction at I-Drive NASCAR, it’s far from being the only attraction. Beyond that winding half-mile of challenging twists and turns, the complex also offers a four-lane bowling “cafe”, full-service restaurant and bar, an impressive modern arcade, gift shop, and over 5,000 square-feet of meeting/party space.

I-Drive NASCAR opened last month, just off of International Drive, on the northern end. It’s hard to miss the giant blue structure behind Hash House A Go Go. Parking is free, plentiful, and dedicated to the complex.

While most people love the rush of racing karts, I have been an observer for a long time now. When we visit go-kart venues, I am the family photographer. Though I always handled go-karting on residential streets just fine, my childhood is tainted with a slew of episodes where I found myself stuck and frustrated on tracks, to the ire of many go-kart attendants. The loose steering just didn’t combine well with the tight turns, I suppose, but I’ve never been able to maneuver a go-kart on a track. Rather than continue to annoy myself, attendants, and other racers, I swore off the little machines years ago… until the day I visited I-Drive NASCAR. And yes.. I’ll admit it… I was TERRIFIED! I shared my concern with Marketing Coordinator, Stephanie Strobel as she helped me prepare for my test drive. I warned her that I would give women drivers a bad name. Stephanie was incredibly reassuring, offering encouragement, and even a tip – just like on the highway, stay to the right if you just want the solo driving experience rather than the competitive “race”. 

Let’s take a closer look at the full I-Drive NASCAR experience…