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5 Ways to Win Your Next Go Kart Race

By | Adult Karting, Corporate Events

If you ever find yourself in one of our win-by-position races, whether it’s part of a corporate event and you’re racing a Grand Prix, or its one of our Friday Night Endurance Races, you’ll want to follow our advice for how you can get the checkered flag.

First things first, make sure you have proper positioning in the kart (grab a seat insert if needed), sit up straight, and keep your hands on the wheel at “10 and 2”.  Now that you’re all set up, follow these 5 tips & tricks and you’re guaranteed to be the champion!

win-by-position checkered flag

#1 Don’t Drift

Avoid drifting and sliding at all costs. If you enter the turns sideways, the high-grip tires slow you extremely fast and you won’t have any power to exit the corner.  Not to mention, when you slide to a stop on the track, you’ll have to wait for a track marshal to come bail you out, losing precious seconds on the track.

When you enter a turn, don’t be afraid to use the brake to slow the kart. By slowing the kart, you’ll have a lot more control which will help to keep it straight, have a higher exit speed, and an overall faster driving style. Just be sure you’re braking before the turn. One of the most common mistakes people make is braking in the turn, causing them to slide out.

#2 Follow the Racing Lines

To establish a racing line for the entire track, you’ll want to remember that sometimes the fastest way around a turn may not be ideal for your overall speed on the track. The racing line is the line that allows you to turn the least and use the slightest steering input (the less you turn the wheel, the faster you go). Ideal racing lines in go-karting consider how you approach the turns – braking point, the turn-in point, the apex, and the exit.

Generally speaking, the best racing line is to start on the outside of the turn, get close to the inside at the apex, and exit on the outside of the track.

Following the correct racing lines can be the difference between winning, and watching the other racers from behind. Ask your Event Captain for our recommended racing lines for each of our tracks – we’re happy to show you how to best take the turns.

#3 Drive Fluently

You may not consider karting a smooth or graceful activity, but the more you can make sure you keep things steady and avoid abrupt changes in direction, the better. It may seem like common sense, but being alert and aware of other karters both ahead and behind you will help you to pass seamlessly and prevent others from passing you. Your lap times will be drastically affected by how precise your actual driving skills are.

#4 Weight Transfer

This next tip is quite advanced, but knowing it will definitely separate you from the pack. To understand this concept, we’ll have to take some basic science into consideration. When you accelerate, weight and traction transfers to your back tires, and conversely, the weight shifts to the front tires upon deceleration. If you find the kart isn’t turning, come off the gas a bit. If you start to lose traction, you can apply a slight throttle to force the rear tires back into traction. This will all take a bit of practice as you learn how throttling/braking affect the weight transfer of the kart.

#5 Pass Like a Pro

Bottom line… if you want to win the race, you’re going to have to learn to pass. But this is also the fun part. This is a crucial part of how you can win if you don’t have the fastest lap time (since you won’t be starting in first position).

When passing, you will usually attempt to pass on the inside of a corner. This will force your opponent out of the racing line and give you a shorter distance to travel.  Wedge your bumper to the inside when taking the corner and you will now have the inside racing line.

Enjoy Yourself!

Perhaps the most important tip of all is to be sure you’re having fun. It may sound absurd to you, but the whole point of coming here is to enjoy yourself, and if you’re stressed or angry you won’t be making smart decisions on the track. Keep your head clear, and remember it’s all in good fun.

So there you have it. Five top tips (plus a bonus) to help you finish first the next time you decide to battle it out at Unser Karting & Events. Contact an Event Planner today to book an event.
(720) 484-4406

Unser Karting 2nd floor track

Lap Time Track Tips – Episode 2

By | Adult Karting, Arrive & Drive, Denver

Ever wondered what it takes to shave some seconds off your lap time? In our new Lap Time Track Tips series, we’ll teach you everything you need to know to hit your best lap times yet.

In this episode, Track Marshal George describes the importance of pacing yourself. In the first lap, use the time to warm up the tires and get settled in the kart. Experiment with each of the turns so you get a better feeling for when to throttle and when to let off the gas. Practice makes perfect!


Skip the Wait – Now Taking Reservations

Unser Karting North Denver is now taking reservations for groups of 4-7 Adult* Racers. Make a reservation today at Unser Karting & Events.


Reservation team available Mon-Fri from 9am-5pm

*Racers must be 14 years or older. Racers under 18 years old must have a valid minor waiver on file:


group of men smiling at bachelor party

Plan the Perfect Bachelor Party in Denver

By | Parties

group of men smiling at bachelor party

If you’re looking for unique ideas for your bachelor party in Denver that are fiancé-approved, we’ve got you covered! Follow our tips & tricks for the perfect bachelor party day that will keep your guests thoroughly entertained all day long and make this a party to remember.

1. Rent a Party Bus for the Day

What’s better than having all your friends together on a bus while you are transported from place to place? Renting a party bus makes the day stress-free for the bachelor and his guests and way more fun for everyone involved.

2. Start at Unser Karting & Events

three people racing around a go kart track during bachelor party

For the guys that love a good friendly competition, go-karting is the perfect way to start the day and get your adrenaline going. Our dedicated event planners will take care of everything from start to finish. All you have to do is show up ready to have some fun. With many different racing packages to choose from, (each with a warm-up, qualifier and championship heat) this party will be kicking off to a great start when you crown the racing champion – hopefully, it’s the bachelor!

3. Fuel Up in the Trackside Tavern

bachelor party food pizza, wings and salad

By this time, you will have worked up an appetite and be ready for some grub. Our Trackside Tavern is the perfect place to get full before the rest of your day of adventure. Choose from favorites like buffalo wings, pizza or nachos, then grab a beer to complement it.  Although we don’t allow drinking before you race, we have a full-service bar that’ll be waiting for you once you’re finished on the track. Enjoy your food & drinks in our game room, where you can revel in a game of billiards or ping pong.

4. Keep the Competition Going

Hop back on that party bus and head to your next spot. If you’re looking to keep the competitive theme of the day going, we recommend paintball or an indoor shooting range. You’ll bond as a team during a thrilling and exciting game of paintball.

5. Decompress Over Some Drinks

Head to your favorite bar for some post-adventure drinks. This is the perfect opportunity to reminisce about the day and treat the bachelor to his favorite beer or cocktail. No one will have to worry about driving home since you’re a genius and you planned ahead with the party bus!

Contact an Event Planner today to book your bachelor party at Unser Karting & Events:
(720) 484-4406

Unser Karting 2nd floor track

Lap Time Track Tips – Episode 1

By | Adult Karting, Arrive & Drive, Denver

Ever wondered what it takes to shave some seconds off your lap time? In our new Lap Time Track Tips series, we’ll teach you everything you need to know to hit your best lap times yet.

In this episode, Track Lead Jason will show you how to get proper position in the kart. You’ll want to adjust the foot pedals so you have a slight bend in the knees and elbows. Feel free to grab a booster seat if you need it.  If you’re unsure whether you’ve found your correct fit in the kart, our Track Marshals will be happy to help!