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By Sarah Nguyen

One of the Valley’s finest establishments for family entertainment has plenty to be excited about these days.

The business is aware of the health and safety concerns surrounding the pandemic and has made adjustments to ensure that fun and enjoyment will not be compromised for the sake of good health.

Through some tweaks and updates to its business model, Octane Raceway has developed a plan to ensure that all activities will be conducted with safety in mind.

Safety first, fun always

Face masks are required for entry and for the endless array of activities that the business offers, such as kart racing, mini bowling, virtual reality and arcade games.

Take a spin around the country’s only full-time indoor and outdoor racetrack. Race guilt free with the Sodi RTX racing karts that release zero emissions. However, these eco-friendly karts do not sacrifice speed for the betterment of our planet.

Reaching a maximum of 45 mph with a maximum torque of 10,000 rpm, these karts will definitely get your adrenaline pumping.

In addition, karts will be disinfected after each use through a sanitization fogging system. Another new sanitation system has been employed by the business to keep rental racing helmets clean as well.

“We use the Sani Boxx for disinfecting helmets with a powerful UVC light,” says Mario Esquer, Octane Raceway’s marketing manager.

The Sani Boxx is a state-of-the-art sanitation tool that has been implemented to keep all rental helmets clean after every race.

The raceway also offers other special group activities that will be sure to create lasting memories, like the Pit Crew Challenge, which teaches your group how to complete a full pit stop as a real pit crew would on a NASCAR racecar.

Want a break from the track? The raceway has revamped its arcade area with over 15 new installed games. Defeat UFOs in a round of “Aliens Armageddon” or evade dinosaurs with “Jurassic Park.”

Complimentary single-use gloves are available for anyone who wishes to play in the arcade or mini bowling area. There will also be a vacant lane in between mini bowling lanes to serve as a buffer for social distancing.

Take a break from reality with Velocity VR, a perfect team-building experience, as it includes activities like rebuilding barriers and defeating zombies with your group. The Sani Boxx is also used to sanitize the virtual reality headgear after each use.

The health and safety of Octane Raceway’s patrons and employees are of the utmost importance. Through these new sanitation methods and preventative measures, the raceway has ensured that the enjoyment of guests will not be hindered by COVID-19 and the impending flu season.

Grill and chill

If you start feeling hungry after a day of fun, there is no need to fret. Octane Raceway’s Brickyard Grill has a variety of menu items that are sure to please every member of your group.

For the youngsters, the grill offers kid-approved plates such as mini corn dogs and sliders.

As for older guests, the grill menu lists out hearty dishes like the Tuscan chicken flatbread and signature cocktails such as the Arizona Mule, a thirst-quenching concoction that includes jalapeño vodka and prickly pear nectar.

There is no exception for drinking and driving here, however, as guests will not be allowed to race on the track if they have consumed more than two alcoholic beverages.

Brickyard Grill’s kitchen and dining area has been updated to ensure that it follows newly mandated health and safety guidelines.

“We have throwaway menus and a QR code that you can scan with your phone to view the food menu,” Esquer says. “We space out our seating and place people at every other table to maintain social distancing.”

There will be limited seating at the bar as well. There will also be disposable cups, lids and wrapped straws available to all guests upon request.

With all of the efforts made by Octane Raceway to ensure the health and safety of all, there is no doubt that the quality of food and entertainment will be as enjoyable as ever.

Octane Raceway, 9119 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 602.302.7223,