Driver's Race Guide

This guide has been designed to assist Event Guests to better understand the requirements of participating in a GPK race. The following topics are briefly discussed:

• Dress code & footwear
• Alcohol
• Race Course
• Race Go-Karts
• Registration & Safety
• Race format & scoring
• Services available
• Map

Dress Code & Footwear

Recommended slacks (jeans), shirt with long or short sleeves. Footwear must be closed-toe and provide support for the heel, no sandles or open-toe permitted. A race suit may be available for use with your event, depending on your package selected by the event organizer, otherwise you mat rent one from our Retail Shop. Helmets are supplied for your safety, as well, all guest receive their own personal balaclava to keep.

Alcohol Note

Grand Prix Kartways features a licensed Lounge and meeting Rooms to service all your needs. Guests are not permitted to bring any alcoholic beverages onto GPK property, this includes as gifts or prizes. Any such gifts or prizes must be done by way of Gift certificate. Any and all illegal beverages will be confiscated.
Drivers who are intoxicated are not permitted to race. GPK reserves the right to remove unruly and/or uncooperative guests. Grand prix Kartways may at its discretion test any driver that appears to be intoxicated and prohibit them from racing.

Race Course

The ¼ mile Course is a treat for the experienced driver and forgiving for the novice driver. With 15 Turns, super straight-a-way, hairpins and a chicane, It is designed to be a fun and challenging, as you race around a 20 ft fountain, racing and under a 60 ft bridge along the Toronto waterfront, GPK is sure to excite all who challenge it.

Race Go-Karts

The state-of-the-art electric go-karts are not only thrilling to drive, but also free of noxious fumes and environmentally friendly, for a more enjoyable guest experience. The track accommodates 12 go-karts per race session, and our fleet of 24 adult race karts ensures maximum use of your allotted time. Adult race kart drivers must be a minimum of 16 years of age, and a minimum of 52” (130 cm) in height. A limited fleet of Junior race karts are available for drivers as young as 10, with a minimum height of 48” (120 cm). All drivers under the age of 18 must have parental permission.

Registration & Safety

When you arrive at GPK, our courteous staff will register your guests in a timely fashion, please be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes before your booked time. All drivers will be required to sign a liability waiver, and parent/guardian must sign on behalf of anyone under 18 years of age. A drivers safety & race rules meeting will be given to your group, to ensure everyone will have a safe and fun time.

DO NOT RACE if you have a heart condition, back or neck ailment, currently injury, or are pregnant.

Please note that drivers recognized as presenting a danger to themselves and/or others will be black flagged, requiring them to stop racing to receive further instruction, or in the extreme, prohibition from continuing. Go-Kart racing is a non-contact sport. We do not tolerate any bumping or blocking.

Race format & scoring

Your event organizer has pre-selected the type of race format you will participate in, and they will inform you before the race of the format and rules. They may use one of the following examples, or create a more unique competition:

Daytona Race
Each driver races in a series of 10-minute heat races against other competitors to race the best average lap time. After a specified number of heat races the driver with the best overall lap time is the winner. Awards are given to first, second, and third place finishes.
Grand Prix Race
Each driver races in a series of practice and/or heats. Once completed, the drivers are ranked based on their best lap result, and then grouped into
different classes of competitive level. A final championship race is held for every class, with winners declared in each.
Le Mans Enduro Race
Guests are divided into a maximum of 12 teams, with one driver per team racing at a time. The length of the race can be determined by the event coordinator,
but usually runs for 60 minutes. Once the race has
started teams are required to change their driver every 5 to 10 laps (depending on team size), so all team members have an opportunity to drive. The object of the race is to complete as many laps as possible in the allotted time. The team with the most laps is the winner. Awards are given to the first, second, and third place teams.
The ROC Timing/Scoring System is based on Driver selection and position. Each Driver will score their lap times and each will receive a print out after their race session, which is then used to show their overall fastest lap, best average lap and over all final position.

Please note that it is important that all drivers know in advance of the race which format they will be racing. The ROC timing/ scoring system is used in all races to ensure that there are no controversies during or after the race.

Other Activities & Services
Grand Prix Kartways’ spacious facilities provide our guests with:

• Men’s & Women’s driver change rooms
• Retail Shop & Performance racing products
• Deli-style restaurant
• Sports Bar & VIP Lounge
• Plenty of free parking

In addition, GPK has a 4000 sq.ft arcade with a slot car track, foozeball and billiard tables, and a large variety of video games, helping to fill your race day with more activities. These facilities are open to the non-racers in your organization, making them a part of this special day. Advanced notice should be given to the sales department if you require any of these facilities, to ensure that they are properly prepared and booked for your arrival. GPK provides internet kiosks and a free WiFi service for our customers. For your convenience we accept Cash, Bank Debit Cards, Visa, Master Card, and American Express. No personal cheques please.
An ATM machine is located on site in our registration area.

Located at Downsview Park
75 Carl Hall Road, Bay 3, Unit 9
Toronto, ON, M3K 2B9 ~ 416.638.KART (5278); fax 416.638.7594

From Hwy 401:
North on Allen Expressway to Sheppard Ave. West. Turn left (west) and proceed four lights to John Drury Drive, turning left once more. Turn left on Carl Hall Road and follow to 75 Carl Hall Rd, just past railway. We are located in the second building of the industrial complex.

From Keele Street:
Turn east on Sheppard Ave. West and proceed to next lights. Turn right (south) on John Drury Drive and take this to Carl Hall Road, at which point you will turn left and follow to our entrance. We are located in the second building of the 75 Carl Hall Road industrial complex.


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