said. “;e building was in terrible shape
and I had no idea where to start.” After
several brainstorming sessions with his
two-person start-up team, a plan was
made and the hard work began. ;e initial
project of opening a track and customer
service area took five months of manual
labor and political wrangling. ;e track
opened for business on October 19, 2010,
and we have been expanding and adding
For their RC Supercross Race, Unser Racing installed a rearward-falling starting
gate to mimic the land rush starts of a real
How long was the kart track open before the
decision was made to add an RC racetrack,
KC: Unser Racing had been open for about
one and half years before the RC track
was developed. Karting quickly became
such a huge success that Scott began
thinking of other ways to make Unser an
all-around entertainment venue. RC has a
solid following, especially locally, and o;ers
an a;ordable alternative to customers
who want to try something new while still
satisfying the thirst for racing.
Unser Racing was fortunate to not only
have room for a large racing surface, but
also space for a comfortable trackside pit
area with built-in tables.
How do you feel the RC track fits in with the
rest of the business?
KC: RC fits in great with what Unser is all
about. It’s a recreation and a hobby that
is not only nearby, but also o;ers a fun
alternative for people who think karting
is out of their price range. Our company
aims to make everything as easy as
possible for our customers, which is why
our RC division includes modifications,
available rentals, and even competition
opportunities, all at an a;ordable price. We
also get all types of customers walking
through our door, including men and
women, anywhere from 10 to 80 years old.
Left: While some indoor tracks don’t allow them, Unser Racing’s large track is perfect for racing electric 1/8-scale buggies. Right: No need to go searching for fast food in between qualifying rounds. Unser Racing has a restaurant on site!
Did anyone at Unser have RC experience
prior to opening the RC track? Did you have
to modify the facility at all?
KC: Even though no one on our team knew
anything about indoor karting, we were
still able to do a pretty good job figuring
that out. As we discovered there was
serious interest in the business, we realized
it was important to find the right person
on board to run it. JP Sharp, our current
RC Manager, was brought on last year and
brings a lot of RC experience to the table
from both racing and business standpoints.
Luckily, there was no need for any drastic
modifications to accommodate the RC
track. We benefit from having a large
facility and the track fit easily into what
used to be the dealership’s service area.
;e drivers’ platform was built first and
was then followed by the pits, which were
outfitted with multiple workbench areas
and stools. To build the first track, about 120
tons of clay were brought in and formed.
Since then, we have redone the track five
times, with our most recent change taking
place in March 2013.