A two-story, indoor electric go-kart complex on Colorado Springs’ north side is revving up for an opening on Memorial Day weekend.
Overdrive Raceway, which owner Jim Mundle of Castle Rock says will be the first such facility in the country with racing on two floors, unloaded half of its 54 go-karts Monday in preparation for an opening of the first-floor track May 28; the second-floor track could take a little longer to open, he said.
On Friday, crews are scheduled to begin a two-week installation of the facility’s one-quarter-mile race tracks.
“It’s all coming together,” Mundle said. “We’re just excited.”
Overdrive Raceway, a $6.5 million facility, will be housed in a 68,000-square-foot building – 34,000 square feet per floor – at Polaris Pointe, a 200-acre retail center taking shape southeast of Interstate 25 and North Gate Boulevard. Bass Pro Shops, Magnum Shooting Center, Southern Hospitality Southern Kitchen and a C.B. & Potts restaurant and brewery are among businesses at Polaris Pointe; a hotel and water park also are planned.
Overdrive will offer 40 adult go-karts for drivers taller than 56 inches; those karts will reach speeds up to 55 mph. Fourteen go-karts for children 48 to 56 inches tall will reach speeds up to 25 mph. The first-floor track will accommodate children and adult racers; the second floor will be set aside for adults, Mundle said.
Overdrive also will have concession areas, a full-service bar, seating, video games, offices and a corporate conference room, Mundle said.
A one-time Walt Disney World hotel chef, Mundle, 45, also worked as a regional sales manager for an office solutions company. He always was interested in indoor racing and spent several years researching it before launching Overdrive.
“Racing in general is popular,” he said. “To be able to go fast in a controlled, safe environment I think appeals to a lot of people. I don’t think we really have an age demographic. I think it’s 7 to 70. Everybody enjoys it.”
In two to three months, Mundle expects to add four more go-karts with hand controls for disabled drivers; as a military community, and with veterans who’ve suffered combat injuries, it’s important to have the facility accessible to everyone, he said.
Mundle, a diabetic, is himself a double amputee.
In 2006, while in a hotel in New Orleans, his right foot stepped on a wood splinter. Compensating for the injury led to a diabetic condition in his left foot, staph infections, 15 surgeries and the amputation of his left leg below the knee in November 2013.
But a blister on his right foot led to another staph infection, and a specialist told him he faced a similar series of surgeries to combat the infection. Rather than go through that again, Mundle and his wife, Jennifer, decided to have his right leg amputated, also below the knee.
That second surgery which took place in December.
“We’re not going to go through another 15 surgeries on this foot,” Mundle said.
As difficult as the amputations might seem, Mundle said they actually freed him from a life of misery; the infections led to constant fevers, pain and discomfort, he said.
“Losing my legs didn’t take anything from me; it gave everything back to me,” Mundle said. “It truly did. I was sick for five years with fevers. I got my life back because I had my legs amputated. It was a horrible existence for that period of time.”
Mundle now walks and drives with the use of prosthetics – and doesn’t look back when it comes to the loss of his legs.
“Every morning you wake up and you have a choice, and that choice is your attitude – what you’re going to do with your life. And you can sit back and look at your situation and be a victim. I choose not to.”