First Ever Kartoberfest

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Featuring car shows, inflatables, food trucks, drive-in movies, Autism Speaks fundraiser and more!

Pole Position Raceway St. Louis Hosts First Ever Kartoberfest

Community Festival and Charity Fundraiser for Autism Speaks


September 12, 2013: St. Louis, MO – Pole Position Raceway St. Louis, the area’s fastest indoor go kart track, is pleased to announce the first ever Annual Kartoberfest. Kartoberfest will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 from 12 pm to 10 pm and Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 from 11am to 7 pm at 8800 Watson Road in St. Louis. This family-friendly event includes car shows, food trucks, inflatable bounce house and obstacle course, petting zoo, face paint and balloon artists.

Each day of the festival will be capped off by special events. Saturday night, from 6 pm to 10 pm, a giant inflatable movie screen will be set up showing two films. Please visit website for movie title information. Sunday night, from 3 pm to 7pm, Pole Position Raceway has partnered with Autism Speaks for a fundraiser. Starting at 3pm on Sunday, all proceeds from races will be given directly to Autism Speaks. This portion of the event will be sensory friendly. Pole Position Raceway has a Kid’s Oval track where all the children with autism will have a private race. 

Pole Position Raceway Owner, Mike Johnson, has been looking forward to Kartoberfest since the track opened in March. “I wanted to create an event where racers and families of the community could come together to enjoy a weekend of racing and other fun, interactive activities,” said Johnson. “Saturday’s activities will provide a great family outing, while Sunday’s partnership with Autism speaks will be a special opportunity for children with autism to drive the karts without the pressure of anyone else trying to pass around them.”

For more information and a complete weekend schedule, please visit Pole Position Raceway – St. Louis online at, or by phone at 314-925-7545. For the latest updates, visit Pole Position Raceway on Facebook at

About Pole Position Raceway

Created in September 2005 in Corona, California, by co-founders Jason Williams and Ken Faught. During expansion, Williams and Faught teamed up with Brad Mark for the Las Vegas and Summerlin tracks.

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed nearly $199 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 95 cities across North America. This year, the St. Louis Walk will be held on October 12, 2013 at Forest Park.  For more information about the walk, visit On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships and related activities in more than 40 countries on 5 continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit



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Pole Position Raceway St. Louis Announces Celebrity Racers for Kartoberfest Autism Speaks Fundraiser

Jim Edmonds, D’Marco Farr, Richard Fortus, and Robby McGehee to Race to Raise Money


October 11, 2013: St. Louis, MO – Pole Position Raceway marks the final countdown to its first annual Kartoberfest celebration with the announcement of the list of celebrities who will participate in its charity kart race to benefit Autism Speaks. The race, which will cap off the October 26th-27th weekend of festivities, will take place on Sunday October 27 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Celebrity racers will include former Cardinal Jim Edmonds, former Ram D’Marco Farr, 1999 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the year Robby McGehee and Guns N Roses guitarist Richard Fortus.


Kartoberfest attendees will have the opportunity to buy a ticket for a group race against their favorite participating celebrity. All proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks.


The celebrity race is just one of the events happening at Pole Position Raceway during Kartoberfest, which will include a variety of car shows and activities for the whole family. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 from 12 pm to 4 pm, will be the Original Corvette Club. Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, will feature two clubs, Mustang Club of St. Louis from 11 am to 3 pm and Ferrari Club of Missouri and Southern Illinois from 2 pm to 6 pm. Voting for “Favorite Car” will be done by guests in attendance at each car show.  Tickets will be available to purchase and each ticket will count as one vote. Money raised from ticket sales will benefit Autism Speaks St. Louis.


Kartoberfest sponsor Jim Butler Chevrolet will have several new models on display for special preview on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 from 12 pm to 6 pm. Preview models include: 2014 Chevy Impala, 2014 Chevy Silverado, 2014 Chevy Camaro SS, 2013 Chevy Volt and 2013 Chevy Camaro ZL1.


For more information and a complete weekend schedule, please visit Pole Position Raceway – St. Louis online at, or by phone at 314-925-7545. For the latest updates, visit Pole Position Raceway on Facebook at


About Pole Position Raceway

Pole Position Raceway was founded in 2005 and has locations across America. Those involved with the Pole Position Raceway brand include former NASCAR Champ Kurt Busch, seven-time AMA Supercross Champion Jeremy McGrath and NASCAR reporter Jamie Little. This facility is independently owned and operated by Archangel Karting and is an officially licensed franchise through P2R Karting, Inc.


About Jim Butler Chevrolet

Jim Butler Chevrolet opened in 1980 and is the fastest growing Chevrolet dealership in the St. Louis region, consistently ranking in the top 100 of all Chevrolet dealerships nationwide.  They have sold more new Chevys in St. Louis than any other dealership in 2013.  Their staff remains committed to a high integrity, no-pressure approach to car buying and maintenance.  You can learn more about Jim Butler Chevrolet at


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