How many times have you sped down the street or down the freeway on a serious mission to get to your destination?
Remember feeling the rush from the speed and the challenge of defying the law? Lets face it; we feel the need to speed. At Adams Kart Track, we can race safely without the fear of having an accident or getting a ticket, speed and have big fun doing it!
In 1960, Adams Kart Track held its first race. The Adams family started the business to help take care of their parents, Mr. & Mrs. Frank Adams. Adams Kart Track (AKT) was started with the help of Jack Yaeger, who asphalted the track, and Chuck Saunders, who used his tractor to level the land.
AKT is the only African-American race track owned and operated in the United States.
Currently Adams Kart Track is the second largest facility of its kind in the western U. S.
A retail store, kart parts and an engine shop are a part of the track and driving school.
The operation is three generations deep from the late Frank Adams to Troy Adams, who is now the president. Adams Kart Track has developed more professional drivers, in the various divisions of motor sports, than any other track in the country; from IRL, CART to NASCAR, AKT has been instrumental in the development of drivers such as George Mack, Buddy Rice, Richie Hearns, Alex Barron, Jeff Ward, Kevin Harvick, and Troy Adams just to name a few.
Adams Kart Track has many different programs. One of their programs is the First Job Program in which they hire kids between the ages of 15 to 21 in the Inland Empire. The First Job Program is designed to prepare todays youth with the necessary job skills to better prepare them for future employment. This program has partnered with the City of Riverside, Riverside County and the Jurupa Partnership Program.
M-Fuse is another program that has been implemented to assist the economically disadvantaged families (i.e. roofing, cutting grass, planting trees, fixing fences, etc.) within the unincorporated areas of Riverside County, is a partnership between AKT and California Baptist College established in 1998.
Troy Adams finds kids who show an interest in some aspect of racing and brings them down to the track to work and learn. The kids start by doing track and car maintenance and in turn get free track time and get to go to various races and meet top drivers. Adams stresses education. Math, reading and writing are important tools in communication and the best driving teams have excellent communication.
AKT has goals within the next five years to modernize the facility, and secondly to pique the interest of more minorities and the opportunities available in motor sports.
The Summer Youth Program will be used to introduce the business of karting to minorities. Expansions on the horizon will include grandstand seating, concession partnerships and a 6,000 sq. ft racing shop and banquet facility.
Troy has some suggestions for new and upcoming entrepreneurs; have a strong business plan and shop your competition, if any. Dont look at todays economy to make future business plans when forecasting. Network with as many individuals as possible, especially those that have goals that are similar to your own.
Three factors that contribute to AKTs success: hard work, dedication, and customer service. And of course the Adams family deserves great credit. After all, racing, speed and challenge is second nature to the Adams family.
For more information about Adams Kart Track call (909) 686-3826 or visit 5292 24th Street, Riverside, CA 92509.
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