Bakersfield Karting Experience is reopening under new ownership

A new owner is taking over the Bakersfield Karting Experience, changing the name to the "Track House." He plans to reopen the operation in the next 6-8 weeks (KBAK/KBFX File Photo).

More than a month ago, the Bakersfield Karting Experience closed its doors permanently.

But now a new owner, Mike Ross, is taking over and plans to re-open it with a new name within six to eight weeks.

Ross has 20 years of experience in the entertainment field, including Bakersfield Christmas Town locally, and as a consultant on water parks across the country. When investors approached him about taking over the operation, he agreed.

"We are going to make a few changes and make it more family-friendly," Ross said.

He plans on slowing down the go-carts and changing the track from a clay surface to a safer one. The track will also become more twisty. More games will be added to the arcade and the name of the business will change to The Track House.

One of the biggest complaints from customers at the Bakersfield Karting Experience was wait times. Ross says he plans to hire more staff to bring wait times down.

Because of his experience, Ross is confident this time around, things will be different.

"Give us some time. We are going to re-design it and make it stronger and better," said Ross.

Discussions are still being made to determine pricing, but it likely will be the same as the Bakersfield Karting Experience.

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