Chief Deputy Steven Wagner of the Hendricks County Sheriff's Department is a friend of the Tomasiks. He wasn't familiar with slot car racing when they invited him to Fast Tracks.
"Once you race on either of the slot car tracks they offer, you'll be hooked," Wagner said.
The Tomasiks got their slot car track from a fellow enthusiast on Indianapolis' southside. When they found their current location, which is just east of Andy Mohr Toyota on U.S. 36, it was being used for storage. Its owner told them they could use it rent-free, but they had to clean it out.
"When we opened that back door, there was no pathway," Ron said. "This place was full."
When he asked what to do with all the contents, the answer was "just make it go away." It took the Tomasiks nights and weekends for a year to clean the building out. That included stripping a floor that was covered in oil and grease and adding heating and air conditioning. They estimate that they spent $15,000 just on the inside. But it feels like a racing atmosphere, right down to the checkered-painted garage doors lining one side.
"We wanted to give it a racing look," Barb said.
They hope to soon have a road course complete with hills and 90-degree curves.
"We'll have to do some remodeling, but it'll be worth it to have the track in here," Ron said. "(Slot car racing is) a lot of fun. It's a good hobby, something other than playing video games or watching TV. It's also another way to socialize."
Fast Tracks Raceway is at 9145 E. U.S. 36. It's open from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, and closed Monday.
For more information, call 374-7271 or visit the website at FastTracksRaceway.com.