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Coke syrup helps go-kart drivers

WATERLOO (KWWL)-- Possible future Nascar stars are getting some race experience in Waterloo.

The go-karts hit the track indoors at McElroy Auditorium in Waterloo Saturday.

The King of the Bullring event features 130 racers of all ages.  Go-kart racing can be the start of some careers.

There are 22 types of vehicles.  This race is unique because it uses a special learning tool.

"Its coke syrup virtually what you have in your McDonald's or a fountain drink, and they put that on the track-- and as you can see behind us the tracks starting to get black and rubber up and that syrup just makes it stick like you can't believe," said kart manufacturer Scott Lilienthal.

That extra friction teaches racers how to hug the track at lower speeds.  There will be another King of the Bullring race December fifth.

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