So you’re ready to start racing? Here is what you need to do to get into racing Go Karts.

  1. Find your ‘Home Track’
    • The closer to the house the more seat time you’ll get.
    • You only need one track your first season. Save the regional series until you know what you’re doing.
  2. Find a local kart shop to help in your development.
    • Yep, it’s cheaper on the internet. But you don’t know what you need yet or how to make it work. You need help and guidance your first season.
  3. Get comfortable with what it will cost. You can do a beginner’s class on a 4 cycle kart for $2000 to $3000 (kart included) first season. You can spend $20 grand if you jump into the deep end of the pool.
  4. 2 stroke, 4 stroke, circles or left and right turns. None of that matters.
    • Don’t be a racing snob, just get involved with the track that satisfies item #1 above.
    • Yep, a 2 cycle kart and a road course sprint track most resembles your favorite series F1, but if you can’t get to the track twice a week (minimum) for a practice and race you’ll never get good at this game and you’ll drop the sport. Suck it up and get involved at the local dirt oval track even though you think all dirt racers are red necks. And if you are the inverse of this example re-read step #1.
  5. Visit the track and see what goes on.
  6. If the track closest to you doesn’t have rental karts or demonstration rides find a track that does. Make sure riding a go kart is as much fun as it looks. It isn’t for everyone. Don’t buy equipment until you’ve gotten at least a ½ hour of track time.
  7. If ‘Too Much Fun’ is how you term your rental ride, it’s time to get involved.
  8. Time to step on your ego.
    • Plan to join the beginner class not the fastest class.
    • The learning curve will be step enough without F1 type performance
  9. Get the rule book that defines what equipment you need.
    • Make a trip to your local kart shop. If they don’t give you a warm fuzzy that they are all about helping beginners in the beginners class then find another shop.
    • The price of a complete kart will be more at the kart shop, but you need a complete kart to compete.
    • Before you land the bargain of the week on Craig’s List or E-Bay make sure you’ve done enough homework to know what you need and what you’re buying.
    • We’ve met way too many new racers who have just returned from a weekend drive three states away to pick up their new kart at the bargain price of $500. $1500 later they have a complete kart that will compete.
  10. Do you like to tinker? Do you like to get your hands dirty? Are you mechanically inclined? Perfect, you’re going to like your new hobby
    • You say you’re in this to be the next Dale Earnhardt not the next Smoky Yunick? Make sure the kart shop or track you’re working with can provide all the service and tuning help you’d like to buy.
  11. Are you doing this as a family? The father & son or father & daughter activity. This may be the only activity in which you actually do it as a team. Baseball, hockey, football, etc. are all spectator sports for dad and some other guy coaches.
  12. How will you transport your new hobby? Where will you store your new hobby gear?
    • If you live in an apartment and drive a sports car you’ll need a track with storage for rent.
    • Pickup trucks and enclosed trailers are really cool but aren’t free.
  13. Get out to the track and practice, practice, practice.
    • You’re going to meet a lot of great people. Ask a lot of questions. The seasoned karters will help you develop a routine to maintain the kart and to work on your driving skills.
    • When you feel comfortable with kart control and are making consistent lap times it is time to do your first race.
    • Don’t get stuck in the practice rut thinking your lap times need to be front of the pack before your first race. You’ll never get there. You need the race experience to get those lap times.
  14. Don’t forget to enjoy your new sport. If like most of life’s endeavors you’re probably involved so you can learn something about yourself. And then work on bettering yourself. Competition can be sweet or it can bring out the demons.
  15. Once you tame your demons get ready to develop some friendships that will last a lifetime even if go karting is just your hobby for a few years.

We’re glad you’re on board. We’ll see you at the track.

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