Opening day is coming faster than the pack at the end of the straight-a-way!
Are you ready? Are you just starting your race career, so this is your first opening day? Got time for some guidelines or suggestions? Let’s make a list.
- Registration opens at 9 AM. You can get on the grounds before that if you like.
- Registration happens on the patio on the north side of the building. You can pay your entry fees there if you have a check or cash. If you’d like to pay by credit card in the ‘Pit Stop’ kart shop, you can do so after registering. Kids don’t need to come to registration as mom or dad will sign all the waivers. Entry fees are the same as last year, $40/driver, second entry same driver $30. Pit passes are $10 each. Kid Kart entry fees are $25/driver.
- Pitting; Pick out a pit spot/parking spot when you arrive. If you’ve paid for reserved parking you know where that spot is. If you don’t have reserved parking the free stuff is for you. Everything around the circular drive is first come first served. You’ll see the circle when you arrive.
- Get your pit set up. Get the kart out along with your safety gear. The safety tech crew will likely walk around and do an inspection on your kart and your safety gear.
- Need Parts? The ‘Pit Stop’ is open to get any parts, tires changed, service, or your rental transponder. You might want to put one of your extra crew on that duty as it is pretty busy between 9 and 10 AM.
- Check Kart & Driver Weight: Before practice head to the drive across scale and check your weight. Bolt on weight is for sale in the ‘Pit Stop’.
- Restrictor Change; see the fella doing the safety inspection.
- Scaling your Kart: If you need a scale to set chassis cross or corner weights you might want to get out to the track on Friday or Saturday for that. Scaling on Sunday might happen, but likely not in the before practice time frame.
- Investigate the Storage Shed; While waiting for practice to start walk over to the storage shed in the pit.
- There is an air hose between the overhead door on the west side of the building and the first soda machine. You can fill your air tank there.
- Next find the bulletin board on the same side of the building. This is where the practice order will be posted. This is also where race line ups, qualifying results, and some race results will be posted through out the day.
- Starting Grid: There is a red grid painted on the cement near the double gates where drivers enter the track. Use this for staging both practice and heat race line ups.
- Changing oil? There is a drain oil barrel in the vicinity of the storage shed. Please use it vs. pouring the oil on the ground or in a trash can.
- Practice starts at 10 AM and will run through three rounds of practice for each class.
- Only track crew are allowed on the track during a practice session. If we have a stalled kart the crew will get to it. If a kart stand is needed to bring a broken kart back to the pit we’ll make time for the crew to fetch it when the session has been flagged off.
- There is no driving in the pit on race day. We’d like all engines shut off as the karts round the corner coming into the pits by the scale.
- Qualifying; The third round of practice is also the qualifying session that will line up heat #1. You will need your transponders on to receive a time.
- We would appreciate drivers having their transponders on the kart for all practice sessions. This does a couple of things; first it allows our score keeper to identify you and your transponder. This eases scoring the qualifier.
- The second is that you can use your hand held to watch lap times as they are turned during any of the sessions. You can do this with an app called ‘Race Monitor’ that is from ‘Mylaps’ the people who make our scoring system. You can search for Mylaps and download the app from their site. It is free to watch the lap times at the track you are at. It takes a subscription to keep up with race events going on around the world. The IP address you’ll need at the track is 192.168.254.227
- Driver’s Meeting; Practice usually ends around 11:30 AM. Time for final adjustments and some lunch. You’ll need to drag lunch along or visit Brodhead to grab McDonalds or Subway. When the race crew has the race line ups done a driver’s meeting will be called via the PA system. We meet in the middle of the track by the flag pole. This meeting will cover current events, housekeeping, and a run through of how the race day will be run. We often keep our new karters for an extended driver’s meeting to make sure the tutoring is complete.
- Race schedule: is often the same order as the practice order. If not we’ll announce that in the driver’s meeting. Three heat rounds will be run for each class. Race length is six laps each heat for the Kid Karts and eight, ten and twelve for the other classes.
If we’ve left anything off of this list and events of the day have you scratching your head ask a seasoned go-karter what’s going on, or ask one of the track crew.
Practice will be available on Friday the 29th and Saturday the 30th. Hours both days will be Noon to 5 PM.