Do You Have a Dream About Racing?

Do you have a dream of someday becoming a NASCAR driver or Formula 1 driver? Everyone who has gone on vacation and driven a go-kart has thought about it at one moment of time or another. But what does it take to race karts?

According to Wikipedia, “Karting is commonly perceived as the stepping stone to the higher ranks of motorsports, for example of Ginetta Juniors, FIA formula 4, FIA Formula 3, FIA Formula 2, FIA Formula 1, with former F1 Champion such as Nico Rosberg, Ayrton Senna, Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher beginning their careers in karting.” Americans have Been enjoying karts since the first one was built in 1956 by Art Ingles. Karts can vary in speed, but the top speed is 170 miles per hour. Karts used in the general public have much lower speeds. 

According to The Dispatch.com, “quite a few of NASCAR stars first raced go- karts in the initial years of their driving careers.” Ricky Rudd, Tony Stewart, and Jamie McMurray all got their start racing go-karts. Everybody has to start somewhere. Most NASCAR drivers get their start winning at short tracks. 

How much does it cost to get started in the sport? Well, go-kart racing is the closest thing to professional racing as it gets, but it is a lot less expensive. It really depends on whether you get a used or new kart. An old kart can range anywhere between $500 to $2,500. It also depends on whether you get an engine or not. A new car will cost between $2,750 and $4,500. You could spend close to $1,000 on tires, engine, wheels, clutch, and other repairs. 

You can get started in racing karts at the age of 8 years old. All clubs usually break down their classes by age, skill, and speed. Junior 1 has 8 to 11-year-olds racing up to 60-70 miles per hour. Junior 2 goes between 12 to 15-years old, and the speed ranges up to 120 miles per hour. The last level is over 16. That car can go up to 170 miles per hour. There is no age limit, so you could race as an adult, but you would need to have the skill to compete. Everyone must have all the equipment which includes everything from a racing suit, gloves, shoes, and helmet to the rib and neck protector. 

You can use a streeter basic stationary kart stand to store your kart or you can use it when you are transporting your karts. You have the option to store one or two karts at a time. The stands are a must have for any kart enthusiast. 

So, to sum it up, anyone can start karting. It can be a way for you to see how much skill it really takes to be a professional racecar driver. If you have a dream, it really is never too late to go for it. Good luck to you and see you at the track!

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