Considered the brain child of Art Ingles in mid-1950s Southern California, kart racing is about as much fun as you can have going 100 miles per hour with your butt a mere two inches off of the ground. Kart racing as a motor sport started using small, two-stroke engines that were found in chainsaws in the sport’s early days. Later, more powerful and more reliable motorcycle engines powered the light weight and low to the Earth racers.
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There are many famous racers who attest kart racing as the place where they got their first taste for the sport including F1 drivers like Sebastian Vittell, the deceased Ayerton Senna, Ferrari F1 driver Michael Schumacher as well as even some in the NASCAR community. Drivers can get access to kart racing at a young age which is how it has become so influential with older and highly successful professional drivers.

Today’s racing karts come with either a four stroke engine or a more traditional two-stroke unit. Power is transferred from the engine to the wheels via a rear axle chain which is a bit rudimentary but it also is what helps make the karts so easy to drive. The very small wheels are made of magnesium, aluminum or ultra-light weight carbon fiber. Like real race cars seen on American and global telecasts such as NASCAR, karts can have highly stick race tires or rain-specific “slicks”.

Kart RacingMost auto sports are truly expensive. Kart racing is likely the most “for the people” thus affordable. While kart racing can be a family activity, more serious kart racers can get into styles of racing ranging from: sprint, endurance (as long as 24 hours like Le Mans) or speedway, often hosted on oval tracks. Insurance is often needed to get into kart racing as are many of the same safety items needed in other forms of racing such as a helmet, a fire extinguisher, a fire-proof race suit, gloves, boots, seat belts and more.

Get out and try kart racing. It is a hell of a lot of fun.