Dollar for dollar and pound for pound Kart racing is the best performance value in 4-wheel motorsports. The similarity between amusement park go-karts and a purpose built racing kart is about the same as the sedan sitting in your garage and the cars found on the high banked tracks of NASCAR. Kart racing is also the fastest growing form of adult motorsports.
If the person that looks at you in the mirror every morning is the one that has to beat the guy in the next lane away from the green light or down the on-ramp to the expressway, then karting should be on your bucket list. Karting offers something for every wannabe racer. From entry level lower horsepower to high performance karts capable of 0 – 60 times in less than 4 seconds and generating close to 2 G’s of cornering force.
Racing on road course tracks ranging from a ½ mile to mile in length, racers experience the thrill of real wheel to wheel and nose to tail racing with their backsides an inch off the ground. Speeds can reach 80 mph and the difference in lap times is usually measured in hundredths of a second. When racing you are either accelerating, braking or turning while vying for the same piece of real estate with your fellow racers. Using rigid suspensions, a solid rear axle and no power steering, driving or racing a kart hard and fast is one of the most physically demanding forms of 4-wheel motorsports. Kart racing can be found across the country from local club level groups to regional and national traveling series.
What does it mean to be a racer? It’s a blend of determination and effort, brains and courage, humility and bravado, heart and soul. You spend a season chasing the dream of winning a championship and win or lose you wouldn’t trade a moment no matter how you finish.
I have raced Go Karts on and off since 1984, The TAG Master Series by far has been the most enjoyable in all my years of karting. Large fields with all different levels of skill and ability have made it both challenging and rewarding. Jack Eschbach
If you agree that growing up is optional and you’re not ready to retire to the couch and the remote, then you should look into karting.
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