What is the best way to get started?
First, visit us on race day. See the karts in action. Does it look like fun to you?
Then, attend a kart school. You’ll get a chance to drive a kart and decide whether or not you really want to make an investment in the sport. A school is the most cost effective test drive.
Next, come back and attend another kart race, perhaps even several. Ask questions and start looking more closely at the different classes. Introduce yourself to some of the karters. You may find it helpful to know a few by name on your first race day.
Once you’ve narrowed down which class or classes you are interested in, it’s time to find your first kart. New or used? It’s up to you and your budget. Many racers start with used equipment while they learn about the engine, the kart, and driving.
After that, practice, practice, practice. Become comfortable driving the kart fast. It’s best to get your seat time at an actual kart track. Large, empty parking lots are tempting, but the curbs, parking standards, and other immovable objects are dangerous. It may also be illegal in your area.
When you feel comfortable in the kart and you’ve mastered basic kart maintenance, you should be ready to enter your first race!
Do I need a license?
Yes. You do need to be licensed. You should develop basic kart control skills before attempting to race. There are several kart racing schools in Southern California.
Where can I practice? Can I drive a kart even if I do not want to race?
There a several kart tracks in Southern California which have open practice days. The Autoclub Speedway is available to us on race day, and we have an official practice sessions before we begin the races.
You do not have to race (compete) to enjoy driving a kart. Many kart owners attend open practice at the various local tracks and never enter a race.
Where can I buy a kart?
There are several kart shops in the Los Angeles area. Check out our links page for a list of places you can check out.