New Karter? Start Here!
“Driving a go kart is the closest thing to driving an IndyCar.”
I could put any number of famous IndyCar drivers’ names behind that quote. When I tested a shifter-kart during the 1996 Indy Lights off season, the first thought that went through my head was, “Wow, this feels only a fraction slower than my Indy Lights car.” A couple of years ago, I asked 2005 Indy 500 winner and fellow karter Buddy Rice how he would compare driving today’s karts to driving a current IndyCar. His response was very telling, “since they keep slowing IndyCars down for safety reasons while we keep developing our karts and finding more speed, the two now feel identical to drive.”
Awesome, you say, I’m sold, so how do I get involved? Given the cost and time commitment of this sport, I strongly recommend test driving a kart before you buy one. My first suggestion would be to contact the local kart shop(s) in your area and see if any of them offer an arrive and drive program where you could take one of their karts out for a few laps to see if you like it. I would also recommend attending a kart racing school such as the Bondurant SuperKart School, especially if you have your eye on a shifter. Not only will you gain valuable experience behind the wheel, you will learn the fundamentals to be fast, greatly reducing your learning curve.
Once you are ready to buy a kart, use this newsletter as your one-stop source for all your karting information needs. From extensive articles on how to buy kart to advance tuning and preparation tips, this newsletter is designed to help you through your entire karting experience. Why? Because I have seen too many enthusiastic people get into karting by buying a bad used kart, get frustrated, and leave. I designed this website so this doesn’t happen to you by arming you with the information you need to make an informed buying decision as well as ongoing features and articles on how to maintain and improve your kart in the years ahead.
To come full circle, Buddy Rice once told me he will kart as long as he physically can. I feel the same way and if you go to a kart track and talk to any driver, regardless of his or her age, they will probably echo our sentiments. So go give karting a try, we’ll be here ready to help you when you get back!