The Competitive Side of Go Kart Racing

Kids are racing to go karts all over the United States today. But they are not just racing for the fun of it. They are racing to win. They want to become professional race car drivers.

Many kids under 10 years of age spend many months training to be professional go-kart racers. They ride along paved roads and through rough terrain. They are entering into go-kart competitions and facing down stiff opposition.

The kids actually get a lot of nerves from riding. They do not eat before tournaments and often become dehydrated. But the ultimate goal is winning and that is what these young kids strive towards. Winning a massive trophy makes all the difference.

Different age groups compete against one another. The Sportsman 1 is for kids 7 to 10 years old. The Sportsman 2 is for a 10 to 13-year-old. And so on and so forth. The kids really hone their skills in these go-kart series.

Many of these young racers actually have older men that are their mentors. Much tape is watched of every race and critically assessed. From the tape, the mentor and student try to dissect the best way to victory. These kids are racing to go karts to become professional racers for Formula One or NASCAR. And they get a lot of pressure from not just their coaches but parents as well. Go Kart competition is popular among parents because it’s the cheapest entry into professional racing.

These racing go-karts are very heavy (well over 300 pounds). They go about 90 km an hour and burn through many a tire especially on poorly constructed tracks. The safety features include wrist straps to hold the driver in place, a helmet, neck guard, and chest armor.

Many of the kids have to sacrifice classes for coming to the race circuit. All school work must be completed in their extra time. This leaves little time for other recreational sports that might be more relaxing.

But in the world of go-kart racing, it’s all about the next race. It’s all about the next win. And it’s all about that next important adrenaline rush after victory.

Riley Hale