Lets Go Karting, How To Get Started



This is part 2 of our world of karting series. We cover how people can get into club racing, regional and national events. Also the basics on how to get into Karting. We also discuss the costs and difficulties in progressing. If you want to have fun and advance your skill during wheel-to-wheel competition, we explain the benefits with the help of Autobahn Country Club Kart Circuit.Part 1: https://youtu.be/1bzcOr0VZUIVideo Shot at

Kart Circuit Autobahn – Joliet IL
#karting #racing #funIndex: 0:00 Intro 00:21 What are the first steps? 1:27 Club Level Racing and Spec Racing 2:42 Understanding Club, Regional and National Racing 5:21 The Skills that Will Be Learned 7:12 Meet a Club Racer 7:45 The Road Blocks to Getting Started 8:20 How Long Will It Take To Get Up To Speed? 9:25 What Are the Buy-In Costs? 10:05 How to Choose a Kart For Club Racing 11:09 Going From Club to National Events 14:00 Leveling Expectations 18:50 The Costs To Race Against Top Competition 22:05 There is More to Karting Than Winning

20 thoughts on “Lets Go Karting, How To Get Started

  1. I mentioned it on the last karting video you guys did, but so glad to see more well-made content on the sport. Hope this helps people get involved and learn more.

    Something to note, I would say to people watching this and cringing at the initial cost… Alan’s note on $10k buy-in references a brand new kart, and if you are just dipping your toes into the sport, please note you absolutely don’t need a new kart! In fact, any of the intricacies in handling or feel of a new kart vs. a slightly used kart will be completely numb to a new driver. You can pick up nice condition used equipment for half that price. Lots of bigger teams will use a kart for a few races and sell it fairly cheap, still in like-new condition without much time on it. Remember that karting mostly relies on driver skill and chassis tuning, so the newness of your kart can easily be outweighed by your skill and knowledge behind the wheel and on the wrenches. Check out your local shops or kart clubs, they will usually have a big selection of used stuff.

    And the note on the 5k a weekend for a national even is very accurate. I’ve raced with Alex (Alan’s son) quite a bit, we coach together on occasion, and like him and his dad, it was always me and my dad working on my stuff as well, even at national-level, and we were also able to win races and a national championship, basically on the same team program Alan and Alex were on. So as he said, it is possible to run up-front at a very high level on a small budget with a little trailer, it just takes a lot of personal expertise from years of learning and dedicating a good portion of your free time to the sport. Money will always get you to a point in any sport, and those who have money will always find a way to spend it, but in the end with karting, it’s more about driver skill and chassis knowledge and being prepared. All things you can do yourself without spending money.

    Club racing can be fairly cheap (as far as motorsports go), and a lot of fun. I would suggest going out to your local track and just watching and asking questions if you’re interested. The karting community is incredibly friendly and always willing to chat and answer questions. There are also great online resources and communities like KartPulse.com too with a plethora of knowledge and helpful people eager to talk about their hobby.

    And hi Alan! Thanks for doing these videos guys. The sport really needs more content like this if we want it to grow.

    1. I agree with the point but I disagree with opinion on used karts. I used to do amateur karting – the difference between karts (they were all used) was really noticeable, especially on tighter tracks. And they were all in pretty good condition. I suspect difference to be even more noticeable with more powerful karts.

    2. @Gameboy Terrorysta I’ve won some very big races on karts that were 4+ seasons old, and I’ve seen drivers win literally the biggest races in the country on karts they bought used with multiple seasons of racing on them. Sure there are some turd used karts out there, but if it’s straight and in decent condition, the difference is minimal. In ’19 I had a 3 year old kart I was using, and I switched to a brand new kart in the middle of a race weekend, and went the exact same speed with the exact same feel in the kart.

      As with anything, take care of your stuff and it’ll take care of you. Do your research and due diligence on a kart purchase and make sure you’re buying something that hasn’t been twisted up in a wreck, and a kart that has been used for multiple seasons will be absolutely fine, especially for a rookie.

    3. @Korsasport Karting Development I know it has been a year since this comment was made, but, my ambition is to get to INDYCAR. I am 14 years old and I just started karting. Is it still possible for me to get there?

    4. @Etoprak anything is possible with the right combination of talent, money, and personal dedication. 14 is not too old to start a career in motorsports, but if your ambition is IndyCar or high-level motorsports, be very aware that almost all careers these days are starting with some talent but more importantly, a LOT of money. Success and self-promotion in karting can get you into the Road to Indy ladder system, running junior formula cars on scholarships, but without those scholarships, you’ll need to find tens/hundreds of thousands of dollars in backing to eventually get to the good IndyCar seats.

      My advice would be to go race your kart, do your best, learn as much as you can, have fun, and if it works out, it works out. But I wouldn’t stress too much or put too much emphasis on trying to get to IndyCar. The reality is, if you put in the work, have the money and can make the connections, it could work out, but there are only 30-ish seats on the grid and there are thousands of kids out there trying to make it, so 95% won’t get there. Not to discourage you, but that is the reality.

      Go enjoy the sport and see how far you can go! But remember, you’re also only 14, who knows, in 5/10/15 years you may have other goals in life outside of motorsports like maybe you want to own an Arby’s franchise or do car reviews on YouTube.

  2. Getting started??
    You guys are talking about racing on the national level and having your kart and equipment trucked out to races. 😒
    That’s a bit premature for “getting started”

  3. AT 18:13 he was behind Ryan Norberg thats awesome! Ryan Norberg has a very good youtube channel about Karting

  4. Learning to drive well on four wheels is an amazing journey. The joy is in the process, not the result. The goal needn’t be to win or even compete at a national level. It can be to just keep getting better and learn more, as the sky is the limit if you just keep at it. Be persistant, and you will learn to overcome adversity.

    There is no end game!

  5. I’ve been an F1 fan since I was a kid. The last 4 years me and a coworker are renting karts. Its fun but now I want my own. Lol.

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