Monday, December 8, 2014

Racing - The Starting Line




There are many different racing disciplines including the Formula racing, Stock cars, Touring cars, Rallying, and Drag racing.  For many of those racing styles, kart racing is the first step on the career ladder. 

Karts are constructed with a small, flat chassis, relatively small wheels, a small two-cycle or four-cycle engine, and almost no body work.  There is a large rental market of indoor and outdoor tracks for drivers to try different karts and perfect their driving skills without investing in their own equipment.  

Sprint karting tracks are less than one mile in length and have many corners.  Some also have elevation changes to go along with sharp and wide turns, and long and short straightaways.  Indoor tracks tend to be smaller and tighter, but some outdoor circuits can be set up to provide similar technical challenges.

Even within karting, there is lots of variation.  To illustrate that, I have included the World Karting Association’s racing quick guide here. 
Happy racing.

WKA Kart Racing Quick Guide
Chassis Style
Engine
WKA National Series
Oval-track (driver left offset)
4-cycle Box Stock (Clone)
Speedway Dirt, Speedway Pavement
Oval-track (driver left offset)
4-cycle Animal
Speedway Dirt, Speedway Pavement
Oval-track (driver left offset)
4-cycle Flathead
Speedway Dirt, Speedway Pavement
Oval-track (driver left offset)
2-cycle Unlimited
Speedway Dirt
Sprint
2-cycle TaG
Manufacturers Cup
Sprint
2-cycle Yamaha
Manufacturers Cup
Sprint
2-cycle Komet (KPV)
Manufacturers Cup
Sprint
2-cycle Cadet (Comer K80)
Manufacturers Cup
Sprint
2-cycle X30 TaG
Gold Cup
Sprint
4-cycle Animal
Gold Cup
Sprint
4-cycle Box Stock (Clone)
Gold Cup
Laydown-enduro
2-cycle
Road Racing
Sprint-enduro
2-cycle Yamaha, Piston Port
Road Racing
Sprint-enduro
4-cycle Animal
Road Racing
Sprint-enduro
4-cycle Box Stock (Clone)
Road Racing
Sprint-enduro
TaG
Road Racing
Shifter kart
 125cc (2-cycle)
Road Racing
Super Kart
125cc, 250cc (2-cycle)
Road Racing

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