How do I get started in kart racing? Research, first decide what type of kart racing you wish to get involved in. There are several different groups, they are sprint, dirt oval, asphalt oval, road course, and temporary parking lot. These are then broken down into sub groups depending on the type of engine, four cycle or two cycle. Then next sub group is age, most organizatons start at 5 years old. Under the age of 15 is generally considered junior class.
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What is the difference between a four cycle and two cycle? The four cycle engine, (most common used is the Briggs and Stratton) is similar to a lawn mower and the two cycle is similar to a weed eater.
The four cycle has the oil contained in the crankcase while the two cycle uses a fuel/oil pre-mix. Back to top
What are the junior class groups? The earliest class is the kid kart, which is a 50cc two cycle engine and a very short wheel base kart,this is a 5 to 8 year old class.
Next are the junior sportsman classes, which use the four cycle engine, this group is broken down into age groups of 8 to 10 years using a carburetor restrictor plate, next is the 10 to 12 years old group using a little larger carburetor restrictor plate, then you have the 12 to 15 year old group which is broken down into carburetor restrictor and not carburetor restrictor group. The two cycle group is divided a little differently, Yamaha junior sportsman and the Cadet (comer engine K-80) is an 8 to 12 year old group. The Rotax engine group is divided into micro max which is 7 to 10 mini max which is 9 to 12 year old and Junior max is 12 to 15 year old. Each of these classes use some form of carburetor or exhaust restictor plate. Back to top
Is there misleading information available to me? Unfortunately, it's easy to find misleading information about equipment, shops, and clubs. The proliferation of the internet means that misinformation usually comes looking for you. Your safest source of information about karting, especially if you are new to karting, will always be your established local Kart Shops. The local Kart Shops cannot exist without local racers, clubs, and tracks. Because of this relationship, your best interest is also their best interest, making your karting experience as enjoyable as possible.
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What type of kart do I need? There are several types of karts available, make sure you get the kart designed for the class you want to race in. Contact us for more detailed information. Back to top
Can I buy a kart from Raceway Motorsports? Yes, we will be happy to help in the selection of a kart to fit your needs. New and used. From bare chassis to complete race ready packages Back to top
Can I get an engine from Raceway Motorsports? Yes, we sell all of the top lines of engines currently used in kart racing. We offer the Briggs, Yamaha, Comer, as well as the Rotax engines. Our shop can assist you with all of your engine needs, from stock to full blue printed. Blueprinting is a term used to describe the operation of bringing an engine up to the specifications of the rules which you will be racing under. Back to top
Can I get help with my kart at a race track Yes, Raceway Motorsports is always happy to assist our customers with their needs both at the shop and the track. Back to top
I have more than one local Kart Shop, why should I choose yours over theirs? Be assured that competition between kart shops is fierce at the track. Naturally that carries over to off-track conversations. We could tell you why we know we are your best choice, but our racers say it much better. Ask them about our trackside support, how far we will travel with them to provide trackside support, what we do when we cannot travel with them to provide trackside support, and most importantly, how effective is our trackside support. Ask them about their off-track experience with us, from chassis prep through engine building. Ask them why they purchase parts, karts, and engines from us as well.
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Why should I buy parts from you when I can get them cheaper on the internet? This is a question that every kart racer must ask themselves at some point. There are always better prices on the internet. Shipping costs from out of state can make up for local taxes. Parts arrive Next Day for about the same price buying local so I don't have to drive to the shop. We've heard them all, and have just one, possibly two, responses that matter to you. When something doesn't fit as well as you thought it might, needs some fabrication to install properly, or chassis/engine tuning support to make it work, who do you plan on asking for help? We obviously cannot compete with high volume deep discount resellers on price. They buy for less, and can sell for less, many times less than we can buy it. If you know exactly what you want, sure you can save a couple dollars. But is it worth it to you on raceday
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