Video: Why You Should Start Karting Today

With racing always being an expensive hobby for the enthusiasts and a credit-testing adventure for the real addicts, there are plenty of ways to go from comfortable to destitute in a matter of months in motorsport. Thankfully, not every avenue of the racing world requires a well-heeled set of shoes to walk down, and karting is one of the most accessible routes. Sure, it costs more than a soccer ball and a pair of cleats, but the skills and thrills offered by karting keep everyone from the clueless amateur to the seasoned professional driver entertained and challenged.

Note: Karting, like all forms of motorsport, costs some money. Depending on how far and how fast you want to go in karting, it can get quite pricey, but getting out on track in a World Formula kart and turning a few laps is perhaps the cheapest way to go racing.

Not only does Darin Sturdivant brim with enthusiasm when discussing his favorite pastime, but he identifies the key appeal of the sport straight away: “I think of a go-kart is a tool to develop drivers—it just makes you a better no matter what you’re racing.” Because of the immediacy of the reactions, the lateral loading, the agility, and the physical challenge involved, karts are serious performance items that sharpen responses, improve coordination, strengthen racecraft, and test the driver in ways that bigger cars sometime’s cannot.

Photo credit:

Even professional drivers like Jason Plato, Dane Cameron or Daniel Ricciardo use karting to stay sharp during the off season, if not just for the sake of fun. After all, it’s thrilling to dice at 100+ miles an hour, a couple inches off the ground, with more cornering performance than most supercars, and quite a few racing cars.

Best of all, karting can offer a convivial atmosphere that is, unfortunately, all too rare in the broader world of racing. Because most karters are simply speed junkies looking for a good time, they don’t quite approach the sport with the deadly ego and single-mindedness, not to mention the money, which drive a little joy out of the sport. For fun, fitness, friends, and an adrenaline jolt that’s near-impossible to achieve without breaking the law, give karting a try—you won’t regret it.

About the author

Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
Read My Articles

The Art of Driving delivered to your inbox.

Build your own custom newsletter with the content you love from Turnology, directly to your inbox, absolutely FREE!

Free WordPress Themes

We will safeguard your e-mail and only send content you request.