New to Karting?
If you are new to karting, its pretty easy to quickly feel overwhelmed by all the options that are out there. With numerous kart manufacturers, different kart sizes, age brackets, engine types, etc. its easy to get confused quickly. We aim to help. This page is intended to provide information that will help you get started in karting and racing with The Kansas City Karting Association!
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us and ask questions!

Karting 101

A must read to get you started is 'Karting 101 - Getting started in competitive go kart racing'. Thanks to our karting friends at  Colorado Karter we've been able to post this on our website as an educational tool for all who are interested in getting into the sport. Download it, read it, or buy yourself a hardcopy at Amazon.
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Written by national karting champion and driver coach Eric Gunderson, “Karting 101” provides newcomers with a comprehensive overview of key elements of the sport of competitive kart racing in a progressive and engaging format. Within the 100 pages of “Karting 101,” the reader will gain insight into a variety of topics, including: the basics of kart chassis dynamics, levels of karting competition, and how to take the first steps to get involved in the sport.


Typical Karting Costs

Approximate costs for complete karts:

Brand New: $4,000 to $6,000
Used/New: $2,500 to $4,000
Used/Used: $1,500 to $2,500
Used/Old: $500 to ?????
Approximate costs for rollers (no engine):

Brand New: $2,000 to $3,500
Used/New: $1,000 to $2,500
Used/Used: $800 to $1,500
Used/Old: $200 to ?????
What are the typical costs associated with running a season of karting:

Tires: New tires typically cost in the range of $200 new, depending on compound, you might need two sets per year. Good used tires can be found at a fraction of the cost
Entry Fees: Plan to spend $55 per entry, more if you're not a member. That includes a $45 entry fee and a $10 pit pass. We will run 10 races in 2019, so that's $550 if you can make them all.
Parts and Maintenance: Througout the year, you may need to replace parts due to to general wear and tear. You will also have to maintain the kart and will need to buy things such as gas, oil, bearing lube, etc., plan to spend in the range of $200 to $500.  
Safety Gear: KCKA requires all racers to wear helmets, neck braces and gloves. Jeans and a karting jacket are permissible option in lieu of a racing suit. Rib and chest protection is required for the younger drivers but not for Senior classes. While it is not required it is strongly recommended. Driver suits are not required. New helmets can range from $200 to $1000. Spend wisely and you can gear up for $500 to $600.

Resources for getting started in karting

Pages to get you started on your quest to learn more about karting:

The Colorado Karter -  Resource Page  & Karting 101

Badger Kart Club - Intro to Karting

Word Racing - Getting started in karting

eKarting News - Karting 101 an Informative guide

KartPulse - Getting started in k arting Forum

Comet Kart Sales - Karting 101

Autoblog - by Tim Stevens - Introduction to karting (7 part series)

Email us and let us know if you find other pages that you feel would benefit others by being here!

Frequently asked questions

  1. Do I need a kart racing license?
    No, racing with the KCKA does not require you to have a kart racing license, nor does it even require you to provide evidence of driving ability. If you have the kart that meets our technical requirements, you meet the minimum age for your class and can pay an entry fee, we're ready to see you race!
  2. Are their books available on karting?
    Yes. There are many books out there on kart driving techniques, engine maintenance, and getting started in karting. You can find them at your typical online retailers and kart shops.
  3. How do I get started in kart racing?
    The best advice is to visit a race, observe what’s going on, and talk to karters, so that you can get a sense of what kart racing is all about. There are plenty of online resources to scour for information, but the best approach is to talk to the people you will be racing with and the members who run the club. Online you will find directories of kart tracks, kart clubs, forums, national and regional race organizations, and plenty of kart shops (parts supplies, etc). Contact the club and let them know you are interested, ask questions, and you will be sure to get the information you need!
  4. How do I find a Kart?
    Check out our Karts and Parts Tab for local karts that are available for sale! You can also search facebook for regional and national karting classified groups where you can find great deals on karts and assorted parts. Karts can also be found occasionally on regional Craigslist and facebook marketplace pages. Another good source are the online kart shops, they often have used and or new kart packages available. Margay, Comet, Fastech Racing, Accelleration karting and Jim Russell Jr. karting, just to name a few.
  5. How Safe is the Track?
    Safety is the #1 priority at the track. The Kansas City Karting Association strives to make the track and the racing as safe as we can possibly make it!
  6. What is included with a KCKA membership?
    By joining KCKA you will have full access to the track for open practice any day of the week. The only exceptions to this are that the track is closed for the 3rd Friday and Saturday of the month. Open practice is also suspended on scheduled race days during race activities, but is open for practice afterwards. Practice hours for the track are from 8am to dusk. You will also save $10 per race entry with a membership. Our membership is per family/household.

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