The biggest obstacle to begin racing is lack of information on how to get started. Maybe you've never raced before. Perhaps you don't know who to talk to. Here you will find our advice on getting started, as well as a list of organizations you can contact for specific details.
Caution: Briggs & Stratton does not recommend operation of any go cart/racing cart without proper instruction and supervision. Inexperience and carelessness in operating any machine can result in serious harm or even death!
One of your first major decisions is to focus on the kind or kinds of racing that interests you. Call the organization that promotes this kind of racing you are interested in. Check out the Authorized Briggs & Stratton Motorsports center that is nearest you. They will be more than happy to answer any questions that you might have. They also carry a complete line of racing products and accessories for all your racing needs.
Get a First-Hand Look
Check out the local racing in your area. Be it karting, Jr. Drag, Jr. Sprint Car or any other form of racing - you need to experience it to feel the excitement. Your local Motorsports center or organization can steer you to the action. Almost every track has a rule book or flyer that defines what types of classes, what types of rules, and on what days the track races, that will provide useful information.
Practice, practice, practice!
Just like any sport, practice is one of the key essentials to success. Practicing in a non-competitive environment is vital to learning the ins and outs of racing. Many local tracks set aside several days a week for practice times. The best way to find this out is to call your local Motorsports Center or track.
Learn the basics
One of the fundamental keys to safe racing is to develop a mastering of the basics. Starting, stopping, maintenance, and track rules are some of the key basics. These rules can be learned before and during practice. A little "seat time" and these rules will become second nature.
Safety, safety, safety!
Any form of racing has risks associated with it. The organizational bodies lay out track rules to protect racers, but it is important to know about any local differences, So ask!
Be sure you always wear the proper safety equipment, including a suit or approved jacket, an approved helmet, driving gloves, and a neck brace. Make sure that your local track has a satisfactory insurance policy! Also, be sure to race only on sanctioned tracks at sanctioned events!
Warning: Always wear proper safety equipment when operating a go cart of any kind! That includes an approved suit or jacket, driving gloves. An approved helmet and neck brace! The pros doit. You should always do it too!
The bottom line in motorsports is the enjoyment of racing. Following safety rules, keeping your cool, and enjoying the adrenaline of racing are the steps to a safe and fun-filled career in racing.