Really agree with what you said Davin, but I also noticed that even with teens and young adults, karting is really commonly or widely not seen as a serious thing. Whenever I have mentioned karting to my friends, they always assume I’m talking about the rental ones. Not saying those are bad, in fact they’re really really fun, but what I’m saying is that people just don’t know much about karting at all.
Besides seeing karting as a pathway to F1, people usually see karting just as an activity for fun and not something competitive that you commit to for a season. It’s just not promoted as much as it should, especially in the United States. I remember just last year I never cared for karting and saw it just as a pathway into pro motorsports. Until I started researching about it a few months ago and actually began to really respect it and now I really love it.
Plus as an adult, while juggling with family, work, and daily life, it’s hard to get introduced to karting by yourself if karting isn’t properly promoted. Karting isn’t the most simple sport to get into either, and trying to do it by yourself may seem overwhelming. But it is also great to see more people getting into karting, which can hopefully influence more kids, teens, and adults to get the racing bug.