So, I’ve been thinking, for quite some time, about what my biggest complaints were with karting when I joined. I know everybody talks about it, and there’s always discussions going on with how it’s broken and what we should do, but nothing ever gets done.
Starting with the problem here, one of, if not the biggest issue, is the fragmentation of everything. Within the 3 clubs closest to my house, none of them share the same format.
In the Yamaha Senior class:
Road America runs the SR-Y pipe, 360 lb, and Bridgestone YLC tires.
Badger Kart Club runs a can, 355 lb, and YLC’s.
Concept Haulers runs a can, 360lb, and MG Yellow tires.
This issue is not exclusive to clubs, and we all know that. Every series, club, regional, or “national” runs their own stuff, costing more for the people who “Just want to race, dammit!” as quoted from my dad when talking about this very topic.
I figure, the best way to sort these problems out is to start at the club level and work our way up, not change the national stuff and trickle down as many people think. A standardization of the classes and pricing would be ideal. Same weight, tires, class so that anybody can go to any club and not need to worry about unexpected details. Personally, I would align anything Yamaha or TaG with the USPKS/Route 66 setup, and 4 stroke stuff with either 206 Cup or Gold Cup as those are the dominating forces in my area. If we wanted to extend TaG to Rotax, Vortex or whatever just follow their rules too but keep everything the same.
To me, ideally we start in Wisconsin/Illinois as that’s where I’m from, and work with other clubs as expansion happens. It’d take time, but I want to try proposing it to people and work from there.
I want to know what your problems were here. What would work or wouldn’t work with what I decided and how would you change or modify it?
Also, I haven’t touched regional stuff since I have no experience here/no complaints with what I’ve done, if anybody wants to touch on how that should change I’ll appreciate it immensely.