Where are you located?
What age bracket are you in? Junior (<16), Senior (16+) or Masters (30+)
Senior or Masters (Age 32)
On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your mechanical ability, or willingness to wrench on things?
Ability: 5 Willingness: 10
Talk a little about your racing experience so far.
Ive never raced competitively. Grew up racing go karts with my cousins on my grandparents property and rental karts. Im not stranger to the general knowledge of go karts.
What’s the main thing you need help with to get you started.
Just about everything. lol. First off, how do I find events near me. There doesnt seem to be any paved tracks close to Charleston, SC that I can find. The closest one I can find is Carolina Motorsports Complex. Its about 2.5 hours away from me. I spoke with someone there and was informed that the track is under new ownership as of November 2019. Currently, there isnt anything scheduled, but that could change. Another good track that was recommend to me is the GoPro Motorplex in NC. Its about 3.5-4 hours away from me.
After doing my research, it seems like the LO206 class would be the best fit for me to start out. Im mechanically inclined and can usually figure stuff out, but my Im not very knowledgeable when it comes to working on engines. This classes seems to be a good starting place because most of the parts have to stay stock. My only issue is the min weight is like 390 for the heavy class. Im a hefty guy. 5’8 220lbs. I will definitely be over the weight. Can I still be competitive in this class? Also, Ive been looking a 2 brand new chassis in particular. The TB Kart S55 and the VLR Emerald. Any feedback on either of these 2 carts. I can get either one for around the same price brand new. Just under $4200 for a track ready kart minus assembly.
The other thing is trying to find a cart. Im not opposed to buying used, but I dont want to buy a used chassis and end up having to sing a bunch of parts into it. I have found a lot of decent ones for sale yet, but I can be patient. Im not opposed to waiting, saving, and buying new either. It will just take some more time because I havent found that money tree yet. lol.
Any advice that anyone can give will be extremely helpful. Anything from race etiquette, to how to fine tune setups. I started researching last week and there is a TON of information to take in and sort.
If any of you guys live near Charleston, definitely hit me up. I would love to talk for a bit and pick your brain about what classes are popular and find out if theres any decent paved tracks closer than 2.5 hours away that I can use at the very least for practice.
Thanks guys and have a great night. Look forward to hearing from you guys.