First and foremost Thank You ALL for your posts on this forum. After doing my due diligence, reading every post listed under "advise for newbies:, I did exactly as suggested. This morning I drove to my local track, introduced myself as an OLD newbie to the sport and found myself engaging in the most wonderful conversation with the one of the mechanics for RYSA racing and the owner of the South Florida Karitng world as to what is going on in my specific area with Karting.
We spoke of all things I’ve been reading about: Rotax EVO, Vortex RoK, Chassis options…etc… He was direct and to the point advising me that in our area the current growing class is the Stratton Briggs 206. He takes the credit for championing that class in South Florida and states that it is the most competitive and fun class in my area. He then added that for folks like me “weekend warriors” I would find no better class to have fun in while managing my wallet. He came across as very genuine as he promoted karting and did not implicate any immediate sales tactic as I am accustomed to growing up in South Florida. He did mention that there was a recent change of ownership at our local most competitive track and believed we may have a surge with IAME x30 engines in the near future. But, nonetheless he suggested that the 206 class as a great starting point for an old newbie like me.
So my next step…I’ve booked myself for a 4 session run on the 206 karts for this upcoming Wednesday evening.
Thank you all!