I race f series (state championship as opposed to gearup). I do the races at etown and NJMP.
I just finished my first season. Yay!
You don’t need a license. Marco will examine how you drive and only if you are truly incompetent and (dangerously so) would he not allow you to race. You’ll be fine.
Yes on indoor karting. No it’s not the same in that they are slower and heavier, but it helps in that seat time is seat time.
Generally it’s a pretty calm and relaxed group of folks. If you are 40+ you’ll be racing me next year in masters. There’s a pretty broad range from completely new and running 46 second laps to Bonanno running sub 41 laps at etown. As you progress you’ll have some competition. We are mellow about it but there’s plenty of friendly competition. I have never seen anyone do anything ragey or intentionally stupid. The state championship is the club series and that’s where you should start. Gearup is the regional series and that’s really more for folks who can run at the faster race speeds. (I would say that you want to be able to run mid 41s laps at etown for gearup. That being said, you could still do gearup, but I’d stick with state champ until you feel like you are ready.)
Pretty much you can approach and talk to anyone and they’ll likely be helpful. Look me up next season and I can answer anything. I’ll introduce you to Jerry (when you break stuff or need tires etc.)
Progression wise the hard part was getting my head around dicing it up with other karts. I’d say my first 4-5 races were hesitantly learning the ropes, the next 5 were trying to pass folks and win.
OVRP is a nice faculty that has pretty much everything you’d need as well. They have their own series, shop etc.