Some of us are nomads, always in search of a new grounds to hone and fulfill our need of speed. Yet finding our elysian fields tends to be quite the hunt. What better place to compile known locations than here on KartPulse Forum?
Let’s split the nation into traditional regions & divisions (thank Wikipedia):
Region 1: Northeast
Division 1: New England
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont
Division 2: Mid-Atlantic
New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania
Region 2: Midwest
Division 3: East North Central
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin
Division 4: West North Central
Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota
Region 3: South
Division 5: South Atlantic
Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, District of Columbia, and West Virginia
Division 6: East South Central
Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee
Division 7: West South Central
Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas
Region 4: West
Division 8: Mountain
Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming
Division 9: Pacific
Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington
Comment below your Region, Division, Track Name, and if it’s Dirt or Sprint!
(Sorry Road Racers. Bit biased toward these smaller tracks which are hard to find if still open.)
Hopefully this will help new racers and movers find places to race!
I like the idea of the regions broken down like that. Is that a standardized set of sorts?
One thing I found early on was that folks would often search by state, rather than by distance. This always perplexed me because they would often miss a great track that’s sometimes in a different state, yet closer to their location
That’s awesome! Didn’t know you guys had a track locator! This will help a ton.
The breakdown is literally a copy/paste from wikipedia. Just typed in United States regions. Something I remember from grade school. Also thought it would be cool if this could be the foundation of a division/regional/national programs. But of course thats a discussion in itself.
I’m very much the person to search race tracks by driving radius. What takes me 2,3, or 4 hours to drive to? Would it be worth making the pilgrimage once or twice a month? All these types of questions goes down in my budgeting and planning.
Div 3, we have:
Badger Kart Club (Dousman WI)
Road America (Elkhart Lake WI)
USAir (Shawano WI)
Sugar River (Broadhead WI)
MKA (Eau Claire WI)
Concept Haulers Motor Speedway (Norway IL)
Mid-State Kart Club (Springfield IL)
Gateway Kartplex (Madison IL)
MRP (South Bend IN)
New Castle IN
G&J Kartway (Camden OH)
Adkins Raceway (Port Washington OH)
Wilmington Raceway Park (Wilmington OH)
East Lansing MI
I’m sure I’m missing a few but these are all the ones I can find with a quick Google search. I’m also close to Divison 4 but I’ve never looked to that side of the Mississippi.
I should check the track locator on KP, I’ll look at that soon
I’m in Region 3 Division 7, San Antonio, TX.
Home track is Hill Country Kart Club in New Braunfels
Tracks within 250 miles:
Gulf Coast Karters, Katy, Texas
SpeedSportz, New Caney, Texas
Heart of Texas Kartway, Waco, TX
Just a side note for the people running this site.
I’m glad that found this thread. I was thinking that there should be a Category for Regions or Areas for people to discuss topics that pertain to them. This is a model I see on forums like VWVortex.com and they do quit well. http://forums.vwvortex.com/ When I huge into VW’s, I love these forums and how they were broken up. Might be something to look into.
Thanks Rob. Regional sections certainly make sense from a structural viewpoint, but there’s really not enough volume (of people posting) to justify regional categories.
We don’t even have a single regional topic (Which IIRC is what the VWVortex regional categories stemmed from).
A lot of the regional type of chatter for karting seems to happen in social media, which is probably the best place for it. It tends to be transactional and transient in nature, whereas the forums here are intended for deeper topics that have a bit more longevity and broader appeal.
Having said all this, KartPulse including these forums are guided by the community, so if things in the community changed, then we would adapt. Which is how the forums came about and the Karting social network on KartPulse.com basically got sunsetted.
I will add though, the underlying point you’re making about the importance of connecting people with the Karting scene around them is on the money and 100% accurate.
The questions that come to my mind are:
Who are these people (avatars)?
What information are they looking for?
Where does this info come from?
How can this info be presented optimally for each avatar in a relevant way that’s intuitive and visually pleasing.
Addressing these questions was the intent of building the social network we prototyped, but alas it really never got legs for a number of reasons, some of them in the marketing of and execution on my behalf to be fair.
We’re working on a rebrand of KartPulse and redesign of the main website (Which will have full integration with these forums), so your point is pretty timely.