Does your kid love cars and racing? If your kid is a boy, there’s a good chance he does. Why not get him started in the hobby of go kart racing. All across the United States and around the world, kids as young as 7 can get started in go karting at a level appropriate for their age and experience.
Like all kid sports, the go kart racers are divided into different age groups. Sportsman 1 is the age group for kids 7-10 years old. Sportsman 2 is for kids 10-13 years old. And so on. These are chances for these kids to have fun doing something kids love to do, develop the discipline and confidence that comes with training and competing, as well as the humility, goods sportsmanship, and comraderie that comes with a satisfying hobby. While some of these kids will go on to be professional racers in Formula One or NASCAR, a lot of kids just do it because it’s fun.
Is Kids Go Kart Racing Safe?
Provided proper training and supervision is provided, go kart racing is as safe as safe as any contact kids sport. In fact, many more children are injured each year playing football than they are racing. Safety features in modern racing go karts and go kart racing include a helmet, neck guard, chest armor, wrist straps to hold a driver in place, and of course the supervision of a good coach.
Where Can I Start My Kid Off in Go Kart Racing?
It depends on their age, but if you have a young child with no competitive racing experience, why not start them off with something safe and affordable that they can play with in the neighborhood, like a Razor Ground Force Drifter Go Kart? While this isn’t a racing go kart that can be used on the track, its a cheap way to gauge your child’s interest in go karting, and I can speak from experience that they will definitely have fun with it either way.
If your child is ready to join a track, you don’t need to go out and buy a racing go kart right away, but you might eventually need some basic equipment like a helmet. Your coach and local racing association can give you more detailed information regarding equipment and costs. Certainly for you first trip to the track, you won’t have to bring anything except your child and a positive attitude.