Sprint racing takes place on short, purpose-built
permanent or temporary road-style courses (both right and left hand
turns) and are typically of short duration (eight to 20 laps). Sprint
drivers are from all age groups, from 5 years to senior citizens.
PSGKA conducts sprint races on its permanent 3/8-mile course at the
Mountain Hi-Way race track. A typical race day program includes
practice sessions, time trials and a series of two or three heats with
winners determined from point totals accumulated during the day.
Sprint racing is the most popular type of kart racing with nearly
100,000 competitors in North America. Typical maximum speeds for
sprint racing approach 90 m.p.h., depending on the type of engine.
Oval Track Racing (speedway)
Oval track kart racing takes place on
traditional “big car” speedways or purpose-built kart racing ovals,
and includes drivers five years and older. Surfaces include dirt (or
clay) and pavement. Oval tracks can be temporarily constructed inside
of buildings such as arenas and exhibition halls (Oakwood Arena action
pictured above), and therefore are popular in the winter. While
sprint-style race chassis are popular in oval track kart racing, many
manufacturers now build karts with chassis offsets specifically for
“left turn only” (LTO) applications. Special body work, including
wedges are also used. Typically, a jackshaft gear set
up is used for shorter tracks, while engines are similar to those used
in sprint racing. There is also a class for dual-engine karts at many
tracks. Cascade Karting Association promotes races in Western
Washington under IKF rules. It is not uncommon for sprint racers to
convert their karts to race oval type tracks. Road Racing Road racing
takes place on large tracks, such as Pacific Raceways or Portland
International Raceway, and are typically timed events similar to
sports car races. Drivers range in age from 12 years to senior
Speeds for road racing often exceed 100 mph. Both sprint
type chassis (known as “sit ups”) and lay down chassis are used in road racing. Many classes of racing karts seen at
road races are unique to that type of racing, including the winged Zip
Kart. While tracks include dedicated sports car
tracks, they also can be temporarily constructed on airport runways.
Road racing events may be support events.
These machines were designed for drivers 4 to 7 years old. These karts come with a 50cc engine.
Kids karts run on Sprint or Speedway tracks and allow the young karter to develop their skills in a safe and controlled environment. The design of this kart allows for maximum fun time with a minimum of maintenance. This package comes with a 50cc engine, 800mm wheelbase kart, one piece wheels, mechanical brakes, side pods, tires, chain, sprocket and fairing panel.
Oval kart racing is the largest segment of the industry. Oval racing is family based, close competition available in all parts of the country. Racers can choose between dirt and pavement racing at a facility close to home which reduces travel time and expense. Most oval karts use 4 cycle engines that maximize track time and reduce work.
Yamaha/Veloce Sprint Kart
This package includes the popular Yamaha KT100 engine. With the Sportsman exhaust this is the most versatile kart package around. With very little change this setup can be driven by your Junior driver or by an adult. The Yamaha class is run at almost every 2 cycle track in the country. Low initial and maintenance costs make this a very popular choice.
100cc air cooled Yamaha engine with centrifugal clutch
Runs at sprint tracks or enduro tracks with a bodywork change
Junior or senior classes
Top speed of 100 MPH
Touch and Go Kart
This is one of the newest and quickly becoming one of the most popular classes in karting. The TaG kart is a sprint chassis, complete with FIA tested bodywork, that uses a water cooled, electric start, 125cc single speed engine. The popularity of this class is the low maintenance, durability, and ease of use. You can now go to the track, unload, sit down, push a button and race.
125cc single speed, water cooled engine
On board electric starter
Runs at sprint or enduro race tracks
Top speed of 115 MPH, cornering at 3.0 G’s
125cc shifter Kart
The ultimate ride. Formula 1 style performance at a price everyone can afford. This class is for experienced racers that want maximum performance. Features include a water cooled, 125cc engine with a 6 speed gearbox, massive 4 wheel hydraulic brakes and a power to weight ratio unequalled in racing.
125cc water cooled engine, 6 speed sequential gearbox
Runs at sprint or enduro race tracks
Top speed of 125 MPH, cornering in excess of 3.0 G’s