This is my first salvo in the battle to save karting in IKF’s Region 7 ( So-Cal, Az., Southern Nevada). In the past decade, especially the last 5 years the kart tracks and clubs have been devastated by ” BIG Karting”. It seems that the majority of TAG and Shifter racers have given up on local club racing and have joined the crowd at SKUSA affiliated events. There is nothing wrong with that except for the fact that the numbers at club events are now insufficient to keep the gates open at many tracks. Many kart shops in the region have also felt the sting of the loss of local racing.
I am the IKF Az. Governor and a principle at Phoenix Kart Racing Association. In 2010 I introduced modern 4 cycle racing to the track via the World Formula engine, and thru time the LO206 engine. 4 Cycle racing now makes up about 80% of our entries with token TAG and shifter entries. For the most part 2 Cycle entries are dependent on visiting traveling series utilizing our track.
It is imperative that tracks and clubs search out people who want to race and pursue the benefits of the LO206 program. I can go on forever touting the benefits but the first thing that has to happen is that shops that are used to paying the bills will have to assess their business plan to operate on a higher volume less margin on their product. Clubs must encourage the LO206 concept. This has been a very successful program for PKRA and I fully believe it will grow karting in the Southwest and throughout the country.