Home Forums General Karting Discussion State of karting in USA Reply To: State of karting in USA

James McMahon

<span style=”color: #444444; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 21px; background-color: #efefef;”>The solution we use is the LO206.  When someone with no experience comes in and wants to go racing – they get an LO206.  We don’t bombard them with: 2-cycle or 4-cycle? Yamaha, TaG or Shifter? Do you want to race nationally?  Give them an easy, fun, affordable package that they can grow with.  After all, isn’t that what club level racing should be?  That formula has brought 30 new people into the sport at just our local track over the winter.  If every track implemented a similar philosophy, you’d start to see growth in the sport at the base, then the middle and eventually the top.  It is much easier to market a completely new LO206 kart for $3,995 than the $9,500 TaG counterpart.</span>

LO206, or for those what want something a little faster WF is a great introductary package.  KT100 has no place in the entry level market IMO. Too much to learn for a newcomer. More experienced karters often underestimate how much they have learned about these kind of setups, to most newcomers it’s too much to take on. They get frustrated, burnout and quit.

The other factor with KT100 is that racers budgets will tend to have more of their annual budget directed to engine work, rather than race entry fees which is what actually make the grids. Keep it simple and low maintenance and people will keep coming back.

What does “national” mean anyway? I see so many races and orgs offering it it’s lost any meaning with me.

It’s all well saying vote with your wallet, but if the result of that vote is people not racing karts, because  for example, good grids for their equipment is too far we have a problem, and we do have a problem.