Agreed. Karters always complain about entry fees. Yeah it would be great if they were cheaper. And yeah a club sprint race might only cost $35. But you are getting to race on some of the best tracks in the country. We used to race on every major road racing circuit until people stopped coming.
If I want to to go to the Indycar race at Mid Ohio for all 3 days it will cost $65 for general admission and if I want to go in pit and paddock it’s another $85. That’s $150 to go watch a race and walk around the pits. If you pre-enter it’s usually like $90 for practice and $110 for each race. So for just a little over double the price you could get all day practice and race twice on a world famous track. That seems like a crazy good deal. Sure you have to have your own kart and stuff and the travel but no other group is letting you get on a professional circuit for those costs. Talking to a Porsche cup guy once their entry was over a grand for a weekend at Mid Ohio. Not sure if ever race group is that much but road race karting really doesn’t seem that expensive when you consider what track you are on.