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    • #10176
      Sean Ranchbari

      hey guys

      so i’m planning to compete next year in my region (midwest) or with the WKA, however I am a bit lost as to where to start

      the WKA membership application seems like step 1 to getting started, however, is it like most other racing series (SCCA) where you need prior experience to compete? For instance, would I have to race 1 year at a local level before being granted a WKA licence?


      Also, I did notice there are many classes designated XXX 1 and XXX 2, what is the difference as I couldn’t find anything in the descriptions? I’m looking to race TaG with a Leopard and keep seeing Leopard 1 & 2 and then different registrations for each class…


      Lastly, does chassis homologation mean you cannot race with an older chassis (2008)? I understand you cannot race with an old motor, but does the same apply to chassis or is it just not recommended due to them being underperforming



    • #10188
      Walt Gifford

      Anyone with money can join WKA. I suggest you join and get the rule book for a better understanding of the class structure and safety requirements.


      FAA certified jet engine and aircraft technician,
      Nicholson Speedway class champion 2001,
      Yamaha KT100 Service Center,
      41 years karting experience

    • #10206
      Brian Degulis

      You don’t need any experience. Pretty much all sprint chassis are OK unless they’re really old. Just look for the tag showing the hom # it’s normally on the cross bar behind the seat. Engine age shouldn’t be an issue diffrent engine types have diffrent minimum weights (kart and driver) to compensate for power variations. You might consider doing a few local club races first. It’s a good way to get a feel for it.


    • #10220
      Clark Gaynor Sr.

      Shayan, on the 1 &2 thing, this refers to WKA Road racing.  Where Stock Leopard Final #1 races Saturday and #2 races Sunday, that’s the only difference.  Same karts, same drivers, same rules.  It just gives those drivers a class to run each day without changing anything.  Same with Stock Honda, Unlimited, etc.  And as Brian noted above, in the Tag classes (where stock Leopards are legal) they attempt to equalize the various  Tag engines by differing the weights.  In Stock Leopard, only stock Leopards are legal, and a nice class to start in.

      Stock Leopard is an entry level class in WKA Road Racing, so no previous racing experience “should” be required.  Unlike many other classes which do require so level of experience.  Eg:  Stock Honda, Unlimited, Controlled, etc.  But even in entry level classes, you’ll need to apply for a road race license through WKA.

      Join WKA, make sure you request a current Tech Manual and read through it.  Get back to us (or WKA, or your local WKA affiliate club) with any questions you might have.

      Have fun,

      Clark Sr.

    • #10237
      Tim Koyen


      The Leopard 1 & 2 also applies to the WKA sprint racing series, Manufactures Cup.  In sprint racing, you race both days for a single points championship at the end of the year.

      Most any safe kart that meets the dimensional specs will be fine.  There are plenty of great tracks and clubs in the Midwest where folks would be willing to help make sure you’ve got what you need to compete.  Based on your profile, I see that you’re in Northfield, IL, which is a really great location, since there are several tracks within a couple hours as well as kart shops.  The closest shop to you is probably Viking Kart Products in Carol Stream.  Then there is CKT Racing in St. Charles.  A little further is Franklin Kart in New Berlin, WI and JET Karting in South Bend, IN…both of which are top notch.  There is also a nice track at JET Karting.

      While the WKA national series is one of the major national series, there are others, as well as regional series.  You might want to give a regional program like the Route 66 Sprint series a visit.  Its a good place to get your feet wet before jumping into a national event.  Route 66 is hosting its last race of 2013 at Mid-State kart club in Springfield, IL this weekend if you’ve got a day to kill.  That regional series is almost as big as a WKA Man Cup race, so you get a good idea of how it all works.

      Here are a few useful websites…







      Best of luck and feel free to email me at tim@kartlift.com or call my shop if you have any more questions. 877-777-8020.  I’m always willing to help new people get involved in karting.


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    • #10242
      tony zambos

      +1 to Tim’s post.  You could also check with L.A.D Specialties in Bridgeview, http://www.ladspec.com/


      LAD Specialties customer / tony kart / rotax / kt100

    • #10279
      Sean Ranchbari

      woah! so many replies


      Okay cool, I got the homologation and class issues down, and trust me, I’ve read all those sites a plethora of times!

      I’ve visited VKP, and though they did seem helpful, I also felt very guilty taking their time up as the shop seemed to have only about 2 workers on hand that day. Answering some knucklehead’s questions is probably something they don’t enjoy doing, and for that, I really appreciate everyone’s help on here.

      Regarding the WKA tech/membership, would it be best to get one this year or wait it out, as the season is almost over, and get it next year so as to maximize the amount of time on-season that I am a member? This seems more important with the tech manual, in case they update anything between 2013-2014 that I would otherwise miss, having a season old manual?

    • #10286
      Peter Zambos

      Current knuckleheads are future well-informed customers, so never feel bad about asking questions.

    • #10296
      Clark Gaynor Sr.

      Joining WKA now would be fine.  You’ll likely get the “new” tech manual in Nov or Dec anyway for the 2014 season which starts in Dec 2013 at Daytona.  You could request a 2013 tech manual and go through it while you wait for the new one.  And besides the changes from year to year aren’t that big anyway.  Especially for someone new who just needs to get an idea of what’s going on.

      Give the WKA office a call.  You might be able to request the manual while waiting for your membership stuff to arrive.

      Welcome to karting by the way,

      Clark Sr.

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