Andersen RacePark

How to Get Started in Racing

Most professional race car drivers started out in some form of karting, and for some people (especially younger people) it becomes the natural first step in the pursuit of a professional career. But karting is also a great place for the rest of us who will never go pro, as it offers high-performance vehicles and close competition at relatively low costs. There's no better way to start experiencing the thrill and satisfaction of racing, but getting started can be a bit confusing. We hope to make things more clear for the beginners with the information below.

Kid Karts at Andersen RacePark
Rotax Micro MAX at Andersen RacePark
Rotax Mini MAX at Andersen RacePark
Rotax Junior MAX at Andersen RacePark

Getting Started with Kids (under age 16)

Karting offers many different options for kids. Of course, as a child grows they'll need to keep moving up into bigger and faster classes. Because of this, we generally recommend the Rotax MAX classes for kids aged 7 and older. Rotax MAX allows you to continue using the same engine at each step in the growth process by adjusting the power output with various parts and accessories. Following are our recommendations based on the child's age:

Kid Karts: Ages 5-8

For the youngest drivers, Kid Karts are the place to be. This class uses a 50cc 2-stroke engine that produces almost 2 HP. The chassis is sized for younger kids and is available from multiple manufacturers.

Rotax Micro MAX: Ages 7-10

One of the advantages of the Rotax classes is that the same engine can be used (with modifications) all the way up to the Senior level. The Rotax engine is a 125cc 2-stroke that produces 6.8 HP in the Micro MAX configuration. Chassis are available from many manufacturers, and the same chassis can be used when moving up to the Mini MAX class.

Rotax Mini MAX: Ages 9-12

This class uses the same 125cc engine as the other Rotax classes, but configured to produce 13.5 HP. Chassis options in this class are the same as in Micro MAX, and a child moving up from Micro MAX can use the same kart and engine as long as the correct upgrades are applied to the engine.

Rotax Junior MAX: Ages 13-16

Moving up from Mini MAX requires another upgrade to the 125cc Rotax engine, bringing it to 20.4 HP. A larger kart chassis is also required (available from a number of manufacturers), but this chassis can continue to be used when the driver graduates to Senior MAX.

Buying & Maintaining a Kart

Whichever class you choose to start in, you'll need to buy a kart. Our pro shop can help you make the right decisions and also give advice on maintenance and tuning, in addition to providing service work if needed. We'd love to help you get started in karting, so please contact us with any questions you may have.

Learning to Race

Teaching people to race is our primary goal. We offer many ways to learn, including private coaching for those who want individual attention. Please contact us if you'd like some help.

For More Information: 941-723-3900 or info@andersenracepark.com

Birel Rock Karts at Andersen RacePark
Birel Rock Kart at Andersen RacePark
FKCS at Andersen RacePark
FKCS at Andersen RacePark

Getting Started as an Adult (age 16 and older)

For adults, the cheapest and easiest way to get started is in one of our Rock Karts. We offer a number of programs that don't require you to own any equipment, just bring yourself and we provide everything else. These programs will allow you to start learning and having fun without any capital investment:

  • Open Lapping Sessions
  • Driver Clinics
  • Rock Kart Challenges
  • Sunday Showdowns
  • Enduro Challenges

Once you've outgrown the rental karts, the next step is to get yourself a competition kart. There are many classes, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Our recommendation is to stick with the Rotax classes, which offer sealed spec engines ensuring a level playing field for all competitors:

Rotax Senior MAX: Ages 15 and up

This class uses the 2-stroke Rotax 125cc engine producing 28.5 HP. Kids moving up from Rotax Junior MAX can continue to use their same kart and engine, as long as the engine has been modified with the correct upgrades.

Rotax Masters MAX: Ages 32 and up

This class is identical to Rotax Senior MAX, except that it is limited to older drivers.

Rotax DD2 MAX: Ages 15 and up

The DD2 class utilizes a special 2-speed version of the Rotax engine producing 32.6 HP, along with a different chassis. The combination of gearbox and increased power results in a higher-performance kart for those who feel the need to go faster.

Buying & Maintaining a Kart

Whichever class you choose to start in, you'll need to buy a kart. Our pro shop can help you make the right decisions and also give advice on maintenance and tuning, in addition to providing service work if needed. We'd love to help you get started in karting, so please contact us with any questions you may have.

Learning to Race

Teaching people to race is our primary goal. We offer many ways to learn, including private coaching for those who want individual attention. Please contact us if you'd like some help.

For More Information: 941-723-3900 or info@andersenracepark.com

Latest Update (9/18/2014 12:52 PM)

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