How to Start a Go-Kart Team

by Zach Lazzari

Go-kart racing is available on tracks in most regions of the United States. The racing is offered in recreational and competitive formats and teams are formed for regular league events. Starting a go-kart team requires a team leader and organizer to assign tasks and develop an organized and efficient unit. The team may rent go-karts from different tracks but owning and customizing the vehicles is the more common choice. The team must be available for the scheduled competitions to develop racing skills and gain recognition in the go-kart community.

Items you will need

  • Practice venue
  • Sponsors
  • Uniforms
  • Go-karts
  • Team schedule
  • Competition fees
  • Insurance policy
Step 1

Select and recruit the team members based on relationships. Choose people you know and people who are available for regular practice and competition. Select four total team members to compete in a variety of competition formats.

Step 2

Contact the local racing track and schedule a weekly practice session. Schedule a session during a low-use time to maximize the track space and prevent other drivers from slowing your laps.

Step 3

Choose a team name and solicit local businesses for sponsorship. Use the sponsorship money to purchase shirts and helmets with your name and the sponsor names printed on all materials. Be persistent in the sponsor search and raise funds for go-karts and mechanical equipment.

Step 4

Compile a schedule of racing events and select the events with team competition options. Build a team schedule based on the events available.

Step 5

Enter all of the scheduled competitions before the deadline. Some competitions have a maximum number of racers and you must submit paperwork well in advance. Pay the entry fees and check with the host for event insurance. Purchase an outside insurance policy for the team if the track does not cover equipment damage and injury.

Step 6

Search for difficult and prestigious races as the team improves and begins winning competitions. Look for races with prize money to increase the team funds and gain notoriety.

Step 7

Hold a monthly meeting and track the minutes in the meeting. Inform the team members about accounting balances, raise and resolve any issues and maintain a well-structured order of business.

Tips & Warnings

  • No single go-kart organization exists as a national standard. Operate as an independent team and you are free to enter any event without a binding league contract.
  • Focus on safety during each practice session and competition. Go-kart racing is dangerous when drivers attempt fast turns and push the limits.

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