Your Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Karting at Road America

April 2, 2024

By John Ewert, Road America

Have you ever watched professional racing and wondered, “How did they get started?” Or maybe you’re simply seeking some family-friendly excitement? If so, kart racing at Road America’s Briggs & Stratton Motorplex might be just the thrill you’re looking for! In this guide, we’ll delve into everything you need to know to embark on your karting journey, from the club culture to the exhilarating race day experiences.  

The Club:  

At the heart of karting at Road America is the Road America Karting Club (RAKC), boasting a rich history spanning over two decades. Unlike many other clubs, RAKC offers a flexible schedule with no mandatory workdays, making it convenient for families and enthusiasts alike. With two distinct series – Weekend and Weeknight – accommodating varying schedules, members can enjoy the thrill of racing without committing their entire weekend.  

The Track:  

Nestled within Road America’s iconic 4-mile road racing circuit lies the Briggs & Stratton Motorplex, a purpose-built karting track renowned for its challenging layout and scenic surroundings. With multiple configurations and over 50 feet of elevation change, this FIA/CIK approved track promises an adrenaline-fueled experience for drivers of all skill levels.  

The Classes:  

Karting offers a diverse range of classes tailored to different age groups and skill levels, ensuring competitive racing at every turn. Whether you’re 5-years-old or 75-years-young, there’s a class suited for you. Each class adheres to specific rules regarding tires, weight, and engine choices, ensuring a level playing field for all competitors.  

The Karts:  

Contrary to popular belief, racing karts are not your average go-karts – they’re purpose-built racing machines engineered for speed and performance. With a variety of manufacturers and chassis configurations available, karting offers ample opportunities for customization and tuning to suit individual preferences and track conditions.  

The Engines:  

Karts are powered by either 2-cycle or 4-cycle engines, each offering unique characteristics and performance capabilities. While 2-cycle engines deliver high revs and exhilarating speed, 4-cycle engines provide a more accessible and affordable entry point for beginners. Consider your racing schedule and preferences when choosing an engine type.  

Race Day:  

Race days at Road America are an electrifying blend of anticipation and excitement. From pre-race preparations to the exhilarating race action, every moment is filled with adrenaline-fueled thrills and camaraderie. Whether it’s your first race or your hundredth, the experience is bound to leave you craving more.  

Road America Karting FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):  

Still have questions? Check out the FAQs at that cover everything from kart speeds to equipment costs, ensuring you’re well-informed before hitting the track. With insights into kart pricing, safety gear requirements, and racing challenges, you’ll feel confident stepping into the world of karting.  

Karting at Road America offers a thrilling blend of adrenaline, competition, and camaraderie, making it the perfect motorsport for enthusiasts of all ages. So why wait? Head over to the Briggs & Stratton Motorplex and experience the excitement of kart racing firsthand!