We all know what it’s like to be new when we started karting. It can be a bit overwhelming. You don’t know anyone, you don’t know anything, and generally you’re not that fast. It’s a very critical time when deciding whether you want to keep doing it or not.
When I got started, I was fortunate enough to have some friends who encouraged me to go out to do some track days with them, until I got up to speed. If that hadn’t happened, it would have been likely that I would have quit to do something else.
Not everyone is fortunate enough to have that luxury, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Everyone can do their part to help new people get into the sport of karting, by just lending a few minutes of their time to provide some helpful tips. It’s not only valuable, but immensely satisfying to create that support structure.
Locally, I’ve been doing some coaching with new drivers in the Briggs and Stratton LO206 class. It’s an easy and affordable way for them to get into the sport. The racing is competitive, but the level of kart performance isn’t over their head. That way, they can focus on gathering the right karting tools, learning how to set up their kart and making new friends in the sport, rather than hanging on for deal life and getting frustrated.
There are many ways that you can help with new people getting into karting. Here are some helpful suggestions that you can do, when you meet someone new to the sport.
- Introduce yourself, so they have a friend. 😉 Recommend that they pit with you, so they aren’t sitting all alone.
- Tell them where the good shops are to get parts, or good websites to get information.
- Meet up with them on a practice day, so they have someone to drive with, learn one of their local tracks and help them figure out what tools they need in their pits.
- Offer to spot for them on a practice day, and maybe do some basic driver coaching, if it would help them.
We all remember what it’s like to be new when we started. Lend a helping hand, and it’ll come back to help the sport. #keepkartingfun