The Ultimate Go-kart Racing Quiz


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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Many professional racers got their start behind the go-kart wheel and the sport doesn't show any signs of slowing down. Think you can handle one of these small speed-demons? Take the ultimate go-kart quiz to find out!

First things first, what's the acceptable way to refer to go-kart racing if you want sound like you're in-the-know about the sport?

The World Karting Association, or WKA, says it's best to drop the "go" prefix and just call the sport karting. We all know they move fast, the "go" is just a given.


All sports have a beginning and karting is no different. Which year did karting make its debut in the United States?

The first kart was built in 1956, but it wasn't the only thing that became a hit that year. Elvis Presley got on the U.S. music charts with "Heartbreak Hotel" the same year.


Someone has to be credited with this amazing motorsport! Take a gander at these fellows below and choose the inventor wisely.

Art Ingels built the first kart and kick-started a whole new motorsport genre. The World Karting Association now boasts more than 10,000 members.


There are more than just a few professional race-car drivers who got their start in karting. Which of the two race-car icons below first started their career with karting?

Karting is one of the best ways to start a professional racing career. Both Danica Patrick and Jeff Gordon first started their racing careers in karting.


There are three different types of karts raced today. But one is the most widely used and can compete on several different types of tracks and different race styles. Which kart is it?

Sprint karts are the most versatile of all the karts and by far the most widely used in races. If you're looking to pick one up for yourself, start saving your pennies. Sprint karts cost around $2,000 to $5,000.


What is the average speed range for karts?

The average range of speed for karts is 45 and 80 miles per hour (72.4 and 128.7 kilometers per hour), but some karts can go faster than 100 miles per hour (160.9 kilometers per hour).


Which part is purposefully missing from all racing karts?

Racing karts don't have a suspension. Just strap yourself in and get ready for a wild ride!


About how much horsepower do kart engines usually produce?

Depending on the type of engine, kart engines average 5 to 30 horsepower. This may not sound like much until you start reaching speeds near 80 miles per hour (128.7 kilometers per hour). Not to mention you're just inches off of the ground.


Yard work can be tedious, so why not make something fun out of it, literally? The first kart engine was a repurposed engine from which type of yard equipment?

The first kart engines were repurposed lawnmower engines. It was good news for the first karts, bad news for the yard-of-the-month homes. Nowadays, kart engines are built specifically for karts from a number of manufacturers.


In order to increase aerodynamics what do drivers of enduro karts do?

Laying down on the job pays off for enduro kart racers. The increased aerodynamics allows the karts to reach speeds averaging well over 90 miles per hour (144.8 kilometers per hour).


Sprint karts are the most prolific type of kart, which also means that their tracks are the most used as well. What is the average length for sprint tracks?

Most sprint kart tracks are 1/4-mile and 1/2-mile (.4 and .8-kilometers) in length. Tracks designed for sprint karts will always have left and right hand turns as well.


Kart tracks can be found in what part of the United States?

If you're thinking about getting involved in karting, you're in luck! Kart tracks can be found throughout the entire United States.


How many tracks does the World Karting Association have throughout the United States?

If you haven't found a track to race your kart at, you're just not looking! There are over 100 World Karting Association tracks throughout the United States.


Sprint, oval and enduro karts all have different ways of measuring winners of a race. For spring karts, how many heat laps do drivers usually have to compete in for a race?

There's a reason why they call them sprint karts, and it's not just for their speed. These karts might not compete in the longest races, but they have to do about 10 to 15 heat laps.


Which type of kart has its races on tracks like the Daytona International Speedway?

Not only are enduro karts the fastest, they also get to ride on professional racing tracks like the Daytona International Speedway. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!


Oval karts have a chassis specifically designed to turn in how many directions?

Oval karts don't have a broken steering wheel, but these karts are designed to turn in only one direction. The chassis is built to withstand tight and almost constant force from one direction.


Karting is family sport. Kids as young as 5 years old can participate in karting; but at what age do official competitive races begin?

Competitive races for kids start at age 8. So while some kids are staying at home studying their multiplication tables, others are out learning how to race high-performance machines. After-school program anyone?


How long did it take before official rules for kart racing were published after the first kart was built?

Time flies when you're having fun! But it only took one year for official kart racing rules to be published by the International Kart Federation once the first kart was introduced.


Karting tracks can be made out of which type of surfaces?

Karting can run on a number of different types of tracks, but ice and gravel roads don't make the cut. Kart races are typically held on soft dirt, asphalt or packed clay depending on the race and type of kart.


Step right up, folks, and guess the kart weight! The average kart weighs about how much without the driver?

Always remember that less weight equals more speed! The average kart weighs about 150 pounds (68 kilograms) without the driver.


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