Go-kart's have been around since the invention of a self-propelled vehicle, free of being pulled by a living animal or person. Go-kart's weren't called go-karts, however, until about 1956, when Art Ingels, a former racecar driver and builder, built the first "miniature car " in Southern California. Go-karting quickly caught on in the 1950s and spread to Europe, gaining much popularity there as well. Soon go-kart racing became a popular pastime.

Types of Go-Karts
Go-karts come in many different types. There are casual recreation go-karts and racing go-karts. Many modern go-karts include roll cages and seat belts as well as other safety features. They also can seat more than one person--usually two. The vehicles often are used for off-roading and look and drive like ATVs. Some go-karts are sold as the entire vehicle pre-assembled, others are sold in kits so you can assemble them yourself, and still others are sold as just parts so you can mix and match the pieces for a custom vehicle. Racing go-karts are generally custom vehicles that come in multiple types, defined by the chassis type, engine type and the positions and types of different implements.

The one thing all these karts have in common is that they are completely controlled with the drivers hands, arms, and upper body. Many of the drivers have custom hand controls which are made at local shops or purchased from companies such as Adaptive Motor Sports.


Types of Races
Go-kart races take place in multiple different racing venues, including indoor races, oval races, street races and sprint races. Indoor go-kart racing has become quite popular; you can rent a vehicle for an hour and join as many races as you can on an indoor track. Oval races are on an oval or circular track that can vary in length, while sprint races are just straightforward drag-type races. Street races are on pre-existing roads that aren't usually designated for racing specifically and can be any number of turns and any length.

Preparation for a Race
There are many series and competitions for go-kart racers and opportunities for professional go-kart racers. To prepare for a serious go-kart race, make sure your kart is in top condition. Take a look at the track and become familiar with it. Pay attention to the rules and regulations given to you by the race officials.

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