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KIC Report On Professional Kart Road Racing

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Las Vegas, Jan. 1, 2011: Road racing, also known as Enduro racing, is the long-course version of karting. If you’ve always had the urge to experience the high banks of Daytona, or Laguna Sega’s “Corkscrew,” or Road America’s “Thunder Valley,” then Enduro racing might be for you.

In Road Racing you’ll be using all the basic karting techniques, but with a couple extra considerations - like aerodynamics and endurance. At first, racing a kart by laying almost flat on your back might seem a bit strange, but, after a few laps you’ll find that this wind-cheating, center of gravity-lowering posture makes for better lap times and better personal endurance. You’ll need the latter because Road Races last anywhere from 30 minutes to a full hour.

In Road Racing, as in Sprint and Speedway karting, there are classes for everyone from first-time novices (single, stock 100cc motor) to professional competition using dual-motored or 125cc motorcycle type “Shifter” motors. The price of a good basic Road Racing setup can be as little as $2000.00 to have you on the track and experiencing the thrill of the big tracks you’ve seen on TV.