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Participant Information: Kart Information:

 

 

Race Information: Signing Up and Weather:

 

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Participant Information:

Q: What if I have no racing experience?

A: Yes, absolutely. This series is perfect for male and female newcomers to the racing sport. We provide thorough racing instruction and, at some races, we hold a racing school the day before the main race. Also, if you are racing against experienced drivers, most of them are very willing to share information with you during the race. And when you get a chance, you can follow them around the track and learn the optimal racing line.
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Q: How old and how tall must I be?

A: All Endurance Karting programs require participant to be minimum of 4'11" tall and 8 years or older.  No exceptions on minimum height, as this is required to reach the pedals.
Karts have accommodated participants up to 6'6" and 250 lbs.

    General Make up of Participants
                 
                 Average age:  39 years young
                 Driving Experience:  1st timers to seasoned

  • Endurance Karting Races: 

    6 Hours or More:  Participants must be 16 years or older to drive, unless certified through our Race School or have previous experience that is accepted by our staff prior to event weekend (please call for clearance, 704-992-2812).
             
    Up to 4 Hours: Average age of participants, 39 years young.  Participants must meet age and height minimums and those under 16 must be accompanied by and adult (even if adult not racing) and have received clearance by Johan (school required plus clearance, or if prior experience, clearance required).

    Race Schools and Camp: All participants must meet minimum height and age requirements. 

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Q: Can I sign up alone?

A: Yes, absolutely. Just enter you name and you will be mixed with other drivers who are unable to put an entire team together. We average 12 to 20 individuals per race whom we match up and place on teams.  This is also a good way to meet new racing friends. Who do I contact if I have further questions? Please do not hesitate to call us at 704-992-2812 or contact us on via Chris or TJ @endurancekarting.com with any questions that you have. By contacting us you will also receive information about upcoming events.
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Q: How much seat time will each team member get total?

A:   (Practice + Race Duration)  / Number of Drivers on Team = Drive Time Per Driver
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Q: What is included?

A: The entry fee includes everything: the use of the kart, gas, tires, professional mechanics, insurance and the registration fee. All you need to bring is bring food and your competitive spirit.
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Q:Do I need racing gear?

A: No worries. We have all you need if you don’t. We have available the latest in driving suits, helmets, neck collars and gloves. The weekend rent is $10 for the suit or a driving jacket, $10 for the helmet (includes balaclava) and $5 for the neck collar or gloves. The optional rib protector is $10 and elbow pads are $5 a pair.

OUR ON SITE EQUIPMENT RENTAL TRAILER
HAS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO RACE

  • Snell 2005 Helmet (Mandatory)
  • Helmet Support (Mandatory)
  • Driving Suit/Racing Jacket (Mandatory)
  • Racing Gloves (Mandatory)
  • Rib Support (Optional)
  • Elbow Cushion (Optional)

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We recommend that you wear sneakers (driving shoes are acceptable as well).  Shorts/Jeans and a t-shirt are recommended, shorts work best under the driving suit.

Q: What to bring?

A: We want you to have fun and enjoy yourself racing with EnduranceKarting.com® so we have put together a little checklist of items you may want to bring to enhance your experience with us. 

Water We will recommend that you bring your own.  We will also have water and sports drinks for sale on site.
Food Bring snacks and sandwiches as not all tracks have a snack bar/grill.
Tents and Chairs Each track has areas along the side lines to set up team base.
Padding and Tape You are welcome to bring foam padding and tape to add a comfortable cushioning to your kart seat
Rain Gear This may be worn over required race gear (click here for list of required race gear)
Extra Clothes Bring a dry set of clothes (including shoes) to go home in.  If it is hot or we experience some rain, it is most comfortable in dry clothes for the return home.

Signaling-
Communication

You will want to have paper and pen to write down strategy and keep track of driver’s changes.  You may also want to bring something bright or visible to sign the driver on the track that it is time to come in.  Radio’s are allowed, please just make sure they are well attached to the driver.

No open alcoholic beverages allowed before the Checkered Flag.

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Q: Who do I contact if I have further questions?

A: Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 704-992-2812

Race Information:

Q: Is there practice first? 

A: Yes, there is a practice and qualifying before the race. For people with little or no experience we hold an instructional session.
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Q: How is a driver change performed?

A: Just like what you see in the endurance races on TV. The team member signals from the pit when it is time to come in. When the driver pulls into the pits, the replacing the driver is ready to take over and make the change. Always a good time planning for driver changes.
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Q: How is a fuel stop performed?

A: Each kart can drive 2 hours on a tank of fuel. During the drivers meeting the Race Director will notify the field when the fuel windows for service will be open. Typically a 30 minute window, they will open every 2 hours and close every 2 Hours 30 minutes of race time. During a fuel stop we also perform a timed safety check on the kart. That insures that all competing karts will get the same length pit stop.
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Q: How do you determine the starting grid?

A: The starting order is determined according to lap times collected by our computerized scoring system during the practice and qualifying session. Fastest lap time starts first in line on our exclusive LeMans-style starting grid; Second fastest lap time starts second in line; third starts third; and so on.
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Q: What is a Le Mans Start

A: The LeMans Start originated in LeMans, France in the early years of this century when the drivers would line up across the track from their cars, which were also lined up, angled down the track in the direction they will race. The atmosphere is electric as the cars are moved into position and the drivers prepare for the sprint across the track. At the drop of the flag, the driver runs over to his idling racing machine, jumps in and drives away as fast as he can.
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Q: What About Bumping And Banging?

A: Remember, racing is a sport of skill, patience and above all, smoothness. You can't win an Endurance Karting race on the first lap but you sure can lose it there.

Bumping and banging is NOT racing and we want everybody to be entertained and have fun… racing. When people start using their karts as battering rams, the fun goes away.

And while you may get comfortable, even complacent traveling at the speeds our karts will attain, like any motorsport, you are traveling faster than the human body was built to move. Therefore, a sudden stop will likely hurt. We don't want anyone to get hurt.

The bottom line is we want everybody to have a good time racing our karts and the fun factor drops when people feel taken advantage of by somebody using the chrome horn.

Consequently, bumping and banging will NOT be tolerated and will be dealt with swiftly and without appeal. 

Though you may be lucky enough to simply get a furled black flag, (allowing you to continue without visiting the pits) your kart number becomes part of our further conversations and observations. WHETHER OR NOT the original driver is in the kart when subsequent infractions occur, the resulting official reaction will reflect the overall impression that has been established by that entire team's participation. Therefore, it behooves you to assist your teammates in maintaining cool heads, as well.

Q: How do you time and score?

A: We use the AMB real-time timing and scoring system. It is the same system that is used in F1, CART and NASCAR. It keeps track of every kart on the track. We have a monitor on site, so you at anytime can check your teams position, and compare lap times with your teammates and competitors...always lots of fun. How do you determine the starting grid? The starting order is determined according to lap times during the practice and qualifying session. Fastest lap time starts on the pole second fastest lap time outside pole and so on.
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Q: What does it take to win?

A: Consistency, good pit stops and clean driving. The team that is running consistent lap times combined with avoiding the black flag (penalty) and smartly timed pit stops will win the race. Often people with less experience than others are running up front, because they have smart pit stops, stay out of trouble, and learn the fast line around the track. We also give out prizes for different classes, so there is a good chance you can walk home with a prize.
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Kart Information:

Q: What kind of karts are used?

We use the a DINO Racing chassis, with safety rails, to avoid interlocking of the wheels. Many years of testing insures that these bars do not in any way impair the handling of the karts. The karts are mounted with a torque 10 horsepower 270 cc Honda engine. The clutch is a one-speed oil-bath centrifugal clutch that engages the rear axel at 1800 RPMs. Top speed is 50 MPH.
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Q: Are all karts equal?

A: Yes! All the karts are professionally race prepared and engines are tuned using electronic equipment.
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Q: Can I make changes to the kart?

A: No, as this is a drivers series, kart set-up, maintenance and refueling during the race is done by Endurance Karting mechanics. All you have to do is to focus on the driving and the race strategy (the fun stuff). In the end, the victory will go to the team with the most consistent drivers and the best pit stop strategy.
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Q: Am I responsible for any liability?

A: No, you are not responsible for any damage to the kart. Unlike any other racing series you only pay your entry fee and are not held responsible for kart damage.
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Q: What if I have no racing experience?

A: Yes, absolutely. This series is perfect for male and female newcomers to the racing sport. We provide thorough racing instruction and, at some races, we hold a racing school the day before the main race. Also, if you are racing against experienced drivers, most of them are very willing to share information with you during the race. And when you get a chance, you can follow them around the track and learn the optimal racing line.
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Q: Do you change tires or brakes?

A: That depends on the length of the race and the track surface. If the race is more than 8 hours, there will more than likely be one tire change. The racing rotor and brake pads are very durable and it is very unlikely that brake pads will need to be changed.
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Q: How is a driver change performed?

A: Just like what you see in the endurance races on TV. The team member signals from the pit when it is time to come in. When the driver pulls into the pits, the replacing the driver is ready to take over and make the change. Always a good time planning for driver changes.
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Q: How is a fuel stop performed?

A: Each kart can drive 2 hours on a tank of fuel. During the drivers meeting the Race Director will notify the field when the fuel windows for service will be open. Typically a 30 minute window, they will open every 2 hours and close every 2 Hours 30 minutes of race time. During a fuel stop we also perform a timed safety check on the kart. That insures that all competing karts will get the same length pit stop.
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Q: How many karts per race?

A: We have as many as 28 teams running in the races. That provides for competitive racing and a great mix of racing people - some events have over 150 drivers.
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Q: What is included?

A: The entry fee includes everything: the use of the kart, gas, tires, professional mechanics, insurance and the registration fee. All you need to bring is bring food and your competitive spirit.
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Signing up and Weather:

Q: What if it rains?


A: Endurance Karting runs in the rain and it is fun. You must register in person, no matter what the weather looks like at your present location. Please show up or you will be considered a no show cancellation and forfeit your tuition.
 

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Q: How much does it cost and how do I sign up?

Pricing listed under DETAILS with each event (See 2014 Schedule)

Click here to go to our registration page with full directions and entry forms.

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Refund Policy

Domestic Events

  • Rescheduling an Event:  
         We will gladly move your registration to another event within the following time line:
                 Up to 2 weeks prior to the event:                   No penalty
                 Between 1 and 2 weeks prior to the event:   $100.00 penalty
                 Less than 1 week prior to the event:             50% of deposit penalty
     

  • Cancellation
                 Up to 4 weeks prior to the event:                    Full Refund
                 Between 2 and 4 weeks prior to the event:    50% of deposit refundable
                 Notification less than 2 weeks prior to event:  no refunds will be made

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