The Colorado Karting Tour is Colorado’s premier high performance go-kart racing series, with 9 classes that are designed to help racers of all ages have a competitive, fun, and safe environment to compete in. In 2017, CKT will host 8 race events at 4 different tracks across the state of Colorado.

CKT, founded in 2007, began as The Colorado Junior Karting Club. At its essence, CKT was and continues to be a group of Colorado kart racing families and members with a mission to provide people of all ages 5 and above a fun, organize, safe, and educational organization to participate in the exciting sport of competitive high performance go kart racing, or karting.

In 2014, a dedicated group of members along with the board of directors re-organized the club, merged with the Pikes Peak Kart Racing Club, and formed The Colorado Karting Tour, a registered 501c3 non-profit, run and managed by volunteers. In 2016, the club expanded, and changed the series name to reflect the new face of the series, by welcoming in the Rotax racers as well as new race day officials and series members.

With The Colorado Karting Tour (as with almost every karting series world-wide), the earliest a driver can start racing competitive, high-performance karting machines is the age of 5.
The four primary age groups in karting are: “Kid Kart”, “Cadet”, “Junior”, and “Senior.” These are catch-all terms that are applied to our varied kart class age groups, and represent a logical, safe progression in karting competition based mainly on age, skill, and overall cognitive ability of the competitor.

Drivers ages 5-7 can compete in the “Kid Kart” class. Once a driver turns 7, they may enter our “Cadet” category. At the age of 9, “Junior 1” (a slightly more powerful Cadet kart) is available. At the age of 12, a variety of options and classes await, but we typically use the term “Junior 2” to discuss them.

At the age of 15, The Colorado Karting Tour considers a driver a “Senior,” and they may compete in these classes as long as they like. “Masters” drivers refer to drivers above the age of 32.

A more detailed explanation of how karting is broken down by age ranges can be found in Karting 101!

To read more about our karting class structure, click here, or read on to the next question. You can also reach out to us via email to tell us about your interest in karting. We will be able to tell you which classes you (or your son/daughter) is eligible for, and the next steps you should likely consider taking to get involved!

Organized and competitive karting events, regardless of age or region, use purpose-built racing karts that come from manufacturers all over the world. These karts consist primarily of a chassis, made of steel tubing, high-strength components such as the axle and steering mechanism, and plastic protective bumpers known collectively as bodywork.

Depending on the age of the driver, karts can vary by size, (length & width), and engine type depending on the class. Each class is governed by well-established rules and regulations written by national and/or international sanctioning bodies.

In the case of The Colorado Karting Tour, our series uses several nationally-respected organizations to officiate and regulate the technical rulings and details around our karting classes. These sanctioning bodies include the International Karting Federation, Superkarts! USA (SKUSA), and Rotax Max International Rules.

The Kid Kart class, (5-7 yr olds) uses a factory-sealed Honda GHX50 engine that is governed to produce approximately 2 hp. The class is also restricted to a set gear ratio, set tire diameter and other performance limitations, in order to keep reasonable consistency and parody among competitors and speeds to a safe level. This allows younger drivers and teams to focus on what matters most: safely participating in a racing event, while also having fun and keeping costs affordable.

The Cadet, JR-1, and MicroMax classes are for drivers ages 7-13. Cadet and Junior 1 both use a Briggs and Stratton LO206, which is a factory-sealed engine that produces approximately 8 hp depending on changes that can be easily made (and sanctioned) to the carburetor. These classes are highly regulated, and focus on offering only minimal engine modifications, which reinforces the focus on driver development, and an introduction tuning the kart chassis and engine for optimum performance at a given track and varying conditions. The Rotax MicroMax has comparable power, and is raced both locally and at national events with Rotax and Rotax Max.

Following the Kid Kart and Junior 1 classes, Junior 2 and a variety of Senior karting classes await. For more detailed information on these classes, click here.
For 2018, there will be 8 race events that are conducted between April and September. Our schedule is prominently displayed on our homepage. CKT Members may choose to enter as many races as their schedules allow, whether that is racing the whole season, or only a few events.

Drivers and teams compete at each event for race victories and trophies, as well as a seasonal points championship, which follows a best-7-of-8 format (your best 7 races count towards your year end points total, out of 8 possible races).

As the regional racing series for the International Kart Federation (IKF) Region 4a, drivers in IKF sanctioned- classes (Kid Kart, Cadet/JR1, JRII, Open TaG, Open Shifter), drivers can also earn a regional points champion award at the end of the racing season. Drivers that compete in Rotax-powered classes or SKUSA Stock Honda Shifter will earn points towards the seasonal CKT championship, as well as ‘punches’ towards race-entry eligibility at regional and national events (such as the Rotax Max Grand Nationals, SKUSA Spring/Summer Nationals, Supernationals).

At the end of the year, The Colorado Karting Tour will hold an awards banquet. This will allow us to recognize our seasonal points champions, and reflect on the racing action we have experienced in the past year.
At CKT, we are fortunate to work with an outstanding group of local racetracks that are always welcoming to new people looking to get into the sport of karting. The state of Colorado has a number of karting tracks located near the Denver metro area, as well as several spread out in the state.

Currently, CKT races at 4 of these facilities: Action Karting, IMI Motorsports Park, Podium Karting & Events, and SBR Motorsports Park. Colorado is also home to Grand Junction Motor Speedway, which is also open year round. On occassion, temporary tracks are set up at a pre-determined venue.

These racetracks are open for practice year round, (weather permitting), and some offer seasonal family passes and other benefits. To find out more about these racing facilities, click on the links provided above to each track’s website. If for some reason they do not have an answer to your question, contact us to learn more about karting tracks near you.
Karting is considered by many as the foundation of motorsports. This also means that it is considered to be one of the most affordable options to get into competitive, wheel-to-wheel racing. Like most sporting endeavors, a newcomer can get involved in the sport at many levels. Some choose to find a good used kart and safety equipment to start out with, with the intent to progress to more contemporary equipment once their skills necessitate an upgrade. Others want the new stuff right away. The truth is that for almost all new drivers, there will be little difference in overall performance whether you buy a quality used kart, or a brand new one. As a driver becomes more capable, subtle differences in equipment type, quality, and performance become more important. Depending on a driver or team’s ambitions, there is inherently not a one-size-fits-all solution for each competitor.

At CKT, we want karters to get involved at a cost point that makes sense to them, while still allowing them to be safe on the racetrack, and have fun. The best way is to start conservative. This likely means taking the time to find a quality, used kart and proper safety and mechanical equipment so that you can go to the track and enjoy learning and progressing in karting from day 1. With so many kids progressing through various karting classes, used karts and equipment tends to be highly sought after, and retains value fairly well.

Ballpark Investment:

  • A good used Kid Kart (5-7 yr olds) can vary from $800-$1500 as a race ready package. A brand new kart can cost approximately $2500 in complete ready to race condition.
  • Junior 1-level karts (ages 7-13) typically are slightly more, with a mid range race ready package costing approximately $1200-$2000. New ones cost approximately $3,000-$3,500.
  • Junior 2 and Senior karts can vary in price. Typically, a used chassis (without engine) will cost between $800-$2000, and this can often include an engine package or other equipment

Remember that you will also need some safety equipment.

A modern, Snell 2015 approved full-face helmet, racing suit (karting specific as they are abrasion resistant), over the ankle shoes (there are racing shoes), full coverage gloves are required AT ALL TIMES ON THE TRACK. For younger racers (under 15), a neck brace system (such as a Leatt Brace), and a rib and chest protector is mandatory.

Safety equipment is never, ever, ever a place to cut costs. While you don’t have to buy the most expensive safety equipment, you must consider it your own responsibility to invest in tested and certified safety gear.