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Pacific Association of Karters will be referred to as  aka “PAK”. All PAK drivers must comply to the following rules and regulations.

How fast do the karts go?
It varies depending on the class, but most of the karts are going about 65mph at the end of the straight.

A brand new race-ready 100cc kart will cost between $4000 and $5000.  A good used kart will usually run between $2000 and $3000 and you may be able to pick up some extra parts as well.

Is kart racing safe?  What kind of safety equipment is required?

Every for of racing is hazardous.  Though fatalities do occur in kart racing, they are rare.  All kart racers are required to wear a full faced Snell 98 helmet, skid resistant raced suit or jacket, racing gloves, padded neck brace, and high top race shoes or tennis shoes.  Many racers also wear a rib protector, as broken ribs are on the the most common racing injuries.  An EMT or paramedic is required to be present at all races.

How old do I have to be?  What’s the oldest I can be?
You must be at least 8 years old to raced with most kart clubs.  However, PAK offers a “Kid Kart” class for 5-8 years olds.
Thee is no maximum age in kart racing. A number of competitive drivers are wells into their 50s or 60s.

Do I need a license to race?

No you do not need to be licensed, but it is a good idea to attend a school.  You should develop basic kart control skills before attempting to race.

There are  kart racing schools located at the Host track Apex Karting Center. Apex Racing schools is highly recommended by PAK.

PAK We have approval for a local option to allow drivers to compete for the entire racing year if they are no older than 7 as of Jan 1
Kid Kart is not a season points championship class for 2008

Spec fuel/oil:  VP MS 98 for non Rotax 2 cycle classes with 8 oz Burris Red Label Castor per gallon.  Rotax engines use MS 93 fuel with Motul mixed @ 4oz of oil per gallon of fuel. 

Spec Tires: Bridgestone YHC for all classes except, TAG, and TAG Masters that may use the Bridgestone YHC or Burris B44A of Burris B55A, or Moo D2 Drivers in championship classes may drop one race from their points total.  A max of 8 races plus 200 points for working an event will count towards year end points.  Drivers must compete in a min of 6 of the 10 club races and work ( or pay instead of working) 1 PAK event to be eligible for year end awards, even non championship classes.
is making it mandatory that all drivers in Kid Kart and Jr. 1 MUST wear an SFI certified chest protector.  Please made sure you have one during pre-tech for inspection.

Kid Kart drivers may finish the season in which they have their 8th birthday.  Kid kart driving ages are for the attained age of 5 years until the day before their 8th birthday.

On track conduct:
This guide is written to describe and define a set of standards for maneuvers that represent driving offenses common to racing karts on sprint tracks.  It is intended to narrow the tray area of judgment with driver violation, and improve the safety of racing.  Drivers, Corner workers, and Flag persons should be familiar with these definitions.  The offenses may be unintended or intended.  With an unintended offense, the judgment for violation is based on what happens after the offense.  With an intended offense, the judgment is usually immediate.
Corner worker and flag person responsibility to report violations, and if necessary, monitor the offending competitors for repeated violation.

These standards were composed a public service and are freely available to any club, organization, track, event, or promoter for utilization as they see fit.  The author accepts no responsibility for any damages, injures or death that some twisted lawyer may try to conjure up the future as a result of using these standards.  Any conditions deemed committed or neglected are the responsibility of the users to add in.
Drivers offenses:

Chopping
Blocking
Bumping
Brake checking
Careless track re entry
Penalties:
Warning-minor offense, first time
PX loss of one or more positions
DQ Limited removed from race but awarded last place points
DQ removed from race with loss of all race points
Ban DQ with event ejection.
 
Crowding (also known as Nerfing)
If contact is made resulting from the lead Kart moving into the passing Kart, the lead Kart is guilty of Crowding.  This is usually an unintended offense. 
The judgment should be based what happens next:
If the lead Kart leaves room for the passing Kart, the offense is dropped
If the lead Kart continues to crowd, the offense is sustained and should result in penalty-either DQ or one position set back.

Chopping
If contact is made resulting from the passing Kart moving into the lead Kart, the passing Kart is guilty of chopping.  This is usually an intended offense, if it is done on the Straight.  As soon as entry into the turn is reached, the entry line belongs to the leading Kart.

Blocking:
If the lead Kart chooses to Defend, they are reminded this is a one move action.  They may shift off line, but in doing so they automatically provide right of way to the passing Kart to the side opposite they moved.  If the defending kart does move back online prior to the normal point where the kart would have to move back on line to make entry into the turn, they may be guilty of Blocking.  Blocking is an intended offense, and is sometimes easier to judge when the Blocker looks behind them. 
It is the Flago-persons options to call this penalty.  It is recommended that the first time is a warning, and the second time a penalty offense.

If the Lead Kart is bumped off track (from behind only), it should result in a penalty.

Bumping on straight is may be unintentional in cases where a leader misses a shift or may have a slower exit speed then the trailing kart anticipated.  But it may also be very internal as a way to intimidate the leading driver, to “hookup” in a draft, or even as an “improper passing signal”.

Rule Changes

601.1 Spec Fuel:  VP MS98L-Karting has been selected as the spec fuel for all 2009 2-cycle Sprint classes.

104.6.1 Competition Age: To reduce confusion.  Competition age will be the highest age attained during the competition year (Jan 1 thru Dec 31).

104.6.5 Competition Age Exceptions: The Board will authorize exceptions to the age rules for weight and/or experience on a case by case basis. Competitor must be within 12 months of their age group and requests have to be submitted in writing.  All decisions will be final.

105.2.1.13 Chain Covers:  All section 200 karts will require a chain cover.

105.6 Safety wire vs. Nyloc nuts: Any item that is required to use safety wire, a cotter key or snap ring may now use a “ONE USE” Nyloc faster.  There are EXCEPTIONS that must be complied with:
   1.  Brake rotors must still be fastened to the brake hub with either metal lock nuts and/or a drilled and safety wired bolt.
   2. Any bolt previously drilled for safety wire must continue using safety wire as its retaining device.  The reason is a Nyloc fastener uses a nylon sleeve or plug (sleeve on a nut and a plug on a bolt) that acts as a locking device when installed.  When removed, the grasp the nylon provides is no longer strong enough to assure the original holding force.  This is made worse by running a Nyloc nut over a bold that has a hole in it because the hole acts like a threading  tap and “cuts” a groove in the nylon retaining ring which reduces, if not eliminates, the fasteners holding power.  When you think this through, you can understand why Nyloc’s are called “ONE USE” fastener. 

   AND 3, Weights:  Expect weights will be added to the list of exceptions as a clarification.  It was not the intention of the Board to eliminate or modify any of the section 105.2.1.21 ballast requirements as a result of the Nyloc additions to the safety fastening specifications.

When in doubt, drill and safety wire ….. a lose kart or part can hurt you, your fellow competitors or the folks who watch our sport from the sidelines

201.6 Rear Bumper:Beginning 2010”, Full width plastic (CIK) or steel bumpers will be required.  Minimum width will require the bumper to extend to the center line of each rear tire.  Maximum width will be the outside of the rear tires.  Rain tires will be the only allowable exception.

201.19.4 Junior Drivers Fairings:   Shall not be higher than the steering wheel and or wider than 10 ½ inches.

208.3.5.2 Kid Kart Front Bumpers:  Minimum height is now 5 inches.

60.2.19  Engine Seal Integrity:  Both vacuum and pressure will be used to test the integrity of engine seals.  Seals must not lose more than 1 psi pressure and/or 1 inhg vacuum during a period of 60 seconds.  The test will be conducted by any means deemed appropriate by the tech inspector

620.53 KPV Clutch Friction Surfaces: Grinding or machining to reduce contact area is prohibited. And remember the drum and disc must have a Horstman Logo.

620.54 KPV Pipe Welded End Caps:  HPV-1, 2 & 3 pipes with welded end caps (marked by Horstman) will become available and legal in 2009.  They will be the only form of the pipe legal in those three classes beginning Jan 1, 2010.

620.57 KPV Bottom Ring:  Must be in place and is now a non-tech item.  Piston drop requirement will be dropped by an update published in the Web site.

620.59.1 KPV Cadet Carburetor: The carburetor, manifold, phenolic spacer fuel line adaptor and filter cup must be “AS SUPPLIED” by Horstman.

623.4.2.1 WA55B with restricted manifold Intake Track Length: Measured without carburetor base gasket will be a minimum 2.600in and a maximum of 2.700in.

675.21 ROTAX Max Engine Fuel/Oil: These engines will run in TAG classes using fuel and oil but will be mixed using the fuel/oil ratios specified by Rotax Max Challenge (RMC) .

675.1 TAG General Rules: Where specifications on parts used on more than one engine are found, the more liberal tolerance will be used to inspect the item.

 

 


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