By Greg Calnan – Have you ever wondered where race car drivers get their start? Minor league hockey, t-ball and kids soccer leagues have been a mainstay for young aspiring athletes for years. However not all children want to play ‘stick and ball’ sports, some have a desire born in them to race, and now they can. No longer does a youngster have to wait until he or she has their street license to compete on the track.
In 2014, Brighton Speedway will be introducing Go-Kart racing on Thursday nights for kids ages 5 to 18. A new karting track has been built in the infield of the 1/3 mile dirt track and will host races three times a month from May until September.
“This is an excellent way for kids to get their start in racing without breaking the bank account” said Brighton Speedway Promoter Mark Rinaldi. “This truly is the minor leagues of the racing; the experience gained here is invaluable when making the jump to full size cars in the future.”
While weekly Go-Kart racing is new to Brighton Speedway it has been a staple at several other race tracks in the province. Brockville, Cornwall, Merrittville and Ohsweken all host weekly divisions and it’s where a number of current stars in the northeast made their beginnings. DIRTcar Modified drivers like Chris Raabe, Mat Williamson and Matt Billings all started out racing karts. Three-time Brighton Speedway Canadian Modified champion and Mod-Lite driver Dan Ferguson also used this affordable entry level to springboard his driving career.
Brighton Speedway will be hosting two demonstration events to promote the new Go-Kart program on Saturday, August 24th and Saturday, September 14th. The sessions are part of the regular Saturday night action at the track.
Families are invited to contact Brighton Speedway to learn more about the all-new Go-Kart program by calling 1-866-681-1102 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This new weekly program will be sure to give youngsters a fun and safe taste of what racing is all about, while at the same time preparing them to be the stars of tomorrow. The future certainly is here at Brighton Speedway!