Karting has long been recognized as the purest form of motorsports.  In a kart, the driver is at one with the track, fueled by adrenaline and wheel to wheel with their competitor.   With a wide range of classes, there is a place in karting for everyone, from weekend warriors to tomorrows NASCAR, Formula 1 and IndyCar stars.  From 5 to 75, drivers of all ages head to tracks across the country every weekend to experience a sensation that is only available in the seat of a kart.

For everything you ever wanted to know about Karting please visit gatewaykartplex.com


Here are quick answers to questions you may have on how to get started:


How many CCs do the various engines have?

The Ignite series engine, the Briggs Racing LO206 is a 206cc air cooled 4-stroke engine that produces approximately nine horsepower.

The Super Comp series features various engine packages from the above mentioned LO206 to 30+ horsepower 125cc liquid cooled, electric start 2-cycle engines.


Is there an age requirement?

Arrive & Drive (rental) Karts:

12 and up, must be at least 48” tall. Drivers under 18 must have a parental consent form on file.


Ignite & SuperComp Race Series age categories:

Kid Karts (SuperComp only): Ages 5-8

Sportsman/Rookie: Ages 8-12

Junior: Ages 12-15

Senior: Ages 15+

Ignite Masters 35+: Ages 35 and up

Ignite Masters 50+: Ages 50 and up


Height Requirement?
All drivers must be a minimum of 48” tall.


Weight Requirement?

We can comfortably accommodate drivers up to 275 pounds in our Arrive & Drive karts.


Any experience needed?

No experience is required for our arrive & drive karts.


Can you just show up and drive?

Yes, as long as the track is open for Arrive & Drive sessions. Check our Facebook page or website to check the daily track status.


What does it cost for an individual to show up and drive?

Arrive & Drive races are $29.95 per 10 minute race.


If I have my own Kart, can I drive it at the track?
Absolutely.  You can practice any day the track is open for Arrive & Drive and open lapping activity. If your package meets the rules and specifications of the SuperComp or Ignite series, you can race it as well.


Can I store my Kart at the track?

Yes.  Private garages are immediately adjacent to Pit Road and rents start at $400/month on a 12 month lease.


Can we host a birthday or bachelor party at the KartPlex?
Yes, please contact our Group events specialist, Allison Dziadus at 618-210-8888 Ext. 100 or email allison.dziadus@gatewaymsp.com.


What times is the Kartplex open?

Monday-Noon-8 pm

Tuesday Noon-8 pm

Wednesday Noon-6 pm, LEAGUE NIGHT 6:30 pm – till finish

Thursday Noon-8 pm

Friday Noon-9 pm

Saturday-Noon-9 pm

Sunday-Noon-5 pm

Please check www.gatewaykartplex.com or our Facebook page for up-to-the-day event schedule. We may be closed during regular business hours for private or corporate events.


How much does it cost to buy a race kart?

Race karts for the Ignite series start at $3995.00.  Price range upward depending on class.

Good used karts can be found for around $2000.


If I own a kart how much does it cost to run it there?

$50 per day and $40 for race members for alternate Arrive & Drive/open lapping days.


How hard are these things to take care of?

Our Ignite series karts are very low maintenance while higher end two-cycle karts do require more hands on maintenance.


How long do the tires last?

The spec Bridgestone YDS tires used in our Ignite series should last a minimum of 6 race events.  The softer Bridgestone YLC that is the spec tire in our SuperComp series should be competitive for a minimum of 3 race events. Tire wear life will vary by driver.


How fast do they go?

Our Arrive & Drive karts exceed 50 MPH.

The Ignite series race karts attain 55+ mph and some SuperComp karts will attain 70+ mph on the Kartplex track.


Why don’t they have front brakes?

Front brakes are not allowed on sprint karts by the rules set forth by the karting sanctioning bodies.


What type of clutch?

4-cycle (Briggs) engines run a low-cost shoe style clutch while 2-cycles typically run a dry disc or shoe clutch.


What type of changes can I make to my kart?

Typical adjustments include: tire pressures, gear ratio, front and rear track width, steering geometry settings.


What type of safety gear will I need?  How much is safety gear?

All safety gear is supplied for Arrive & Drive participants. No open toed shoes are allowed. Both race series require a Snell approved helmet, abrasion resistant karting suit (Jacket is OK), helmet support and gloves. Rib protection is also suggested.

Expect to spend a minimum of $350 for the required safety gear. However…we do not suggest cutting corners when it comes to safety gear.  Always buy the highest quality products you can afford.  The kartplex will carry a complete line of quality safety gear.


What can you tell me about the motor?  How much modification is in it?

No modifications are allowed to the Ignite series engine.  The Briggs Racing LO206 is factory built to very tight tolerances then factory sealed to insure a level playing field. Compliance is checked with comprehensive tech procedures at the end of each race event. Our Ignite series will also feature a competition director invoked claiming rule.  If our Competition Director suspects that an engine may be out of compliance, we reserve the right to ‘claim’ that engine. The competitor will have to exchange the engine in question for a brand new unit supplied by the track.  If the competitor refuses the exchange, they will be excluded from further competition at the Kartplex.


What kind of training is involved before we race?

The Kartplex will be offering ongoing basic training and driver development programs for all ages.


Will this fit in the back of a truck?

Yes!  All race karts will fit in the back of a typical pick-up truck or similar vehicle.