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Questions listed below.
Frequently Asked Questions
How safe is karting?
Like all motorsports, there is
an element of risk involved. However, the Jim Hall Kart Racing
School has an excellent safety record with over 32,000 graduates
in our nearly 23-year history. In fact, we're rated in the
same category of insurance as tennis and golf schools. And
much of the first day of all programs is dedicated to learning
safety procedures so that we can keep the incidents to a minimum.
Do I need to bring my own safety equipment?
No, complete safety equipment,
including helmets, neck supports, jackets and optional rib
pads, are provided free of charge. You are only required to
wear long pants and closed-toe tennis shoes, although we do
recommend that you also bring a jacket or windbreaker, hat
Can I bring my own helmet?
Yes, if it is SNEL 2000-rated or
How much driving time do I get?
Driving time varies depending on
which classes you take. Half-day classes like the Day 1A program
include three complete driving sessions totaling 35 laps.
If you choose one of our full-day classes, either as a single
day or part of a multi-day package, you will be at the track
from 8:30am to 4pm with at least six on-track driving sessions
totaling approximately 80 laps (shifter programs may be fewer).
Driving sessions will range from specific braking and line
drills, race starts, wheel-to-wheel practice racing and timed
How many people are in a class?
We limit our class size to a maximum
of 18 students in the Day 1 classes and up to 15 students
in the Day 2 and TAG kart classes. Weekend classes and special
group classes may have exceptions.
Are there any age restrictions?
Due to high demand, we are now
offering a special Youth Program for students ages 10 - 14,
with a minimum height of 4'8. Please click on "School",
and then "Schedule", to see Parent/Child
listings. The classes will be offered on exclusive
days and class size will be limited to 15 students. Otherwise,
our minimum age is 13 and we've had students as old as 83,
with an average age of 40 years. Our minimum height requirement
is 5 feet tall. Our minimum age in the TAG karts is 15 (age
14 with instructor approval) with a height requirement of
5'3. Our height maximum is 6'8 in both the Sprints and TAG
karts. Our maximum weight is 260lbs at 6'1 or taller in the
Sprints and 230lbs at 6'1 or taller in the TAG karts.
Can I just rent a kart for an hour?
No. The Jim Hall Kart Racing School
is designed to teach you how to race in a controlled, instructional
atmosphere. We do not offer rentals. The Day 1A program will
give you a 3-4 hour program including instruction, racing
gear and three on-track driving sessions in our top-of-the-line
racing karts. And graduates of Day 1A/1B can participate in
half-day lapping classes designed to give drivers the maximum
amount of track time.
Can I bring my own kart?
No. All of our karts are professionally
maintained to provide a level playing field for all of our
students and are setup specifically to provide optimum feedback
and forgiveness to aid in the learning process.
Can my family or friends come to watch?
Yes, chairs are available for family
members to sit on and watch the racing with a view of the
entire track. Please be aware that pit access is restricted
during on-track activities.
How far in advance should I book my
We recommend that you book your
class at least two weeks in advance. Also, have more than
one date that works for you so we will have another choice
to work with just in case the date you want is not available.
Are there group discounts or special
package rates offered?
We do not offer group discounts,
but we do offer corporate programs or other exclusive arrangements,
and there are special rates available for multi-day packages
as well. Click here
to see the package rate and corporate program information.
Are gift certificates available?
Yes, we have gift certificates
available. Please call the office at 805-654-1329 and speak
to one of the office personnel. Phones are answered M - F
8am to 5pm. All gift certificates need to be paid for in full.
Where are you located?
Our track is located about one
hour or 65 miles north of Los Angeles and 30 minutes south
of Santa Barbara, roughly half way between the Ventura and
Channel Islands marinas on the beach. Click
here for a map and detailed directions.
What is the closest airport?
Both Burbank and LAX are equal
distances. We recommend Burbank. The Burbank airport is easier
to get in and out of than LAX. We can send you directions
from either airport to our track.
Can you recommend any hotels?
There are several local hotels
that provide special rates to our customers. The prices range
from $79 to luxury accommodations, although some hotels will
not guarantee the Jim Hall Kart Racing School rate during
peak periods. When you make your reservations, ask for the
Jim Hall Kart Racing School rate. For more information about
hotels and restaurants in the area, click
here or follow the Local Info link at the bottom of the