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Kart Racing: Where it all begins

The history of kart racing goes back to 1956 when the first ever racing kart was built in Los Angeles, California, by Art Ingels. It did not take long for the karts to start popping up all over America, across the pond in Europe, and down south in Argentina by the mid 1960´s.

Go karts have evolved over the past 50 years to become one of the most competitive forms of motorsport in the world. Kart racing has been a stepping stone for many drivers working their way up the professional ladder to Formula One, Le Mans, FIA GT, and Indy Series. Drivers of the likes of Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, David Coulthard, Mika Hakkinen, Fernando Alonso, and Michael Schumacher, each got their start in the less expensive but adrenaline pumping form of motor racing.

The first record of the kart´s arrival to Argentina dates back to 1960 when American painters where commissioned to the village of San Nicolás, in the north of the Buenos Aires province, to make improvements in the town´s local steel-mill. The argentine gauchos in the nearby ranches were dazzled by these adapted two-stroke chainsaw powered buggies and were quick to organize town-races throughout Arrecifes, Pergamino, and Zárate (the home of Velociudad).

A nationally-sanctioned championship, known as “El Campeonato Argentino”, was celebrated for the first time in 1964 with Julio Casaroli as the winner. Federated kart racing has continued its exponential growth till this day as Argentina enjoys a vast array of successful competitions: Campeonato Bonaerense, Campeonato Metropolitano, Pro-Kart, the Rotax Cup, among many others.

Combining all the basic elements of professional racing with the plus of inexpensive set-up costs, kart racing has become the most popular form of motorsport in Argentina. An equal platform for all drivers, regardless of their socioeconomic status, to test and develop their driving abilities. Given its rich history and vast popularity, argentine kart-racing will undoubtedly serve as ideal talent pool to feed Velociudad´s Driver Management Program.

Juan Emilio de Antón
Communications Director
Velociudad Speedcity

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