About Us

Summer Time Racing is a family entity that focuses on spending time together at the track, on the road and in the garage. As mentioned on the home page, Summer is just getting started with her Kid Kart. Ron is currently competing with NASA Great Lakes in Performance Touring D with his Acura Integra. 

Drivers

Summer

Summer has completed her 3rd year of Karting finishing 2nd in the Pitt Race Karting Championship Rookie Yamaha Sportsman class. She has become a fixture at the PIRC (formerly BeaveRun) Wilson Circuit and regularly helps the upcoming Kid Karters by showing them around, discussing the lines and being an age appropriate mentor. 

Reagan

Reagan started Karting completing his first practice on his 4th birthday. The day after he turned 5 (the age allowable to race under WKA rules) he took the green flag first the first of two races that weekend. While Summer may have started practicing before kindergarten, Reagan already had half of a season ofcompetitive racing under his belt.

About Karting

Karting is one of the most exciting and accessible forms of racing available. In terms of "bang for your buck" there is no substitute for the speed, thrills and close racing action that can be found in karting.

One of the primary attractions of karting is that it doesn't require a transporter, trailer, race shop and crew full of mechanics to compete. Becoming involved in karting does not require tens of thousands of dollars either making it an excellent point of entry in to the world of racing for many people. As with all racing though it is never free, but well within the reach of most budget minded racers.

The most popular classes and age groups at BeaveRun currently are as follows:
  • Kid Kart (exhibition) 5 - 8 years old
  • Cadet 8-12 years old
  • Yamaha Jr. Can 12-15 years old
  • Yamaha Pipe Heavy 15 and older
  • TAG 15 and older
  • Shifter 15 and older
Safety equipment includes a safety rated helmet, abrasion resistant driving suit and gloves, neck brace and rib vest are all required items. For youth racers, a certified chest protector is also a requirement. While there are many areas where a few dollars can be saved when starting karting, going cheap in terms of safety is not one of them.

Transporting a kart is an obvious consideration but can be as big or small of an undertaking as you desire.  While there are full race teams in the paddock each week with tandem axle trailers and more, just as many people can be found racing out of the back of an SUV or truck or hauling karts on open trailers.

The requirements regarding tools and supplies range far and wide depending on the specific class. A rolling kart stand is a practical way to transport the kart from the paddock to the pits and it also serves as a work station that can be very useful.  Some items that are found in every pit regardless of class are a fuel container, funnel, air tank and air gauge. Actual tools vary from class to class but the vast majority of the karts will require a full set of metric wrenches, sockets and allen wrenches as well as an assortment of hand tools such as screw drivers, pliers, needle nose pliers, wire cutters, rubber mallets, etc. A cordless impact wrench can also be a very useful item to have available.

Of course the single most helpful item to have with you at any time is a friend to help move the kart in and out of the vehicle, start the kart and be an extra set of hands when needed.

Once the kart and tools are in place, the best thing to do is to log plenty of practice time during the open practice sessions and enroll in one of the karting schools if possible.  Karting is a very fun, affordable way to go racing but it is a very serious and fast sport.