Kart Racing Rules

  • Drivers must 12 or older, at least 48” tall and weight less than 275 pounds
  • All minors (17 and under) musts have a signed parental consent and liability form (by their parent or guardian).
  • Drivers must wear DOT approved full face helmet, neck collar, and closed toe shoes. VIR Kart Track provides head sock, helmet, neck brace, gloves and optional racing suit.
  • All participants who use VIR Kart Track helmets must wear a head sock. Head socks are provided.
  • Kart racing poses special risks to people with neck or back problems, heart conditions, anyone who is pregnant, anyone who should not be in a stressful or physically demanding environment. If you have any doubt, please check with your doctor before racing.
  • You will receive a briefing session on racing safety and regulations. All racers must wear closed toe shoes and long hair must be pulled back into a ponytail and tucked into shirt.
  • Please remember that Karting is real racing and not an amusement ride. Accidents can happen if you do not follow the rules and pay attention to flags and lights.
  • VIR Kart Track has a strict “zero tolerance policy” regarding alcohol and/or drug abuse. Any person who appears to be under the influence, will not be permitted to race and will not be entitled to a refund.

Racing Regulations

  • Kart racing is a non-contact sport and this cannot be emphasized strongly enough. We do not tolerate any bumping and or blocking. If you are unable to pass a kart, this is no excuse for contact.
  • If a yellow flag is displayed, you must bring your kart to half speed as this is a “caution” flag. You may resume full speed racing once the yellow flag is withdrawn.
  • When the checkered flag is waved at the finish line, your race is over. Stop racing immediately and slow down prior to entering the pits.
  • If the black flag is shown, immediately enter the pit area. This flag indicates that you are violating one of our racing rules or our staff is concerned about a mechanical issue with your kart. The track marshal will explain why you were stopped either permit you to resume racing or terminate your participation depending on the severity of the infraction.
  • If you spin your kart and are unable to rejoin the race, wait for a marshal to assist you. Under no circumstances should you attempt to get out of the kart or push yourself away from the barriers with either your hands or feet. Stay inside of the kart at all times when out on the track.
  • NEVER drive backwards on the track to try to turn around. Wait for a track marshal.
  • Should your kart be damaged during an event as a result of any racing incident (regardless of responsibility for the incident) your race is over – no refund will be given.
  • Anyone driving aggressively, beyond their own ability, or without regard for our rules or the safety of others, will be warned once. A second offense will result in a black flag and immediate termination of your participation. No refunds will be given.
  • Your safety is our first priority. If you receive a warning, remember that this is being done to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Please do not respond aggressively or abusively as this will only lead to your expulsion from the event.
  • If you receive a warning, acknowledge that you have received the warning so that the Track Staff know that you are paying attention and that you understand what you did wrong. When entering the pit, raise a hand to let the following drivers know that you will be slowing down. Listen carefully as to why you have received a warning. Do not argue or verbally harass the marshal, it will not be tolerated. As in most sports, the decision of the Track Staff is FINAL.
  • Anyone displaying any aggression – either physical or verbal – towards our staff or any other participant will be removed from the race immediately and no refund will be given.
  • Never slow down on the track to wait for a friend as this can create a dangerous situation. Waiting is a black flag offense.
  • Once you see the black and white checkered flag, then you will finish that lap, and then go into the pits. You MUST go slowly in the pits. Once you come to a stop do not get out of your kart until the marshal tells you to do so. We do not want you to get half way out of your kart and then get hit from behind so please pay attention to the marshal.
  • We do not charge additional fees for use of our equipment which may include helmets, gloves, and neck collars.