||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 41,000 graduates in our nearly 27-year history. In fact, we're rated in the same category of insurance as tennis and golf schools. In addition, 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. In addition, you are required to pre-purchase and wear a head sock ($5) if you will not be bringing your own helmet (see below). 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 and sunscreen.
Can I bring my own helmet?
Yes, if it is full-face, SNEL 2000-rated or better.
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 about 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 9:00am to 4pm with at least six on-track driving sessions totaling approximately 80 laps per day. Driving sessions will range from specific braking and line drills, race starts, wheel-to-wheel practice racing and timed lapping.
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, height and/or weight restrictions?
Due to high demand, we are now offering a special Parent/Child Program for students ages 10 - 14, with a minimum height of 4'8. 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. For all other classes our minimum height requirement is 5 feet tall. Our minimum age in the TAG's 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 the TAG's. Our maximum weight is 260lbs at 6'1 or taller in both the Sprints and the TAG's.
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. 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?
Yes, as long as you have graduated from our 1A-1B program and your kart has been approved by Jim Hall.
Can my family or friends come to watch?
Yes, family members are encouraged to come 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 class?
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. The latest you can register is at least the day before the program by 4:00pm and if the class is on a weekend or Monday you must register the Friday before by 4:00pm.
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-class and multi-day packages as well.
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 8:30am to 5pm. All gift certificates need to be paid for in full.
Where are you located?
Our track is located about sixty minutes north of Los Angeles and 40 minutes south of Santa Barbara.
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. (Oxnard and Santa Barbara have small airports that are technically the closest, but they are mainly shuttle airports).
Can you recommend any hotels?
There are several local hotels that provide special rates to our customers. The prices range from $85 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. See our page on Local Info for our suggestions.