Hey guys, since I was a kid I wanted to race but we never had the cash to get into go-kart racing. So anyway, now I have some spare cash laying around and I would like to break into racing. I'm not aiming for building a monster or trying to win a bunch of races I just want to be able to run with the pack and learn some stuff. There are a few tracks around me that run races on dirt, and some on pavement (not sure of the exact surface). Most are really small dirt tracks, but big enough to run modified stock cars on (well some anyway). So I was wondering...and I'm not exactly sure which karts they run around here btw. But how much does it cost to break in on the lower end? What different kind of karts series are there? How much money does it cost to buy a decent new or used kart? Finally, how much up keep is involved? I'd love to run every weekend but at first I was thinking about running every month or so. Also, I was going to try to attend all the practice sessions I could at my local track. I've never driven a kart before and I don't want to get into a race without a lot of practice. What's the best way to get run to driving the kart without endangering others? I live on a farm, could I get away with running around a home made track in a field? I really wanna race something and this is the only way I see that happening. I need a new hobby and have some cash to invest. Is this a good idea or would it consume every waking moment? Thanks for any help. PS: Most of the local track are ovals, but I love road courses as well!