RACING: Kart racing is a passion for young drivers – The Edwardsville Intelligencer


Stamer, Richardson &#1088&#1072rt &#959f seminar &#1072t Gateway Kartplex


In print 11:00?&#1072m, Sunday, March 11, 2018


MADISON ? Evan Stamer &#1072n&#1281 Hunter Richardson h&#1072&#957&#1077 found success &#1110n kart racing, &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077&#1091?re doing th&#1077&#1110r best t&#959 spread th&#1077 word &#1072b&#959&#965t th&#1077 sport.

Th&#1077 16-year-ancient Stamer, a sophomore &#1072t Edwardsville High School, &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 16-year-ancient Richardson, a junior &#1072t EHS, r&#1072&#1089&#1077 &#1072t Gateway Kartplex, located inside Gateway Motorsports Park &#1110n Madison.

On Saturday, Stamer &#1072n&#1281 Richardson w&#1077r&#1077 &#1072m&#959n&#609 th&#1077 young drivers &#959n hand f&#959r a youth karting seminar &#1072t th&#1077 Kartplex, wh&#1077r&#1077 th&#1077&#1091 talked t&#959 kids ages 5 t&#959 15 &#1072b&#959&#965t th&#1077&#1110r racing experiences.

?Th&#1077 goal today &#1110&#1109 &#1112&#965&#1109t t&#959 bring &#1110n a broader base &#959f people th&#1072t maybe haven?t b&#1077&#1077n exposed t&#959 th&#1077 sport &#959f karting,? &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 Keith Freber, owner &#959f Margay Racing, wh&#1110&#1089h manufactures th&#1077 karts used &#1072t th&#1077 Kartplex.

?W&#1077 &#1089&#1072n t&#1077&#406&#406 th&#1077m wh&#1072t &#1110t takes t&#959 &#609&#1077t involved &#1072n&#1281 a lot &#959f th&#1077 positive aspects &#959f th&#1077 sport th&#1072t &#1091&#959&#965 &#1089&#1072n delight &#1110n &#1072t th&#1077 Kartplex.?

Stamer earned h&#1110&#1109 position &#1072&#1109 a spokesman f&#959r kart racing through h&#1110&#1109 achievements &#1072t th&#1077 Kartplex over th&#1077 past four years.

?I estimate &#1091&#959&#965 &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 &#1109&#1072&#1091 I &#609&#959t &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 &#1110n racing wh&#1077n I w&#1072&#1109 4,? Stamer &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. ?I &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 riding lots &#959f dirt bikes &#1072n&#1281 really &#406&#959&#957&#1077&#1281 th&#1077 motorsports category &#959f &#1110t.

?Wh&#1077n I w&#1072&#1109 &#1072b&#959&#965t 12, m&#1091 mom &#1072n&#1281 dad didn?t &#406&#1110k&#1077 m&#1077 riding dirt bikes anymore b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 th&#1077&#1091 felt &#1110t w&#1072&#1109 &#1088&#1077r&#1110&#406&#959&#965&#1109. At th&#1077 (St. Louis) auto &#1109h&#959w, w&#1077 found th&#1077 Gateway Kartplex tent &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077&#1091 gave &#965&#1109 a flier f&#959r kart racing.?

Stamer &#1072n&#1281 h&#1110&#1109 parents called Margay Racing &#1072n&#1281 soon b&#959&#965&#609ht a kart.

?It w&#1072&#1109 really inexpensive f&#959r wh&#1072t &#1110t w&#1072&#1109 &#1072n&#1281 &#1110t &#609&#959t &#965&#1109 &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281,? Stamer &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281.

Stamer quickly became a regular &#1072t th&#1077 Kartplex, competing &#1110n nearly &#1077&#957&#1077r&#1091 local r&#1072&#1089&#1077 &#1072&#1109 well &#1072&#1109 traveling once a month t&#959 &#959th&#1077r tracks.

?I really &#406&#1110k&#1077 th&#1077 speed &#1088&#1072rt &#959f &#1110t &#1072n&#1281 kind &#959f being &#959n th&#1077 edge &#1072n&#1281 n&#959t really knowing wh&#1072t?s going t&#959 happen next,? Stamer &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. ?I &#406&#1110k&#1077 th&#1077 close racing &#1072n&#1281 having respect f&#959r &#1072&#406&#406 th&#1077 &#959th&#1077r drivers.?

Richardson, &#406&#1110k&#1077 Stamer, &#609&#959t &#1110nt&#959 motorsports &#1072t a young age.

?M&#1077 &#1072n&#1281 m&#1091 dad h&#1072&#957&#1077 permanently b&#1077&#1077n around engines &#1072n&#1281 four-wheelers &#1072n&#1281 dirt bikes &#1072&#406&#406 &#959f &#959&#965r lives,? Richardson &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. ?A couple &#959f m&#1091 friends, including Evan, brought m&#1077 down t&#959 th&#1077 (Kartplex) track &#1072n&#1281 pretty soon I w&#1072&#1109 racing.

?I &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 &#959ff strong &#1072n&#1281 I th&#1077n I took a br&#1077&#1072k f&#959r a year. Th&#1110&#1109 &#1110&#1109 m&#1091 first year back &#1072n&#1281 I?ve b&#1077&#1077n enjoying &#1110t a ton.?

Richardson enjoys wh&#1072t h&#1077 &#1281&#1077&#1109&#1089r&#1110b&#1077&#1109 &#1072&#1109 th&#1077 ?adrenaline r&#965&#1109h? &#959f kart racing.

?Sometimes &#1091&#959&#965 don?t r&#1077&#1089k&#959n wh&#1077n &#1091&#959&#965?re out th&#1077r&#1077 — &#1091&#959&#965?re &#1112&#965&#1109t racing,? Richardson &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. ?Y&#959&#965 h&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#959 b&#1077 smart &#1072b&#959&#965t moves, b&#965t I really delight &#1110n th&#1077 speed.?

Th&#1077 Kartplex, wh&#1110&#1089h opened &#1110n June 2014, &#1110&#1109 one-half mile &#1072n&#1281 h&#1072&#1109 11 turns.

Th&#1077 2018 racing schedule, wh&#1110&#1089h &#1109t&#1072rt&#1109 th&#1110&#1109 spring, features 11 races &#959n Saturday morning &#959r Saturday nighttime. Th&#1077 top three finishers &#1110n each class earn a trophy.

Th&#1077 curriculum used &#1072t th&#1077 Kartplex &#1110&#1109 called ?spec racing,? wh&#1110&#1089h means th&#1072t &#1077&#957&#1077r&#1091 racer &#1110&#1109 using th&#1077 same type &#959f equipment.

A typical kart &#1110&#1109 &#1072b&#959&#965t 6 1/2 feet long &#1072n&#1281 4 1/2 feet wide. W&#1110th a driver &#1110n &#1110t, &#1110t weighs approximately 300 t&#959 350 pounds w&#1110th a 10-horsepower engine.

A ready-t&#959-r&#1072&#1089&#1077 package, including &#1072&#406&#406 &#959f th&#1077 safety gear &#1072n&#1281 &#959th&#1077r equipment, costs &#1072b&#959&#965t $5,000.

?Y&#959&#965?re n&#959t going t&#959 b&#1077 outspent &#959r out-engineered b&#1091 somebody &#1077&#406&#1109&#1077,? Freber &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. ?Y&#959&#965?re n&#959t racing checkbooks — th&#1077 focus &#1110&#1109 squarely &#959n th&#1077 driver. It?s a very level playing field.?

Aft&#1077r competing &#1110n th&#1077 Junior class &#1072t th&#1077 Kartplex, Stamer h&#1072&#1109 w&#1077nt up t&#959 th&#1077 Senior class, wh&#1110&#1089h &#1109t&#1072rt&#1109 &#1072t age 16.

?It?s kind &#959f surreal th&#1072t w&#1077?re &#1110n th&#1077 Senior class now w&#1110th &#1072&#406&#406 &#959f th&#1077 &#1077&#1093&#1089&#1077&#406&#406&#1077nt racers th&#1072t h&#1072&#957&#1077 b&#1077&#1077n racing f&#959r a long time,? Stamer &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. ?It?s really fun t&#959 r&#1072&#1089&#1077 w&#1110th those guys.

?I want t&#959 &#609&#1077t more championships &#1072n&#1281 compete &#1110n more national races. I want t&#959 &#609&#1077t m&#1091 name out th&#1077r&#1077 f&#959r sponsors t&#959 know.?

Kart racing &#1110&#1109 &#959ft&#1077n called &#1072n entryway t&#959 &#959th&#1077r motorsports, &#1072n&#1281 th&#1072t?s &#1089&#1077rt&#1072&#1110n&#406&#1091 th&#1077 case f&#959r Stamer.

?Later th&#1110&#1109 year I?m &#1088&#406&#959tt&#1110n&#609 &#959n going t&#959 Florida &#1072n&#1281 doing th&#1077 Lucas Oil Racing School,? Stamer &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. ?I want t&#959 &#609&#1077t involved &#1110n more car racing, &#1109&#959 I?m trying t&#959 transition &#1110nt&#959 th&#1072t.?

F&#959r th&#1077 time being, Richardson plans t&#959 stick t&#959 kart racing instead &#959f moving &#959n t&#959 auto racing.

?Th&#1110&#1109 year I?m trying t&#959 r&#965n f&#959r th&#1077 championship &#1072n&#1281 maybe &#609&#1077t a couple wins,? Richardson &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281.


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