Kart racing, or karting, is commonly viewed as the stepping stone to the more serious ranks of motorsports. This can be a fun and economical way for beginners to try racing. Karting is also a fully-fledged international sport in its own right with a devoted following.
Karting can prepare the driver for high-speed wheel-to-wheel racing by helping to develop quick reflexes, precision car control, and decision-making skills. A large proportion of professional racing drivers such as Formula One champions Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso and Jensen Button began their career by racing karts, often at a very young age.