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Jr. Karting Guidelines and Supplemental Regulations

Introduction to Formula Junior Solo Karting

Young drivers, aged 8 and up, may participate in Regional and National Solo competition with an appropriate kart configuration.

Introducing a child or young adult to Solo competition provides the young driver with the opportunity to experience Motorsports firsthand, many times before they have reached a legal driving age. The opportunity to improve driving judgment, as well as driving skills, in a controlled and positive environment can provide the young driver with the tools required to make better decisions when they begin to drive on public roads. Traditionally a family sport, karting provides the adult drivers who already enjoy Solo the opportunity to include their children as students and equals.

The SCCA goes to great lengths to ensure the safety of all participants with special attention and provisions made for the Formula Junior drivers. Understanding and enjoyment of the sport outweighs performance in these classes.

For the experienced karting family, the rules and guidelines provide all the information required to prepare a legal kart for competition. The family new to karting may find the terminology used confusing or complicated, and should not hesitate to request advice from the region or their local kart shop. Solo appropriate karts are not ‘special’, new and used equipment is available from the Wheel to Wheel racing community at very reasonable costs.

We look forward to introducing your child or young adult to Solo, please do not hesitate to request information by visiting the Solo 101 Forum.

Be assured that we realize all new drivers require special attention. That’s the whole point of the Formula Junior classes. Some kids need more help than others, it’s our goal to first get them through the course safely, then help them become faster.

  1. All Karts and ages meet the requirements put forth by the Solo2 National organization, including the ‘Guidelines’. These are available at no cost on the official SCCA Website (SCCA.Org). The Youth Steward, Safety Steward, and Technical Inspection Chief will evaluate items and provide enforcement for these Safety and Insurance related issues.
  2. Although scales are not present at all Regional events, at least Minimum Weight as defined by the SCCA National organization is required. This is approached as a SAFETY and Insurance item. This is a Youth Steward and Safety Steward item that will be evaluated and enforced at the event regardless of the presence of scales.
  3. All FJ drivers must be SCCA members to participate. “Weekend Memberships” may be allowed at the discretion of the Solo2 chairman. This is an Insurance item and is an SCCA National organization requirement.
    1. Formula Junior classes will run together, at the End of each run of the Pro class. ** This is to allow Timing and Scoring, as well as Course Workers to reset after the lunch break.
    2. Youth Steward/ FJ Grid worker will have communication (radio) with Pro Class Grid worker to alert FJ Grid of when the final Pro cars are being sent, and for the FJ Grid Worker to alert the Pro Class Grid worker that the FJ classes have completed their runs and Pro’s can be sent.
    3. When the FJ and Pro Grids are separate and controlled, Pro drivers and FJ drivers are allowed to idle/heat their engines (without motion) while the other group is in motion, as approved by the Safety Steward for that event. This is consistent with the National Guidelines.
    4. FJA and FJB classes will be run as a single group. Run order will be discussed with parents and determined by the Youth Steward. The intention is to place the fastest/experienced drivers on course first.
    5. When possible, one parent of an FJ driver capable of driving the ATV and lifting a disabled kart (with corner worker help) should be allowed to request a ‘Formula Junior’ work assignment. Pro class parents are not eligible. If a parent cannot perform this work assignment, it should be included on the Worker Assignment list as an available position.
    6. No more than two drivers per Formula Junior Kart are allowed.
    7. Driver Number and Class Identification as approved by Timing and Scoring.
    8. New Driver Orientation as described below.
  4. All Novice drivers have trouble with course following and procedure during their first several events. FJ drivers have more trouble due to their age, driving inexperience, and lack of a Novice Instructor sitting next to them during their runs.
  5. The Youth Steward should be present at each event before the morning run group to establish the FJ Grid location and approve the course for FJ participation. A small area (FJ grid and area just outside the grid) can be set up to provide ‘new driver’ orientation prior to the first run group start.
  6. A new driver and parent is expected to attend this orientation prior to being ‘cleared’ for participation in the event that day. This orientation would include several items, providing the Youth Steward with a small amount of confidence that the new driver is capable of negotiating a course safely.
    1. Establish Hand Signals to be used in Grid and Exit from Course.
      1. Stop Now – Two hands, palms displayed, fingers ‘up’.
      2. Slow Down (more) – Two hands, palms ‘down’, pushing ‘down’ until desired speed is achieved.
      3. Come to Me (speed up) – Two hands, palms away from driver, fingers ‘up’, pulling toward the signaler. (followed shortly by ‘Slow Down’, then ‘Stop Now’)
      4. Hold Position (Do not move Kart) – Single fist displayed to driver, palm down, used primarily before releasing drivers to the start.
      5. Turn off Engine Now – Single finger slashing (own) throat.
      6. Driver requires Assistance – Driver extends one hand into the air (raises hand) to signal FJ grid to begin recovery process.
    2. Respond to each Hand Signal in a running kart. This demonstrates the ability of the driver to remember and react to each instruction. It also demonstrates the ability to operate the controls of the kart at low speeds.
    3. Morning Course Walk meant to familiarize the new driver with ‘how to read’ a course. Start Procedure, Gates, Pointer Cones, Slaloms, Corner Worker Positions, and other ‘procedural’ items will be covered. This is not a ‘driving line’ walk.
    4. Morning Run group Observation to familiarize new driver with actual event operation from the point of view of the FJ grid. The drivers will be encouraged to identify ‘Red Flags’ during the session to help them understand what they might see on-course.