No first-timer just climbs into a Sprint Cup, Indy car, FI car or any kind of race car and just goes racing. Driving a race car is a learning experience. You start in the lower classes. If you do well you graduate up to the level you are most comfortable with.
Today, many younger racers, be they from the U.S. or anywhere around the world, start in go-karts. Pre-teen racers learn in go-karts how to develop their competitive edge, with hopes of reaching racing’s “big leagues.”
Debuting this week on public broadcasting stations (PBS) throughout the U.S., “Racing Dreams,” a Point of View documentary, produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Marshall Curry, spends a season with three young drivers competing on the World Karting Association’s five-race, paved oval circuit.