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Upcoming Karting Events in NorCal – Week of September 2, 2019

This Labor Day weekend was busy for California Kart Racing Action. Locally in Dixon, CA, the Kinsmen Kart Club hosted the Gold Rush Series for the 5th round of this championship series. Some Northern California racing teams and drivers made the trek down to Fontana, CA for the combined Formula Karting Championship and California Rok Championship event. Based on social media, the combined event was very popular and well attended.

Also this weekend, I attended the grand opening of in Davis, CA on Russell Blvd. Turn 2 Racing offers professional grade racing simulators for the use of the public. The fees are reasonable and the selection of tracks in cars was impressive. You can read more about them here.

For September, we have more kart racing events coming up

Labor Day Weekend
September 7-8, 2019 – Prokart Challenge Santa Maria
September 14-15 – Sanzura Rok Sonoma
September 15, – BlueMax Kart Club –
September 16, – GOLF FOR GO KARTS Fundraiser –
September 28 – 29, – SKUSA ProKart Streets of Lancaster
October 6, 2019 – Blue Max Kart Club –
UPDATE GOLD RUSH MOVED from Sept 21/22 to OCT 12/13 at Stockton

As always, these events are posted on

If your karting event is missing, please contact us. We offer free listings to all. We are also rolling out a premium listing service which will allow your event to be directly linked to our calendars. For even more advertising options for your company, we are looking for sponsors and advertisers for a number of different programs that Norcal Karters is involved in.

Turn 2 Racing Simulations Grand Opening in Davis, Ca.

Turn2Racing in Davis, Ca. Racing simulations

Last night I attended the Grand Opening of Turn 2 Racing in Davis, Ca off Highway 113 and Russell Rd in the Trader Joe’s, University Mall, and Forever 21 Shopping center. is located inside the mall, directly across from Ramen Hook.

Currently they have 4 racing simulators set up with multiple accessories and controls to offer a variation of experiences, even though they utilize the same background program on all machines, the different physics offer a different fell.

All machines have synchronized vibration packs the shake the seat and all units have a direct motor with force feedback on the steering wheel. 1 machine has an additional traction loss element that allows the full seat and unit to simulate the feeling of oversteer. The fourth machine has 2 Degrees of Freedom (2 DoF) meaning it simulates braking, acceleration and lateral forces.

The owner has down a nice job to offer a range of experiences. 1 of the machines is specifically set up for the younger junior drivers (kids) that allow them to experience a real racing simulation, without all the physical forces.

By real racing simulator, I mean these machines do a good job at replicating the feel of driving. The steering wheels take real effort to turn, and will pull opposite directions depending on your racing line. I was most impressed with the brake pedal. Most racing games use a potentiometer for the brake control, which measures pedal travel, but there is not feel to it. Turn2Racing uses a load cell for the brake control, meaning if you want to brake hard, you better push hard. With a potentiometer, you only push farther.

My 2 driving tips for to increase your enjoyment at Turn2Racing.

  1. Look at the brake pressure meter the first few minutes of your driving experience. If you are not filling up the bar graph with a red bar, you are not using the brake
  2. Choose a simple track layout and a slower car, I like the Miata MX-5 Cup car. This will allow you to learn a track, learn the machine, and focus on decreasing your lap times.

Once you have a basic understanding of the operation of the machines and controls, the driving experience becomes exponentially more enjoyable.

So, go check it out –

Golf For Go Karts Tournament and Fundraiser

Today we caught up with Austin Elliott from Speedsense Motorsports to talk about his fundraiser, Golf 4 Go Karts. The fundraiser is a scramble golf tournament to raise funds to send local Norcal Karter, William Ferguson, to Italy for the World Rok Cup Championship.

I’m personally excited that Austin and William are taking a different approach to raising funds to fund a dream of racing in Europe. Listen to the above podcast for more details.

The Quick Info

When: Monday – September 16, 2019

Where: Hiddenbrooke Golf Club, 1095 Hiddenbrooke Pkwy, Vallejo, CA 94591

Check in: 8:30 AM with Breakfast included 

Shotgun Start: 10 am

After the tournament, lunch will be provided at the Clubhouse Pool.  Golf for Go-Karts and Sponsors will be offering a variety of raffle prizes, competitions (putting, chipping, hole-in-one) and games. Sponsors will be throughout the course to bring the racing world to life for this incredible experience. 

Golf for Go-Karts Athlete: William Ferguson

William Ferguson has worked hard for the Challenge of the America’s ROK Championship and needs your help in competing at the ROK Finals in Italy! He will be representing Team USA when competing against the best racers the world of Karting has to offer.

William has been racing karts for a total of 4 years, with his dad as his mechanic and running under the guidance of Austin Elliott at Speedsense Motorsports. William has secured multiple race wins and two championships in the Regional and National levels in just the last year alone. He looks to add to another win when competing at the ROK Finals in Italy this coming October.

We appreciate all of your support and look forward to seeing you on the golf course to help support William achieve his dream!

Official Registration Page

The below Donate Button is for the Norcal Karters Project. If you would like to Donate to the Golf For Go-Karts Fundraiser, please contact Austin with Speedsense.