Open Practice


Open Practice is designed for kart owners to test their equipment and develop driving skill at CalSpeed. When necessary, controlled run group sessions will be implemented to ensure driver safety.

Open Practice is run in accordance with the rules and regulations set forth in the CalSpeed Karting Center rulebook. As a guide, the following general requirements are enforced:

General Rules

  • All persons wishing to enter a restricted area (i.e. kart track, grid, paddock, grandstand) MUST sign the official Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement; MUST pay the applicable fees; and MUST be issued and display proper credentials before being allowed access. For minors, see below.
  • CalSpeed Karting reserves the right to limit or deny access to anyone at all times.
  • No pets allowed on premises at any time (this includes inside a vehicle).
  • No driving or coasting of karts in the pit or paddock area at any time.
  • The use of non-street legal motorized vehicles is prohibited.
  • Disposal of fuel cans, tires, or hazardous materials is not permitted anywhere on premises. These items MUST be taken off-site and disposed of properly.
  • Visitors to CalSpeed Karting Center are guests of Auto Club Speedway and MUST abide by all rules of the facility, including, but not limited to: speed limits, parking areas, hours of operation, restricted areas, and security instructions. Violations of these rules are subject to penalties, fines, and/or ejection from the facility.

Protective Clothing

All drivers must adhere to the following clothing requirements when on track:

  • Helmets: Full coverage with face shield designed for competitive motorsports use complying with any of the minimum following standards:
    Snell – SA/K2005; SA/K2010; CMR/CMS 2007 (youth)
    SFI – 24.1 (youth), 31.1, 31.1a, 41.1, 4.1a
  • Apparel: Full coverage, heavyweight clothing is required at a minimum. Full driving suit or jacket and pants made of abrasion-resistant nylon, leather or vinyl material is recommended.
  • Gloves: Must cover the entire hand without holes
  • Neck Brace: Unaltered collar type neck brace or Leatt-Brace recommended. Required for all Kid Karts, Cadets, and Junior drivers.
  • Footwear: Closed-toed shoes secured by laces, buckles, or straps required
  • Youth Chest Protector: Required for all drivers in Kid Kart, Junior 1, Rookie and Cadet classes. Device must meet SFI Spec 20.1 certification

Kart Classes
All drivers must participate in their appropriate kart class as follows:

  • Kid Kart: attained age of 5 to 8 years old
  • Cadet/Junior 1/Rookie: age 8 to 12 years within calendar year
  • Junior/Junior 2: age 13 to 15 years within calendar year
  • Senior: age 16 years and up within calendar year

Minors (Drivers and Non-Drivers)

No individual under the age of 18 shall be allowed in any restricted area of CalSpeed Karting Center (which shall include the pit area, track area, trackside buildings, and any other location within the fenced perimeter surrounding the facility), without a (1) Parental Consent, Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement; and (2) Minor’s Assumption of Risk and Release of Waiver of Liability form executed by each minor and such individual’s parent or legal guardian for each and every event at CalSpeed. These documents must be signed onsite, on the event date, and in the presence of CalSpeed personnel and are required before said minor’s entrance into the facility for any event.

Any minor that attends an event without their parent or legal guardian present or without an annual waiver on file will NOT BE PERMITTED TO ENTER the facility. Any adult claiming to be the parent or legal guardian of a minor may be required to present legal documentation to substantiate said status.

Annual Notarized Form for Minors