Electric-kart racing is more than meets the eye. Getting behind the wheels isn’t just for fun and games out with the family or on a date night.
“We have electric carts here,” Xtreme Kart Racing director of operations Brandon Dixon said. “They are governed at 45 miles per hour. Most people come in, and they think they are going be hopping into motorized cars and these are all electric.”
Many people drive them professionally. Last year local racer, Matt Shinn, finished third in the nation in the first-ever American E-Kart Championship. But now, there's a new driver looking to go all the way in year two. Broken Arrow’s Koby Phipps is looking to race his way to the top out on the track as he heads to the national championships in just a few weeks.
“I was being super aggressive,” Phipps said. “I was racing as hard as I could. I was passing everyone. You've got to be aggressive to pass people on this small tight track. That's how I got there.”
Phipps won the Xtreme League to send him to nationals, beating Shinn for a spot. Now, the 16-year-old will be competing for a $10,000 prize. But he's not worried about the competition he’ll be up against.
“I expect there to be some good drivers. I mean if Matt got third there, there are some good drivers there. I'm going to give it my all. I expect to win that, too.”
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