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Sprint karts are typically raced on shorter, dedicated kart tracks, called sprint tracks. Sprint tracks resemble small road courses, with left and right turns and are about 1/2 to 1 mile long. This type of karting is probably the most common division of karting around the world. Most of the current F1 drivers have started in sprint kart racing. The twisty courses require the drivers to have mastered good cornering techniques to be fast. The racing is often wheel-to-wheel, making for a very exciting venue.
Speedway racing takes place on small dirt or asphalt ovals, ranging in length from less than 1/10 mile to up to 1/2 mile in length. Purpose built karts are used, with special features to facilitate this left-turn only racing. Passing, drafting and smooth driving skills, maintaining maximum RPM, are important for speedway racing. Since speedway tracks are cheaper to build than sprint tracks, they may far outnumber other forms of kart tracks in some parts of the country.
Road-racing karts are typically raced on the bigger race tracks, like those which are used by CART, NASCAR of F1. A variety of the enduro karts is the lay-down enduro, in which the driver is laying flat. There is also the situp-enduro racing, where an ordinary sprint kart is used to race on larger tracks, usually with a few modifications. The longer straights on the larger tracks allows for higher speeds, and thus this kind of karting is typically recommended for somewhat more experienced drivers.