Speed Racers

What has four wheels, an open cab and is ridiculously fun to drive? If you’re picturing go-karts you’d be on the right track. Unlike your average go-kart, these karts can go up to 140 miles per hour, putting real pedal to the metal.

“Every race car driver starts racing in karts,” says Edmond resident Caleb Hallman, 18, who has been kart racing since he was 12. “It’s just like any sport. Naturally when you start you won’t be the best at it. You have to work and work and do more and more racing to get really good.” His dad, Dave, does the mechanic work for his karts and “loves it just as much as I do.”

Hallman races at the Oklahoma Motor Sports Complex in Norman, along with 19 year old Tyler Fling, of Edmond. The complex holds one of the top kart tracks in the nation. Advancing through local, regional, national and even international races, both Hallman and Fling quickly found a sport they could excel in.

Fling began racing around age 10. He and his father, Mike, found some rental karts and decided to take them out for a spin. Even though the karts only went 45 miles per hour and they never intended to start competing, Fling says, “My dad went around once and then went out and bought one.”

From there, both Fling and his dad began to race. With Fling progressing more competitively, his dad became his manager. “I get to spend a lot of time with my dad,” he says. “It’s great father-son bonding. My dad pushes me to work hard to get somewhere in life and he showed me that through racing.” As a Junior Pro, Fling has won two National Championships and placed fourth in World Finals.

Both Hallman and Fling are in the TaG Senior class, one of the top classes of karts, but they have also begu