TORONTO, ONTARIO – The Toyota Canada Inc. supported kartSTART ( program  returns and expands in 2012 with the addition of a Quebec-based program hosted by Autodrome St-Eustache on July 10-12, 2012. The kartSTART program which gives kids an early start on understanding vehicle safety is now in its second year.  For 2012, the Ontario program has also found a new home in Sunset Speedway on June 25-27, 2012.

“I am thrilled about all the exciting new activity for kartSTART this year,” kartSTART’s Russ Bond said. “Toyota’s continued  support of the expansion of kartSTART is providing more kids their first chance to drive a kart this year, and more families to experience the Toyota Star Safety System™.”

The kartSTART program is an exciting one-day driving course that focuses on the entire family. Kids, as young as 10-years old, are given their first opportunity to drive a motorized vehicle. “Karts are ideal for kids to get their first driving experience,” Mike Goodyear, Chief Instructor for the kartSTART program said. “After the kids have spent the morning in the karts – with no ABS or traction control – we introduce the entire family to the safety systems that are available in today’s street cars. We use Toyota products, and we not only teach them about Toyota’s Star Safety System™, we also demonstrate the systems for them – it is something the whole family benefits from,” Goodyear said.<

With the Toyota Star Safety System™ standard in every new Toyota vehicle, Toyota is committed to engineering some of the safest vehicles on the road,” said Sandy Di Felice, Director, External Affairs, Toyota Canada Inc. “More than this, Toyota continues to support community programs that focus on safe driving, so we are pleased to sponsor kartSTART once again this year as the program expands into Quebec.”

To register for the kartSTART program in Ontario or Quebec, please visit and sign up online. Simply pick a date and location and hit ‘register’.

For more information on kartSTART, please visit or email


Source: Toyota

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