EKN One-on-One: Roger Ruthhart – Rock Island Grand Prix

22nd annual event set for Labor Day weekend as race continues to evolve with the sport

Aug 24, 2016 Rock Island Grand Prix - RIGP - 2016 - logo
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Each Labor Day weekend, the streets of Rock Island, Illinois are turned into a 6/10-mile race course attracting karters from coast-to-coast and select countries around the world to take part in what is currently the largest street race anywhere. The 22nd annual Rock Island Grand Prix is set for September 3-4 in the Quad Cities […]

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EKN One-on-One: Nathan Thibodeaux – Tri-C Karters

SoCal focusing on affordable classes and fun atmosphere

Jun 09, 2016 Tri-C Karters-Trophies
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If you talk to people in the karting industry or in the community, on the whole, and ask them what part of the sport we need to work on, they’ll all tell you we should be focusing on the foundation.  If karting is viewed as a pyramid, with national competition making up a small 10% […]

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EKN One-on-One: Scott Sutton – Summit Motorsports Management

Rebirth of a karting facility at Centennial Airport in Denver

Jun 01, 2016 Anthony Sclafani (Director of Engineering), Kyle Cohrs (Director of Operations), Kristine Gahnstrom (Director of Human Resources), Scott Sutton (President & CEO), Greg Welch (Performance Division Manager), Allie Farner (Director of Events), Jaime Palmucci (Director of Marketing), Adam Schlosser (Director of Finance)
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There was a time in the mid-2000s when the state of Colorado was a model for regional karting in the United States.  A handful of tracks had banded together to promote the sport, run similar classes and co-promote the Colorado Sprint Championship that drew big numbers and created incredible excitement.  People were taking notice from […]

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EKN One-on-One: Bernie Lacotta – IKF Governor Arizona

Veteran karter sees PKRA successes as road to revitalize the IKF

May 27, 2016 IKF International Kart Federation logo
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Despite the current perception that kart racing is in a major national slump in terms of participation from coast-to-coast, the truth is that there are many clubs and regions that are enjoying a positive resurgence in numbers, many thanks to the growing Briggs 206 four-cycle program.  International Kart Federation (IKF) Arizona Governor Bernie Lacotta was […]

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EKN One-on-One: Mike Rolison

Driver, race team owner, and series promoter - never a dull moment with ‘Roli’

Apr 20, 2016 Mike Rolison (Photo: SeanBuur.com)
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The moment the pits open, until the final trailer rolls out of the paddock, you can be sure to see a tall blur of a man running around the Rolison Performance Group tent making sure everything is taken care of. On the track, he’s the guy in the plain race suit and the plain helmet, […]

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EKN One-on-One: Briggs & Stratton’s David Klaus

LO206 ‘Godfather’ discusses the past, present and future of the American-made grassroots engine package

Feb 22, 2016 Briggs & Stratton David Klaus (Photo: Joe Brittin)
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For the past decade in North America karting, the focus by many sanctioning bodies, manufacturers and organizations have been at national and international level. Single-engine categories has become the norm, with manufacturers bidding to be the quickest, most reliable, and prestigious program. The continuous fighting for the small piece of the karter ‘pie’ has left […]

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EKN One-on-One: Joel Miller – Mazda Prototype Driver

‘How bad do you want it’ keeps him pushing every day to be the best on and off the track

Jan 25, 2016 (Photo: Mazda USA)
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The dream of nearly every young karter today is to one day become a professional race car driver. Many set the bar high with Formula One as the ultimate goal, while others feel that IndyCar or NASCAR could be on their future path. No matter the direction, racing costs money, especially when talking about trying […]

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EKN One-on-One: Andy Seesemann – Challenge of the Americas

Ninth season of winter west coast series expanding while keeping same focus and principles

Jan 12, 2016 Seesemann
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The 2016 season is set to get underway and for the staff at EKN, that means heading back west to be part of the Challenge of the Americas. Started in 2008, the series has served as an international Rotax program for the winter months, giving the teams and drivers in the western half of North […]

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Back to Basics: TJ Patrick Planning Return to Sport

Father of NASCAR star rekindles love of karting

Sep 01, 2015 TJ Patrick (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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Over the past 10 years, you might have seen him pop-up in the background during the regular television coverage of an IndyCar or NASCAR Sprint Cup, providing support for his daughter Danica Patrick, one of the most famous names in motorsports.  Family patriarch TJ Patrick was there for his daughter during her entire journey from […]

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EKN One-on-One: John Ferris – World Karting Association President

New Jersey native taking sanctioning body into a new era

Jun 05, 2015 John Ferris (Photo: Energy Racing)
Written by David Cole | 1 Comment

Since 1971, the World Karting Association has played a vital and important role in the sport of karting in the United States. Founded by racers, for racers, the organization served to help guide and grow the sport with the purpose of supporting the membership, be it drivers, families, tracks or karting businesses. During the early […]

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EKN One-on-One: Briggs Racing’s David Klaus

Q&A on their exciting new Weekly Racing Series

Mar 20, 2015 Briggs 206 WRS Weekly Racing Series logo
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For many in the karting industry, there is a renewed sense of optimism and a real momentum for the better.  Growth at the grassroots level has been exciting, and we expect to see this continue exponentially as the season rolls on.  The exploding interest in the Briggs Local Option 206 crate motor program has opened […]

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EKN One-on-One: Alan Rudolph

Karting veteran becomes new co-owner of SpeedsportZ Racing Park and creates new racing academy

Feb 20, 2015 Alan Rudolph (Photo: EKN)
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Karting produces a number of individuals that continue to represent the sport, and themselves at the highest level, earning the respect of many within the industry. Over the last three decades, Alan Rudolph has been considered among the top karters in the country. Alan has raced in nearly all forms of the sport, from oval, […]

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EKN One-on-One: Glenn Biggs – Florida Pro Kart Series

Momentum rolling to second event for burgeoning winter program

Feb 03, 2015 Glenn Biggs
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If there is a flurry of kart racing activity these days, it can definitely be found in the state of Florida.  There is racing being held nearly every weekend right now, through to the end of March, as the Florida Winter Tour has two weekends booked each month to run their Rotax and Rok Cup […]

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EKN One-on-One: Wesley Boswell

Former SuperNationals champion continues shaping the future stars of the sport

Jan 26, 2015 Wesley Boswell
(Photo: EKN)
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Wesley Boswell is possibly one of the most recognizable faces that you see in the karting paddock at the national level. It could be a WKA or USPKS race on the east coast, or a Superkarts! USA Pro Tour or Rotax Challenge of the Americas event in the west. The sure bet is that Boswell […]

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EKN Industry Insider: RaceLab’s Steve Rickman

North American Formula K importer embarking on aggressive 2015 campaign

Jan 09, 2015 RaceLab's Steve Rickman
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While many karters simply winterize and store their equipment following the final checkered flag of the season, the industry itself never really gets to enjoy that break.  The growth of the assorted coastal winter series have made certain that the primary chassis importers and their national teams remain focused on preparing for the new season, […]

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EKN One-on-One: Tom Kutscher – Superkarts! USA

Post-SuperNationals, EKN sits down with SKUSA owner to discuss 2015

Dec 29, 2014 Superkarts! USA's Tom Kutscher (Photo: EKN)
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After a long season of race promotion and ground breaking organizational efforts, you’d think that Superkarts! USA’s Tom Kutscher would be setting up for a relaxing off-season, taking a little time off before SKUSA’s California ProKart Challenge regional series fires up again in early February.  But for the head of the sport’s leading shifter and […]

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EKN Fast Five: Andy Seesemann – Rotax Challenge of the Americas

Series promoter ready for eighth season of premier winter west coast program

Dec 17, 2014 Andy Seesemann (Photo: SeanBuur.com)
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The 2015 season is about to kick off, with the first event of the new year set for January 9-11 as the Rotax Challenge of the Americas program begins its eighth season. With the opener set for the Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson, Arizona, the premier winter karting series on the left coast is ready […]

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One Year Later: Juan Manuel Correa – 2013 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals Champion

First American to win at the ‘Olympics of Karting’ reflects back on his triumph in NOLA

Nov 26, 2014 Correa drove to victory at the Rotax Grand Finals in the Junior Max division (Photo: Ken Johnson - studio52.us)
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The United States welcomed its second-ever world karting champion on November 16, 2013 when Juan Manuel Correa completed a last lap, last corner pass to claim the Junior Max victory at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals. It could not have been scripted any better, with the United States hosting its first ever RMCGF on […]

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EKN One-on-One: Robert Bujdoso – Checkered Motorsports

Young racer helping to guide growth of family-owned business

Oct 22, 2014 Checkered Motorsports' Robert Bujdoso (Photo: Iqbal Waryah)
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The PCR brand has a long history in the United States. For years, the marque was distributed and promoted by the historic Franklin Motorsports operation out of Wisconsin, with the Mayr family fully behind the program. After the company was sold in 2005, the brand slowly lost momentum before finding a new home with Checkered […]

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EKN One-on-One: Chris Wheeler – US Open of Dirt

Karting industry member discusses plans for exciting new venture

Aug 11, 2014 US41 Speedway will host the first ever US Open of Dirt event on September 12-13
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As we enter the month of August and take a quick look at how the 2014 racing season has progressed, there have been many positives.  Numbers have been strong in the top national series with record entries on both the SKUSA Pro Tour and the Rotax Challenge of the Americas, and we’ve seen growth from […]

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