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

SKUSA CEO talks about Pro Tour evolution

Feb 22, 2017
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The 2016 season was a big one for Superkarts! USA, the promoter of the sport’s largest national karting series. The SKUSA Pro Tour drew tremendous numbers and did its part to grow awareness for karting as the company invested in television coverage of all three rounds of its national program on the CBS Sports Network.  […]

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EKN One-on-One: Gina French – Texas ProKart Challenge

Lone Star State program goes pure SKUSA for 2017 season

Feb 16, 2017
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The State of Texas has always been a hotbed of American karting, developing extremely talented drivers who have gone on to achieve considerable success in WKA, IKF and SKUSA competition.  With a foundation built around tracks like Denton and Katy, and now expanded with the popular Dallas Karting Complex and the construction of the new […]

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EKN One-on-One: Mark Coats – USPKS / Route 66 Sprint Series

Longtime industry member and promoter discuss upcoming season and future of his two championship programs

Feb 06, 2017
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Kart racers in the area of the country just south and west of the Great Lakes enjoy many different options for club, regional and national racing, and at the core of these opportunities are the Route 66 Sprint Series and the United States Pro Kart Series (USPKS).  Karting enthusiast and promoter Mark Coats is at […]

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EKN One-on-One: Michael Burrell – USAC Karting

Long-time motorsports sanctioning body diving in with two major karting events for 2017

Jan 24, 2017
Written by David Cole | 3 Comment

The USAC name has been a big part of the motorsports industry since 1956. The United States Auto Club is one of the sanctioning bodies of auto racing in the United States, and a founding member of the Automobile Competition Committee for the United States (ACCUS). USAC is known widely as the sanctioning body for […]

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

Program hosting 10th season this winter, helping shape karting stars of today and tomorrow

Jan 18, 2017
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Over the past nine seasons, Rotax racers on the West Coast of the United States and Canada have enjoyed one of the best series in North America – the Challenge of the Americas.  Promoter Andy Seesemann and his veteran staff have built a reputation for high-quality events that run smoothly with an enjoyable, easy-going atmosphere […]

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EKN One-on-One: Buddy Long – World Karting Association

Sanctioning body building toward the future, riding the momentum from Daytona KartWeek

Jan 12, 2017
Written by Rob Howden | 2 Comment

For over 40 years, the World Karting Association has been a vital component of the sport’s foundation in the United States.  At one time, the WKA led the way in the management and promotion of all disciplines in the sport, from sanctioning tracks, clubs and regional series to running national championship series in sprint, road […]

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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
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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
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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
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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
Written by David Cole | No Comments

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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
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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
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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
Written by David Cole | No Comments

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
Written by David Cole | No Comments

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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