Apr 05, 2018
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If you get a chance to sit down with a group of veterans of the sport, ask about ‘The Park’, lean back and just listen. The 70s, 80s and 90s were exciting times for kart racing in America, as the racing was hard-fought and the sport added to its list of legendary drivers.  To gain […]

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Fast Five: Mark Coats – United States Pro Kart Series

Premier karting series set to begin sixth season

Apr 02, 2018
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The 2013 season marked a new era for the sport. Mark Coats, a long-time promoter and industry member, created the United States Pro Kart Series as a way to provide the best value for the racers and teams in the eastern half of the USA. The series opened at the GoPro Motorplex in torrential rain, […]

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Fast Five: Gina French – Texas ProKart Challenge

Seventh season of Superkarts! USA regional program kicks off at Speedsportz this weekend

Mar 19, 2018
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Next to the flagship California ProKart Challenge, the Texas ProKart Challenge is the backbone regional program of the Superkarts! USA organization. For the seventh year, the Texas PKC series is set to welcome racers from all over the southwest, expanding to welcome even more karters from different states and regions in 2018. The four-event, six-round […]

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Fast Five: Taylor Young – KPX Karting Championship

Grassroots regional series in NorCal expands for 2018

Mar 15, 2018
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Four years of results have now been entered into the history books for the regional karting series known as the KPX Karting Championship. This growing program began in 2014 as a way for grassroots Briggs & Stratton racers to get together and compete at different venues in NorCal. The club-style facilities welcomed the program with […]

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Fast Five: Jamie Sieracki – Franklin Motorsports

Veteran industry member ready to tackle 2018 season

Dec 26, 2017
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Franklin Motorsports has been part of the foundation of karting for decades, and they continue to be a crucial player in the club, regional and national scene from their headquarters in Wisconsin.  With a large brick-and-mortar location, an online store and a trackside parts support trailer, Franklin does pretty much everything it can to make […]

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Fast Five: Greg Dingess – Margay Racing

Non-stop 2017 season concludes with big event starting 2018 for American karting manufacturer

Dec 18, 2017
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The 2017 season was a busy one for American karting manufacturer Margay Racing. Their focus on grassroots racing, along with national level competition, has kept the welding room busy producing new Ignite frames for many racers around the country while the race team traveled all over the eastern half of the United States. Each and […]

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Fast Five: Andy Seesemann – Challenge of the Americas

New era set to begin in 2018 for premier west coast winter series

Dec 01, 2017
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The 2018 season is already on the horizon, and we’re just eight weeks from the beginning of a new era for the Challenge of the Americas series. The long-time Rotax Max Challenge international program will evolve this year to base off the Rok Cup engine platform when the series opens on January 26-28 at the […]

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One-on-One: Cambrian Go-Karts’ Nic Le Duc

Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix winner talks about the victory and the upcoming SuperNationals

Nov 02, 2017
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We’re just over a month down the road from yet another exciting SKUSA Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix, and with the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals countdown underway, here’s a cool ‘Throwback Thursday’ interview that works as both a report and a preview, as we expect to see this driver in the fight for a win in […]

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One-On-One: Rock Island GP’s Roger Ruthhart

2017 edition of karting’s ‘bucket list’ race shaping up nicely

Aug 18, 2017
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Over the past 20+ years, the Rock Island Grand Prix has firmly planted roots as a one of the true ‘bucket list’ events in the sport here in the United States. When asked, current and past racers will go on about a laidback, fun atmosphere that is coupled with the intense competition. The ‘cool factor’ […]

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EKN One-on-One: James O’Brien – eShifterKart.com

Obsession turned into business for Idaho native

Jun 22, 2017
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The karting industry is full of many individuals with the love and passion for the sport of karting. Select kart shops began in the early days of the sport, passing down the generation line now into the sixth decade. Others began as father/son operations out of the garage, and grown into leaders in the industry. […]

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EKN EXCLUSIVE: Andy Seesemann – Challenge of the Americas

The first words from series promoter after announcing the move to the Rok Cup USA format

Apr 28, 2017
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The 2017 Challenge of the Americas program came to an end over the April 7-9 weekend in Sonoma, Califorina. The event marked the end of the 10th season, along with the promotion of Rotax Max Challenge categories in the series. Prior to the event, the MAXSpeed-BRP announcement of their relationship termination sent the discussion in […]

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EKN One-on-One: Scott Barnes – Bermuda Karting Club

Third annual Dockyard Grand Prix on tap for late April

Mar 30, 2017
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If you’ve raced at the Rock Island Grand Prix, the Championship Enduro Series or in other US events, you’ve very likely heard of Scott ‘Skitchy’ Barnes.  The Bermuda native and resident treks to the mainland to a few events or so each year, most notable being the RIGP and the SKUSA SuperNationals. Skitchy always runs […]

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EKN One-on-One: Marco Oldhafer – Gearup Challenge F-Series

A series by the racers for the racers continues its growth spurt

Mar 21, 2017
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The possibilities in karting are endless. I have always said that karting is what you make of it. If you want to spend a few Saturdays at the track, or travel across the country and around the world, the opportunities are never-ending. That said, in recent years, racers in the Northeast were lacking a program […]

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EKN One-on-One: KPX Karting Championship’s Chris Rossi and Kenny Manchester

NorCal regional series positioned as stabilizing force for future

Mar 08, 2017
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Over the past five years, North American karting has been enjoying a wave of positive momentum, much of it thanks to the increasing force of the grassroots Briggs & Stratton Racing 206 movement.  The unparalleled affordability of this spec four-cycle racing program is opening the doors for new racers and it’s bringing ex-racers back to […]

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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
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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
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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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