Behind the Wrench: The Transition from Driver to Tuner

Stress elevates and time is limited compared moving from behind the wheel to behind the wrench

Jul 01, 2014 Kyle Smith with his driver Ryan Norberg
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The following is a new column from driver now tuner Kyle Smith. A driver for a number of years, the 19 year old is currently a student at Penn State University. Now on summer break, Smith is getting in as much karting as possible working as a tuner for Checkered Motorsports while competing in select […]

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From the Tower: United States Pro Kart Series – South Bend

Near record crowd enjoys another weekend with growing program

Jun 25, 2014 From the Tower - USPKS - MRP
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With the entire day spent up in the tower, watching every on-track session to provide the EKN Trackside Live program, not much time is spent roaming the paddock for the stories. This new ‘From the Tower’ column is our chance to delve deeper into some of the stories that developed over a race weekend, those […]

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Morning Coffee: Friday – June 13

Finding Hidden Gems on the Road

Jun 13, 2014 Morning Coffee-Oswego4
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After spending a majority of my weekends on the road over the past couple months, it was incredible to finally breath a little at the end of May, staying home for a few days to focus on getting caught up on the business side of EKN.  I knew that I had a little gap in […]

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Morning Coffee: Wednesday – June 4

Rebuilding Road Racing in the Pacific Northwest

Jun 04, 2014 (Photo: Veritas Imagery NW)
Written by Rob Howden | 1 Comment

Back in mid-May, we published an interview with Aaron Stanford, the president of the Puget Sound Road Racing Association in which we discussed their upcoming event at The Ridge, the new facility located just west of Seattle.  Road racing has been struggling in the Pacific Northwest for the last few years, which is disappointing, considering […]

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Behind the Laptop: Getting Older Doesn’t Mean the Party is Over

Memories last longer then race wins or championship trophies

Jun 02, 2014 Behind the Laptop David Cole
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The expression ‘time flies’ is something I never really understood, as I certainly expected to grow old and eventually not be the ‘young person’ that my parents claim I act like all the time. This winter, I celebrated my 35th birthday. My friends outside the sport of karting do not consider this milestone as significant […]

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May 28, 2014 Yamaha
Written by David Cole | 3 Comment

The following is a column provided by Texas Lone Star Grand Prix promoter Robert Miller, who attended the Indianapolis 500 this past Memorial Weekend and had the chance to visit the New Castle Motorsports Park and Comet Kart Sales – just east of downtown Indianapolis. The Yamaha KT100 engine has been in kart racing for […]

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From the Tower: 2014 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SpringNationals

Things never seen before with my own eyes at Dallas Karting Complex

May 08, 2014 SpringNats-Friday
Written by David Cole | 2 Comment

With the entire day spent up in the tower, watching every on-track session to provide the EKN Trackside Live program, not much time is spent roaming the paddock for the stories. This new ‘From the Tower’ column is our chance to delve deeper into some of the stories that developed over a race weekend, those […]

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From the Tower: United States Pro Kart Series – GoPro Motorplex

A glimpse into the opening weekend of the sophomore USPKS season

Apr 17, 2014 FTT-USPKS-GoPro
Written by David Cole | No Comments

With the entire day spent up in the tower, watching every on-track session to provide the EKN Trackside Live program, not much time is spent roaming the paddock for the stories. This new ‘From the Tower’ column is our chance to delve deeper into some of the stories that developed over a race weekend, those […]

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Morning Tims v1.2 – Karting IS a Family Sport

Karting's real value is the one-on-one interaction between parent and child

Mar 07, 2014 Scott and his son Keidon Fletcher enjoy their Saturday's at the Waterloo Regional Kart Club. Daughter Martie now races as well, and awesome mom Kimm regularly makes it a full Fletcher family outing
(Photo: Dave Franks)
Written by David Cole | 2 Comment

The following column is courtesy of eKartingNews.ca Back in February, I had a great conversation with a karting father, talking about the sport, the rising costs of engines, the premium prices being asked for ‘special motors’, and the concept of paid ‘tuners’. As I’m sure you can guess, our talk didn’t have an overly positive […]

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Morning Coffee: Friday – February 7

Humble Beginnings – Looking Back at 20 Years

Feb 07, 2014 Rob's first article was published at age 16, but his real shot at journalism arrived in 1993 at Performance Racing News
Written by Rob Howden | 2 Comment

As we roll our way into the new year, I can’t help but look back at my last two decades as a journalist in this sport.  I got my start in motorsports media in the winter of 1992-93 when I answered a classified ad that was run in Performance Racing News, Canada’s only racing publication […]

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Morning Coffee: Friday – January 24

Here We Go Again – Live Time!

Jan 24, 2014 EKN Trackside Live opens 2014 at the Rotax Challenge of the Americas
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It’s been over two months since the EKN squad fired up the mixing board to produce a Trackside Live broadcast, and that particular effort was one of the toughest we’ve ever had to endure.  We streamed our live audio from the Champion Racing/Intrepid North America Tower for three days in Las Vegas during the 17th […]

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Morning Coffee: Friday – January 17

Modesto Grand Prix - The Genesis of Greatness

Jan 17, 2014 Rob Howden, Tom Kutscher and Rob Soares
Written by Rob Howden | 4 Comment

Have you ever been part of something at its genesis, something that you just knew was going to make a major impact in its community? Well, I had that feeling late last week when I was asked to emcee the press launch of the upcoming Modesto Grand Prix, which will serve as this year’s Superkarts! […]

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Morning Coffee: Friday – December 13

The so-called ‘Off-Season’

Dec 13, 2013 Daytona KartWeek is just around the corner, with the rest of the 2014 season (Photo: SeanBuur.com)
Written by Rob Howden | 2 Comment

In most professional sports, like baseball, football, basketball and major league motor racing, you’ll hear the term ‘off-season’.  For the most part, this extended period of non-competition provides an opportunity to take a little breather, to reset expectations, improve a program with key acquisitions and eventually begin preparation and practice for the new year.  In […]

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Two Motorsports Greats Talk About Their Lives in Karting

Motorsport icons continue enjoying their time in the sport where it all began

Dec 06, 2013 tony-kanaan-and-rubens-barrichello
Written by David Cole | 1 Comment

The following is a column provided by Texas Lone Star Grand Prix promoter Robert Miller, who attended the recent 500 Miles of Beto Carrero (more commonly known in other parts of the world as The Granja 500). There, Miller was able to connect with motorsports icons Rubens Barrichello and Tony Kannan. Rubens Barrichello has driven […]

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Morning Coffee: Friday – December 6

The SuperNationals’ Silver Lining

Dec 06, 2013 MorningCoffee-SKUSA SuperNationals XVII-2
Written by Rob Howden | 3 Comment

I know that I’m a ‘glass half-full’ kind of guy when I can actually look back at last month’s SKUSA SuperNationals and key on the warmth of the late morning sun and the quality of the racing that I enjoyed on SuperSunday.  The three straight days of cold, wind and rain – a crappy trifecta […]

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Behind the Laptop: History in the Making

Month of November provides memorable moments in American karting

Dec 04, 2013 Behind the Laptop David Cole
Written by David Cole | 2 Comment

For IndyCar, it’s the month of May in Indianapolis. In the NASCAR world, February is the month where all eyes are on Daytona. In our sport, this past November will be remembered as THE month of karting in the United States. Over the span of two weeks, America hosted two of the biggest and most […]

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Racing Family – Change is Always Hard

Iowa karter Jeremiah Davis cherishes a reunion with his PKRA family

Dec 02, 2013 Jeremiah Davis competed at the recent 4-Cycle Super Showdown at PKRA in Arizona
Written by David Cole | 2 Comment

About a year and a half ago, I moved to Phoenix from Iowa, just out of school, and in a place where I knew exactly no one. After about a month in the city, bored out of my mind and missing racing – I had sold my dirt racing equipment before I left, thinking I […]

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Morning Coffee: Tuesday – November 12

SuperNationals - Continued Growth in Las Vegas

Nov 12, 2013 The evolution of the SKUSA SuperNationals has provided American karting with an event that boasts full fields across the board
(Photo: Todd McCall - otp.ca)
Written by Rob Howden | No Comments

I had a great chat with SKUSA’s Tom Kutscher last week while we were going over our live audio broadcast plans for this year’s SuperNationals.  We’ll once again be streaming my trackside play-by-play from Las Vegas through our EKN Live page, bringing you all the action for the sport’s biggest event.  Tom’s really excited about […]

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Morning Coffee: Thursday – November 7

Michael Valiante – A True Karting Success Story

Nov 07, 2013 (Photo: michaelvaliante.com)
Written by Rob Howden | 5 Comment

When I first heard the news a couple weeks ago that Michael Valiante had signed with Spirit of America Racing to drive their Daytona Prototype in the 2014 United SportsCar Championship, I could only smile.  I’ve known Michael for many years, watching him rise to the top of the karting world through the IKF Region […]

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Morning Coffee: Thursday – October 24

The Beauty of Four Cycle Racing

Oct 24, 2013 Briggs LO 206 racing continues to grow throughout the country
Written by Rob Howden | 6 Comment

We’ve got a pretty darn good gig here at eKartingNews.com.  Yes, it’s a lot of work, countless hours staring at a computer screen, 20+ weekends away from our families, sometimes actually forgetting where we’ve been when we arrive home on a return flight.  The commitments are extensive to be certain, but as true fans of […]

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