Morning Coffee: Jake Craig – Mazda Road to Indy Shootout

Californian represents karting community with talent and class

Dec 12, 2017
Written by Rob Howden | No Comments

“You absolutely couldn’t have sent us a better candidate. Jake was polished, a gentleman, and extremely fast. I really hope he gets a bit more seat time, because if he does and he wants to pursue racing as a full-time gig, there’s no doubt he’ll be successful.” This tremendous feedback was part of a text […]

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From the Tower: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 21

Reviews are in for karting’s big show in Las Vegas

Dec 04, 2017
Written by David Cole | No Comments

The one week that I have looked toward to each year since my first trip to Las Vegas in 2004 is now over and gone. The 21st Superkarts! USA SuperNationals was held outside the Las Vegas Convention Center | Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino from November 15-19 on what was the largest site in […]

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Morning Coffee: Reflecting on SuperNationals 21

Emotional winners, an incredible track and a live video stream highlight sport's biggest event

Nov 27, 2017
Written by Rob Howden | No Comments

We’re now a week on from the 21st running of the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals in Las Vegas, and everyone has returned home. They’ve enjoyed Thanksgiving with family and friends, and they’ve ‘rested up’ through the weekend. During this time, I’ve personally been reflecting on the event itself, going over some of the happenings and experiences […]

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Nov 14, 2017
Written by Rob Howden | 2 Comment

Over the last 20 years, the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals has cemented its position as the official cap to the national racing season in North America. When it comes to the event’s importance in our sport, one cannot argue against the fact that the race is unparalleled in terms of sheer size and longevity.  The event […]

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From the Tower: 2017 WKA Manufacturers Cup Series – GoPro Motorplex

Series closes out season in ‘Race City’ with eight champions crowned

Oct 25, 2017
Written by David Cole | No Comments

The 2017 WKA Manufacturers Cup Series closed out its 2017 season at the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina in mid-October with the running of the Top Kart USA Grand Nationals. A solid turnout of 150 entries was logged in the eight championship categories, in addition to one local option division. The paddock enjoyed great […]

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From the Tower: 2017 United States Pro Kart Series – Chicagoland Super Grand Prix

Series ends 2017 with first trip to Autobahn Country Club

Oct 03, 2017
Written by David Cole | No Comments

The 2017 United States Pro Kart Series presented by FIKSE Wheels and MG Tires completed the season with its fourth event of the year this past weekend. It was the first time the USPKS visited the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois. The seven championship chases completed at the unique circuit under very high temperatures […]

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PROgression: Elliot Finlayson – One Step At a Time

Former USPKS champion looking to climb the motorsports ladder with SCCA and Team USA Scholarship program

Sep 28, 2017
Written by PR Wire | No Comments

The dream of many kids and young adults in the sport of karting dream of racing as a professional driver. The path to the upper echelon of motorsports is not an easy one, which requires hours upon hours of work, both on and off the track. One of the great programs that helps introduce drivers […]

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From the Tower: 2017 Rock Island Grand Prix

Entries eclipse 300 for first time in decade as Labor Day festival continues fun on and off the track

Sep 14, 2017
Written by David Cole | No Comments

For the 23rd time, the city streets of Rock Island, Illinois was turned into a racing circuit over the Labor Day weekend. The 2017 edition of the Rock Island Grand Prix welcomed over 300 entries for the first time since 2007, nearly double the amount from the 2014. The coveted Rock trophy was the goal […]

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From the Tower: 2017 United States Pro Kart Series – Hoosier State Grand Prix

Big turnout in New Castle for start to second half of championship chase

Aug 07, 2017
Written by David Cole | No Comments

The third event of the 2017 United States Pro Kart Series took teams and drivers to the New Castle Motorsports Park. The Hoosier State Grand Prix was held at the New Castle, Indiana facility on July 28-30, nearing the 150-entry mark. It was the largest race total since the 2016 opener at the central Indiana […]

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From the Tower: 2017 WKA Manufacuturers Cup Series – New Castle

Larger turnout for mid-season point of championship chase

Jul 21, 2017
Written by David Cole | No Comments

The third event of the 2017 WKA Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series took place this past weekend at the New Castle Motorsports Park. The Team Empower Nationals were conducted at the New Castle, Indiana facility with just over 150 entries for the three day event. Saturday and Sunday action counted for Round Five and Six of […]

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Jun 30, 2017
Written by PR Wire | 2 Comment

IF I HAD A DOLLAR FOR EVERY TIME I WAS ASKED THAT I’D PROBABLY BE ABLE TO JUSTIFY SOME OF THE BAD PURCHASE DECISIONS I’VE MADE IN MY LIFE. With the number of times that this topic comes up I feel is worth talking about.  While the cost of tires, the lack of leadership and […]

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Morning Coffee: Sprint Karting on Dirt in SoCal?

The intriguing experience of dirt road course competition

Jun 26, 2017
Written by Rob Howden | 2 Comment

I’m a big fan of karting, in general, meaning all its unique disciplines. I’ve raced four-cycle and two-cycle, I’ve driven in street races like Rock Island and Quincy in the Park, and on big car tracks like Mid-Ohio.  I’ve competed in the Florida Winter Tour in a 125cc shifter and driven on the dirt in […]

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From the Tower: 2017 United States Pro Kart Series – Liberty Grand Prix

Predictable weekend outside Pittsburgh for second event toward championship chase

Jun 09, 2017
Written by David Cole | No Comments

The second event of the 2017 United States Pro Kart Series was held on the June 2-4 weekend at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex. The Wampum, PA facility has hosted the USPKS four times in its five years. Nearly every time the series and other programs visit the 9/10-mile Wilson Circuit, rain hits the area. […]

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Jun 06, 2017
Written by Rob Howden | 16 Comment

I’m often asked about running a company like eKartingNews.com, and what we do to fill our days at the desk. This isn’t the time to list the endless work that keeps me in my office for 10-12 hours a day between races, but suffice it to say that motorsports journalism is perceived through the end […]

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From the Tower: WKA Manufacturers Cup Series – Keystone State Nationals

Action-packed weekend in Pittsburgh with another event marked by rain

May 26, 2017
Written by David Cole | No Comments

The WKA Manufacturers Cup Series program resumed this past weekend at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, PA. It was a near five-month gap between series races, with the WKA Winter Cup providing the only action for the organization during that time. The weekend welcomed roughly 140 entries for the four IAME categories, three […]

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May 25, 2017
Written by PR Wire | No Comments

WHEN A RACER REACHES OUT TO US WITH A CONCERN ABOUT THE LATEST RUMOR IT RESONATES FROM A SHARED PASSION TO PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF THIS PROGRAM, WE TAKE THAT VERY SERIOUSLY. The beauty of a blog is that I can share some of the efforts we are taking to maintain cost effective racing. Rumors […]

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Morning Coffee: Safety First

The Importance of Sport-Specific Safety Gear

May 17, 2017
Written by Rob Howden | 1 Comment

In my early days as a motorsports journalist, I worked as a freelance Editor-at-Large for National Kart News, which was the leading karting magazine at the time. One of the annual editorial components that my publisher always requested was a ‘Safety Guide’, so we put together an issue each year that highlighted the helmets, suits, […]

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From the Tower: 2017 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SpringNationals

Homecoming for organization as record-breaking event competes second stage of championship chase

May 12, 2017
Written by David Cole | No Comments

The Superkarts! USA returned back to where it all started for the Pro Tour, taking the SpringNationals to the Simraceway Performance Karting Center in Sonoma, California over the May 5-7 weekend. In April 2010, the SKUSA Pro Tour launched at the 7/10-mile course with just over 100 drivers. Fast forward seven years, and the championship […]

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Old Dog, New Tricks with KA100

Veteran karter provides his first-hand experience with the new IAME 100cc powerplant

May 10, 2017
Written by PR Wire | No Comments

The following is a column from veteran racer TJ Koyen as he was among those to compete in the first United States Pro Kart Series KA100 category at the series opener at the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina. This is his first-hand experience with the new IAME 100cc engine package. Like many drivers in […]

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Behind the Laptop: MAXSpeed Ends This Era of United States Rotax

Where does Rotax racing in the USA go from here?

Apr 25, 2017
Written by David Cole | 5 Comment

Rotax racing, as we know it, began here in the United States back in 2001. The company was involved in karting back in the 1980s, but it wasn’t until the introduction of the Rotax FR125 Max engine that it really grew roots in North America. SSC Racing, which was based originally in the Seattle area […]

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