Morning Coffee: Sprint Karting on Dirt in SoCal?

The intriguing experience of dirt road course competition

Jun 26, 2017
Written by Rob Howden | 1 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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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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From the Tower: 2017 Challenge of the Americas – Sonoma

Curtain closes on tenth season of premier west coast winter series

Apr 14, 2017
Written by David Cole | No Comments

The 10th season of the Challenge of the Americas closed out this past weekend, running the final two rounds of the 2017 championship program at the Simraceway Performance Karting Center. The Sonoma, California circuit is one of my favorite destinations. The location is one of kind, nestled on the side of Sears Point, looking out […]

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Apr 13, 2017
Written by David Cole | No Comments

The following is a column from racer and announcer Xander Clements, who competed at the first round of the United States Pro Kart Series on April 7-9 at the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina. The first event of the 2017 season for the program marked the debut of the ‘pushback’ nose, which has been […]

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Apr 11, 2017
Written by David Cole | No Comments

The following is a commentary from racer and race official Morgan Healey. The Florida native was long-time member of the Ocala Gran Prix race team and, most recently, an official with the MAXSpeed Entertainment group. She, like many others, has grown up in the sport of karting, from a child to now a young adult. […]

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From the Tower: 2017 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour WinterNationals

Inaugural event enjoys the ‘Big Easy’ to kick off the new season

Mar 10, 2017
Written by David Cole | No Comments

The inaugural Superkarts! USA Pro Tour WinterNationals took place at the NOLA Motorsports Park on March 3-5 in New Orleans, LA. For the first time in the eight year history of the Pro Tour, three distinct events will form the championship chase, beginning with the new WinterNationals. Rather than starting the season in late April/early […]

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Behind the Laptop: Wisconsin – The Heartland of Karting in the United States

Companies, racers and tracks continue to provide the grassroots for our sport

Feb 20, 2017
Written by David Cole | No Comments

The month of February can be a frigid reminder of why people like to live in the southern half of the United States. Each winter, cold weather blows painfully through the northern states, especially around the Great Lakes region. While temperatures below zero (thanks to the wind chill) and inches of snow are the norm […]

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Behind the Laptop: The Karting GOAT

Who do you consider to be the Greatest Of All Time in Karting?

Feb 08, 2017
Written by David Cole | No Comments

Coming off a historic Super Bowl performance on Sunday, Tom Brady is now considered by many as the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) quarterback in the National Football League. His five Super Bowl victories put him at #1 in the record books, along with 10 other quarterback benchmarks in the championship game, including four MVP […]

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From the Tower: 2017 Challenge of the Americas – Tucson

Same great racing and atmosphere to open up the 2017 season

Feb 03, 2017
Written by David Cole | No Comments

For the 10th time, the Challenge of the Americas opened up the karting season on the west coast, hosting their winter series opener at the Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson, Arizona. The numbers and temperatures were a bit lower than what we are used to for the first of three events, however, the competition remains […]

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IAME KA100: The Future for Grassroots 2-Cycle Karting?

Three-year-old engine ready to make debut in United States during 2017 season

Jan 23, 2017
Written by David Cole | 7 Comment

The saying goes like this…‘speed costs money’. The more money you spend, the faster you can go. Karting is no different, as a wide range of speeds and costs are available when you want to hit the race track. The sport provides an incredible option for people searching to fill that need for the adrenaline […]

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Morning Coffee: The Engine Claim Rule

Policing motor parity is a positive approach

Jan 16, 2017
Written by Rob Howden | 1 Comment

Now that we’re halfway through January, it’s really starting to feel like the new season is up and running.  The final weeks of 2016 felt like a whirlwind, as we came off a month of preparations that led into our trackside effort for last November’s SKUSA SuperNationals.  It seems like I just left Las Vegas, […]

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Behind the Laptop: State of the Sport – National Programs

What is in store for the 2017 season?

Jan 13, 2017
Written by David Cole | No Comments

The 2017 season is happening now. In year’s past, it took some time for the racing year to get busy. In today’s world, karting is happening every weekend – 52 weeks a year. No matter where you turn, there is a kart race at the local, regional or national level. Looking ahead to the new […]

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From the Tower: WKA Daytona KartWeek 2016

Annual event in Daytona Beach sets tone for the 2017 season

Jan 06, 2017
Written by David Cole | No Comments

Each and every year, racers of all backgrounds, experience and genre head down to Daytona International Speedway for the World Karting Association Daytona KartWeek. Many begin the journey south on or before Christmas Day to head to the Sunshine State for three days of action in part of the three distinct events taking part at […]

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Morning Coffee: Reset and Enjoy

2016 is in the rearview; time to focus forward

Jan 03, 2017
Written by Rob Howden | 1 Comment

For all the battling that went on this year in karting, both on-track and off-track, between drivers and between organizations, there’s one thing that is for certain.  2016 is done and gone, and everything that happened throughout the year it is now history.  As we roll into the first week of January, I suggest that […]

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