From the Tower: 2016 United States Pro Kart Series – Shawano

Title contenders confirmed as program reaches halfway point

Jun 23, 2016 (Photo: EKN)
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We spend our entire raceday up in the tower, watching every on-track session while producing our EKN Trackside Live program, so not much time is spent roaming the paddock for the stories. The ‘From the Tower’ column is our chance to delve deeper into some of the accounts that develop over a race weekend, those […]

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Morning Coffee: Tuesday, June 21

Pro Aspirations? Start The Education Now

Jun 21, 2016 2015 Indy Lights Champion Spencer Pigot
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As is so often the case, I draw many ‘Morning Coffee’ topics from the daily discussions I have with people in the sport.  More often than not, it’s either my conversation partner or myself who eventually blurts out…“that should be a column”.  We discuss the positives and negatives of the current state of karting or […]

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Morning Coffee: Friday, June 10

Jamie Sieracki - Back in the Seat - SKUSA SpringNationals

Jun 10, 2016 Sieracki drove to victory in his X30 Master debut at the SKUSA SpringNationals (Photo: EKN)
Written by Rob Howden | No Comments

Amidst all the tension and stress that comes with any major national karting event these days, there are also numerous stories throughout the paddock that remind us all of the passion that resides outside the track boundaries. A case in point is Franklin Motorsports’ Jamie Sieracki, the lifelong kart racer and industry member who during […]

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Patrick Olsen: My First Road Racing Experience

Sprint racer takes in first ‘laydown’ weekend at Blackhawk Farms Raceway

Jun 08, 2016 Patrick Olsen taking on the Blackhawk Farms Raceway, driving a laydown for the first time (Photo: Cass Bass Martin)
Written by David Cole | 1 Comment

The following is a first-hand experience of a veteran sprint racer driving a laydown road racing kart for the first time. Road racing – or ‘enduro’ karting – has been part of the sport dating back to the late 50s and early 60s when the sport was evolving outside of the parking lots and purpose-built […]

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Matt Jaskol: Watching Indianapolis 500 History from the Beginning to the End

A span of 16 years brings three people together in Victory Circle at Indy

May 31, 2016 The paths of Bryan Herta, Alexander Rossi and Matt Jaskol spans 16 years to the Victory Circle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Photo: Matt Jaskol)
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The following are words directly from veteran karter and racer Matt Jaskol. The Las Vegas resident has been involved in the sport for over three decades, including a victory at the SKUSA SuperNationals in 1998. Jaskol was among the many drivers fighting their way up the motorsports ladder after a successful career in karting. Matt […]

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From the Tower: United States Pro Kart Series 2016 – New Castle

Successful opening event as fourth season of series kicks off

May 20, 2016 (Photo: EKN)
Written by David Cole | No Comments

We spend our entire raceday up in the tower, watching every on-track session while producing our EKN Trackside Live program, so not much time is spent roaming the paddock for the stories. The ‘From the Tower’ column is our chance to delve deeper into some of the accounts that develop over a race weekend, those […]

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Morning Coffee: Friday, May 6

A Major Rethink To Bringing Back Racecraft

May 06, 2016 Meetings before on-track sessions were a major part of the SKUSA SpringNationals weekend (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
Written by Rob Howden | 20 Comment

The sport of karting has evolved a great deal through its 60 years of existence, but the overall approach to competition may have changed the most over the last five years alone, especially at the national level.  This unique segment of our world is now characterized by pro-level transport truck haulers and toterhomes, unlimited testing, […]

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From the Tower: Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SpringNationals 2016

Historic event at Phoenix Kart Racing Association as seventh season of Pro Tour kicks off

May 04, 2016 From the Tower-SKUSA SpringNats 2016
Written by David Cole | No Comments

We spend our entire raceday up in the tower, watching every on-track session while producing our EKN Trackside Live program, so not much time is spent roaming the paddock for the stories. The ‘From the Tower’ column is our chance to delve deeper into some of the accounts that develop over a race weekend, those […]

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Morning Coffee: Friday – April 29

Pushing To The Next Level

Apr 29, 2016 Rob Howden
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As I sit at the desk in my hotel room, just before the start of official practice for the seventh running of the Superkarts! USA SpringNationals, I can’t help but think about the fact that national-level karting is on the verge of being able to finally move to the next level.  During my 20 years […]

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Kyle Smith: A Weekend with the Scuderia

Testing and visiting the PCR factory team

Apr 19, 2016 Drivers, Mechanics and Friends of PCR all joined together for a picture at the end of the test (Photo: Treno Solimeo)
Written by David Cole | No Comments

If I had to describe my preseason preparation I would have to with one word, limited. By limited I mean an extremely rigorous training program and diet along with a few days at a local indoor karting track, but nothing that included six gears. That is why in late February I made plans to visit […]

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Behind the Laptop: Make Karting Great Again

Does the sport need fixing, or should we just pay more attention to it?

Apr 15, 2016 Behind the Laptop David Cole
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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know that were in the middle of election season and the race for the next President of the United States of America has been taking up the headlines of all the major news networks for months. Some of you may be familiar with one of the candidates […]

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From the Tower: Challenge of the Americas 2016 – Sonoma

Ninth season of the Challenge closes with another successful season and new champions

Apr 11, 2016 (Photo: EKN)
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We spend our entire raceday up in the tower, watching every on-track session while producing our EKN Trackside Live program, so not much time is spent roaming the paddock for the stories. The ‘From the Tower’ column is our chance to delve deeper into some of the accounts that develop over a race weekend, those […]

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Mar 18, 2016 Wet conditions met the racers at the Stars of Karting Race of the Americas in 2006 (Photo: EKN)
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Ten years ago was my second season working for eKartingNews.com. At the time, the Stars of Karting series was at its best, serving as the top national level championship for North America. Made up of five categories, the series was split up into an East championship and West championship with a total of eight events. […]

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From the Tower: Challenge of the Americas 2016 – PKRA

Championship pictures taking shape after wild weekend in Phoenix

Mar 03, 2016 From the Tower-COTA-PKRA
Written by David Cole | No Comments

We spend our entire raceday up in the tower, watching every on-track session while producing our EKN Trackside Live program, so not much time is spent roaming the paddock for the stories. The ‘From the Tower’ column is our chance to delve deeper into some of the accounts that develop over a race weekend, those […]

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From the Tower: Challenge of the Americas 2016 – Tucson

Ninth season of premier west coast winter series opens up with another successful weekend

Feb 05, 2016 From the Tower-COTA-Tucson
Written by David Cole | No Comments

We spend our entire racedays up in the tower, watching every on-track session while producing our EKN Trackside Live program, so not much time is spent roaming the paddock for the stories. The‘From the Tower’ column is our chance to delve deeper into some of the accounts that develop over a race weekend, those that […]

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Morning Coffee – Friday, January 8

Digging Daytona - Back at the Beach

Jan 08, 2016 01-08-MC-Lead
Written by Rob Howden | 1 Comment

It had been a handful of years since I’d made the trek to Daytona for WKA Kartweek, jumping onto a plane bound for Florida while still digesting my second helping of Christmas dinner. After attending a string of the events in the late 2000s, I succumbed to the pressure of logging in some family holiday […]

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Behind the ‘Pit Wall’: WKA Daytona KartWeek

Taking in the sport I love from where it all began

Jan 05, 2016 Daytona KartWeek-2015-Cole
Written by David Cole | 5 Comment

My latest trip to a karting event was not one spent ‘Behind the Laptop’, but instead from where it all began. Born into the sport, I spent many hours along the ‘Pit Wall’ watching kart races at tracks all across the Midwest. From the small little club tracks in Wayland, Michigan and the infamous Rolling […]

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Behind the Laptop: Karting Can Be A Vicious Cycle

A promising future has brought us back a familiar position going into 2016

Dec 14, 2015 Behind the Laptop David Cole
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They say that work is supposed to get easier as you get older. The basic Rules of Seniority often provide those who have been in their position the longest with their choice of the tasks at a shop, what route you get as a truck driver, and who gets the better days or hours off. […]

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From the Tower: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XIX

New look, new location, same intense and exciting week for largest karting event in the world

Dec 03, 2015 (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
Written by David Cole | No Comments

We spend our entire racedays up in the tower, watching every on-track session while producing our EKN Trackside Live program, so not much time is spent roaming the paddock for the stories. The‘From the Tower’ column is our chance to delve deeper into some of the accounts that develop over a race weekend, those that […]

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From the Tower: 2015 Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix

Seventh annual event continues to provide excitement, right at the feet of the general public

Oct 02, 2015 (Photo: EKN)
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The 2015 edition of the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix took place over the September 25-27 weekend, as the southern California city once again transformed its downtown business district into the site for a three-day racing festival. This was the seventh straight year that the BLVD section of the city hosted the event, and the […]

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