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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Book Review: Josef, The Indy Car Driver

Collaboration between author/illustrator and racer an enjoyable success

Dec 16, 2016
Written by Rob Howden | No Comments

I grew up in the 70s and 80s; an age in which we did not have the luxury of instant accessibility to information nor could we watch just about any sporting event live by simply pressing a TV remote control or clicking of a mouse button of a computer.  The annual airing of the Daytona […]

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Morning Coffee: Wednesday, December 14

Understanding the Goal of TV Coverage

Dec 14, 2016
Written by Rob Howden | No Comments

It’s been a long year, as I’m sure most of you will agree, and I’m finally back in the office after my last travel trip of the year.  I wrapped the season by attending the Performance Racing Industry Show in Indianapolis, working with the Mazda Road to Indy crew and hosting a few driver announcements […]

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From the Tower: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 20

Historic event caps off two decades of Las Vegas competition

Nov 29, 2016
Written by David Cole | No Comments

It was truly an honor to be part of the 20th running of the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals. For the 20th straight year, the organization hosted what is now considered to be the largest karting event in the world, welcoming nearly 500 drivers to Sin City. What began as an event that was designed to bring […]

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Debate 2016: 4-Cycle Bodywork – Full Nose vs. CIK

The battle continues to define the best route for 4-Cycle racing in the eastern half of United States

Oct 14, 2016
Written by David Cole | 5 Comment

There is no doubt that every other post on social media is related in some way to the Presidential Election coming this November. It has been well over a year’s worth of people either debating, arguing or screaming at each in regards to the merits of their side, or how bad the other side is. […]

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From the Tower: Rock Island Grand Prix 2016

Memorable three-days in Quad Cities for 22nd edition of world’s largest street race

Sep 14, 2016
Written by David Cole | No Comments

For 13 straight years, I have traveled west to the Quad Cities area to cover the rare and exciting Rock Island Grand Prix. For the 22nd time, a non-profit volunteer-based group and diehard race fans turn the city streets of Rock Island, Illinois into a two-day race festival centered around the purest form of motorsports […]

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From the Tower: 2016 WKA Manufacturers Cup Series – Pittsburgh

Home turf defended by Pittsburgh competitors as program completes penultimate event

Aug 26, 2016
Written by David Cole | No Comments

We spend our entire raceday up in the tower, watching every on-track session as we produce 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 stories that develop over a race weekend, […]

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From the Tower: 2016 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SummerNationals

Impressive performance by drivers and high entry numbers highlight event at New Castle Motorsports Park

Aug 01, 2016
Written by David Cole | No Comments

We spend our entire raceday up in the tower, watching every on-track session as we produce 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 stories that develop over a race weekend, […]

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From the Tower: 2016 WKA Manufacturers Cup Series – New Castle 1

Program reaches halfway point for season with first of two events at Indiana facility

Jul 27, 2016
Written by David Cole | No Comments

We spend our entire raceday up in the tower, watching every on-track session as we produce 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 stories that develop over a race weekend, […]

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From the Tower: 2016 United States Pro Kart Series – GoPro Motorplex

Intense weekend on and off the track as high temperatures heat up the championship chases

Jul 14, 2016
Written by David Cole | No Comments

We spend our entire raceday up in the tower, watching every on-track session as we produce 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 stories that develop over a race weekend, […]

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Behind the Laptop: Taking 4-Cycle Racing Into the New Millennium

Time for all shops, tracks, and clubs to establish a strong base for the sport

Jun 29, 2016
Written by David Cole | 5 Comment

There is no doubt that the current craze in the sport of karting is that of Briggs & Stratton 206 racing. In the 90s, it was shifterkart racing, the 2000s were all about Touch-and-Go packages, and this decade thus far has been the resurgence of 4-cycle competition at the sprint tracks of North America. The […]

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

Title contenders confirmed as program reaches halfway point

Jun 23, 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: Tuesday, June 21

Pro Aspirations? Start The Education Now

Jun 21, 2016
Written by Rob Howden | No Comments

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
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
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
Written by David Cole | No Comments

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
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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