From the Tower: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 20

Historic event caps off two decades of Las Vegas competition

Nov 29, 2016 (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
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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 briggs-206-4-cycle-bodywork-2
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 (Photo: EKN)
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 Weekend winners from the fourth stop of the WKA Manufacturers Cup Series (Photo: EKN)
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 (Photo: EKN)
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 (Photo: EKN)
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 (Photo: EKN)
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 Behind the Laptop David Cole
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 (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: Tuesday, June 21

Pro Aspirations? Start The Education Now

Jun 21, 2016 2015 Indy Lights Champion Spencer Pigot
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 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)
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 (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
Written by David Cole | 2 Comment

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)
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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