From the Tower: 2015 United States Pro Kart Series – Shawano

Program hosts ‘last ever’ race at US Air Motorsports Raceway in Wisconsin

Jun 25, 2015 (Photo: EKN)
Written by David Cole | No Comments

This past weekend, the United States Pro Kart Series visited the US Air Motorsports Raceway in Shawano, Wisconsin for the first time. Over 170 entries were logged in seven TaG and Yamaha categories, plus the addition of the  new Rok Senior and Junior categories that filled out the eight race groups that took part in the third and […]

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Behind the Laptop: The Karting Triple Crown

What three events are the pinnacle of karting here in the United States?

Jun 15, 2015 Behind the Laptop David Cole
Written by David Cole | 3 Comment

During the first weekend of this month, a moment in history occurred, one that I had not witnessed through my entire life. American Pharoah won the final leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in the United States, becoming the first horse to do so since Affirmed in 1978. The term ‘Triple Crown’ dates […]

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Behind the Laptop: #OperationGrassroots In Full Effect

Briggs & Stratton LO206 continues growth across North America

May 27, 2015 Behind the Laptop David Cole
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Three years ago, I was introduced into the concept of the Briggs & Stratton LO206 engine package. The goal was to provide a relatively easy entry-level package for someone with no motorsports background or racing experience. The explosion of the Clone category took that engine package to a level that no one wanted to see […]

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May 08, 2015 From the Tower-SKUSA SpringNats
Written by David Cole | No Comments

A new era began for the Superkarts! USA organization with the presentation of the Fikse Wheels Pro Tour hosting the sixth annual SpringNationals at the Phoenix Kart Racing Association in Glendale, Arizona. Nearly 200 drivers took part over the three-day weekend, competing in two rounds of racing and beginning the journey to the SuperNationals XIX […]

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From the Tower: 2015 United States Pro Kart Series – GoPro Motorplex

Third season of program begins in North Carolina

May 01, 2015 From the Tower-USPKS-GoPro
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The 2015 United States Pro Kart Series opened up at the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina. Following a solid day of practice on Friday, the over 180 entries per day battled raining conditions on Saturday before things dried out on Sunday. Tight racing was contested in the three TaG divisions, along with the four […]

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Behind the Laptop: The De-Evolution of Prestige in Karting

What everyone once ‘wanted’ has quickly become nothing they seek

Apr 09, 2015 Behind the Laptop David Cole
Written by David Cole | 12 Comment

My early days of karting were spent idolizing those drivers who were able to end the weekend holding the winning trophy. For me, I never understood the work, the money and the time it took to outrun a field of 20 Yamaha Lite drivers at the sprint track, or edge out 100 shifterkarts at the […]

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From the Tower: Rotax Challenge of the Americas 2015 – Sonoma – Part 2

Exciting winter season comes to a close with years of hard work paying off for drivers and teams

Mar 19, 2015 (Photo: SeanBuur.com)
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The 2015 Rotax Challenge of the Americas came to a close this past weekend at the Simraceway Performance Karting Center in Sonoma, California. Picture perfect weather greeted the competitors all weekend, setting the stage for what was yet another spectacular and dramatic finish to one of the premier international Rotax Max Challenge programs in the […]

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From the Tower: Rotax Challenge of the Americas 2015 – Sonoma – Part 1

Dramatic finish to series leaves us with questions on cheating and controversy

Mar 18, 2015 (Photo: SeanBuur.com)
Written by David Cole | No Comments

The 2015 Rotax Challenge of the Americas came to a close this past weekend at the Simraceway Performance Karting Center in Sonoma, California. Picture perfect weather greeted the competitors all weekend, setting the stage for what was yet another spectacular and dramatic finish to one of the premier international Rotax Max Challenge programs in the […]

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Behind the Laptop: The TRUE ‘Kart Life’

Karting is what you make of it

Feb 25, 2015 Behind the Laptop David Cole
Written by David Cole | 6 Comment

Over the last few weeks, karting has hit the mainstream media thanks to the airing of Kart Life on the TruTV cable network. During the 2014 season, a large film crew followed the lives of 10 karting families as they traveled around the country from May through October, filming at a number of events, including […]

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From the Tower: Rotax Challenge of the Americas 2015 – Phoenix

Picture perfect weekend in Phoenix as series championships continue chase

Feb 19, 2015 From The Tower COTA PHX
Written by David Cole | No Comments

Thanks to our popular EKN Trackside Live program, we spend our entire racedays up in the tower, watching every on-track session, so not much time is spent roaming the paddock for the stories. This new ‘From the Tower’ column provides us with the opportunity to delve deeper into some of the interesting stories develop over […]

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From the Tower: Rotax Challenge of the Americas – Tucson

A weekend of firsts as series begins its eighth season

Jan 14, 2015 COTA-Tucson-2015-Tower
Written by David Cole | No Comments

Thanks to our popular EKN Trackside Live program, we spend our entire racedays up in the tower, watching every on-track session, so not much time is spent roaming the paddock for the stories. This new ‘From the Tower’ column provides us with the opportunity to delve deeper into some of the interesting stories develop over […]

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Thank you, David Cole

10 Years…Cub Reporter to Trusted Editor

Jan 02, 2015 While we had a great vantage point of the action at the Modesto Grand Prix, David put in the hours all weekend, staying up until 4 am after the late Saturday night marathon
(Photo: Roman Wagner)
Written by Rob Howden | 5 Comment

When you’re in your 20s, rocking and rolling and ‘making things happen’, you scoff at the 40-something set when they tell you to stop and take a second to look around, to smell those roses. But this is sound advice. Life moves pretty fast, and it never stops, and one day you’re in your mid-40s […]

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Behind the Laptop: 10 Years and Still Going

Celebrating a decade of managing eKartingNews.com

Dec 08, 2014 Behind the Laptop David Cole
Written by David Cole | 3 Comment

The months of November and December feature a bit of celebration for me, personally. A little over 10 years ago, a man asked me to come into his family and his business, to be part of what I considered to be a dream job. How could I say ‘no’…I was waiting tables every night, while […]

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From the Tower: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XVIII

Another historic event in Las Vegas as SKUSA bids farewell to the Rio

Dec 02, 2014 From the Tower-SuperNats XVIII
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. This new ‘From the Tower’ column is our chance to delve deeper into some of the accounts that develop over a race weekend, […]

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Morning Coffee: Tuesday – November 18

Constant And Never-Ending Improvement

Nov 18, 2014 Morning Coffee-SuperNatsXVIII-EKN Crew
Written by Rob Howden | No Comments

As we prepare to tackle our most aggressive race coverage program ever, I find myself reminiscing back to the first few SKUSA SuperNationals. During the initial editions of this great race, my focus was on handling the PA duties, taking mental notes for my Shifter Kart Illustrated race reports and providing assistance and input to […]

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Morning Coffee: Friday – October 31

Ignoring Yellow Flags, Karting’s Current Epidemic

Oct 31, 2014 Drivers need to acknowledge the Yellow flag more in racing
Written by Rob Howden | 7 Comment

I’m sure that many of our fellow EKN gearheads watched with obvious shock and sadness the extremely unfortunate accident at the Japanese Grand Prix in which F1 driver Jules Bianchi went off-track navigating the course during a torrential rainstorm that had earlier caused Adrian Sutil to leave the racing surface and make contact with the […]

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From the Tower: Cold Stone Rotax Pan American Challenge 2014

Another stellar event to close out international Rotax season in North America

Oct 24, 2014 (Photo: Studio52.us)
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. This new ‘From the Tower’ column is our chance to delve deeper into some of the accounts that develop over a race weekend, […]

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From the Tower: 2014 Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix

Karting ‘Showtime’ on display in city just north of Hollywood

Oct 02, 2014 (Photo: dromophotos.com)
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. This new ‘From the Tower’ column is our chance to delve deeper into some of the accounts that develop over a race weekend, […]

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From the Tower: 2014 Rock Island Grand Prix

Double duty for EKN crew, enjoying 20th annual event

Sep 04, 2014 From the Tower-RIGP
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. This new ‘From the Tower’ column is our chance to delve deeper into some of the accounts that develop over a race weekend, […]

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From the Tower: 2014 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SummerNationals

Challenging weekend as SKUSA goes to the streets of Modesto

Aug 12, 2014 From the Tower-SummerNats
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. This new ‘From the Tower’ column is our chance to delve deeper into some of the accounts that develop over a race weekend, […]

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