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 | 3 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 | 8 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
Written by David Cole | 3 Comment

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)
Written by David Cole | No Comments

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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From the Tower: 2015 RoboPong 200

12th annual event continues to provide intensity, heartache, and excitement to reach 200 laps

Sep 24, 2015 (Photo: EKN)
Written by David Cole | No Comments

This past weekend, the New Castle Motorsports Park hosted the 12th annual RoboPong 200 event. Competitors gathered at the central Indiana facility to compete in a 200-lap TaG endurance event around the 1-mile circuit. A mix of national, regional and club level karters took on the challenge, including a handful of IndyCar drivers who were […]

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From the Tower: 2015 Rock Island Grand Prix

Witnessing history as 21st annual Labor Day weekend event hits the record books

Sep 11, 2015 The streets of Rock Island opened up to karters from across North America for the 21st time (Photo: EKN)
Written by David Cole | No Comments

The 21st annual Rock Island Grand Prix was held over the Labor Day weekend in the Quad Cities area once again. Warm weather kept the track clear of rain both days of action, as the volunteer-promoted event saw an increase in entries and spectators after a couple of down years in both categories. The total […]

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From the Tower: 2015 United States Pro Kart Series – New Castle

Series closes out another successful season

Aug 27, 2015 (Photo: EKN)
Written by David Cole | No Comments

The 2015 United States Pro Kart Series closed out the season this past weekend at the New Castle Motorsports Park. The third year of the growing race program saw record numbers throughout the four events on the season, crowning eight different drivers as champions Sunday evening during the awards ceremonies. For complete coverage, visit the […]

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Morning Coffee – Friday, August 7

Rebuilding the Karting Pyramid

Aug 07, 2015 Four-cycle club racing is one of the core components of karting's foundation
(Photo: Debbie-Jo Zardo)
Written by Rob Howden | 3 Comment

In the many discussions that I’ve had with racers and members of the karting industry in recent years, I often hear the statement that ‘karting is broken’ or that ‘it’s all upside down’. Your personal view likely depends on where you find yourself within the different levels of karting, but from someone who regularly connects […]

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From the Tower: SKUSA SummerNationals / USPKS South Bend

Back-to-back weekends ends long run for many racers

Aug 06, 2015 From the Tower-SKUSA-USPKS
Written by David Cole | No Comments

It has been a busy two weeks for the eKartingNews.com staff, going back-to-back with two Indiana events. ‘Back Home Again in Indiana’ for the Superkarts! USA, where the organization called home for many years, as the Fikse Wheels Pro Tour visiting the New Castle Motorsports Park for the first time in its six-year history on […]

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Morning Coffee: Wednesday – July 15

Pre-Event Testing – A Necessity or a Detriment to the Sport?

Jul 15, 2015 (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
Written by Rob Howden | 7 Comment

If you’ve been around the sport of karting for an extended period of time, you’ve had the opportunity to watch the evolution of race weekend scheduling. We’ve went from the week-long summer karting festivals that were the old-school, well-attended IKF Grand Nationals to tight two-day events to extended three-day race weekends with Friday practice and […]

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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 | 5 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
Written by David Cole | No Comments

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)
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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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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