Behind the Laptop: MAXSpeed Ends This Era of United States Rotax

Where does Rotax racing in the USA go from here?

Apr 25, 2017
Written by David Cole | 5 Comment

Rotax racing, as we know it, began here in the United States back in 2001. The company was involved in karting back in the 1980s, but it wasn’t until the introduction of the Rotax FR125 Max engine that it really grew roots in North America. SSC Racing, which was based originally in the Seattle area […]

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Behind the Laptop: Wisconsin – The Heartland of Karting in the United States

Companies, racers and tracks continue to provide the grassroots for our sport

Feb 20, 2017
Written by David Cole | No Comments

The month of February can be a frigid reminder of why people like to live in the southern half of the United States. Each winter, cold weather blows painfully through the northern states, especially around the Great Lakes region. While temperatures below zero (thanks to the wind chill) and inches of snow are the norm […]

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Behind the Laptop: The Karting GOAT

Who do you consider to be the Greatest Of All Time in Karting?

Feb 08, 2017
Written by David Cole | No Comments

Coming off a historic Super Bowl performance on Sunday, Tom Brady is now considered by many as the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) quarterback in the National Football League. His five Super Bowl victories put him at #1 in the record books, along with 10 other quarterback benchmarks in the championship game, including four MVP […]

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IAME KA100: The Future for Grassroots 2-Cycle Karting?

Three-year-old engine ready to make debut in United States during 2017 season

Jan 23, 2017
Written by David Cole | 7 Comment

The saying goes like this…‘speed costs money’. The more money you spend, the faster you can go. Karting is no different, as a wide range of speeds and costs are available when you want to hit the race track. The sport provides an incredible option for people searching to fill that need for the adrenaline […]

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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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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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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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Behind the Laptop: Make Karting Great Again

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

Apr 15, 2016
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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Mar 18, 2016
Written by David Cole | No Comments

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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Behind the ‘Pit Wall’: WKA Daytona KartWeek

Taking in the sport I love from where it all began

Jan 05, 2016
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
Written by David Cole | 1 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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Behind the Laptop: The Karting Triple Crown

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

Jun 15, 2015
Written by David Cole | 4 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
Written by David Cole | No Comments

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

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

Apr 09, 2015
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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Behind the Laptop: The TRUE ‘Kart Life’

Karting is what you make of it

Feb 25, 2015
Written by David Cole | 4 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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Behind the Laptop: 10 Years and Still Going

Celebrating a decade of managing eKartingNews.com

Dec 08, 2014
Written by David Cole | 2 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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Behind the Laptop: Getting Older Doesn’t Mean the Party is Over

Memories last longer then race wins or championship trophies

Jun 02, 2014
Written by David Cole | 2 Comment

The expression ‘time flies’ is something I never really understood, as I certainly expected to grow old and eventually not be the ‘young person’ that my parents claim I act like all the time. This winter, I celebrated my 35th birthday. My friends outside the sport of karting do not consider this milestone as significant […]

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Behind the Laptop: History in the Making

Month of November provides memorable moments in American karting

Dec 04, 2013
Written by David Cole | 2 Comment

For IndyCar, it’s the month of May in Indianapolis. In the NASCAR world, February is the month where all eyes are on Daytona. In our sport, this past November will be remembered as THE month of karting in the United States. Over the span of two weeks, America hosted two of the biggest and most […]

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Behind the Laptop: Out with the Old, In with the New

New EKN site only to get bigger and better, primed for a strong future

Oct 03, 2013
Written by David Cole | No Comments

Welcome to my first column of the EKN V2.1 era. This is an exciting time to work for Howden Media Group and I can’t believe it’s October already. Each year goes by fast when you’re doing what you love, heading to the racetrack every other weekend. It’s been a wild few months since we launched […]

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Behind the Laptop: If I Had a Million Dollars…

How would winning the lottery change the sport of karting for you?

Mar 22, 2013
Written by David Cole | No Comments

First off, welcome to the 2013 season. It’s going to be another exciting year of karting across the continent and all around the globe. We’ve already seen a number of great races take place in the first three months of the year, out West at the Rotax Challenge of the Americas and in the Southeast […]

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