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

A glimpse into the opening weekend of the sophomore USPKS season

Apr 17, 2014 FTT-USPKS-GoPro
Written by David Cole | No Comments

With the entire day spent up in the tower, watching every on-track session to provide the EKN Trackside Live program, 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 stories that developed over a race weekend, those […]

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Morning Tims v1.2 – Karting IS a Family Sport

Karting's real value is the one-on-one interaction between parent and child

Mar 07, 2014 Scott and his son Keidon Fletcher enjoy their Saturday's at the Waterloo Regional Kart Club. Daughter Martie now races as well, and awesome mom Kimm regularly makes it a full Fletcher family outing
(Photo: Dave Franks)
Written by David Cole | 2 Comment

The following column is courtesy of Back in February, I had a great conversation with a karting father, talking about the sport, the rising costs of engines, the premium prices being asked for ‘special motors’, and the concept of paid ‘tuners’. As I’m sure you can guess, our talk didn’t have an overly positive […]

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Morning Coffee: Friday – February 7

Humble Beginnings – Looking Back at 20 Years

Feb 07, 2014 Rob's first article was published at age 16, but his real shot at journalism arrived in 1993 at Performance Racing News
Written by Rob Howden | 2 Comment

As we roll our way into the new year, I can’t help but look back at my last two decades as a journalist in this sport.  I got my start in motorsports media in the winter of 1992-93 when I answered a classified ad that was run in Performance Racing News, Canada’s only racing publication […]

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Morning Coffee: Friday – January 24

Here We Go Again – Live Time!

Jan 24, 2014 EKN Trackside Live opens 2014 at the Rotax Challenge of the Americas
Written by Rob Howden | No Comments

It’s been over two months since the EKN squad fired up the mixing board to produce a Trackside Live broadcast, and that particular effort was one of the toughest we’ve ever had to endure.  We streamed our live audio from the Champion Racing/Intrepid North America Tower for three days in Las Vegas during the 17th […]

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Morning Coffee: Friday – January 17

Modesto Grand Prix - The Genesis of Greatness

Jan 17, 2014 Rob Howden, Tom Kutscher and Rob Soares
Written by Rob Howden | 4 Comment

Have you ever been part of something at its genesis, something that you just knew was going to make a major impact in its community? Well, I had that feeling late last week when I was asked to emcee the press launch of the upcoming Modesto Grand Prix, which will serve as this year’s Superkarts! […]

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Morning Coffee: Friday – December 13

The so-called ‘Off-Season’

Dec 13, 2013 Daytona KartWeek is just around the corner, with the rest of the 2014 season (Photo:
Written by Rob Howden | 2 Comment

In most professional sports, like baseball, football, basketball and major league motor racing, you’ll hear the term ‘off-season’.  For the most part, this extended period of non-competition provides an opportunity to take a little breather, to reset expectations, improve a program with key acquisitions and eventually begin preparation and practice for the new year.  In […]

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Two Motorsports Greats Talk About Their Lives in Karting

Motorsport icons continue enjoying their time in the sport where it all began

Dec 06, 2013 tony-kanaan-and-rubens-barrichello
Written by David Cole | 1 Comment

The following is a column provided by Texas Lone Star Grand Prix promoter Robert Miller, who attended the recent 500 Miles of Beto Carrero (more commonly known in other parts of the world as The Granja 500). There, Miller was able to connect with motorsports icons Rubens Barrichello and Tony Kannan. Rubens Barrichello has driven […]

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Morning Coffee: Friday – December 6

The SuperNationals’ Silver Lining

Dec 06, 2013 MorningCoffee-SKUSA SuperNationals XVII-2
Written by Rob Howden | 3 Comment

I know that I’m a ‘glass half-full’ kind of guy when I can actually look back at last month’s SKUSA SuperNationals and key on the warmth of the late morning sun and the quality of the racing that I enjoyed on SuperSunday.  The three straight days of cold, wind and rain – a crappy trifecta […]

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Behind the Laptop: History in the Making

Month of November provides memorable moments in American karting

Dec 04, 2013 Behind the Laptop David Cole
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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Racing Family – Change is Always Hard

Iowa karter Jeremiah Davis cherishes a reunion with his PKRA family

Dec 02, 2013 Jeremiah Davis competed at the recent 4-Cycle Super Showdown at PKRA in Arizona
Written by David Cole | 2 Comment

About a year and a half ago, I moved to Phoenix from Iowa, just out of school, and in a place where I knew exactly no one. After about a month in the city, bored out of my mind and missing racing – I had sold my dirt racing equipment before I left, thinking I […]

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Morning Coffee: Tuesday – November 12

SuperNationals - Continued Growth in Las Vegas

Nov 12, 2013 The evolution of the SKUSA SuperNationals has provided American karting with an event that boasts full fields across the board
(Photo: Todd McCall -
Written by Rob Howden | No Comments

I had a great chat with SKUSA’s Tom Kutscher last week while we were going over our live audio broadcast plans for this year’s SuperNationals.  We’ll once again be streaming my trackside play-by-play from Las Vegas through our EKN Live page, bringing you all the action for the sport’s biggest event.  Tom’s really excited about […]

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Morning Coffee: Thursday – November 7

Michael Valiante – A True Karting Success Story

Nov 07, 2013 (Photo:
Written by Rob Howden | 5 Comment

When I first heard the news a couple weeks ago that Michael Valiante had signed with Spirit of America Racing to drive their Daytona Prototype in the 2014 United SportsCar Championship, I could only smile.  I’ve known Michael for many years, watching him rise to the top of the karting world through the IKF Region […]

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Morning Coffee: Thursday – October 24

The Beauty of Four Cycle Racing

Oct 24, 2013 Briggs LO 206 racing continues to grow throughout the country
Written by Rob Howden | 6 Comment

We’ve got a pretty darn good gig here at  Yes, it’s a lot of work, countless hours staring at a computer screen, 20+ weekends away from our families, sometimes actually forgetting where we’ve been when we arrive home on a return flight.  The commitments are extensive to be certain, but as true fans of […]

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Morning Coffee: Thursday – October 17

Karting’s Mass Marketing Machine

Oct 17, 2013 Social media is key to the growth of karting
Written by Rob Howden | 10 Comment

I’m pleased to say that the first edition of my ‘Morning Coffee’ went over pretty well.  Great feedback, which is nice.  I want to thank everyone who ‘liked’ and ‘shared’ the blog announcement on Facebook and those who ‘retweeted’ it on Twitter.  This is the kind of reaction and support we were hoping for.  We […]

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Morning Coffee: Tuesday – October 15

New Track Visit / NOLA Rocks

Oct 15, 2013 EKN Editor-in-Chief Rob Howden's first visit to NOLA Motorsports Park was an extremely positive one, and the racing at the PanAm Challenge bodes well for this year's Rotax Grand Finals
Written by Rob Howden | No Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve been this excited to get up in the morning and sit down with a coffee at my computer in the EKN head office. I’ve got a 12-hour day planned, all in an effort to catch up following three weeks on the road, but I really dig crossing things off […]

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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 Behind the Laptop David Cole
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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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Beyond the Mic: On the Road

EKN’s newest staffer Tony LaPorta chronicles his Texas two-step

Aug 16, 2013 (Photo: Louis DePaemelaere -
Written by David Cole | 1 Comment

Although we haven’t yet made the formal announcement of his new position with EKN, we’re thrilled to have a new intern on our staff.  Tony LaPorta has worked diligently in Colorado, developing his announcing talents and supporting the state’s kart racing on many levels. As a Communication Major at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, […]

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The Bottom Line – Pride in Progression

Charlie Kimball’s victory shared among karting community

Aug 07, 2013 howden-1
Written by Rob Howden | No Comments

Be sure to post your comments regarding the column below in the EKN Global Members Discussion section – Ed. It’s surprising to say this, but through the 20 years that I’ve been doing what I do, I don’t think that I’ve ever been this busy.  I’m currently in the middle of a 14-week stretch that […]

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The Bottom Line – EKN V2.1

EKN Publisher welcomes readers to new site platform

Jul 16, 2013 EKN screen grab
Written by Rob Howden | No Comments

On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit.  And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit, and you think, ‘Okay, this is the limit’. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your […]

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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 DC-right
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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