Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 2015 Moves to Las Vegas Convention Center

‘SuperSunday’ relocates to Vegas Strip as SuperNationals XVIII marks final year at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino

Oct 27, 2014 SKUSA Superkarts! USA logo
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Since 2008, the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino has been the home of the largest karting event in the world – the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals. The 18th edition of this historic annual event will once again take place at the popular site in Las Vegas, on November 19-23, 2014, and will be the final race […]

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Rok Cup International Final 2014: Race Report

North American squad highlighted by strong come-from-the-back drives

Oct 27, 2014 Rok Cup International Final 2014 logo
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After two days of on-track action that featured practice, qualifying and heat races, Saturday’s schedule for this year’s Rok Cup International Final at South Garda Karting kicked off with eight Prefinals to determine which drivers would make the main events in the afternoon. MINI ROK The Mini Rok drivers from the Rok Cup USA, Superkarts! […]

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Rok Cup International Final 2014: Qualifying Report

Serravalle qualifies fifth in Mini Rok, Myers into top-15 in Rok Shifter

Oct 24, 2014 Rok Cup International Final 2014 logo
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The North American and South American contingent participating at the annual Rok Cup International Final in Lonato, Italy was dealt some hot and cold results during Thursday afternoon’s qualifying sessions.  Warm sun and enjoyable mid-60s temperatures offered the racers ideal conditions, but the increasing grip levels were very challenging at the famed South Garda karting […]

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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)
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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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EKN One-on-One: Robert Bujdoso – Checkered Motorsports

Young racer helping to guide growth of family-owned business

Oct 22, 2014 Checkered Motorsports' Robert Bujdoso (Photo: Iqbal Waryah)
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The PCR brand has a long history in the United States. For years, the marque was distributed and promoted by the historic Franklin Motorsports operation out of Wisconsin, with the Mayr family fully behind the program. After the company was sold in 2005, the brand slowly lost momentum before finding a new home with Checkered […]

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Rok Cup International Final – North and South Americans Head to South Garda

Over 300 racers from around the world to converge on famed Italian facility

Oct 21, 2014 Rok Cup International Final 2014 logo
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This coming weekend will see the 12th running of the annual Rok Cup International Final at the South Garda Karting circuit in Lonato, Italy, which celebrates the Vortex engine program by welcoming racers from around the world to decide on the top ‘Rokkers’ drivers for 2014.  The event includes five different categories, filled with over […]

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EKN Trackside: Cold Stone Rotax Pan American Challenge 2014 – Sunday Report

Three countries take home tickets to Rotax Grand Finals, Versteeg becomes first secured to 2015 event

Oct 19, 2014 PanAm-Sun
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The final day of the 2014 Cold Stone Rotax Pan American Challenge made history once again, as the seven categories put on an amazing show around the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina. A third straight day of picture perfect weather greeted ‘NASCAR Country’ as nearly 140 Rotaxians finished out the final major Rotax Max […]

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EKN Trackside: Cold Stone Rotax Pan American Challenge 2014 – Saturday Report

Claman-Demelo and Cooper in position for victories, with Brueckner and Schiavo securing pole positions for Prefinals

Oct 18, 2014 PanAm-Sat
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Saturday at the Cold Stone Rotax Pan American Challenge was about survival. Three rounds of heat races for all seven categories at the GoPro Motorplex took the drivers from qualifying to race mode, setting the stage for Championship Sunday. For some, it was maintaining their position through the day, while others hoped to recover from […]

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EKN Trackside: Cold Stone Rotax Pan American Challenge 2014 – Friday Report

Roeper leads way in Senior, Gangi on top in Junior, Cooper triumphs through Super Pole

Oct 17, 2014 Ben Cooper overcame the underweight penalty in qualifying to reclaim top spot in DD2 Super Pole (Photo: Studio52.us)
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It was a picture perfect day at the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina as the 2014 Cold Stone Rotax Pan American Challenge began. The first official on-track day took place Friday around the 7/10-mile course, including two practice sessions, the timed Qualifying round, and Super Pole for Micro, Mini, Junior, Senior and DD2. Today’s […]

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Paddock Insider: Cold Stone Rotax Pan American Challenge 2014

Four tickets to Rotax Grand Finals on the line

Oct 16, 2014 2014 Rotax Pan American Challenge logo
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EKN’s Paddock Insider is a new Trackside coverage addition, bringing you notes, updates and breaking news as it happens. The article will be a timeline of events as they happen during the Cold Stone Rotax Pan American Challenge. The information will not be seen anywhere else, including interviews and photos. Please feel free to comment and […]

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EKN Trackside: 2014 Rotax Pan American Challenge – Preview

Over 100 racers vying to make history at GoPro Motorplex

Oct 15, 2014 Rotax Pan American Logo
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This weekend is the fourth edition of Rotax Pan American Challenge event, scheduled for the immaculate GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina. ‘NASCAR Country’ will become ‘Rotax Territory’ for this week as over 100 drivers will compete to earn the title of Pan American champion, with many more registering on-site to compete for this coveted […]

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Final Day to Reserve Rio Rooms for Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XVIII

Just over 30 days before teams and competitors move into Las Vegas

Oct 14, 2014 2014 SKUSA SuperNationals XVIII logo
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In just five weeks time, the sound of kart engines humming, the smell of race fuel, and the amazing view of the Las Vegas Strip will provide the incredible atmosphere for those attending at Superkarts! USA’s SuperNationals XVIII. The world’s largest karting event will take place just outside the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino for […]

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Five Americans Set for IAME International Final in France

More than 250 drivers to take on the new International Circuit of Le Mans

Oct 14, 2014 IAME International Final logo
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The third edition of the IAME International Final is set for October 15-19 at the new International Circuit of Le Mans in France. Located inside the historic 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit, IAME drivers from all across the globe will converge on the historic grounds were motorsports legends are made. Four categories will take […]

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Four Rotax Drivers Selected for Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 Test

Askew, Brooks, Cook and Versteeg selected as next rising stars

Oct 13, 2014 Andersen-MAXSpeed logo-blank
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After ensuring a true ladder program from the grassroots of karting to the upper echelon of motorsports in North America, the Mazda Road to Indy in conjunction with the MAXSpeed Group are pleased to announce the finalists of the inaugural Mazda Road to Indy and MAXSpeed Group Driver Advancement Program. The four winners will be […]

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Ardigo Earns First KZ CIK-FIA World Championship

New champions of international karting awarded in Sarno

Oct 13, 2014 Marco Ardigo earned his first ever KZ world championship (Photo: Press.net Images)
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It was the right place and the right time for a great show of Motorsport. The International Circuit Napoli  fullfilled all the expectations: extraordinary races those run at the Italian facility for the final day of the World CIK-FIA KZ Championship. Besides the World Championship, there were two more events on schedule: the Final of […]

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United States Pro Kart Series and Route 66 Sprint Series Release 2015 Schedules

Third season of growing program remains four weekends, as regional series set for five races

Oct 10, 2014 USPKS logo
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The last two seasons has seen the United States Pro Kart Series become the top summer series in the eastern half of the country. Welcoming drivers from all over the country, continuing its focus on more track time and more fun, the 2014 season was a huge success for the series. Planning continues for 2015, […]

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Texas ProKart Challenge Closes Season at Gulf Coast Kartway

Superkarts! USA and US Rotax Max Challenge regional program ends 2014 in Katy, Texas

Oct 09, 2014 Cody Jolly returned after a six year hiatus to win Saturday in the S2 Semi-Pro category (Photo: dreamscaptured.net)
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The 2014 season came to a close for the Texas ProKart Challenge as the series hosted the finale weekend on October 3-5 at the Gulf Coast Kartway. The series – presented by 3G Kart Racing/Burger King®/Chase Racing/Dallas Karting Complex/Fernelius Alvarez Attorneys – traveled to the Katy, Texas facility to close out the eight-race championship program […]

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California ProKart Challenge Champions Decided

2014 top drivers to be honored at season banquet on October 25 at Riverside International Automotive Museum

Oct 08, 2014 S1 Pro Stock Moto champion Billy Musgrave (Photo: dromophotos.com)
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The 10th season of the California ProKart Challenge concluded at the end of September, celebrating one of its best seasons to date. The flagship Superkarts! USA regional program completed the six-event season at the recent Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix on September 27-28. Over 230 racers took part in this year’s championship series from all […]

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GoPro Motorplex’s 2015 Expansion Plans Revealed on Eve of Two-Year Anniversary

North Carolina facility to add new 6,000 square foot building

Oct 07, 2014 GoPro Motorplex plans to break ground on new, 6,000 SF building on their campus this month
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Wednesday, Oct. 8 will mark GoPro Motorplex’s two-year anniversary and the 0.7-mile, 11-turn karting track and state-of-the-art facility that sits on 30 acres in Mooresville, NC plans to expand in 2015. “Business continues to pick up as we come to the conclusion of our second year at GoPro Motorplex,” Owner, Justin Marks reflects. “As more […]

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Operation Grassroots: What Karting is All About

A personal look at what the sport means and how to get started

Oct 06, 2014 Davin Sturdivant (Photo: Jacob Janders)
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As a member of the karting community since the day I was born, it is hard to understand why it is difficult to expose the sport of karting to the general public, and enjoy the love of the sport as much as I do. Part of our #OperationsGrassroots program is to provide an article series, […]

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