EKN One-on-One: Nathan Thibodeaux – Tri-C Karters

SoCal focusing on affordable classes and fun atmosphere

Jun 09, 2016 Tri-C Karters-Trophies
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If you talk to people in the karting industry or in the community, on the whole, and ask them what part of the sport we need to work on, they’ll all tell you we should be focusing on the foundation.  If karting is viewed as a pyramid, with national competition making up a small 10% […]

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EKN One-on-One: Scott Sutton – Summit Motorsports Management

Rebirth of a karting facility at Centennial Airport in Denver

Jun 01, 2016 Anthony Sclafani (Director of Engineering), Kyle Cohrs (Director of Operations), Kristine Gahnstrom (Director of Human Resources), Scott Sutton (President & CEO), Greg Welch (Performance Division Manager), Allie Farner (Director of Events), Jaime Palmucci (Director of Marketing), Adam Schlosser (Director of Finance)
Written by Rob Howden | No Comments

There was a time in the mid-2000s when the state of Colorado was a model for regional karting in the United States.  A handful of tracks had banded together to promote the sport, run similar classes and co-promote the Colorado Sprint Championship that drew big numbers and created incredible excitement.  People were taking notice from […]

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EKN One-on-One: Bernie Lacotta – IKF Governor Arizona

Veteran karter sees PKRA successes as road to revitalize the IKF

May 27, 2016 IKF International Kart Federation logo
Written by David Cole | No Comments

Despite the current perception that kart racing is in a major national slump in terms of participation from coast-to-coast, the truth is that there are many clubs and regions that are enjoying a positive resurgence in numbers, many thanks to the growing Briggs 206 four-cycle program.  International Kart Federation (IKF) Arizona Governor Bernie Lacotta was […]

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eKartingNews.com Driver of the Month: April 2016 – Aiden Baker-Crouse

‘ABC’ goes perfect at WKA Gold Cup opener with seven Sportsman victories

May 17, 2016 Aiden Baker-Crouse (Photo: Carl Barnes)
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In a continued effort to highlight the many outstanding performances by drivers around the country, eKartingNews.com is proud to introduce the ‘Driver of the Month’ program. Each month, the staff at EKN will determine the one driver who stood out above the rest and give the viewers a chance to know exactly what they accomplished […]

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2016 United States Pro Kart Series – New Castle

May 13-15, 2016 : New Castle Motorsports Park - New Castle, Indiana

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Written by David Cole | No Comments

This weekend kicks off the 2016 United States Pro Kart Series. The fourth season of the growing series is set to open up at the New Castle Motorsports Park with official practice on Friday and two rounds of racing over Saturday and Sunday. Four IAME divisions and four Yamaha categories will do battle throughout the […]

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2016 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour – SpringNationals

April 29-May 1, 2016: Phoenix Kart Racing Association - Glendale, Arizona

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Written by David Cole | No Comments

The 2016 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour gets underway on April 29-May 1 at the Phoenix Kart Racing Association in Glendale, Arizona. EKN will be trackside the entire weekend, providing the EKN Live broadcast available at ekartingnews.com/live. A new era begins with four Stock Moto divisions and five IAME ‘TaG’ categories beginning the journey toward the SKUSA […]

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EKN One-on-One: Mike Rolison

Driver, race team owner, and series promoter - never a dull moment with ‘Roli’

Apr 20, 2016 Mike Rolison (Photo: SeanBuur.com)
Written by David Cole | No Comments

The moment the pits open, until the final trailer rolls out of the paddock, you can be sure to see a tall blur of a man running around the Rolison Performance Group tent making sure everything is taken care of. On the track, he’s the guy in the plain race suit and the plain helmet, […]

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Industry Insider: Lucas Oil School of Racing

New program geared to help ease the transition from karting to cars

Apr 12, 2016 Lucas Oil School of Racing-PBIR
Written by David Cole | No Comments

Progression is part of motorsports. There’s a ladder that young pilots all want to climb through karting and, if their dreams come true, into cars and potentially F1, IndyCar or NASCAR.  We hear about it regularly on TV broadcasts, as the announcers tout the karting success of the current crop of superstars. Drivers who begin […]

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eKartingNews.com Driver of the Month – March 2016 – Kyle Kirkwood

Ocala Gran Prix talent doubles up in championships at Florida Winter Tour

Apr 05, 2016 Kirkwood-DOM-Motorsport
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In a continued effort to highlight the many outstanding performances by drivers around the country, eKartingNews.com is proud to introduce the ‘Driver of the Month’ program. Each month, the staff at EKN will determine the one driver who stood out above the rest and give the viewers a chance to know exactly what they accomplished […]

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Challenge of the Americas 2016: Sonoma

April 1-3, 2016: Simraceway Performance Karting Center - Sonoma, California

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Written by David Cole | No Comments

Two events in the books, one final weekend remains for the Challenge of the Americas 2016 program. The seven different championship chases comes to a close at the Simraceway Performance Karting Center in Sonoma, California on April 1-3. For three drivers, it is a chance to earn a ticket to the 2016 Rotax Max Challenge […]

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EKN Driver Diary: Trey Shannon – 2016 24 Hours of America

1227 laps, 854 miles put Racing For Tourette driver on top in NOLA

Mar 23, 2016 Trey Shannon pulling off after winning the Solo division at the 24 Hours of America (Photo: Endurance Karting)
Written by David Cole | No Comments

Driving a kart solo has become somewhat of an annual tradition for me these days. Since my Guinness World Record attempt at New Castle in 2011, I’ve made two more 24 hour record attempts, both indoor, and competed solo in the Endurance Karting 24 Hours of America as a solo driver every year since 2013. […]

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eKartingNews.com Driver of the Month – February 2016 – Mike Jones

Dallas Karting Complex / Sodi Kart pilot in driver’s seat for COTA Masters Max title

Mar 08, 2016 Mike Jones won both Masters Max Finals in Phoenix to lead the Challenge of the Americas championship chase (Photo: EKN)
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In a continued effort to highlight the many outstanding performances by drivers around the country, eKartingNews.com is proud to introduce the ‘Driver of the Month’ program. Each month, the staff at EKN will determine the one driver who stood out above the rest and give the viewers a chance to know exactly what they accomplished […]

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Challenge of the Americas 2016: PKRA

February 26-28, 2016: Phoenix Kart Racing Association - Glendale, Arizona

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Written by David Cole | No Comments

This weekend is the second stop of the 2016 Challenge of the Americas program, set for the Phoenix Kart Racing Association facility in Glendale, Arizona. Five Rotax Max Challenge categories and two shifterkart divisions are set to square off at the mid-way point of the championship chase, including three tickets for the Rotax Grand Finals […]

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Events and Series Confirmed for eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings

Program continues promotion of drivers within TaG and Stock Moto divisions

Feb 23, 2016 EKN Driver Rankings logo
Written by David Cole | No Comments

One of the more popular and original editorial programs is the eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings. The purpose is to provide and promote the best in the sport, currently competing in TaG (TaG) and Stock Moto categories across North America. EKN is happy to announce the events confirmed for the separate Driver Rankings for the 2016 season […]

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eKartingNews.com Driver of the Month – January 2016 – Alex Bertagnoli

Franklin Motorsports / Merlin driver begins sophomore season strong at WKA Daytona KartWeek

Feb 11, 2016 Alex Bertagnoli opened up the 2016 season with two wins at the WKA Daytona KartWeek (Photo: EKN)
Written by David Cole | No Comments

In a continued effort to highlight the many outstanding performances by drivers around the country, eKartingNews.com is proud to introduce the ‘Driver of the Month’ program. Each month, the staff at EKN will determine the one driver who stood out above the rest and give the viewers a chance to know exactly what they accomplished […]

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Challenge of the Americas 2016: Tucson

January 29-31, 2016: Musselman Honda Circuit - Tucson, Arizona

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Written by David Cole | No Comments

The 2016 edition of the Challenge of the Americas begins this weekend at the Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson, AZ. Five Rotax and two Shifterkart divisions begin their journey toward a series championship, featuring three weekends and six-rounds of racing. The series is starting its eighth season, with three tickets to the Rotax Grand Finals […]

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EKN One-on-One: Joel Miller – Mazda Prototype Driver

‘How bad do you want it’ keeps him pushing every day to be the best on and off the track

Jan 25, 2016 (Photo: Mazda USA)
Written by David Cole | No Comments

The dream of nearly every young karter today is to one day become a professional race car driver. Many set the bar high with Formula One as the ultimate goal, while others feel that IndyCar or NASCAR could be on their future path. No matter the direction, racing costs money, especially when talking about trying […]

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Industry Insider: 2016 Autosport International Show

Karting highlighted in leading racing exhibition

Jan 21, 2016 Autosport-2016
Written by Rob Howden | No Comments

During my travels around North America and the world, I’ve spent a few thousand hours crammed into narrow airplane seats en route to some of the greatest racing venues on the planet.  A regular stop during each trip is the magazine stand in the airport terminal, where I normally grab a couple publications to read […]

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EKN One-on-One: Andy Seesemann – Challenge of the Americas

Ninth season of winter west coast series expanding while keeping same focus and principles

Jan 12, 2016 Seesemann
Written by David Cole | No Comments

The 2016 season is set to get underway and for the staff at EKN, that means heading back west to be part of the Challenge of the Americas. Started in 2008, the series has served as an international Rotax program for the winter months, giving the teams and drivers in the western half of North […]

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EKN Driver Diary: Kyle Kalish – WKA Daytona KartWeek 2015

Winter break for college student puts him back behind the wheel of a Franklin Motorsports / Merlin machine

Jan 11, 2016 Kalish-Daytona-2015-1
Written by David Cole | No Comments

This year, Franklin Motorsports / Merlin driver Kyle Kalish is taking on a new category. The inaugural United States Pro Kart Series Leopard Pro champion is moving from one gear to six, taking on the challenge that is shifterkart racing. The 18-year-old from Wauconda, Illinois began racing when he was five, and has earned championships […]

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