EKN One-on-One: Roger Ruthhart – Rock Island Grand Prix

22nd annual event set for Labor Day weekend as race continues to evolve with the sport

Aug 24, 2016 Rock Island Grand Prix - RIGP - 2016 - logo
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Each Labor Day weekend, the streets of Rock Island, Illinois are turned into a 6/10-mile race course attracting karters from coast-to-coast and select countries around the world to take part in what is currently the largest street race anywhere. The 22nd annual Rock Island Grand Prix is set for September 3-4 in the Quad Cities […]

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Aug 23, 2016 Rock Island Grand Prix - RIGP - 2016 - logo
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We have two additional rules updates prior to this year’s race. The updated Supplemental Rules in their entirety will be posted today to our website. First, Rule Additions to all Yamaha KT100 Classes: KT100 Pressure / Vacuum Testing For Leakage: Testing may be performed to insure extra air is not being pulled into the engine […]

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Aug 15, 2016 Rock Island Grand Prix - RIGP - 2016 - logo
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* There is a change in the rules for 125 Masters shifter class. Last year this class was open to drivers age 30 and older. This year the Supplemental Rules list it as age 35 and older. No one can recall a reason why it was changed so we are assuming it was just done in error. […]

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Aug 12, 2016 Rock Island Grand Prix - RIGP - 2016 - logo
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We look forward to seeing everyone at this year’s Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix powered by Mediacom. If you haven’t created an account and registered through Raceday, please do so at your earliest convenience. We encourage you not to wait too long because there are a couple of classes with low entry numbers. Also please […]

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Aug 01, 2016 Rock Island Grand Prix - RIGP - 2016 - logo
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Rock Island Grand Prix is proud to be the first kart race in North America sponsored by LeCont tires. LeCont, exclusively imported to North America by WR Motorsports, will sponsor this year’s King of the Streets shifter kart race. King of the Streets is one of the most coveted titles that can be won in […]

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Jul 27, 2016 Ignite Shootout-Rock Island Grand Prix logo
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The Rock Island Grand Prix is set to host its 22nd event during the Labor Day festival weekend on September 3-4. Racers from all over the country and select parts of the world will converge on the Mississippi River ‘Quad Cities’ to take on the city streets in what is considered the best party on […]

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Jul 21, 2016 Rock Island Grand Prix - RIGP - 2016 - logo
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The Rock Island Grand Prix, Vega Tires and TS Racing have announced a contingency program worth $5,600 to participating racers using Vega Tire compounds. The contingency program is available in all classes where Vega Tires are legal, excluding Vintage and Ignite classes. Drivers who win a race on four Vega Tires will receive $200 in […]

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Jul 20, 2016 Ignite Shootout-Rock Island Grand Prix logo
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A full field of rumbling spec Ignite LO206 karts will take the green flag this Labor Day weekend for the second annual Ignite Shootout at the 22nd edition of the Rock Island Grand Prix. After a successful inaugural event last September, the Ignite Shootout returns to ‘The Rock’ as the only spec class that will […]

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Rock Island Grand Prix and Mediacom Announce New Sponsorship

New partnership provides large marketing program throughout the Midwest area for Labor Day street race

Jul 19, 2016 Rock Island Grand Prix - RIGP - 2016 - logo
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The Rock Island Grand Prix has announced a new partnership that places Mediacom Communications as the first naming rights sponsor for the world’s largest karting street race. The high-performance race held annually over Labor Day weekend will now be named the Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix powered by Mediacom. Mediacom, the area’s leading broadband provider, […]

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Jun 27, 2016 RIGP 2015 Rock Island Grand Prix logo
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The Rock Island Grand Prix, the world’s largest karting street race, is proud to now be a member of the Vintage Karting Association. “Vintage kart racing is an integral part of our sport and one which we have been happy to feature at our race the past few years. We are proud that Rock Island […]

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Jun 16, 2016 RIGP 2015 Rock Island Grand Prix logo
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The Rock Island Grand Prix has announced that this year’s open shifter King of the Street race sponsored by MG Tires will honor the memory of former Superkarts! USA executive Jim Murley who died earlier this year of cancer. Rock Island will also continue to race in memory of local karter and multiple Rock Island […]

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Rock Island Grand Prix Announces 2016 Race Classes, Opens New Online Registration Process

Popular Labor Day street race gearing up for the 22nd running

May 20, 2016 RIGP 2015 Rock Island Grand Prix logo
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In just over 100 days, karters from across North America will converge on the Quad Cities area for the 22nd running of the Rock Island Grand Prix. Dubbed as the largest street race in the world, Rock Island, Illinois city streets are converted overnight into a race track as competitors tackle the 6/10-mile course along […]

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OnTrack: Margay Ignite K3

Spec chassis-engine combo with popular Briggs LO206 engine a hit at Rock Island Grand Prix

Dec 11, 2015 OnTrack-RIGP-Margay-Cole-Margay-Ignite-K3-Track
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For the eKartingNews.com staff, the 2015 season is about getting back behind the wheel. Racers at heart, our goal is to work with teams and chassis importers that offer the best products and services here in North America, all while sampling some of the best facilities that karting has to offer. This will be an […]

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eKartingNews.com Driver of the Month – September 2015 – Tony Neilson

Margay driver from Iowa makes history at Rock Island Grand Prix with six victories

Oct 12, 2015 Neilson celebrates the sixth victory with his family (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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Sep 15, 2015 Inaugural Margay Ignite Shootout winner Jeremy Remick (Photo: Mark Schwigen)
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Sixteen drivers lined the grid for the inaugural Ignite Shootout held during the 2015 edition of the Rock Island Grand Prix on September 5-6. The entry list saw former sports car drivers, previous karting champions and new racers looking to learn and progress throughout the weekend. After getting comfortable with their equipment Friday afternoon, drivers […]

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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)
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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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EKN Trackside: 2015 Rock Island Grand Prix – Sunday Report

Six wins for Neilson put him among the legends in Labor Day street race

Sep 06, 2015 Tony Neilson won a record six 'Rock' trophies (Photo: EKN)
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Another hot day in the Quad Cities area for the big show to close out the 21st annual Rock Island Grand Prix. Fourteen main events were held over the afternoon hours around the 6/10-mile street course, with the many RIGP volunteers and spectators lining the fences braving the elements to enjoy a great day of […]

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EKN Trackside: 2015 Rock Island Grand Prix – Saturday Report

First time racing on Saturday gets rave reviews on streets of Rock Island

Sep 05, 2015 RIGP 2015 Rock Island Grand Prix logo
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Day one of the 2015 Rock Island Grand Prix went into the books Saturday with action taking place on the city streets from 8am to 5pm. Two rounds of practice and inaugural heat races were the schedule for the day in the Quad Cities, as the weekend festivities began. The format for this year’s event […]

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EKN Trackside: 2015 Rock Island Grand Prix – Preview

21st annual event hitting the Quad City streets once again for the Labor Day celebration

Sep 04, 2015 RIGP-P-2015
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Labor Day weekend is a busy time across the United States. Families gather for one final time at their favorite vacation spot, kids and parents prepare for the school year, and the thought of cold weather coming soon begins to creep in. For racers, it is a chance to take part in one of the […]

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2015 Rock Island Grand Prix

September 5-6, 2015: Rock Island Street Course - Rock Island, Illinois

Sep 01, 2015 RIGP 2015 Rock Island Grand Prix logo
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It’s that time. The calendar has flipped over to September, and Labor Day weekend is upon us. That means to load up the kart in the trailer and head out to the annual Rock Island Grand Prix. This will be the 21st edition of the fun event, on and off the track for the two-day […]

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