Jul 20, 2015 2015 Rock Island Grand Prix logo
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MavTV, the Rock Island Grand Prix, Margay Racing and Aaron Carotta have announced that the Labor Day Weekend race will be televised on MavTV’s new “Motorsports Road Trip” series. MavTV is the fast growing motorsport and adventure cable/satellite channel which covers such series as ARCA, world rally, dirt racing, IHRA and others. “This is an […]

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Margay Racing, Rock Island Grand Prix and MavTV Partner to Present the Ignite Shootout

Arrive & Drive program offered for Labor Day street race aboard growing grassroots karting package

Jul 06, 2015 Ignite Shootout-Rock Island Grand Prix logo
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The 21st edition of the legendary Rock Island Grand Prix on September 5-6 will feature a new class, designed to take aim at the grassroots level racer and provide them the opportunity to get in the seat for the most prestigious street race in the country.  United States chassis manufacturer Margay Racing has partnered with […]

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May 28, 2015 2015 Rock Island Grand Prix logo
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The Rock Island Grand Prix, the world’s largest karting street race, and Briggs & Stratton Motorsports have announced an exciting incentive program for drivers participating in the Briggs Local Option 206 classes at Rock Island this Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-6. The Rock Island Grand Prix has organized its racing program to provide for multiple […]

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#TBT OnTrack: Margay Brava 4.11 – Rock Island Grand Prix

EKN Editor-in-Chief returns with American legend to score career-best finish at the Rock

May 21, 2015 Margay's Greg Dingess and EKN's Rob Howden getting the Rock Island Grand Prix 2014 Briggs LO206 Masters ride ready (Photo: EKN)
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In the wake of exciting news regarding the changes planned this year’s edition of the Rock Island Grand Prix, and as we discuss our plans for EKN Live coverage of the great annual event, I’m brought back to last September and what was one of my most enjoyable trips to the Quad Cities. As a […]

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Rock Island Grand Prix Announces 2015 Race Classes

16 categories scheduled for annual Labor Day street race in Quad Cities area

May 21, 2015 2015 Rock Island Grand Prix logo
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The Rock Island Grand Prix is excited to announce an exciting race program for 2015 as it heads into its third decade as one of the karting’s premier festival event race weekends. As in the past, The Rock continues to be the place where all kinds of karts are welcome and showcased. Registration is now […]

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Rock Island Grand Prix Changes Format Heading Into Third Decade

Two heat races to replace qualifying session for Labor Day weekend event, Vintage classes added to regular program

May 06, 2015 2015 Rock Island Grand Prix logo
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As it heads into its third decade as one of North America’s premier karting events, the Rock Island Grand Prix is changing its format and going back to its roots for the 21st running of the world’s largest karting street race. This year’s event, September 5-6 in Rock Island, Illinois, will scrap timed qualifying in […]

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EKN TV: Rock Island Grand Prix On-Board w/Tony Jump and David Cole

Picture-and-picture of Yamaha SuperCan Heavy main event with EKN audio from Labor Day street race

Sep 15, 2014 EKNTV-RIGP2014-JumpCole
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This past Labor Day weekend was the 20th annual Rock Island Grand Prix. Nearly 100 karters converged to the Quad Cities area, turning the city streets of Rock Island, Illinois into a two-day race. The excitement continues from the time racers arrive Friday afternoon until the closing hours of Sunday. Each and every year, the […]

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From the Tower: 2014 Rock Island Grand Prix

Double duty for EKN crew, enjoying 20th annual event

Sep 04, 2014 From the Tower-RIGP
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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 Trackside: 2014 Rock Island Grand Prix – Race Report

Dittmer, Neilson, and Aldridge double up for Rock trophy as Iseli crowned King of the Streets

Sep 01, 2014 RIGP-2014-logo Rock Island Grand Prix
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The 20th edition of the Rock Island Grand Prix was packed full of excitement and drama that have made up the two decade history of the annual Labor Day street race. Karters from all different backgrounds and experience converged to the Quad Cities for the August 30-31 event to compete in 13 categories. While numbers […]

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2014 Rock Island Grand Prix

August 30-31, 2014: Rock Island Street Course - Rock Island, Illinois

Aug 29, 2014 RIGP-2014-logo Rock Island Grand Prix
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Tradition continues as the 20th Rock Island Grand Prix is scheduled for this Labor Day weekend, on a rare August weekend. The final two days of the month will welcome karters from all over, as they converge on the city streets of Rock Island, Illinois for a karting festival. Friday night, the Quad City streets […]

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EKN Trackside: 2014 Rock Island Grand Prix – Preview

20th annual event set for Quad City streets over Labor Day weekend

Aug 29, 2014 (Photo: Joe Brittin)
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For the 20th time, karters will converge on the Quad City area to celebrate the Labor Day weekend, competing in the annual Rock Island Grand Prix presented by AT&T. The streets along the Mississippi River will convert the Illinois city Friday evening into a two-day karting festival. The event brings together a large pool of […]

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Rock Island Grand Prix Offers 24-hour Discount

Offer ends at midnight on August 23

Aug 22, 2014 RIGP-2014-logo Rock Island Grand Prix
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In an effort to encourage last minute entries to this year’s Rock Island Grand Prix, the street race is offering a $50 discount on registrations received online between midnight Friday, August 22 and midnight Saturday August 23. To enter, go to rockislandgrandprix.com and click on the Competitors link. The current entry fee is $150 per […]

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Karts to Return to The Rock for 20th Year of Street Races

World renowned race preparing for milestone event

Aug 21, 2014 RIGP-2014-logo Rock Island Grand Prix
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It’s a milestone that few karting events ever come close to. This year the Rock Island Grand Prix presented by AT&T celebrates its 20th anniversary. If not for a flood in 1993 and a year skipped in 1997 it would be well into its third decade when racers take to the streets August 30-31. “Since […]

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Jul 18, 2014 RIGP-2014-logo Rock Island Grand Prix
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The Rock Island Grand Prix, the world’s largest karting street race, and Briggs & Stratton Motorsports have announced an exciting incentive program for drivers participating in the Briggs Local Option 206 classes at Rock Island this Labor Day weekend, August 30-31. In an effort to respond to competitor’s requests for more track time, the Rock […]

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Rock Island Grand Prix Gearing Up for 20th Annual Event

Popular Labor Day weekend street race set for another historic rumble at the Rock

Jul 07, 2014 RIGP-2014-logo Rock Island Grand Prix
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The Rock Island Grand Prix presented by AT&T, the world’s largest karting street race, is pushing forward with plans for the celebration of its 20th anniversary. The theme for this year’s festival weekend is “The most fun you will have in karting – on and off the track.” This year’s races will be held August […]

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2014 Rock Island Grand Prix Registration Open

20th anniversary to be celebrated during Labor Day weekend street race event

May 22, 2014 Rock Island Grand Prix logo
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The Rock Island Grand Prix, presented by AT&T, will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2014 with a wide-range lineup of classes and a promise that everyone will have fun. This year’s theme – the most fun you will have in kart racing on and off the track. Organizers are hoping for a large turnout to […]

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eKartingNews.com Driver of the Month – September 2013 – Gary Lawson

Ohio driver continues reign over Rock Island GP after two year hiatus

Oct 22, 2013 Lawson returned to the Rock Island Grand Prix after two years, adding four victories to his win total (Photo: Joe Brittin)
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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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OnTrack: David Cole – Victory Kart – Rock Island Grand Prix

EKN Managing Editor takes on LO206 class at popular street circuit event

Sep 23, 2013 Cole piloting the Victory Kart / LO 206 around the Rock Island Grand Prix (Photo: Joe Brittin)
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One of the perks that we enjoy through managing the ‘Internet hub’ for the sport is our many connections within the industry. Karting is filled with many passionate enthusiasts, and there are many great events figures which we are thrilled to be associated. The Rock Island Grand Prix exemplifies that status, as the all-volunteer crew […]

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EKN TV: Rock Island Grand Prix On-Board w/Todd Bolton

Amazing Yamaha SuperCan Medium action caught on GoPro

Sep 13, 2013 EKN Trackside Live logo
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Each Labor Day weekend, droves of karters from across the country have traveled to the Rock Island Grand Prix. The Quad Cities festival event is something like no other, tagged as the world’s largest street race. Both on and off the track, the excitement never ends. After 19 editions of the event, this year’s races […]

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EKN Trackside: Rock Island Grand Prix – Sunday Report

Lawson adds four to win total, Musser earns third KoS crown

Sep 01, 2013 All-time race winner Gary Lawson added four in his return to the Rock
(Photo: Joe Brittin)
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It was a weekend of history as the 19th Rock Island Grand Prix completed Sunday. The Quad Cities street race festival saw record temperatures, and records set on-track throughout the two-day event. A number of new fast times were set in the 14 categories offered this year, with a number of drivers making history. Gary […]

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