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 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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Aug 22, 2015 2015 Rock Island Grand Prix logo
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The Rock Island Grand Prix has announced that it will not allow helmet-mounted audio/visual equipment at this year’s race, September 5-6. “There have been a number of serious injuries in motorcycle racing this year that may be attributed to helmet-mounted cameras. There is also concern that drilling holes in the helmet for the mounting bracket […]

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Rock Island GP Enjoying Surge of Interest

Pre-entries showing positive increase two weeks out from event

Aug 21, 2015 This year's Rock Island Grand Prix is primed to be the biggest in recent years
(Photo: Joe Brittin)
Written by Rob Howden | 1 Comment

Over the past five years, the organizers of the Rock Island Grand Prix have been working different angles in an effort to breath new life into their legendary race, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014. The Labor Day weekend street circuit event has always paired great racing with a festival atmosphere, which brings people […]

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Aug 18, 2015 Travis DeVriendt, Sherrard, heads down the straight away Sunday, August 31, 2014, in the 4-cycle race at the Rock Island Grand Prix
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The Rock Island Grand Prix has announced that one of its premier races of the weekend – the Briggs LO206 Heavy class – will be run as the Travis “Turbo” DeVriendt Memorial Race in honor of long-time Quad-Cities racer Travis DeVriendt who died last March. DeVriendt, of Sherrrard, Ill. who had raced at the Rock […]

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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
Written by David Cole | No Comments

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
Written by Tony LaPorta | No Comments

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
Written by Tony LaPorta | No Comments

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
Written by David Cole | No Comments

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
Written by David Cole | No Comments

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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