From the Tower: 2017 Rock Island Grand Prix

Entries eclipse 300 for first time in decade as Labor Day festival continues fun on and off the track

Sep 14, 2017
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For the 23rd time, the city streets of Rock Island, Illinois was turned into a racing circuit over the Labor Day weekend. The 2017 edition of the Rock Island Grand Prix welcomed over 300 entries for the first time since 2007, nearly double the amount from the 2014. The coveted Rock trophy was the goal […]

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EKN Trackside: 2017 Rock Island Grand Prix – Race Report

Stewart and Neilson collect three Rock trophies

Sep 03, 2017
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The 23rd edition of the Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix powered by Mediacom completed with perfect weather conditions all weekend long. The Labor Day festival for the Quad Cities area welcomed racers from across the country, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the non-profit volunteer organization that turns the city streets at 5pm […]

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EKN Trackside: 2017 Rock Island Grand Prix – Preview

Labor Day street race festival ready for 23rd edition in Quad Cities area

Aug 31, 2017
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Karters have been waiting for this weekend since Labor Day 2016, the chance to return back to the Rock! As we welcome the start to the new college football season, celebrate the Labor Day holiday, and enjoy that last bit of Summer weather, racers from all over North America will converge on the Quad Cities […]

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2017 Rock Island Grand Prix

September 2-3, 2017: Rock Island Street Course - Rock Island, Illinois

Aug 31, 2017
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It is RIGP Week! The 2017 edition of the Rock Island Grand Prix is set for this weekend. The annual Labor Day weekend festival is set for September 2-3 as the city streets of Rock Island, Illinois turn into a full racing circuit. Karters from all over North America converge on the Quad Cities area […]

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Aug 30, 2017
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A stacked field of Briggs & Stratton powered Margay Ignite karts will take the green flag this weekend at the third annual Ignite Shootout at the Rock Island Grand Prix in Rock Island, Illinois.  Building on the successes of the first two years, the 2017 Ignite Shootout will feature the familiar Ignite Junior and Senior […]

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Aug 29, 2017
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Not only does the Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix powered by Mediacom kart races bring many race teams and race fans to town, but it also packs a wide variety of entertainment options into the Labor Day weekend. There is something on tap for all tastes. The biggest entertainment tradition of the Grand Prix Weekend is […]

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Aug 22, 2017
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Through the generosity of driver Josh Lane, the purse for the King of the Streets race sponsored by LeCont tires at the Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix powered by Mediacom will be increased by an additional $500 if there are more than 30 entries. Under normal rules, classes with 30 or more entries will pay […]

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One-On-One: Rock Island GP’s Roger Ruthhart

2017 edition of karting’s ‘bucket list’ race shaping up nicely

Aug 18, 2017
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Over the past 20+ years, the Rock Island Grand Prix has firmly planted roots as a one of the true ‘bucket list’ events in the sport here in the United States. When asked, current and past racers will go on about a laidback, fun atmosphere that is coupled with the intense competition. The ‘cool factor’ […]

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Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix Powered by Mediacom To Feature Facebook Live Coverage

EKN to add live play-by-play stream to the groundbreaking effort

Aug 15, 2017
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ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – The Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix powered by Mediacom is excited to announce that this year’s race will be broadcast on Facebook Live utilizing graphics and video technology that has not been used in karting or any other kind of racing previously. The race organization has partnered with a Seattle-based Internet […]

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Jul 12, 2017
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Vega tires and TS Racing have announced $5,600 in contingency awards for drivers winning on Vega tires at the 2017 Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix powered by Mediacom. Vega Tire will award $350 per class to racers on Vega Tires. Class winners on four Vega Tires will receive a check for $200. Second place finishers […]

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May 09, 2017
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Registration is now open for the 2017 Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix powered by Mediacom, to be held Sept. 1-3, 2017 through the city streets of Rock Island, Ill. To enter please do one of the following: 1) Go to Raceday, log in and update your driver account. This is where you provide updated address, […]

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Mar 16, 2017
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We are just under six months away from the 23rd running of the Rock Island Grand Prix, and for many, it can’t come soon enough. The world’s largest and longest running street race brings racers from all over the world to the ‘Quad Cities’, a grouping of four cities in Iowa and Illinois, separated by […]

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Mar 13, 2017
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The Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix powered by Mediacom and the United States Auto Club (USAC) have announced that the world’s oldest and largest karting street race will operate under a USAC license in 2017. Licensing is especially important for foreign drivers who wish to compete at Rock Island without risk of having punitive action […]

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Full Season Scheduled for EKN Live 2017

17 events on coast-to-coast calendar for live broadcast

Jan 11, 2017
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The 2017 season kicked off just before the calendar turned over on the year with yet another running of the prestigious and popular World Karting Association Daytona KartWeek. The three days in Florida played host to the first championship rounds of 2017 Manufacturers Cup Series, as well as the first round of this year’s WKA […]

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OnTrack: Margay Ignite K3

Second-straight year partnering up with American chassis manufacturer for Labor Day street race

Dec 15, 2016
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When you get kicked off the horse, you jump back on. That’s exactly what I did this past Labor Day weekend, having endured a disappointing 2015 edition of the Rock Island Grand Prix. Last year, thanks to all the hard work and effort by the crew at Margay Racing, I was able to start all […]

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eKartingNews.com Driver of the Month: September 2016 – Cal Stewart

Cowboy Cal ropes in five Rock trophies at Labor Day weekend street race

Oct 24, 2016
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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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From the Tower: Rock Island Grand Prix 2016

Memorable three-days in Quad Cities for 22nd edition of world’s largest street race

Sep 14, 2016
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For 13 straight years, I have traveled west to the Quad Cities area to cover the rare and exciting Rock Island Grand Prix. For the 22nd time, a non-profit volunteer-based group and diehard race fans turn the city streets of Rock Island, Illinois into a two-day race festival centered around the purest form of motorsports […]

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EKN Trackside: 2016 Rock Island Grand Prix Report

Cowboy Cal ropes in five Rock trophies, Ruscitti crowned King of the Streets

Sep 04, 2016
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There is no other event like it in the world. Racing on the city streets is a rare opportunity for those in motorsports, especially in karting. Every Labor Day weekend, the city of Rock Island, Illinois closes down a few blocks along the Mississippi River to host the world’s largest street race – the Rock […]

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2016 Rock Island Grand Prix

September 3-4, 2016: Rock Island Street Course - Rock Island, Illinois

Sep 02, 2016
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The 22nd Rock Island Grand Prix is set for this weekend in Rock Island, Illinois. Every Labor Day weekend, karters turn the city streets into a race course of six-turns at 6/10-mile, reaching speeds near 80mph. The event is a melting pot of diverse karting drivers, equipment and talent pool into 17 categories competing over […]

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EKN Trackside: 2016 Rock Island Grand Prix Preview

22nd edition set to Rock the Quad City streets once again

Sep 02, 2016
Written by David Cole | No Comments

There is nothing like it. From a quite area of city streets Friday afternoon to screaming engines at 8am Saturday morning, roaring around a 6/10-mile circuit built from nothing to a full race track in just a matter of hours. That is just the first 12 hours of the weekend at the Xtream Rock Island […]

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