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 2015 Rock Island Grand Prix logo
Written by David Cole | No Comments

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)
Written by David Cole | 1 Comment

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 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 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)
Written by Rob Howden | No Comments

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
Written by David Cole | No Comments

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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