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 (Photo: EKN)
Written by David Cole | No Comments

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 Cal Stewart scored five victories on Sunday at the Rock Island Grand Prix (Photo: EKN)
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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

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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 Rock Island Grand Prix - RIGP - 2016 - logo
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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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Sep 01, 2016 Rock Island Grand Prix - RIGP - 2016 - logo
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We remind you of these rule changes that were announced earlier. For Yamaha drivers, this version includes one word edit under Pt. 4 below. The updated Supplemental Rules in their entirety are posted online. First, Rule Additions to all Yamaha KT100 Classes: KT100 Pressure / Vacuum Testing For Leakage: Testing may be performed to insure […]

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EKN Live Returns To The Rock

TB Kart USA partners with EKN to produce Rock Island Grand Prix live broadcast

Aug 31, 2016 Rock Island Grand Prix - RIGP - 2016 - logo
Written by Rob Howden | 1 Comment

This coming weekend, for the 22nd time, the streets of a Mississippi River city in Illinois will come to life, as speed limits will be destroyed and local race fans will be entertained. The Xtreme Rock Island Grand Prix Powered by Mediacom is a Labor Day weekend staple in the world of American karting, and […]

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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
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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