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November 8, 2015 at 4:58 pm #56378
I would expect that they were busy preparing for, and then traveling to, Portugal for the Rotax Grand Finals event that is being run this coming week. I have notified back of this message so that he can connect with you.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenOctober 30, 2015 at 1:22 pm #56090
Thanks for clearing that up Rob. Bummer that karting has become such a land grab for such a small island. We’re all in it together and when these splits happen we all loose. EKN is still my first click when I want my karting fix.
Howie…it’s just a land grab for the big spenders, about 3% of the community. That’s why you see lot of Briggs LO206 four-cycle, Yamaha KT100, road racing and industry news on the site these days. There’s loads of karting in the sport, and club and regional races with as many drivers at what’s in Vegas right now.
Heck, the finale at my local club had 140 drivers for a single day event, the Oktoberfest Grand Prix. I was slow and uncompetitive this time around, but I had a blast. And I’ll be back next year. #OperationGrassroots
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenOctober 30, 2015 at 10:12 am #56078
This is really just a straight up deal. There is no blackout or boycott. Maxspeed is free to submit articles and news releases to EKN and we’ll consider them for posting.
That said, there is no longer a working partnership either. MaxSpeed dissolved its official media partnership with EKN last fall, right between the SKUSA SuperNationals and the Rotax Grand Finals, without letting us know. We were obviously disappointed with the way it went down, but in the end, they elected to partner with a different news site. That’s their perogative, of course. I had some great discussions with MaxSpeed’s Garret Potter after the fact, we discussed some potential options to move forward, but nothing came together, and the door remains open for them to send us news and releases. If you ‘search’ our site, you’ll see all of the official information that MaxSpeed sent us.
The open door remains, as they can send us previews, reports or whatever. We just haven’t received anything from this weekend.
Guys, we work diligently to support the community and the industry and we do so by forming positive partnerships. We’ve been extremely lucky to partner with events like the Rock Island Grand Prix for 15+ years, we’ve worked closely with Superkarts! USA since the late 90s and we have extended coverage and support efforts with Andy Seesemann at the Challenge of the Americas and Mark Coats and his USPK program. Our growing partnership with Dave Klaus and Briggs & Stratton is extremely important to us and it’s helping to stabilize grassroots karting around the country. We are working on a new program with the WKA that we’re thrilled about, and you’re going to hear news of an exciting karting event at IMS that will expose and promote karting to a new demographic. We have always been about win-win symbiotic partnerships. We’re always looking to add more partnerships with regional and club programs around the country. We’re also a business that needs to be fiscally responsible, and every time we leave the office, it costs us money.
Finally, We are more than just about sharing photos or videos. EKN is focused on original articles, industry insider editorial and promoting the sport itself. And when we get a chance to be trackside, we work non-stop to provide live audio coverage, immediate session updates and in-depth race reports that can become the archived history of our sport.
We enjoyed a multi-year partnership with US Rotax, and we provided lots of unique editorial. That partnership is no longer active, but we’ll keep publishing the information that is provided to us.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenAugust 4, 2015 at 8:28 pm #52427
These are all interesting point, guys. I’ve often wondered something….can we undo the affect to driving standards by getting rid of the rear bumper ad penalizing heavy for contact from the rear? Or…have we opened Pandora’s box and it will be solely the responsibility of strict race penalties that will clean up the sport?
I know that most people have zero desire to be a Race Director, but I’d love to try it for a weekend event. I think I’ve been in the sport long enough to be the right level of cynical. I feel that I’d drop the hammer pretty hard to get my position made and clean up the racing. Anyone else feel this way?
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenMay 28, 2015 at 8:39 am #49021
Thank you, Ty. I love getting any input, and I do like the idea of explaining to the viewers that the drivers are very in tune with their karts, and will use their on-board DA dash to watch the engine temps, and to adjust their racing lines based on their split times etc. I love it. I’ve made a note for the next broadcast.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenMay 26, 2015 at 1:07 pm #48885
I appreciate reading the positive input and responses, for sure, because that’s the stuff that we’ll look to continue. As for constructive criticism and ideas, these are important as well. We took many of the ideas from the responses on the SuperNationals broadcasts into these new shows, and I think the improvement and evolution was very apparent.
As for being able to show more racing and more classes, that’s just not something we can get around without going to a 60-minute show, which can only happen with a much larger investment by SKUSA, or vastly increased sponsorship/commercial funding. That will be tough. That said, I’m being told that we’ll focus on different classes each day during the two SummerNationals broadcasts from New Castle, so the exposure will be spread among more of the drivers.
The primary key to me is that the effort continue into the future. SKUSA has put karting on TV and we need to support them so that this will continue. If they can make this a constant in their program, it will be a huge player in bringing our sport to the next level, both in terms of exposure and prestige and professionalism, and in educating the masses in regards to the viability of karting as a motorsports destination.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenMay 8, 2015 at 6:59 pm #47888
Always sad to see any racing facility shut down, especially such a quality track like MMP. They’ve also be the central point for karting in Utah. Sucks for those drivers.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenApril 21, 2015 at 12:28 pm #46515
The first show will be available on http://www.motortrendondemand.com/ this week at some point. We’ll post it here once it’s made available.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenApril 16, 2015 at 6:31 pm #46214
The first installment of the SKUSA SuperNats coverage package is being shown again, twice, on Sunday, April 19 at 9:30 pm ET and 1:30 am ET. Check their site for broadcast times for upcoming shows:
The Internet is full of lots of information if you take a minute to search for it. 😉 Although we’re always here to help out our readers.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenApril 16, 2015 at 11:49 am #46189
Thanks for all the input, guys. Keep it coming. I’m making notes and will take much of it into consideration when I handle the voiceover for the SpringNationals shows.
Focusing on just one class is tough, because then you have a whole faction that is being left out. That said, focusing on the Pro classes with longer segments is a option, with a highlight style segment for the other classes.
Growing the marketing partner support to afford 60-minute shows would be ideal, but that’s a hurdle the sport has faced since its inception. We need sponsors from outside the sport, so now, it’s about developing true value.
It’s all about baby steps, and producing a sustainable effort. We’re on TV now, and I intend to work hard t make sure we never leave.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenApril 2, 2015 at 8:06 pm #45331
Don’t worry, DC, we’ll hide you in the trunk when we hit the drive-thru in Phoenix. They’ll never know. Well, maybe they will. You’re the only guy in the world who goes to In’N Out and gets a Hamburger with just mustard and ketchup.
I think it’s on the Secret Menu now….just order ‘Prison Style’. 😉
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenMarch 11, 2015 at 6:06 pm #43875
Kol’s just asking because I haven’t been able to get off my ass to go dig the issue he wants out of storage. 😉 Now that I’ve been publicly ridiculed, I’ll have to book an afternoon mission in the storage unit when I get back in April.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenMarch 10, 2015 at 6:05 pm #43783
‘Truth in 24’ is a great doc on the Lemans 24 hour event. Check it out. Jason Statham does the narration and it’s awesome. I watched it a few times before cutting the tracks for Become One.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenFebruary 4, 2015 at 12:47 pm #41687
I think we should know your age and your ultimate goals. If you want to race karts for the fun of it, and the competition, then you have lots of time to save up the money to start investing in your own racing program. Once you buy your first used karting and the necessary safety equipment and tools, you’ll have equity in your own program and you can build from there.
If you want to use karting as a stepping stone to a career in racing, it will be a tough road if you don’t currently have the funding to go kart racing. Car racing is exponentially more expensive than club karting, for equipment and the crew etc.
Let us know a little more about your goals.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenNovember 29, 2014 at 5:32 am #37972
This 2014 Rotax Grand Finals from Valencia is now complete. Team USA came away qualifying nine drivers in the main events, and then scoring three top-10 finishes thanks to Oliver Askew (6th), Alan Rudolph (7th) and Nick Neri (10th). Alan and Nick were remarkable, coming from last on the grid. Really great stuff.
We’ll have our final report on the site soon, but until then, congrats to all of the drivers on Team USA! It was a tough weekend, for sure.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenNovember 29, 2014 at 5:21 am #37971
DD2 – Final
10. Nick Neri (+17.507)
26. Gavin Reichelt (+40.300)
27. Michael Ilavia (+43.872)
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenNovember 29, 2014 at 4:41 am #37970
DD2 Master – Final
7. Alan Rudolph (+18.973)
Fastest lap on the last lap – 32nd to 7th!
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenNovember 29, 2014 at 3:53 am #37969
Senior Max – Final
6. Oliver Askew (+5.270)
22. Phillip Arscott (+25.105)
30. Jake Craig (+18 laps)
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenNovember 29, 2014 at 3:23 am #37968
Junior Max – Final
27. Sting Ray Robb (+25.995)
29. Christian Brooks (+29.252)
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenNovember 29, 2014 at 2:41 am #37966
The torrential rain this morning has wreaked havoc on the race schedule, and Rotax officials have elected to scuttle the Prefinals and go straight to the Finals. This is definitely a disappointing decision for the three Team USA drivers who qualified through the LCQ, and were hoping to use the Prefinal to move up the order ahead of the Finals.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenNovember 29, 2014 at 1:57 am #37963
Heavy rain at the circuit put things on hold, and even after trying to get the Junior Max Prefinal underway, the standing water was just too much, and the race was red-flagged before the end of the first lap. The event remains on hold.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenNovember 29, 2014 at 12:53 am #37962
Saturday, November 29, 2014 – Championship Saturday
Good morning, race fans and karting enthusiasts –
The excitement has been building all week for today’s main events, and Team USA will put their collective support behind nine Americans who have qualified to run in the Prefinals and Finals. Sting Ray Robb and Christian Brooks will aim for glory in Junior Max, while Oliver Askew, Phillip Arscott and Jake Craig will be part of the Senior Max fight. Michael Ilavia, Gavin Reichelt, and Nick Neri will participate in DD2 and Alan Rudolph, coming off a brilliant run from 25th to sixth in the LCQ, will carry the flag in DD2 Masters.
With the rain having arrived yesterday, and having continued through the evening, today’s morning warm-up became extra important. All of the drivers who qualified directly into the finals will get their first chance to sample the track in the wet, so post-session debriefing will be crucial.
We’ll be following the races closely and will be posting the Team USA results immediately to Facebook and Twitter, and to this official forum thread as well.
If you’re up early, or staying up late, to cheer on Team USA, enjoy the day…it’s going to be exciting, for certain.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenNovember 28, 2014 at 5:06 am #37898
Senior Max – Heat Race Points – Final Positions:
16. Oliver Askew
28. Phillp Arscott
36 – Jake Craig – will run LCQ
38 -Dan Roeper – will run LCQ
60 – Mason Marotta – will run LCQ
64 – Ashley Rogero – eliminated from competition
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenNovember 28, 2014 at 4:38 am #37897
Junior Max – Heat Race Points – Final Positions:
12. Sting Ray Robb
22. Christian Brooks
38. Ryan Norberg – will run LCQ
43. Austin Garrison – will run LCQ
57. Austin Versteeg – will run LCQ
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenNovember 28, 2014 at 4:37 am #37896
The final round of heats is now complete. Once again, assorted results for Team USA, but they will certainly have a large number of drivers in the LCQs. We’ll provide the heat race point tallies as they are made available to us. The LCQs are schedule to begin at 2:50 pm in Spain, which is 8:50 am Eastern.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowden
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