Behind the Laptop: Human Error

No matter the sport, nothing is ever perfect

Apr 16, 2019
Written by David Cole | No Comments

During the early months of 2019, sports talk radio was filled with discussion regarding the NFL Playoffs. Throughout the first three rounds, we saw human error effect the outcome for many of the games. The Wildcard weekend was highlighted by the missed/blocked kick for Cody Parkey and the Chicago Bears. The Divisional weekend was a […]

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Morning Coffee: Dual Weekend Double Double

Schedule conflicts will send EKN staff to four races over two weekends

Mar 27, 2019
Written by Rob Howden | No Comments

Every year, as the new racing schedules start landing in our email inboxes at EKN, David Cole and I begin assembling both our personal travel schedules and our plans for the coming year’s EKN Trackside Live Tour. More than any other season, this year’s schedule was hit with date conflicts, which we knew would make […]

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Faces of The Grid: Brandon Jarsocrak

Pennsylvania driver rises to become one of the top karters of this generation

Jan 24, 2019
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By Blake Hunt Brandon Jarsocrak has become one of the top drivers on the American karting scene over the past few years. On his way up the ladder, he’s raced every class from Kid Kart to KZ, finding his way to the front in each of them. Brandon is the lead driver for KartSport North […]

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Morning Coffee: January 7, 2019

Positivity and Social Media in Karting

Jan 07, 2019
Written by Rob Howden | 3 Comment

Seeing as it’s been only a week since New Year’s Eve, I’m going to go out on a limb and state that most people are still in a pretty positive mindset and that a majority of your NYE resolutions are still being chased with full commitment. This stream of positivity is an annual mindset shift […]

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Behind The Laptop: Travelin’ Man

Eastern half of United States flooded with traveling series in 2019

Dec 14, 2018
Written by David Cole | No Comments

A lot has changed in the sport over the last decade. Previously, the racing calendar was filled through the summer months and there were limited racing opportunities during the fall and winter seasons. Regional programs typically fed the national series with not only racers, but they also provided the opportunity for competitors to get in […]

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From the Eyes of a Parent: Greg Speed – Formula One United States Grand Prix

Texas karting family takes part in the FIA F1 Future Stars at Circuit of the Americas

Dec 11, 2018
Written by EKN | No Comments

Karting is the purest form of motorsports. For the majority in the sport, it’s a hobby, a family activity, or a passion. For that less than 1%, it’s a path toward the upper echelon in motorsports. Formula One is the pinnacle of racing, and those drivers we see on the grid in 2018, all began […]

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Behind the Laptop: Congratulations Rob Howden

Karting journalist celebrates 20th anniversary of HMG

Nov 13, 2018
Written by David Cole | 2 Comment

This week at the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals, racers from all around the world are set to converge on the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for what is the largest karting event to date. No where around the globe will you find over 500 drivers vying to etch their name in history for the 22nd edition […]

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Women in F1? A Better Long-Term Solution

Altering the ‘numbers game’ may provide the best ROI

Oct 10, 2018
Written by Rob Howden | 2 Comment

Today, a new promoter – W Series – announced a new women-only open wheel single-seater series with the stated intent of finding talented female race car drivers for potential graduation to Formula 1.  While reading through the responses to the announcement on social media – many negative, a lesser amount positive – my mind went […]

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Aug 24, 2018
Written by David Cole | 1 Comment

Karting is a legitimate motorsport. I swear it is. But many times, over and over here in the United States, it seems that we are just looked at as a game or a hobby, not as a legitimate motorsport in the eyes of the higher-ups. It not only is a slap in the face for […]

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e-Kart: Nicholas Deskins – evGrand Prix Kart Project – Part 2

Steps to transforming a typical racing kart to evKart specs

Aug 14, 2018
Written by David Cole | No Comments

When I launched my first magazine in 1998, I was lucky to have already developed a friendship with Jeff Deskins, having bonded with the transplanted-Californian over racing and karting in my home province of Ontario. Jeff was an avid amateur photographer and, while traveling for work, he made it a point to hit many of […]

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Behind the Laptop: Less Is More

Too many series lead to declining numbers

Jul 25, 2018
Written by David Cole | 1 Comment

I am not sure where I heard this statement, but as I spend more time around the karting industry, I most definitely agree that ‘Less is More’. It seems that, in general, our lives have sped up three to four times compared to what things used to be. Social media always has us busy, be […]

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The Art of Racecraft: Shawn Bayliff

Owner of Trinity Karting Group and veteran motorsports racer fears the problem is moving up the ladder

Jun 27, 2018
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The hottest topic of discussion in the sport right now is centered on a negative culture shift in driving standards, most predominantly seen in national level competition. Over the next few months, EKN will be presenting an article series that features the thoughts and beliefs of some of the most respected drivers and industry veterans […]

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e-Kart: Nicholas Deskins – evGrand Prix Kart Project – Part 1

High school sophomore using engineering project to take initial career steps

May 09, 2018
Written by PR Wire | No Comments

When I launched my first magazine in 1998, I was lucky to have already developed a friendship with Jeff Deskins, having bonded with the transplanted-Californian over racing and karting in my home province of Ontario. Jeff was an avid amateur photographer and, while traveling for work, he made it a point to hit many of […]

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The Art of Racecraft: Jim Russell Jr.

Veteran driver offers his views on a quality pass

Apr 25, 2018
Written by David Cole | 1 Comment

The hottest topic of discussion in the sport right now is centered on a negative culture shift in driving standards, most predominantly seen in national level competition. Over the next few months, EKN will be presenting an article series that features the thoughts and beliefs of some of the most respected drivers and industry veterans […]

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The Art of Racecraft: Jamie Sieracki

Intriguing points from a veteran driver and industry member

Apr 10, 2018
Written by PR Wire | 2 Comment

The hottest topic of discussion in the sport right now is centered on a negative culture shift in driving standards, most predominantly seen in national level competition. Over the next few months, EKN will be presenting an article series that features the thoughts and beliefs of some of the most respected drivers and industry veterans […]

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The Art of Racecraft: TJ Koyen

Veteran national and regional competitor offers his thoughts

Apr 03, 2018
Written by David Cole | 4 Comment

The hottest topic of discussion in the sport right now is centered on a negative culture shift in driving standards, most predominently seen in national level competition. Over the next few months, EKN will be presenting an article series that features the thoughts and beliefs of some of the most respected drivers and industry veterans […]

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Morning Coffee: Changing the Culture of Racecraft

It’s time to hold everyone to a higher standard

Mar 20, 2018
Written by Rob Howden | 3 Comment

Like so many of those enthusiasts who raced karts in the 80s and 90s, I smile widely when I think back to my first years in the sport. I think that it was simpler then.  I loved getting up at 4:30 am to drive an hour to my club track to make sure I had […]

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From the Tower: 2017 WKA Daytona KartWeek

2018 season begins with annual trip to Daytona International Speedway

Jan 10, 2018
Written by David Cole | No Comments

For all intents and purposes, in the world of karting, we blend the end of one year and the start of the next. In Daytona in late December, the 2017 season ended at the same time as the 2018 schedule began. The annual WKA Daytona KartWeek took place between the Christmas and New Year’s Eve […]

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Morning Coffee: Jake Craig – Mazda Road to Indy Shootout

Californian represents karting community with talent and class

Dec 12, 2017
Written by Rob Howden | No Comments

“You absolutely couldn’t have sent us a better candidate. Jake was polished, a gentleman, and extremely fast. I really hope he gets a bit more seat time, because if he does and he wants to pursue racing as a full-time gig, there’s no doubt he’ll be successful.” This tremendous feedback was part of a text […]

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From the Tower: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 21

Reviews are in for karting’s big show in Las Vegas

Dec 04, 2017
Written by David Cole | No Comments

The one week that I have looked toward to each year since my first trip to Las Vegas in 2004 is now over and gone. The 21st Superkarts! USA SuperNationals was held outside the Las Vegas Convention Center | Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino from November 15-19 on what was the largest site in […]

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