Jun 22, 2022
Written by David Cole | 1 Comment

The recent joint statement from ROK Cup USA, Superkarts! USA and the United States Pro Kart Series regarding a working relationship has sparked much interest in our community, and not surprisingly, it has brought up past discussions and new conversation regarding the sport of karting here in the USA. What sparked this new endeavor? First […]

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Behind the Laptop: The Longest Season

Putting 2021 into the rear-view mirror as we anticipate another exciting karting season ahead

Dec 29, 2021
Written by David Cole | No Comments

There is no doubt that 2020 was one of the more difficult years in decades for everyone around the world, which not surprisingly impacted the sport of karting – both positively and negatively. Depending on the region or area in which you reside, karting was affected one way or another. After dealing with the initial […]

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Behind The Laptop: The Return of SuperSunday

Granddaddy of them all coming back in Vegas next week

Nov 22, 2021
Written by David Cole | No Comments

As I begin writing this column on a Sunday evening, I do so with mixed emotions. The first is frustration, as the Chicago Bears just lost another game all because of blown defensive coverage. The second is joy, as Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means a massive meal is coming on Thursday as […]

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Jul 27, 2021
Written by David Cole | No Comments

We are past the mid-point of the 2021 karting season, now into the month of July. Each year, the Major League Baseball holds their All-Star Game, welcoming some of the top players from the season from each team to fill up two squads to compete against one another. With that in mind, I thought it […]

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Jul 02, 2021
Written by David Cole | No Comments

2021 has the distinction of featuring the most times I have been to road racing events in the last decade. Back in April, I had the honor of providing our EKN Trackside coverage for the World Karting Association Vega Road Racing Series event that was part of the Charlotte Motor Speedway Karting Challenge in Concord, […]

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Mar 13, 2021
Written by David Cole | No Comments

Today, March 13, 2021 marks the one-year anniversary of our sport and the world coming to a standstill at the beginning of what would become the COVID-19 pandemic. One year ago, many of the same teams, drivers, mechanics and families that are here at the United States Pro Kart Series opener in Ocala, Florida, were […]

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Sep 17, 2020
Written by David Cole | No Comments

Today’s date – September 17, 2020 – marks the 20th anniversary of the day that the electronic doors opened at eKartingNews.com. It was during the 2000 Superkarts! USA World Finals in Norman, Oklahoma that EKN was born. Yes, current EKN Publisher Rob Howden was trackside announcing the event, but he was there with Shifter Kart […]

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Apr 13, 2020
Written by David Cole | No Comments

During this forced downtime of not going to the race track, I have been able to catch up on my Netflix playlist. Sitting in there for some time was the second season for ‘Formula 1: Drive to Survive’. Many of us in the karting world are F1 fans, and I think this show over the […]

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Apr 08, 2020
Written by David Cole | 1 Comment

We are nearing the end of the fourth week of ‘Stay at Home’ movement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I have mixed emotions of how the time has passed. It feels like forever that I was trackside at NOLA Motorsports for the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour WinterNationals before watching the paddock tear down that Friday […]

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Mar 27, 2020
Written by David Cole | No Comments

One sector of the motorsports world that is getting a boost during this COVID-19 pandemic is eSports. Racers and racing fans all over the world are locked down to help stop the spread of the virus, and to keep within the ‘social distancing’ guidelines laid down by local and state authorities. This has amped up […]

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Mar 24, 2020
Written by David Cole | No Comments

To say this week has been extraordinary is an understatement. As we completed our first full week of ‘social distancing’ during this COVID-19 pandemic, we are all trying to find activities to keep ourselves busy and to not simply lay out on the couch watching reruns of The Office (I limit myself to two episodes […]

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Behind the Laptop: Karting Is Not Cancelled

Racing and, more importantly karting, will continue moving forward

Mar 17, 2020
Written by David Cole | No Comments

The past week has been a period of extraordinary implications due to the wave of the COVID-19 virus around the world and, of course, into the United States. As I begin writing this column, I am on my way home from New Orleans on a Saturday, a day in which we should be watching the […]

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Dec 26, 2019
Written by David Cole | No Comments

This month is very significant one for me, for the sport, and for the world. It is December 2019, and we all are embarking on the third decade of the 21st century. Social media has been busy over the last two months reflecting on the past decade (2009-2019), both personally and how extremely different the […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Behind the Laptop: MAXSpeed Ends This Era of United States Rotax

Where does Rotax racing in the USA go from here?

Apr 25, 2017
Written by David Cole | 5 Comment

Rotax racing, as we know it, began here in the United States back in 2001. The company was involved in karting back in the 1980s, but it wasn’t until the introduction of the Rotax FR125 Max engine that it really grew roots in North America. SSC Racing, which was based originally in the Seattle area […]

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Behind the Laptop: Wisconsin – The Heartland of Karting in the United States

Companies, racers and tracks continue to provide the grassroots for our sport

Feb 20, 2017
Written by David Cole | No Comments

The month of February can be a frigid reminder of why people like to live in the southern half of the United States. Each winter, cold weather blows painfully through the northern states, especially around the Great Lakes region. While temperatures below zero (thanks to the wind chill) and inches of snow are the norm […]

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