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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Behind the Laptop: The Karting GOAT

Who do you consider to be the Greatest Of All Time in Karting?

Feb 08, 2017
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Coming off a historic Super Bowl performance on Sunday, Tom Brady is now considered by many as the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) quarterback in the National Football League. His five Super Bowl victories put him at #1 in the record books, along with 10 other quarterback benchmarks in the championship game, including four MVP […]

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IAME KA100: The Future for Grassroots 2-Cycle Karting?

Three-year-old engine ready to make debut in United States during 2017 season

Jan 23, 2017
Written by David Cole | 10 Comment

The saying goes like this…‘speed costs money’. The more money you spend, the faster you can go. Karting is no different, as a wide range of speeds and costs are available when you want to hit the race track. The sport provides an incredible option for people searching to fill that need for the adrenaline […]

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Behind the Laptop: State of the Sport – National Programs

What is in store for the 2017 season?

Jan 13, 2017
Written by David Cole | No Comments

The 2017 season is happening now. In year’s past, it took some time for the racing year to get busy. In today’s world, karting is happening every weekend – 52 weeks a year. No matter where you turn, there is a kart race at the local, regional or national level. Looking ahead to the new […]

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Debate 2016: 4-Cycle Bodywork – Full Nose vs. CIK

The battle continues to define the best route for 4-Cycle racing in the eastern half of United States

Oct 14, 2016
Written by David Cole | 5 Comment

There is no doubt that every other post on social media is related in some way to the Presidential Election coming this November. It has been well over a year’s worth of people either debating, arguing or screaming at each in regards to the merits of their side, or how bad the other side is. […]

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Behind the Laptop: Taking 4-Cycle Racing Into the New Millennium

Time for all shops, tracks, and clubs to establish a strong base for the sport

Jun 29, 2016
Written by David Cole | 5 Comment

There is no doubt that the current craze in the sport of karting is that of Briggs & Stratton 206 racing. In the 90s, it was shifterkart racing, the 2000s were all about Touch-and-Go packages, and this decade thus far has been the resurgence of 4-cycle competition at the sprint tracks of North America. The […]

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Behind the Laptop: Make Karting Great Again

Does the sport need fixing, or should we just pay more attention to it?

Apr 15, 2016
Written by David Cole | 2 Comment

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know that were in the middle of election season and the race for the next President of the United States of America has been taking up the headlines of all the major news networks for months. Some of you may be familiar with one of the candidates […]

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Mar 18, 2016
Written by David Cole | No Comments

Ten years ago was my second season working for eKartingNews.com. At the time, the Stars of Karting series was at its best, serving as the top national level championship for North America. Made up of five categories, the series was split up into an East championship and West championship with a total of eight events. […]

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Behind the ‘Pit Wall’: WKA Daytona KartWeek

Taking in the sport I love from where it all began

Jan 05, 2016
Written by David Cole | 5 Comment

My latest trip to a karting event was not one spent ‘Behind the Laptop’, but instead from where it all began. Born into the sport, I spent many hours along the ‘Pit Wall’ watching kart races at tracks all across the Midwest. From the small little club tracks in Wayland, Michigan and the infamous Rolling […]

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Behind the Laptop: Karting Can Be A Vicious Cycle

A promising future has brought us back a familiar position going into 2016

Dec 14, 2015
Written by David Cole | 1 Comment

They say that work is supposed to get easier as you get older. The basic Rules of Seniority often provide those who have been in their position the longest with their choice of the tasks at a shop, what route you get as a truck driver, and who gets the better days or hours off. […]

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