It's reasonable for those relatively new to auto racing to ask, "Where does racing go-karts fit in this world?"

The answer is this: it virtually defines the success of any given driver in professional motorsport.

Karting is so important to racing that one could randomly point to any driver in F1, NASCAR, IndyCar, major league sports car racing - you name it - and for certain that driver began racing karts somewhere between the ages of 6 and 12.

Think about that.

In big-picture terms, karting is no different than Little League baseball. How many Major Leaguers did not play baseball at a young age?

Karting teaches all the fundamentals - esoteric as they may be to those not intimately knowledgeable of the sport - that must become second nature as a driver rises through the ranks: racecraft, emotional control, chassis set-up, car control skills, racing "wheel-to-wheel," team dynamics, safe driving (no, that's not an oxymoron), instantly and always changing situational awareness, money management (that means you, Mom and Dad!), communication skills… all those things you need to succeed are seeded, nurtured, practiced and learned in karting.

With very few exceptions, aspiring pro drivers who don't have a karting background begin their careers (Caution! Arcane racing metaphor ahead!) with 50lbs of extra ballast and a slowly deflating right-rear…

And that's how karting fits into the world of professional racing.

October 9, 2016

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It was an exciting race weekend with some of the world’s best racing action in the OK Junior category for Birel Art factory driver Michael d’Orlando. Kicking off his first race of the fall season and competing in his first WSK series event on Sept 30th – Oct 2nd, d’Orlando hit the track in Adria, Italy for the WSK Final Cup with 176 drivers from 32 Countries and 5 Continents. d’Orlando showed he could compete with some of the world’s best drivers in the OK-Junior class. Although results weren’t what he’d hoped for, he continues to show that he can overcome even the toughest of adversity and find speed to compete at the highest level, with only a fraction amount of experience and track time of his competition.

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September 23, 2016

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What an exciting 2016 racing season thus far for the d’Orlando brothers, as they now prepare to close out the 2016 season at some of the worlds’ biggest events. Both drivers have exceeded expectations in their sophomore and rookie campaigns in the junior ranks, and look to keep those expectations high as they prepare for the closing months of what has been a season full of change and great success.

Michael and Nicholas d’Orlando kicked off their racing season in beautiful sunny Florida, in January, at the coveted international competition of the Florida Winter Tour. Under direction of team Koene USA, starting their 4th year together, on the world renowned TonyKart chassis, Michael topped the series with a Rotax Junior Championship and earned a spot on Team USA for the Grand Finals, in addition to the Junior Rok Vice-Championship. Nicholas also had an incredible start of the year with a pole position as well as heat race wins in the series, proving he would be one to watch out for as he began his rookie campaign in the junior categories.

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