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.

June 24, 2015

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Michael and Nicholas d’Orlando will look to be rockin’ Colorado as they head to Grand Junction Motor Speedway in Grand Junction for round two of the Rotax US OPEN Series. This will be the first time both Michael and Nicholas will be racing at Grand Junction. The .9 mile, 32' wide asphalt sprint track offers fast straights, technical corners, and hairpin turns, which will make for some intense racing.

With a US Open round one podium finish in the Mini Max class in Dallas, TX and currently sitting third in the Championship points, Nicholas is looking to build on his success as he heads into this weekend’s racing.

“I am looking forward to racing at Grand Junction Motor Speedway this weekend,” said Nicholas. “This will be another new track for me coming from Shawano, WI last weekend. I had a good run in Dallas in the first round last May and I am looking to have another good run here in Colorado.”

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