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.

May 13, 2015

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Michael and Nicholas d’Orlando head to the Lone Star State this weekend to compete in the inaugural Rotax US Open series at the Dallas Karting Complex (DKC) in Caddo Mills, Texas. This weekend will kick off round one of MAXSpeed Entertainment’s newly formed three race program that will see stops in Caddo Mills, Texas, and Grand Junction, Colorado and end on “The Strip” in famous Las Vegas, Nevada for the Championship Finale. With Michael competing in Junior Max and Nicholas in Mini Max class of the Rotax MAX series, the best of the best will have their eyes on championship cash prizes and the all-expense paid trip to the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals (RMCGF) as a member of Team USA in November.

Michael and Nicholas will be looking for big results at the Dallas Karting Complex (DKC). They are no strangers to the 0.8 mile long race track and its 17 impressive sharp turns as they have had success here in the past.

After a very impressive USPKS debut sweeping rounds one & two at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, NC, Nicholas looks to carry that momentum forward but knows it is a whole new ball game heading into Dallas.

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