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 9, 2017

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Michael d’Orlando and his Birel ART team continued their upward momentum into the International Circuit Napoli in Sarno, Italy last month, at the final round of the WSK Super Master Series and then into the first round of the CIK FIA European Championship series. The 15-year-old American, as always, brought his perseverance and determination, so it was no surprise to see d’Orlando overcome some challenges and bring home some of the best results of his European career.

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April 7, 2017

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The International Circuit La Conca in Muro Leccese, Italy is known in the karting world as one of, if not THE, most difficult tracks in the world. The grip level is comparable to none and the experienced racers have the leg up. But American Michael d’Orlando has the perseverance and the determination to take on that kind of challenge at the track he had never seen before, at the third round of the WSK Super Master Series. So, it was no surprise to see d’Orlando overcome a disappointing 37th qualifying effort and three incomplete heat races.

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