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.

When Lady Luck Runs Amok
October 30, 2014

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In the racing world, sometimes Lady Luck can be a bummer.

At the Cold Stone Rotax Pan American Challenge held at the GoPro Motorplex 30 miles north of Charlotte last weekend, the Brothers d'Orlando, Michael and Nicholas, got slapped around by the vagaries of luck. It's to their credit that after a heapin' helpin' of Lady Luck's Best Bad, they both put together stellar drives in the Mini Max final.

In Michael's case, the weekend actually started out brilliantly: In his three heats he took a third, a second and a first. Those efforts earned Michael the outside front row for the Pre-Final. Lookin' good... until lap two, when the engine up and quit, thank you very much, Ms. Luck.

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