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.
THE D’ORLANDO BROTHERS KICK OFF THEIR 2015 UNITED STATES PRO KART SERIES CAMPAIGN IN RACE CITY USA
April 23, 2015
The d’Orlando brothers head to Race City USA, Mooresville, NC, home to many of the top NASCAR teams, to kick off their United States Pro Kart Series (USPKS) campaign for 2015 at GoPro Motorplex. Michael and Nicholas are no strangers to the 0.7-mile sprint track and both have had great success here in the past with Michael claiming the race win & national championship title in Rotax Mini Max and Nicholas crowned Vice-Champion in Rotax Micro Max in 2013, additionally both were consistently in front of the field in the 2014 PanAm Challenge.
Florida Winter Tour
Nicholas - 2nd Mini ROK*
Nicholas - 3rd Mini Max
Michael - 10th Junior ROK
Michael - 11th Rotax Junior
SKUSA Pro Tour
TaG Cadet Championship
Michael - 2nd
Nicholas - 4th
United States Pro Kart Series #1
April 24-26, 2015
Mooresville, NC, USA
US Open #1
Dallas Karting Complex
May 14-17, 2015
Caddo Mills, TX, USA
United States Pro Kart Series #2
US AIR Motorsports
June 19-21, 2015
Shawano, WI, USA