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 Brothers d'Orlando Get Ready For Round Three Of The Cold Stone Florida Winter Tour
February 18, 2015
With the harsh winter still raging back in the northeast Michael, Nicholas and d'Orlando Racing Corp., Inc. (DRC) are enjoying the warmer climate in Central Florida. The team will spend the next two weeks continuing their 2015 racing campaign in the Cold Stone Florida Winter Tour Powered by MAXSpeed at the Orlando Kart Center. Both d’Orlando brothers are hungry and ready to get back to racing action.
d'Orlando Racing Corp., Inc. (DRC) spent last weekend testing for round three of the Cold Stone Florida Winter Tour Powered by MAXSpeed. Michael and Nicholas along with their Cart Chiefs and teams have been working hard on race setups in preparation for this weekend’s race.
Michael will take action in the Vortex ROK Junior category this weekend and is looking forward to racing and producing solid results on the race track.
“I am really excited about this weekend’s race, said Michael. “Our racing team has worked hard in helping me dial in the kart. Last weekend we tried a number of different set ups in testing and practice and I liked the way my kart performed. In the end we found some speed and got better on our consistency so I am feeling good going into this weekend’s race. The competition here is very tough in the Vortex ROK Junior category. Every time I am on the track I keep learning more and more and I feel more confident that I can produce good results. I want to thank KoeneUSA and Koene Engines for their support and providing us with a good solid engine packages.”
Florida Winter Tour
Nicholas - 1st Mini ROK
Nicholas - 2nd Mini Max
Michael - 13th Junior ROK
Michael - 15th Rotax Junior
SKUSA Pro Tour
TaG Cadet Championship
Michael - 2nd
Nicholas - 4th
Florida Winter Tour ROK #3
Ocala Gran Prix
March 21-22, 2015
Ocala, FL, USA
Florida Winter Tour Rotax #3
Ocala Gran Prix
March 27-29, 2015
Ocala, FL, USA
United States Pro Kart Series #1
April 24-26, 2015
Mooresville, NC, USA