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.

July 30, 2015

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Michael and Nicholas d’Orlando are getting ready for USPKS racing action with the will of a Fighting Irish, and hope a pocket full of four-leaf clovers, as they head to Michiana Raceway Park (MRP) in South Bend, IN – home of the University of Notre Dame - for round three of the series this weekend. This is a track both drivers are no strangers to and are returning for the first time since 2013.

Fresh off his dominating performance & win at the Rotax Shootout in Kershaw, SC, Nicholas will be looking to gain some ground in the Mini ROK points standings as he currently sits third.

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July 22, 2015

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It was one hot weekend for Nicholas d’Orlando at the Rotax Summer Shootout in Kershaw, SC as he dominated the Mini Max field at Carolina Motorsports Park. He was the driver to beat as he had the fastest kart in the field all weekend long.

Nicholas kicked off the weekend top of the charts in qualifying on Saturday and finished the pre-final in second while earning the fastest lap of the race honors. He would start the feature on the outside of the front row but luck would not be on his side as he got caught up in a wreck on the very first lap sending him to the tail of the field. Watching the rest of the drivers pull away, Nicholas pulled out of the race and off the race track on lap 12, an effort to save his tires for Sunday’s events. His day would end without the checkered flag but despite his early exit, Nicholas would still, once again, set fast lap before exiting to the pits.

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