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.

August 12, 2015

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It was an absolute incredible weekend for Nicholas d’Orlando as he dominated the entire Mini MAX field to capture the 2015 US Grand National Championship title in Kershaw, SC. He did it in typical Nicholas d’Orlando fashion, fast and furious, as he was the head of the class all weekend long.

Nicholas started the weekend off by taking the pole in qualifying on Saturday as he put his No.115 KoeneUSA Tony/Kart on the front row, where he would start all of the heat races. He remained perfect for the entire day as he lead all laps, claimed fastest lap honors and all three victories in the Heat races, setting him up for a pole position start for Sunday’s pre-final.

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August 12, 2015

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Despite a frustrating weekend at the US Grand Nationals for Michael d’Orlando, the 13-year-old rookie showed he has the heart of a true champion as he fought back from constant adversity all race weekend long, and proved exactly why he is one of the top rookies in the Junior ranks. Until an unfortunate incident in the final, Michael was the top performing rookie in the stout field of thirty-one drivers.

Michael’s weekend kicked off with a solid ninth place qualifying effort on Friday, but Saturday’s Heat races were challenged. Overcoming contact in two out of the three Heat races and coming from the back of the pack, Michael fought his way to 8th, 16th, and 14th place finishes, putting him in the 10th starting spot for Sundays pre-final.

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