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.

February 10, 2017

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It’s that time… Drivers start your engines! The 2017 season is officially underway and Nicholas d’Orlando, with his J3 Competition team, kicked off the year in sunny Homestead, Florida, for the first round of the Florida Winter Tour ROK Cup USA. And this weekend, he’s back to the Sunshine State for Round Two in Palm Beach.

The Junior Rok grid at Round One in Homestead was one of the biggest grids of the weekend, with 41 drivers. Starting out on the fast track near the top of the unofficial timers for the first two days of practice, and ultimately officially qualifying sixth, d’Orlando would follow up with slightly disappointing 7th, 14th & 6th place results in the three heat races, putting himself in a challenging 15th position for the start of the Pre-Final. But the young sophomore proved he is always a contender and he wasted little time moving his way up the field early in the opening laps of the PreFinal event to put himself a little closer to striking distance in 4th place .

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January 12, 2017

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It’s another karting year in the books and on to the next one! Now, as we look back at the 2016 racing season, Michael d’Orlando saw a year that had its share of successes, challenges and major changes all of which contributed to one of his most dynamic years of development as a driver and athlete. The experience both in North America, Europe, and the Middle East transformed Michael from a great North American driver to a World Class driver and athlete.

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