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.

March 25, 2015

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Wow! What an exciting weekend of racing for Nicholas d’Orlando and the d’Orlando brothers at the Cold Stone Florida Winter Tour Powered by MAXSpeed championship weekend in Ocala, FL. Nicholas took home the Vice Championship title in the Mini Rok series as he contended with European Jonny Edgar in a nail biting point’s battle. It would come down to the final race of the weekend in Mini Rok to crown the champion, while older brother Michael would finish up his rookie Junior Rok campaign as one of the top rookies and 10th overall in the championship.

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