WHY KARTING?

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.


D’ORLANDO LOOKING TO KEEP THE MOMENTUM IN ITALY
April 7, 2017

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The International Circuit La Conca in Muro Leccese, Italy is known in the karting world as one of, if not THE, most difficult tracks in the world. The grip level is comparable to none and the experienced racers have the leg up. But American Michael d’Orlando has the perseverance and the determination to take on that kind of challenge at the track he had never seen before, at the third round of the WSK Super Master Series. So, it was no surprise to see d’Orlando overcome a disappointing 37th qualifying effort and three incomplete heat races.

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NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO SHIFTS FOCUS FROM US TO EUROPE
April 7, 2017

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It was a busy month of March for the American junior class driver Nicholas d’Orlando, who had his share of ups and downs, while completing the Florida Winter Tour Rok Cup USA Junior Rok championship series in Ocala, Florida and also kicking off the SuperKarts USA series at the SKUSA Winter Nationals in New Orleans. And now, the 13-year-old is preparing to take on the world’s top competition across the ocean in the WSK Super Master Series and CIK European Championship series.

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