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 26, 2016

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Michael d’Orlando heads back to Europe this week for the final round of the CIK FIA European Championship in Genk, Belgium. The Hartsdale, NY native is coming off an impressive performance at the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship collecting a third place result in the mixed weather main event #1 and another dominating victory in main event #2 at Circuit Jim Russell at Mont-Tremblant, Québec. Michael has made great strides these past two months and is looking to keep his momentum going as he prepares for his upcoming race in Genk, Belgium.

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July 22, 2016

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AWhat a month of July it has been so far for Nicholas d’Orlando and the J3 Competition team as they are on a roll sweeping both finals in rounds five and six of the WKA Manufacturers Cup Series, in the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior class at New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, IN last weekend. Nicholas and his J3 Competition COMPKART chassis were hard to catch all weekend long as they dominated the field in qualifying and the heats, and went on to take the victory in both final events of the race weekend. Sunday was a perfect day for the young rookie claiming the qualifying pole position and taking the win in all three head-to-head races. Joining Nicholas at the front of the grid was teammate Dante Yu, to give J3 Competition’s COMPKART a lockout of the front row, as he contended against Nicholas all weekend long but came up short as the Californian would finish second to the Hartsdale, NY native.

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