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.

Kart360 Power Rankings Vote Michael d'Orlando on Top
January 12, 2015

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Last month reams of data were used by KartRank.com to rank Michael d'Orlando 2014's #1 Rookie TaG Cadet kart racer and now Kart360 has announced Michael #1 in their Power Rankings for the 2014 season in the Cadet category.

How'd the ranking work you ask? After a major race championship concluded, the Kart360 Power Rankings Committee - made up of ten of the top team managers, tuners, and influential individuals in North American karting - voted on their top ten North American drivers. In the Kart360 rankings he topped Dylan Tavella and Jagger Jones.

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