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.

April 27, 2016

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After a few short weeks break from his Junior rookie debut at the Florida Winter Tour, Nicholas d’Orlando returns to racing action this week under the direction of powerhouse team KoeneUSA, as he takes on Round one of the SKUSA Pro Series at the 2016 SKUSA SpringNationals. The Hartsdale, NY native is looking to continue his success from Florida and gain valuable experience as he heads to the Phoenix Kart Racing Association in Glendale, Arizona on April 29-May 1.

The young rookie knows it is going to be a tough field of international drivers in the Junior X30 class and it will be a fantastic battle for that SKUSA Pro Tour championship. Round 2 will commence in New Castle, Indiana in July, and all titles will be awarded and decided in the third and final round in Las Vegas in November, at the same venue d’Orlando had the pole position in the Tag Cadet main event before suffering from near-fatal contact in the opening corner forcing him to recover from near the back of the pack to finish 6th.

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April 8, 2016

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Nicholas d’Orlando is making a name for himself in just a few short months in the junior ranks and proving that he will be a force to reckon with in 2016. The Hartsdale, NY native defiantly exceeded all expectations at the 2016 Florida Winter Tour with a podium finish, his first race win and two top-10 series championship honors in just three months into his rookie season.

Nicholas’ junior debut aboard his KoeneUSA-prepared Tony Kart, was an eye-opener for the young rookie, in a field stacked of experienced competitors. Showing talent & top speed early at the start of Round 1 of the Rok Cup USA series in Homestead, the larger, heavier and faster Junior Rok kart (vs his 2015 Cadet) would eventually take its toll on the young 12-year-old in the 25-lap main event. Learning to deal with the aggressive nature of the young teenage class, he would battle with contact on multiple occasions and fight mid-pack to finish 19th. But the experience from Homestead was all Nicholas’ needed to adapt to this new racing environment and he would look to bounce back in Round 2 at Ocala Gran Prix with a strong showing all weekend, including a 4th place qualifying effort.

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