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.

May 23, 2016

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Leaving the familiarity of his North American racing behind, adapting to change is exactly what Michael d’Orlando had to do in his European debut. And he did, but not without hard lessons and struggles in the meantime. d’Orlando made the maiden trip across the pond for his CIK-FIA European Championship competition debut, with his Birel ART factory team, in the OK-Junior category at the International Circuit of Zuera in Zuera, Spain. Despite a tough weekend against 76 of the best drivers in the world he did not let it get him down and showed improvement throughout the weekend.

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May 13, 2016

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Building upon a year of change, d’Orlando Racing and driver Nicholas d’Orlando, is once again upsetting the “apple kart” by ending their three and a half year run with KoeneUSA and signing with J3 Competition to contest the remainder of the 2016 season. After a successful start to his rookie season in the Junior ranks, including pole awards and a Florida Winter Tour podium result, Nicholas will be replacing the familiarity of the TonyKart product with the excitement of jumping into the ultra competitive COMPKART tuned by the Factory J3 Team.

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