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.
11 Year Old Rookies, 12 Year Old Veterans
July 30, 2014
"The Bros. d’Orlando show us the difference"
For those not versed in the world of competitive kart racing, where the age-range of drivers goes from barely out of single digits to as “old” as 16, it’s probably difficult to think in terms of rookies and veterans. But that is in fact the case, and the Bros. d’Orlando – Michael, 12 and Nicholas, 11, both of whom have shown race- and title-winning talent over the past couple years – gave us stark examples of it at the Cold Stone Creamery Rotax Grand Nationals at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.
Michael the veteran was defending his 2013 Mini Max championship; for Nicholas, it was his first Mini Max Grand National.
In the heat races, despite the boys suffering from lack of power (tuning the engines to Miller’s altitude, close to a mile, is tricky) and were thus getting eaten up on the straights, they were both brilliant, Nick especially. In his three heats, Nick finished second, fourth and first, then won the pre-final. Michael was almost as good, snagging a win, a fifth and a third in the heats and coming home fourth in the pre-final.
ASN Canadian National Karting Championships
Rotax Mini MAX
Nicholas - 2nd overall
Michael - 3rd overall
SKUSA Pro Tour
Michael - 2nd in points
Nicholas - 5th in points
2014 Cold Stone US Grand Nationals
Rotax Mini MAX
Michael - 2nd overall
Nicholas - 30th overall
FWT - Formula Kart Championship
Michael - TaG Cadet Champion
Nicholas - TaG Cadet 3rd Overall
Rotax Pan American Challenge
October 15-19, 2014
Mooresville, NC, USA
Superkarts! USA SuperNationals
Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino
November 19-23, 2014
Las Vegas, NV, USA