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.

June 23, 2016

News Image“There is no rest for the weary” and that is so true for Michael d’Orlando as it has been a very busy two weeks in his preparation for his second race of European competition this year, at the third round of the CIK FIA European Championship to be held at the Circuito International do Argarve in Portimao, Portugal this upcoming weekend.

In his effort to prepare, Michael spent the first part of last week in Viareggio Tuscany, Italy training at the world-renowned Formula Medicine facility under the guidance of Dr. Riccardo Ceccarelli and his staff. Taking into account Formula Medicine’s proven performance supported by the successful training of over 75 drivers and teams in Formula 1 as well as over 900 other drivers across all categories, it was a great start for Michael to begin his summer training. Michael was put through a complete program of medical, mental, and athletic training to help him for his upcoming race in Portugal, as well as future races.

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June 23, 2016

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It was another solid race weekend for Nicholas d’Orlando, making his national level debut in his COMPKART chassis and the J3 Competition team, at USA International Raceway, in Shawano, WI. With the track’s many elevation changes and two banked turns, it is one of the trickier tracks to get around on the United States Pro Kart Series schedule. As he brought his No.15 J3 Competition COMPKART chassis home to two sixth place finishes in the IAME X30 Junior class, the results don’t truly reflect the progress & speed that d’Orlando and the J3 Competition team found over the weekend’s event.

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