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.

Novmeber 17, 2015

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Michael and Nicholas d’Orlando return to Sin City for more racing action this weekend for the 2015 SuperKarts! USA SuperNationals XIX at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This will be the boys’ first experience in the IAME engine package, with Michael in IAME Leopard/TaG Junior class and Nicholas in the IAME Mini Swift 60/TaG Cadet class. This year’s SuperNats event will be held at a new location and a new track configuration that is a .84 of a mile in length and features a main straight of 800 ft. The twelve turn circuit features a mix of corners and multiple different passing zones. It also has switched from being clockwise to a counter clockwise track putting this year’s competitive environment on an even playing field. Giving a totally new look for all the competition, Michael and Nicholas will face off against the best of the best from around the world in what is considered the “pinnacle karting event of the year”.

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Novmeber 12, 2015

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Nicholas d’Orlando shined in the bright lights of Las Vegas as he took home a Rotax US Open Series podium finish, showing once again why he is one of the best drivers in Mini Max. Running up front all weekend long, it came down to the final race to crown the US Open Mini Max Series Champion.

Nicholas kicked off his race weekend with an impressive pole position qualifying effort on Thursday, and followed that up by putting his No.115 KoeneUSA prepared Tony/Kart in second spot in Heat #1, while earning fastest lap honors in the process. Nicholas would start Friday’s race day off right finishing second in both heats #1 and #2 to Tyler Gonzalez. After some further adjustments were made in attempt to roll in Gonzalez, Nicholas would finish the 4th and final heat in the 3rd spot. The adjustments proved to find the necessary top end speed at end of the straights that he needed but proved to be a little more challenging thru the corners.

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