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.

d'Orlandos Do Dallas
May 16, 2014

"Brothers Michael and Nicholas take the bull by the horns and leave Texas winners"

Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando, the exceptionally successful kart racers from Hartsdale, New York - the boys are 12 and 11 years-old respectively - went large in Texas, racing two consecutive weekends in Dallas in two different events, both at the Dallas Karting Complex.

On April 26-27 they raced in the Texas Pro Kart Challenge, followed by the Superkarts! USA (SKUSA) Pro Tour SpringNationals on May 3-4.

Team Koene USA, led by Michael Maurini, used the TPKC race weekend as a test session of sorts, preparing for the more prominent SKUSA races. "We needed the boys to come to grip with a new facility, so we worked on chassis set-up and learning the track," said Maurini. "They both learned a lot every session; we were pleasantly surprised they were consistently at the front of the field."

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