The 2018 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour kicked off at the NOLA Motorsports Park with the second annual WinterNationals. The Avondale, LA facility welcomed 212 drivers on March 2-4 in five IAME classes and four Honda categories to compete around the 1.1-mile circuit to begin the chase toward the SKUSA Pro Tour titles. It was an exciting weekend of racing, with Rob Howden and David Cole breaking down the entire event with the latest ‘EKN Debrief’ - presented by Rolison Performance Group. The Alan Rudolph Racing Academy Paddock Pass, Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires Race Report and Bell Racing USA Race Calendar complete the podcast.
The 2018 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour kicked off with the second annual WinterNationals on March 2-4. The NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, LA hosted the event for a second straight time, welcoming 212 drivers to compete in the five IAME and four Honda divisions. Friday, EKN’s Rob Howden provided the call of the final practice session for all seven race groups around the 1.1-mile course, serving as the newest episode of the ‘Happy Hour with Howden’. Sitting down with the official voice of SKUSA was Cadet racer Elliot Cox, Master driver Travis Irving, Nick Tucker of Nitro Kart, and 2017 EKN Driver of the Year Jake French.
The Challenge of the Americas returned to the CalSpeed Karting facility in Fontana, California on February 23-25 for the second stop of the 2018 season. EKN was trackside throughout the weekend, providing LIVE coverage for the three days of competition that helped shape up the championship categories in the Rok Cup USA divisions. The EKN duo of Rob Howden and David Cole breakdown the event in the latest edition of the ‘EKN Debrief’ - presented by Precision Karting Technologies. The Alan Rudolph Racing Academy Paddock Pass, Bell Racing USA Race Report and Acceleration Kart Racing Race Calendar.
The ‘Happy Hour with Howden’ returned for the second stop for Challenge of the Americas. The premier winter series on the west coast made its return to the southern California area and the CalSpeed Karting facility in Fontana, California. EKN’s Rob Howden provided the call of the Pre-Qualifying session for all seven race groups on Friday, February 23 around the 7/10-mile ‘Grande’ course. During the 2.5-hour show, series promoter Andy Seesemann joins Howden, along with Senior Rok point leader Jim McKinney, Briggs 206 Senior racer David Vasquez and Rok Shifter Senior driver Alex Keyes.
The inaugural Superkarts! USA Winter Series closed out at the Ocala Gran Prix facility on February 9-11. EKN was trackside throughout the weekend, providing LIVE coverage throughout the three days of competition. The third and fourth rounds of the ‘spring training’ for the SKUSA Pro Tour helped to crown the 11 inaugural champions and set the tone of the 2018 SKUSA season. EKN’s Rob Howden and David Cole discuss the weekend in the latest edition of the ‘EKN Debrief’ - presented by CRG Nordam. The two discuss the topics, including the K1 RaceGear Paddock Pass, the Briggs & Stratton Race Report, and look ahead in the Franklin Motorsports Racing Calendar.
The ‘Happy Hour with Howden’ is back, making a return to the Ocala Gran Prix for the finale event of the 2018 Superkarts! USA Winter Series. EKN’s Rob Howden sits down on the mic for 2.5 hours as the classes complete their final practice session on Friday, February 9 around the 6/10-mile circuit. During that time, Rolison Performance Group’s Mike Rolison sits down to talk about the task of driver development and what the leading race team is doing for 2018.
Our second episode of the ‘Industry Insider’ podcast has EKN’s Rob Howden talk with Nick Tucker of Nitro Kart. Today, the brand is among the top Cadet chassis on the market after a stellar opening year in 2017. Tucker has been involved in motorsports and karting since he was a kid. Howden dives into his early years as a driver, his progression within the motorsports world, and how he came to developing the Nitro Kart chassis and race team.
The 2018 karting season is now fully underway with the west coast welcoming its first major event of the year after the east coast has enjoyed all the spoils. For the 11th year, the Challenge of the Americas opened up the international karting scene along the western half of North America, holding its first event of 2018. A new era began for the Challenge, hosting Round 1 and 2 of the championship chase at the Phoenix Kart Racing Association in Glendale, Arizona on January 26-28. Providing the EKN Live coverage throughout the weekend were Rob Howden and David Cole as they were trackside all three days. Following their flights back to the cold weather, the two discussed the weekend in the latest edition of the EKN Debrief - presented by Rok Cup USA. The two discuss the topics, including the Nitro Kart Paddock Pass, review the Rok and Briggs 206 categories and talk about the upcoming events in the Streeter Super Stands Racing Calendar.
One of the original audio shows that had a home on the old eKartingNews.com site was the ‘Happy Hour with Howden’. Many of the shows were recorded actually on the racetrack at day’s end, in the paddock or in the lobby of the host hotel. We discussed the event and the sport, and enjoyed the participation of many great guests.
The show is making a return this year, and is primed for the busy 2018 season. The ‘Happy Hour’ will allow EKN Publisher Rob Howden to sit down and talk about the sport with key people during the final practice session of our EKN Live events. The first show of 2018 took place at the Challenge of the Americas opener at the Phoenix Kart Racing Association in Glendale, Arizona on January 26. Rob sat down with COTA promoter Andy Seesemann, Rok Cup USA’s Garett Potter, former Indy 500 Rookie of the Year on now kart team owner Phil Giebler, and Senior driver Jim McKinney.
Superkarts! USA got its earliest start to a season with the inaugural running of the SKUSA Winter Series event at the AMR Homestead-Miami Motorplex presented by MG Tires. Over 200 drivers contested the event around the southern Florida facility, with it all broadcasted via the EKN Live page. EKN’s own Rob Howden was trackside, calling the action and breaks down the weekend talking with EKN Managing Editor David Cole in the newest EKN Debrief - presented by IAME USA. The two discuss the topics surrounding the paddock, break down who shined on-track, and talk about the upcoming events on the Comet Kart Sales Racing Calendar.