Industry Insider - Episode 1

January 10, 2018

The EKN Radio Network continues to expand with another new podcast program that will join the line-up to start the 2018 season. The ‘Industry Insider’ podcast provides EKN with the opportunity to sit down with key personal within the karting industry - from shop owners and race team managers to importers and series directors.

The first episode of our ‘Industry Insider’ podcast features a discussion with Challenge of the Americas promoter and Full Throttle Karting owner Andy Seesemann. A long-time fixture in the sport of karting, Seesemann is opening up the 2018 Challenge with a new sound, moving to the Rok engine platform while continuing to support the Briggs & Stratton categories. EKN’s Rob Howden covers a number of topics with Seesemann in this inaugural ‘Industry Insider’.


EKN Debrief: Episode 13

January 5, 2018

2018 is here, and the new racing season is underway. The 2017 calendar year closed out and the 2018 season began with the same event, the annual WKA Daytona KartWeek. A unique event, combining three separate races at one facility. The Manufacturers Cup Series takes to the sprint track inside the NASCAR oval, the National Road Racing Series hits the high banks and the famed road course, while dirt racers from all over hit the flat track just outside NASCAR 1-2 for the Dirt World Championships. The focus of the first EKN Debrief of 2018 - presented by KartLift - examines the event overall and the action that took place at the Margay Sprint Nationals for the three days of competition. EKN’s David Cole gives us his insights and discusses the event alongside Rob Howden. At the end, check out the upcoming EKN Trackside Live events with the 3G Kart Racing Calendar.


Operation Grassroots - Episode 1

December 21, 2017

The newest show to hit the EKN Radio Network is ‘Operation Grassroots’, a podcast geared solely on the foundation of the sport. The hub of the show will be discussion centered on the grassroots level of karting, from club racing to regional racing, all focused around the Briggs & Stratton 206 engine platform. Our #OperationGrassroots movement has been based around the Briggs powerplant, with the ultimate goals of bringing new people into the sport and igniting the spark of former racers to come back into what is the most economical form of karting.

The first episode of our ‘Operation Grassroots’ podcast features an interview with KPX Karting Championship co-director Chris Rossi. The KPX program has been a catalyst of growth and newfound cooperation in the Northern California area. EKN’s Rob Howden talks with Rossi about the birth of the KPX program, the past seasons, the future of the series and, of course, the sport in general.


EKN Debrief - SuperNationals 21 Post-Race Special

November 29, 2017

After a week in Las Vegas and returning for the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s back to work for everyone, including the staff. The month of December will be about reflecting on the 2017 season and preparing for the upcoming 2018 schedule that is sure to be busy and jam packed full of karting weekend after weekend. But first, the duo of Rob Howden and David Cole debrief on the 21st edition of the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals, held outside the Las Vegas Convention Center | Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Ten drivers were able to walk away as winners, with 40 others standing on the podium leaving over 450 others hoping and wishing for better luck and results in 2018. The EKN duo talk about the event, some highlights, some issues, and breakdown the 10 races from SuperSunday. Special thanks to Cooper Tires as the presenting sponsor for the EKN Live broadcast along with Acceleration Kart Racing, Alpha Kart USA, Aluminos, TB Kart USA, Rolison Performance Group, Courtney Concepts, Trinity Karting Group, and Alan Rudolph Racing Academy.


EKN Debrief - SuperNationals 21 Preview Special

November 13, 2017

Teams and drivers are arriving to Las Vegas for the 21st running of the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals. It has been an amazing 2017 season, and it all concludes with the annual trek to ‘Sin City’. This year’s event outside the Las Vegas Convention Center | Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is projected to welcome over 500 drivers with nearly 40 different countries represented. The busy days leading up to the week in Vegas has kept the EKN duo busy review the exclusive entry lists provided by SKUSA. On November 3, Rob Howden and David Cole sat down to discuss the 10 categories, the new track, and what to expect from SuperNationals 21.


EKN Debrief - EP. 10

October 27, 2017

The 2017 season is in the home stretch with some major events to close out the season already in the books and ahead of us. The tandem of Rob Howden and David Cole are back with the 10th episode of the EKN Debrief presented by CRG Nordam. October has been a busy month thanks to the many finales for the WKA Manufacturers Cup Series and the Texas ProKart Challenge, along with two international events on the same weekend. Howden and Cole discuss all four events in the KartSport North America Racing Recap and the Operation Grassroots presented by Briggs & Stratton Racing. The show closes out with the Trinity Karting Group Racing Calendar. Don’t forget the sit-down with EKN’s selection for the #MRTI USF2000 $200K Scholarship selection Jake Craig.


EKN Debrief - EP. 9

October 6, 2017

Guess who's back!!!! It's been a busy two months for the duo at, and now they are back with the latest episode of the EKN Debrief. The ninth episode - presented by Briggs & Stratton Racing - covers the many news topics that has hit the industry over the last eight weeks. The Ocala Gran Prix Race Report hits all the major events during that time, while the K1 RaceGear Racing Calendar sets us up for what's to come in the coming weeks.


EKN Debrief - EP. 8

August 9, 2017

It is the busiest time of the year for racing...Summer. This weekend is the eighth edition of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SummerNationals in New Castle, Indiana. Before EKN Trackside Live coverage begins, the EKN duo of Rob Howden and David Cole sit down for the latest edition of the EKN Debrief - presented by IAME USA. The two discuss the latest headlines in the industry, along with recap some of the major races that took part over the last few weeks. They discuss a new partnership that stems from the #OperationGrassroots movement that is continuing here in the United States and now moving overseas, along with providing the Zero Error Racing Calendar for the upcoming weeks. The two also preview the upcoming weekned at the New Castle Motorsports Park for the SKUSA Pro Tour finale.


EKN Debrief - EP. 7

July 20, 2017

After nearly a month away from the podcast program, the EKN duo is back with a full episode of the EKN Debrief - presented by Margay Racing. Rob Howden and David Cole discuss the many events that have taken place over the last month, including the USAC Karting's Battle at the Brickyard which saw karts competing inside the walls of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. They sit down with event promoter Mike Burrell, as they talk about what led to the event and how things unfolded in Speedway, Indiana. The Precision Karting Technologies Racing Calendar and more banter between the two hosts wrap up this latest episode. 


EKN Debrief - EP. 6

June 21, 2017

The longest podcast yet as the EKN duo of Rob Howden and David Cole sit down to discuss the latest news and reports in karting with the latest EKN Debrief - presented by Streeter Super Stands. The two talk about the latest news from the last two weeks and go over the recent events - including Route 66 Sprint Series, Rok Cup USA Midwest, Los Angeles Karting Championship and Texas ProKart Challenge. Rob tracks down Texas PKC promoter Gina French to discuss their program, and the upcoming new facilities the series will compete at. The show wraps up with the Operation Grassroots segment and the Racing Calendar presented by 3G Kart Racing.