A new event is gaining momentum in only its second year. USAC Karting is providing karters with the bucket list opportunity to race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a dream all racers have. The Battle at the Brickyard was established in 2017 with rave reviews, and exceeded those marks in 2018 with the second edition on July 6-8. Rob Howden and David Cole break down the entire event with the latest ‘EKN Debrief’ - presented by Franklin Motorsports. The CRG Nordam Paddock Pass, Trinity Karting Group Race Report and the EKN Trackside Live Race Calendar presented by Streeter Super Stands complete the podcast.
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.
Briggs racers make up a big part of the USAC Karting events in 2017 and will once again be in full force at their July and August events in 2018. The first is the second annual Battle at the Brickyard where karts compete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 6-8. The second is the Elkhart Riverwalk Grand Prix on August 10-12. EKN’s Rob Howden sat down with USAC Karting Director of Operations Mike Burrell to discuss both events in the latest edition of the ‘Operation Grassroots’ powered by Briggs & Stratton Racing.
The United States Pro Kart Series reached the halfway point of the 2018 season with Round 3 and 4 contested at the GoPro Motorplex. The Mooresville, North Carolina facility hosted the Carolina Grand Prix on June 15-17 during what was a hot weekend for all seven IAME categories. Rob Howden and David Cole broke down the entire event with the latest ‘EKN Debrief’ - presented by KartLift. The Acceleration Kart Racing Paddock Pass, Alan Rudolph Racing Academy Race Report and the EKN Trackside Live Race Calendar presented by Nitro Kart complete the podcast.
The 2018 season on the west coast begins with the Challenge of the Americas. Promoter Andy Seesemann hosted the 11th season of the program this winter, beginning a new era with the series under the Rok Cup USA banner. Each event improved in terms of numbers and is a great starting point for the expansion of the Rok Cup engine platform for the western half of the North America. With the program completed, EKN’s Rob Howden sits down with the FTK Promotions owner about this past year, what is on the horizon for the Challenge, and more about what Seesemann does for the other eight months out of the year with his Full Throttle Karting shop.
Club racing is the backbone of karting here in the United States of America. It is what makes kart racing the grassroots level of motorsports, based on families willing to put their time and effort into making the sport better. One of the hundreds of volunteers to put in his time is Greg Speed of North Texas Karters. EKN’s Rob Howden sits down to talk with him about the growth and sustainability of the Denton, Texas club and race track, along with being a father of a young karter.
The second event of the Texas ProKart Challenge was a special and unique experience. The Superkarts! USA regional program hosted a Thursday, Friday, Saturday event, featuring two rounds of competition, with the main events held under the lights of the North Texas Kartway in Denton, Texas. Rob Howden and David Cole broke down the entire event with the latest ‘EKN Debrief’ - presented by CRG Nordam. The 3G Kart Racing Paddock Pass, Trinity Karting Group Race Report and the EKN Trackside Live Race Calendar presented by K1 RaceGear complete the podcast.
The World Karting Association resumed its 2018 season with the third event of the year. The Pittsburgh International Race Complex served as the site for Round Five and Six of the championship chase, with the Wampum, Pennsylvania once again providing excitement, changing weather conditions, and putting a close to the first half of the series. Rob Howden and David Cole broke down the entire event with the latest ‘EKN Debrief’ - presented by K1 RaceGear. The Alan Rudolph Racing Academy Paddock Pass, Rolison Performance Group Race Report and the EKN Trackside Live Race Calendar presented by Comet Kart Sales complete the podcast.
The EKN Radio Network continues to expand with more live events and new shows. The latest is the rebirth of the Hot Seat, now hosted by EKN Managing Editor David Cole. Each race weekend Cole is trackside throughout the karting season, he will sit down with a member of the karting community to discuss past and present within the sport. The first to join him in the Hot Seat is new World Karting Association President Kevin Williams. The industry veteran was appointed to his new role within the organization at the end of March and has been busy during his first two months of his tenure.
The Superkarts! USA Pro Tour reached the halfway point of the 2018 season with the ninth running of the SpringNationals. The Phoenix Kart Racing Association in Glendale, Arizona hosted Round Three and Four of the championship chase for the nine IAME and Stock Honda categories. The weekend featured record high temperatures for the area as the nearly 200 drivers battled the challenging ‘Formula K Raceway’ circuit and conditions over the three days of competition. Rob Howden and David Cole broke down the entire event with the latest ‘EKN Debrief’ - presented by Alan Rudolph Racing Academy. The CRG Nordam Paddock Pass, K1 Racegear Race Report and the EKN Trackside Live Race Calendar presented by Trinity Karting Group complete the podcast.
The 2018 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour continued with ninth annual SpringNationals taking place at the Phoenix Kart Racing Association in Glendale, Arizona. The nine IAME and Stock Honda divisions took part in Round Three and Four in extreme weather conditions that included record high triple digit temperatures throughout the weekend. On Friday, EKN’s Rob Howden provided the call of the final practice session for all seven race groups around the ‘Formula K Raceway’, serving as the newest episode of the ‘Happy Hour with Howden’. Sitting down with Howden during the broadcast included CRG Nordam driver Tyler Maxson and Alan Rudolph of the Alan Rudolph Racing Academy.