Sonoma 2015 Issue
Selliken, Robb, Bonilla and Cook set to join Team USA at Rotax Grand Finals after claiming series titles. As with any series finale, championships were on the line this weekend at the Simraceway Performance Karting Center for rounds five and six of this year’s Rotax Challenge of the Americas. Saturday’s event served to clear up the overall picture of the point races, showing that two competitors have all but clinched their respective titles. Sting Ray Robb (Tony Kart) triumphed in his main event to take control of the Junior Max class, while Diego LaRoque (Benik) won his fifth straight Micro Max finale to complete his title aspirations. The final day of competition for the Rotax Challenge of the Americas went into the books after another beautiful day of weather at the Simraceway Performance Karting Center in Sonoma, California. With four remaining class champions yet to be crowned it came down to the wire, and even beyond that to decide this year’s outcome. For the four headline divisions, it provided four drivers with the opportunity to compete at this year’s Rotax Grand Finals, scheduled for Portimao, Portugal in November. All four drivers – Luke Selliken (Senior Max), Sting Ray Robb (Junior Max), Paul Bonilla (Masters Max) and Sabre Cook (DD2) will represent Team USA at the ‘Olympics of Karting’ thanks to their Rotax Challenge of the Americas title.
Attention all Rotax Challenge of the Americas racers and teams,
Simraceway has informed us their track schedule for the week leading up to our event.
The track is open for practice on Saturday, March 7th from 9a-5p. It is also open on Sunday, March 8th, but only in the afternoon, from 1p-5p due to a school in the morning.
The track surface is closed Monday and Tuesday of race week, but the facility will be open. On Wednesday, the surface is open for practice, but there may be a school in the afternoon that we will share time with. The track is open all day Thursday for us, (9-5p) and Friday-Sunday is our normal schedule.
Please remember that the pre entry cutoff is this Sunday, March 1st. Please pre-enter, as the cost goes up $100 after pre entry closes.
Lastly, we race rain or shine and do not give refunds due to weather. The series also DOES NOT supply rain tires, so please plan accordingly.
Phoenix 2015 Issue
Beautiful weather greeted the EKN staff in Phoenix this past weekend for the second stop of the 2015 season, and for the Rotax Challenge of the Americas. Nearly 100 drivers took part in the third and fourth rounds of the six-race championship series, set to crown champions next month in Sonoma, including four ticket to the 2015 Rotax Grand Finals. It was nearly 100 degrees difference from that of the northern portion of the United States and parts of Canada to the picture perfect conditions in Glendale, Arizona at the Phoenix Kart Racing Association. The chase for the Rotax Challenge of the Americas titles was amplified on Saturday, as five of the six point leaders scored race wins at the PKRA. Canadian Marco Kacic scored his first COTA win to break the point leader sweep, taking the checker in Mini Max, while Sabre Cook (DD2), Christian Brooks (Senior), Paul Bonilla (Master), Nick Brueckner (Junior) and Diego LaRoque (Micro) all defended their point leads. Sunday’s racing provided a great end to what was a phenomenal weekend, finishing off the first half of the series and beginning the second, setting the stage for the final two rounds in Sonoma next month. Four of the six feature winners took their first checkered flag of the season – Mason Marotta (Senior), Matt Jaskol (DD2), John Crow (Masters), Payton Durrant (Mini) – while Robb and LaRoque added to their win totals for the year.
Fullerton, CA. 2-18-15 – The SoCal Challenge series regrets to announce that they are postponing the upcoming race on February 28th at Adams Motorsports Park. Due to the recent changes with the LAKC/CalSpeed relationship, the Southern California karting community is in a state of flux right now and the support for the upcoming race at CalSpeed takes precedence. “Many of us have come together to run the race this weekend at CalSpeed,” explains So-Cal Challenge promoter Andy Seesemann. “Rob Niles and his staff led by Mike Smith, as well as myself and my Challenge of the Americas/SoCal Challenge staff led by Taylor Jocelyn, are pooling our efforts to provide a good venue for Southern California club racers to kick off their 2015 season. As all of my energy this week will be devoted to organizing the race at CalSpeed, something had to give. Without the necessary prep time to ensure a successful SoCal opener, I regretfully have to postpone it.” Continue reading
Challenge of the Americas Digital Publications 2015
Tucson 2015 Issue
Exciting weekend of racing in Tucson, Arizona for premier winter karting series on the left coast. The eighth season of the Rotax Challenge of the Americas program commenced over the January 9-11 weekend at the Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson, Arizona. Over 100 karters gathered to contend in the premier winter karting series on the left coast, with four of the Rotax Max Challenge divisions beginning their journey toward the 2015 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals tickets up for grabs to the series champions. The weekend in Tucson was historic for seven of the 10 drivers to win over the two days of racing, standing on top of the podium as first time winners in the series.