2016 Rotax Challenge of the Americas Schedule Announced

2016-Rotax-Challenge-of-the-Americas-logoRotax Challenge of the Americas, the premier winter karting series on the left coast, is pleased to announce today the 2016 series schedule. The International Rotax MAX Challenge will again offer the popular three-weekend, six-round championship, with stops in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona, with the series concluding in Sonoma, California.

“Scheduling is always a challenge in the early months of the year, as MAXSpeed’s Garett Potter and I both go to facilities that have big tracks on site,” comments Rotax Challenge of the Americas promoter Andy Seesemann. “We have to work with each other, as well as work around events that are going on at these facilities, and also other karting events such as the Euro Challenge, which impacts our customers.”

Usually reserving the schedule announcement for the United States Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Nationals event, Seesmann, along with MAXSpeed Entertainment, decided to make the announcement ahead of the upcoming US Open event.

“I usually release our schedule at the US Rotax Nationals, but Garett and I decided to release it at this weekend’s US Open event, since many of our teams and customers are here.”

Getting started a few weeks later than years prior, Rotax Challenge of the Americas customers will be able to enjoy a longer holiday break, as they will head to the Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson, Arizona for round one in late January. Returning to Arizona for round two in early March, drivers will be put to the test at the Phoenix Karting Racing Association (PKRA) facility. Finally, the series will conclude at the state-of-the-art Simraceway Karting Center in Sonoma, California.

2016 Rotax Challenge of the Americas Schedule

January 29-31 Musselman Honda Circuit Tucson, Arizona
March 4-6 Phoenix Karting Racing Association Phoenix, Arizona
April 1-3 Simraceway Karting Center Sonoma, California

For more information on the 2016 Rotax Challenge of the Americas, be sure to bookmark www.rotaxchallenge.com as well as ‘Like’ Rotax Challenge of the Americas on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rotaxchallenge and watch for updates as the season draws closer.

Sonoma 2015 Digital Edition

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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.

Simraceway Track Schedule

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 Digital Edition

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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.

United States Rotax MAX Challenge Bulletin

Re: Rotax Mini MAX Squish Change

As you may know, we at the MAXSpeed Group are always trying to listen to our customers and some have been unhappy with the current Rotax Mini MAX regulation in regards to the minimum squish gap. In trying to make this class as level playing field as possible, we have come to the conclusion with the help of our customers that the performance of the package has declined.

Our intentions are high and with current tests we know we will be able to provide all Rotax Mini MAX competitors and their supporting teams with a solid baseline coming with the new EVO products. However, the first races of the season would suffer if we were to stay unchanged; therefore, after some careful and data-filled testing at the Homestead Karting facility this past weekend, we have come to the conclusion that the current 2.8mm squish setup is not suitable. MAXSpeed Group has decided to lower the minimum squish to 2.4mm, as this will increase the level of performance to a level we are happy with for winter racing at both the annual Rotax Challenge of the Americas (COTA) and Florida Winter Tour (FWT). Continue reading