2016-Rotax-Challenge-of-the-Americas-logoPhoenix weekend moved to avoid conflicts, series adds shifterkart divisions to program

ORANGE, CA (November 4, 2015) – The Challenge of the Americas has been the premier winter karting series on the left coast for the past eight years. Hosting the international Rotax Max Challenge categories, a number of premier teams and drivers have found their way to the southwestern states during the winter months. The ninth season of the Challenge is set to get underway in January, with new updates made to the series schedule and the class structure for 2016.

The 2016 Challenge of the Americas schedule was released at the end of June to provide series competitors with optimal time to plan, and to avoid conflicts with events here in the United States, along with other major events around the world. For years, their schedule was respected and other programs worked around those dates released. Challenge of the Americas promoter and owner Andy Seesemann recently became aware of two conflicts, including the second and third events of his program and the California ProKart Challenge. Despite attempts to discuss options, messages were ignored. This has prompted the Challenge of the Americas to adjust its schedule for the betterment of the sport and the industry.

Opening weekend of the Challenge of the Americas remains at the Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson at the end of January. The second stop for 2016 is still set for the Phoenix Kart Racing Association in Glendale, however, the date has been moved from the first weekend in March to the final weekend in February. The finale at Simraceway Performance Karting Center in the wine country of Sonoma, California is unchanged, cemented to the first weekend in April.

2016 Challenge of the Americas Schedule
January 29-31: Musselman Honda Circuit – Tucson, Arizona
February 26-28: Phoenix Kart Racing Association – Glendale, Arizona
April 1-3: Simraceway Performance Karting Center – Sonoma, California

“Out of respect for the karting community and in the best interest of our customers, teams and mechanics, I am changing the date of the Phoenix round of the 2016 Challenge of the Americas,” stated Seesemann. “It has taken a lot of work to change contracts and unwind host hotel agreements, etc., but it is in the best interest for our community at large. I apologize to our community that they have been caught in the middle of this foolish battle that continues to tear our sport apart. I will continue to do my part to make sure that the sport and its customers, teams and supporters are held in the highest regard when decisions are made, and when others make decisions to only serve their own egos, I will do my best to minimize the impact.”

The Challenge of the Americas program will continue to be an international series for Rotax Max Challenge competitors, as it has since the beginning. All Rotax divisions are to be offered again in 2016, with the exception of DD2 and DD2 Masters. Replacing those categories in the time schedule each weekend are Shifter Senior and Shifter Masters. In 2015, with the creation of the US Open, Rotax Max Challenge and shifterkart racing combined to present a new international championship program, geared at putting the best drivers of both disciplines together. The Challenge of the Americas has adopted this vision, including the Shifter Senior and Shifter Masters into the vacated race group slot.

2016 Challenge of the Americas Class Roster
Senior Max
Masters Max
Junior Max
Mini Max
Micro Max
Shifter Senior
Shifter Masters

“The DD2 class, while exciting on-track, has not had the best success overall for the series. We have done our best to promote the category and continued to offer the Rotax Grand Finals ticket to the series champion, still with limited entry totals,” continued Seesemann. “It is time to remove the DD2 group from the series, as there are still plenty of other opportunities for these racers to race elsewhere and earn a chance to win a ticket to the Rotax Grand Finals. I received a number of requests over the years to add a shifter class to the series, and now is the perfect time. The US Open proved that shifter classes can work alongside the Rotax program, and now the Challenge of the Americas provides an early winter season for those racers and teams. I expect to see at least 20 shifters total at the opening event in Tucson”

Entry to the 2016 Challenge of the Americas program is set to open on December 1 at Continue to visit the website for updates, and find more information on the host hotels and event details for each stop in 2016, along with the Facebook page.

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 as well as ‘Like’ Rotax Challenge of the Americas on Facebook at 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.