CLASS STRUCTURE CONFIRMED FOR 2018 CHALLENGE OF THE AMERICAS

ROK and Briggs & Stratton categories to fill out class roster for international winter series on west coast

ORANGE, CA (September 12, 2017) – The new era begins on-track for the Challenge of the Americas in four months as the international winter series in western North America opens up the 2018 championship series. Planning for the transition over to the ROK by Vortex engine platform and Bridgestone tire line is well underway. Series promoter Andy Seesemann has helped to grow the ROK presence with the three powerplants available for competition in the 2018 Challenge of the Americas.

One of the most competitive divisions in North America, and around the world are the Cadet categories. The youngest classes at the Challenge have produced some of the top talent in the sport today, with a new generation of racers primed for success. The largest category at the ROK Cup International Final for the past few years has been the Mini division, with 168 drivers competing in the 2016 edition and the same expected in 2017. The Micro ROK and Mini ROK classes fulfill that age group, utilizing the popular 60cc Mini ROK engine (exhaust restrictor and spec gear for the Micro class).

The ROK GP engine is the flagship powerplant, utilized in the Senior ROK, Masters ROK, and Junior ROK. A 125cc ‘Touch and Go’ water-cooled engine is the backbone of the ROK engine platform, allowing racer to compete in all three classes with a single engine (Junior ROK requires an exhaust restrictor). Continue reading

CHALLENGE OF THE AMERICAS RELEASES 2018 SCHEDULE

International winter series on west coast releases three event schedule for 11th season

ORANGE, CA (August 4, 2017) – The 2018 season for Challenge of the Americas is taking the program into a new era, with the three event schedule now confirmed. For the 11th season of the international winter series in western North America, the Challenge is switching to the Vortex ROK engine platform and Bridgestone tire line. The same family and team friendly environment is expected for the new Challenge format, featuring some of the best racing in the country for the first quarter of the season along with the one of the most organized, structured race staff on the continent or around the world.

“This off-season for the Challenge has been an interesting and exciting one,” stated Challenge of the Americas promoter Andy Seesemann. “Our move to the Vortex ROK engine package and Bridgestone tires aligns us with two of the most respected brands in our sport and motorsports in general. Racers and teams can expect the same fun, fair, safe, and exciting weekends they have experienced with COTA the past 10 years, just with a new look and a new sound.” Continue reading

ROK trade in program ends July 31st

Get in on the savings for 2018 COTA season.
 
The Full Throttle Karting trade in program ends July 31. All engines that are eligible for trade in must be operational, including any Rotax engine regardless of year, cylinder, or age level toward the ROK Micro, Mini and GP motors. There is also the option to trade in a Rotax DD2, TM 125, Maxter 125 or Honda CR125 for those looking to compete with the incredible Rok Shifter powerplant. All engine packages eligible for the trade in program need to be complete and include the engine itself, wire harness, all electronics, exhaust system and/or silencer, and radiators if they are supplied from the manufacturer when new. Engine components must not have any visible major damage.
 
Prices after the trade in are listed below and must be used towards the purchase of a brand new Vortex ROK engine package.
 
ROK Micro/Mini: $800.00+Tax/Shipping
ROK GP: $1200.00+Tax/Shipping
ROK Shifter: $2200.00+Tax/Shipping

2017 CHALLENGE OF THE AMERICAS SCHEDULE CONFIRMED

challenge2017logo10th season of international winter series on west coast releases three event schedule
ORANGE, CA (August 3, 2016) – In the summer of 2007, the Challenge of the Americas was launched with the winter of 2008 hosting its first ever events to serve as the premier winter program for the west coast. A decade later, plans are underway to host the 10th season of the Challenge. Series promoter Andy Seesemann and his COTA staff have solidified themselves as one of the most organized, structured racing series in North America with a goal of making the 10th season another memorable three-month championship program. Continue reading

CHALLENGE OF THE AMERICAS AND SIMRACEWAY GEARING UP FOR NEXT EVENT

challenge2016logo-NoDateSonoma, Calif. – The final round of the Challenge of the Americas (COA) will take place at Simraceway Performance Karting Center in Sonoma, California April 1st to the 3rd. With the points championship coming down to the wire and invites to Team USA for this years Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Italy, the weekend promises to be some of the best wheel-to-wheel action of the season.

This year, the race will be run in the reverse national layout. This is the opposite of how it has been run in the past. The United States Rotax Grand Nationals will also be run in the reverse layout, and this will be one of the teams and drivers only chances to run the track configuration before the upcoming national event weekend.

“After running the National layout for so many years, we have decided to Continue reading