Wow. What a difference 3 hours makes.
About an hour ago, Gavin Newsom, the Governor of CA, made a executive order to mandate that all gatherings with more than 250 people be cancelled or postponed for the next few weeks. This is no longer a recommendation, it is an executive mandate, carrying with it certain penalties.
At that point, the track and I were forced to officially postpone the Challenge of the Americas finale to May 15-17, 2020.
This was already a California ROK Championship event weekend on our calendar. We will determine how to blend the two events at a later date. The event obviously will be at Sonoma. There is no need right now to discus any details, as I simply wanted to get this information out to everyone.
I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, but I certainly hope that everyone understands the position that we have all been put in.
If this May event gets cancelled by any further issues with COVID-19, the 2020 Challenge of the Americas will officially end. There will not be another postponement .
Thank you for your continued support throughout this difficult situation.
Obviously the book on COVID-19 added a few chapters over the past 24-48 hours. We are already looking at our options for the upcoming Challenge of the Americas event at Sonoma.
From the standpoint of my staff and myself, we are good to go. I am a realist when it comes to this stuff and refuse to panic, although I do respect everyone’s right to their own opinions. I know that all of our racers and teams have already made an investment and are concerned and curious to see how this plays out. Trust me, with prepaid plane tickets for staff, rental cars, hotel rooms, track rentals, insurance binders and $150,000 in tires and fuel en route to Sonoma, I know how you feel.
That being said, we are in discussions with the track. We will create a drop dead date, for lack of a better word, that the track can say “yay or nay” on the event. We will probably let things settle out over the weekend and make an additional statement on Monday with more solid information.
Obviously, we have no control what any county, state or Federal agency demands, as we are at their mercy. That is the real variable. I know that they are focusing on “events”, and ignoring every McDonalds and supermarket that sees many many more people each day than our event does.
Many of you have called or texted and I am not ignoring you. It would simply take me all day to answer each one of you individually and tell this exact same story. There are no further details available at this time, so please don’t call and ask for “anything more that I can share”.
Talk again on Monday and hopefully see you in two weeks at Sonoma!
Schedule changes forces date movement for second season of ROK Cup USA regional program.
Momentum is high for ROK Cup USA racing to begin the 2020 season, including in the western half of North America with Challenge of the Americas setting new records into the new year. The second event for the program at CalSpeed Karting in February welcomed a record number of entries in the 13-year history of the program, with a similar forecast expected at the series finale at the end of the month. Series promoter Andy Seesemann is excited, as is all the ROKKERS along the west coast for what is becoming an exciting season.
To compliment the Challenge, Seesemann created the California ROK Championship in 2019. The program is gearing up for its second season this summer, providing ROKKERS an opportunity to take part in a fun, fair and professional traveling regional program. Prior to the end of the 2019 calendar, the program announced the 2020 schedule, featuring four events from May to September. Since then, circumstances have forced officials to update the schedule to avoid conflicts with surrounding karting programs. Continue reading
Schedule and partnership with ROK Sonoma forms the four-event championship series under ROK Cup USA banner.
ORANGE, CA (December 23, 2019) – The California ROK Championship, launched in 2019, has become an outlet for ROK Cup USA drivers to enjoy a regional traveling series within the ‘Golden State’. As numbers increase across the state and throughout North America under the ROK Cup USA banner, the 2020 California ROK Championship program is expecting growth for the new season. The rise in support is due to the new partnership between FTK Promotions and ROK Sonoma to form a four-round championship program in 2020.
FTK Promotions, owner and promoter of the California ROK Championship and Challenge of the Americas, has formed the partnership with the ROK Sonoma program that compete monthly at the Simraceway Performance Karting Center at the Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. The ROK Sonoma program will host two events that will count toward the California ROK Championship, with two other events hosted by FTK Promotions to form the four-event schedule for 2020. Continue reading
For the finale, we will combine with the Formula Karting Championship for fun, family friendly and competitive end of the Summer event.
We will run the CRC format, which includes 4 rounds of practice, followed by qualifying on Saturday. On Sunday, we will have a morning warmup, followed by 2 heat races and a final race. Continue reading