2019 CHALLENGE OF THE AMERICAS CHAMPIONS CROWNED IN SONOMA

2019 Challenge of the Americas champions

Tickets to Rok Cup International Final and ROK the RIO handed out after series finale in Sonoma

ORANGE, CA (April 17, 2019) – The 12th season for Challenge of the Americas was wrapped up in style during the first weekend of April in Sonoma, California, completing the six-round championship chase. In a unique end to the season, all nine champions earned their first ever Challenge of the Americas titles. The 2019 campaign marked the second season that the premier left coast winter series utilized the Rok Cup USA engine platform and, as a highlight, the program enjoyed a second straight year of growth.

“I am excited about this year’s growth over the first year of the Challenge switching to Rok,” stated Challenge of the Americas owner Andy Seesemann. “Overall, entries were up more than 20% but, in reality, our Rok entries grew by almost 50% over last year, as we had Briggs 206 as part of the program last year adding to our total.  This is a huge win, as we are watching other programs in the West shrink every year.” Continue reading

ONE WEEK AWAY FROM START OF 2019 CHALLENGE OF THE AMERICAS

Prize package adding up as program prepares for opening rounds at CalSpeed Karting next weekend

ORANGE, CA (January 31, 2019) – In a week’s time, trailers will be parked in the paddock of the CalSpeed Karting facility, karts will be receiving their final preparations, and drivers are anxiously waiting to hit the track for the opening event of the 2019 Challenge of the Americas. The first two rounds of the premier winter series on the left coast will be contested on February 8-10 in Fontana, California. Pre-registration surpassed the 110-driver mark, and likely to increase once the at-track entry opens for the ROK Cup USA program. Continue reading

CHALLENGE OF THE AMERICAS SETS 2019 SCHEDULE AND CLASSES

12th season for premier winter series on left coast to host events in Fontana, Tucson and Sonoma

ORANGE, CA (September 13, 2018) – The 2019 season begins for many in the western half of North America with the annual journey to compete at Challenge of the Americas. The premier winter series on the left coast is set to host the 12th year of the three-event championship program, now focused on its second season utilizing the ROK Cup USA engine platform with Bridgestone tires. The 2019 campaign will continue that momentum, along with welcoming a new shift in the dates for the three events. Continue reading

ROK CUP PROMOTIONS ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF ROK VLR ENGINE

New Vortex engine line for entry-level racers

April 2, 2018 – Building upon the successful line-up of Vortex ROK engines, ROK Cup Promotions is pleased to announce the launch of the brand new Vortex ROK VLR. The perfect platform for the entry-level driver, the ROK VLR not only offers superior performance over its rivals with lower maintenance, but it also offers some great features like electric start all at a cost racers can afford. Continue reading

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