DAYS AWAY FROM 2019 CHALLENGE OF THE AMERICAS OPENER AT CALSPEED

ROK Cup International Final tickets on the line in three-event championship chase on west coast

ORANGE, CA (January 16, 2019) – In three weeks time, the Challenge of the Americas will be welcoming competitors from around North America as the 12th season begins for the premier winter series on the left coast. The 2019 season for the Challenge starts on February 8-10 at the CalSpeed Karting Center in Fontana, California. The nine categories competing, based on the ROK Cup USA platform – will be kick starting the championship chase that, for those drivers able to win or stand on the coveted COTA podium, will be on their way toward reaching the title and tickets to the ROK Cup International Final in Lonato, Italy. Continue reading

SERVICE BULLETIN: Vortex ROK Shifter

It has come to our attention that when servicing the Vortex ROK Shifter for regular maintenance, the piston ring clearance (Ring Gap) is not being set to factory specification. This is a very important procedure that is required by the piston manufacturer. Each piston box includes information containing minimum clearance guidelines (see picture); these guidelines must be followed to achieve the original high quality when sent from the factory.

Please make sure if you are having someone service your engines, they are fully aware of this procedure. Continue reading

CHALLENGE OF THE AMERICAS ROK & LO206 PRIZE PACKAGES 2018

ORANGE, CA (January 2, 2018) – The 2018 season is just around the corner and the new era for the Challenge of the Americas. With this comes a new prize package for its champions.

Rok Micro, Rok Mini, Rok Junior, Rok Senior, Rok Masters, Rok Shifter Senior, and Rok Shifter Masters Champions all earn a ticket to the Rok International Final in Lonato, Italy, October 10-13, 2018. As there is no Micro class at the Rok International Finals, the Rok Micro Champion will earn a ticket to participate in the Rok Mini category, (provided that the driver at least the minimum age of 9 for the class). All prize winners must be eligible to race the appropriate class at the event based on the rules of the event and the CIK.

1st place in all Rok Championships include: Usage of new chassis (OTK) and new engine, entry fee, one set of practice tires, race tires, fuel/oil and pit space at the event.  

2nd place in all Rok Championships will earn a ticket to compete at the Rok the Rio event Nov. 1-4, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV.

3rd place in all Rok Championships will earn an entry for the Challenge of the Americas 2019 season opener.   
“We have offered trips to compete at the World Finals since the inception of the Challenge of the Americas”, stated series owner Andy Seesemann. “This change to Rok gives us this same     opportunity. The chance to race at a true World Championship is a great honor and a fantastic achievement.” Continue reading

CHALLENGE OF THE AMERICAS TO OFFER VORTEX ENGINE RENTAL PROGRAM

Rok engines available for single event or entire 2018 schedule for premier winter series on left coast

ORANGE, CA (December 13, 2017) – The 2018 season is just around the corner and the new era for the Challenge of the Americas will begin in six weeks. The series will make the move to the ROK by Vortex engine platform and Bridgestone tire line when the popular winter program fires up once again on the final weekend in January. Over the last nine months, Rok Cup Promotions and Challenge promoter Andy Seesemann have helped to put over 600 Rok engines into the hands of the racers throughout North America, which will provide a strong foundation for the program moving into the future. Solid local programs and support for the Rok engine in Northern California, Southern California and the Rocky Mountain region have set the groundwork for a bright future. Entries for the 2018 have been coming in steadily since registration was opened on December 4, and there is now another reason for racers to be part of the Challenge in 2018. Continue reading

Southern California readies for the start of the 2015 SoCal Challenge

So-CalchallengeLogo2015Now that the 2015 Challenge of the Americas series has concluded it is time for FTK Promotions to focus on local competition. In a little over one month, the

SoCal Challenge will begin its season at the CalSpeed Kart Track on Saturday, May 9th, with a one day event.  It will return to CalSpeed 6 weeks later with a “2 days, 2 ways” format, where the track will be run one direction on Saturday and run the reverse direction on Sunday.  This will be the first time either configuration will be run all year, thus giving no competitors any advantage.  After taking July off, the SoCal Challenge will trek to the World Famous Adams Kart Track for an August 22nd night event to be held in conjunction with the So-Cal Sprinters.  The finale will be held back at CalSpeed on Sunday, October 25th.

“It has been a busy winter for me and it will good to get back to grass roots racing,” says series promoter Andy Seesemann. “I can’t wait to get back to the local tracks and have some low stress races.” Continue reading