June 19-20 event to welcome 100 PLUS entries at Phoenix Kart Racing Association facility
A record breaking event is set for this weekend when the California ROK Championship program opens up its 2020 season. The second year of the series begins with a trip outside the Golden State to the Phoenix Kart Racing Association on June 19-20 in Glendale, Arizona. The ROK Cup USA regional program made the move to PKRA amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the stay-at-home order still in place for California just over one month ago. With a near three month break away from the kart track or any racing, the staff and supporters of the series is welcoming a record number of entries for this weekend’s event in Phoenix. Continue reading
CRC PKRA Covid 19 Guidelines
We understand that some of these items may be inconvenient, but these are the rules set forth by the County, which controls the land on which PKRA resides. We must follow their rules in order to have our event and although our rules may be a bit stricter than a PKRA club race, we cannot take any risks that will put the CRC or PKRA in a bad position going forward. We encourage everyone to look at the PKRA guidelines HERE. Obviously much of that doesn’t apply to us, but you can see the issues and success they have had implementing their return to racing.
All racers and crew are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing as best they can. Please wash your hands frequently. Drivers will be asked to spread out for any drivers meetings, distancing as best they can, and there will not be big podium ceremony, although there will be trophies and awards to be picked up at the end of the day.
These guidelines have been created to limit close interaction and encourage traffic to flow in one direction. Continue reading
Breaking Tuesday afternoon (May12th), the California ROK Championship announced it is crossing the border into Arizona to open the 2020 season. The regional program confirmed the opening round of the championship to be held on June 19-20 at the Phoenix Kart Racing Association facility in Glendale, Arizona. The event is set to be one of the first major events since the COVID-19 pandemic shut the sport and the world down in early March.
EKN spoke with series promoter Andy Seesemann regarding the event, which is scheduled to be a two-day race weekend with Friday-Saturday format. This schedule will allow racers to return home to enjoy the Father’s Day holiday on Sunday. Track time will be focused on the afternoon and evening hours with the warmer temperatures already hitting the Phoenix area. Continue reading
Title winners decided after shortened 13th season for program
The 2020 season will go down as a historic and record-breaking one for Challenge of the Americas. The premier winter series on the left coast hosted the 13th season of the program, entering the year with hopes of setting new benchmarks for entry totals. Since moving to the ROK Cup USA platform in 2018, growth has been the consistent goal for each year. 2019 built a foundation for the 2020 season to set a new series entry total of 141 at the second event in February at the CalSpeed Karting facility. Surpassing that mark was forecasted for the series finale in March at Sonoma Raceway until the country was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading
The following is a statement from Andy Seesemann from Challenge of the Americas regarding their series finale for the 2020 season.
It should come as no surprise that the Challenge of the Americas finale at Sonoma Raceway, originally scheduled for the end of March and rescheduled for May 15-17, is now cancelled. As I announced back in March, this would be the only date change for the series, and if we had to postpone again, the series would officially end for 2020.
It was an extremely disappointing outcome, as the Challenge of the Americas has huge momentum. We had just had a series record in February, with another record likely to be set at our Sonoma finale. While some other California clubs and series opened with kart counts that were a fraction of what they were just a couple of years ago, COTA was breaking records. That is a great sign for the future of ROK racing in the West. Continue reading