2025 Challenge of the Americas Poised for Expansion

Challenge of the Americas is expanding to four events for the 2025 season (Photo: ChallengeKarting.com)

Challenge of the Americas is expanding to four events for the 2025 season (Photo: ChallengeKarting.com)

18th season of championship set for changes in schedule

The month of April saw the Challenge of the Americas program complete its 17th season, hosting the 2024 season finale at Sonoma Raceway in California, where it decided this year’s champions at the end of exciting event. Andy Seesemann and his FTK Promotions operation has been a leader in event promotion for almost two decades and the continued success has meant navigating through tumultuous times, including many changes and evolutions of the sport. The Challenge has been a steadfast constant for West Coast karting, and much like the 2024 season being one of adjustment, the upcoming year in 2025 will be another one with positive change.

Challenge of the Americas promoter Andy Seesemann (Photo: ChallengeKarting.com)

Challenge of the Americas promoter Andy Seesemann (Photo: ChallengeKarting.com)

Seesemann has always focused on listening to his customers, and they’re current asking for ‘more’. Based on many requests and industry insight, the Challenge of the Americas program will expand to four events in 2025, making it a best-seven-of-eight championship program. Dates for the 18th season will span from the beginning of February and stretch now into mid-June while the schedule will also enlarge the geographical size of the series with a possible new-to-the-series venue.

“I’ve been talking with competitors and teams over the last three months about what they would like to see with the direction of the Challenge,” commented Seesemann. “The general consensus was adding a fourth event to the schedule. In order to do this, we’ve spread out the schedule to a six-week rotation. Of course, we are working with other promoters and series to select dates that work around other major events that will be scheduled for the 2025 season. There are west coast racers who do not want to travel to the east, where so many programs are currently focusing their schedules. The Challenge provides a high level series from the end of the winter season to the beginning of summer, staying within the two western time zones.”

2025 Challenge of the Americas Schedule

Event #1: January 31-February 2
Event #2: March 14-16
Event #3: April 25-27
Event #4: June 13-15

Tracks that will be part of the 2025 Challenge of the Americas will be confirmed and announced at a later date.

The Challenge of the Americas has always played a crucial role in both the industry and the sport, providing crucial winter racing for drivers who get tuned up for the summer national or regional programs that they run. The series is also a key program for kart shops and race teams on the West Coast. The new schedule will still provide winter race weekends for the drivers and the expansion to four races will help fuel growth for the businesses that rely on the Challenge of the Americas each and every year.

Champions for the 2024 Challenge of the Americas program (Photo: ChallengeKarting.com)

Champions for the 2024 Challenge of the Americas program (Photo: ChallengeKarting.com)

As mentioned, the 2024 Challenge of the Americas at Sonoma was a fantastic weekend with great racing, and six champions were crowned. Kane Martin was one of four drivers to claim a career first Challenge championship, earning the Forward Direction Motorsports 100cc Senior title. Martin used three podium finishes to edge out two-time winner Keagan Kaminski by 22 points for the championship with finale winner Ryan Persing moving up to third. Michael Avansino claimed the top step of the SwedeTech Racing Engines Senior Shifter championship podium. A win and two podium results put him 37 points ahead of three-time winner Kyle Wick. First year shifter competitor David Williams was third in the standings, earning two podium results over six rounds.

From series official to series champion, KC Cook claimed the title in the Ruthless Karting 100cc Masters class. The two-time race winner held off the challenges of Matthew Ostiguy, who recorded five straight podium results. Two-time victor Greg Welch ended up third in the championship standings. Bud Grossenbacher became a new name to the list of champions with his triumph in the Ron White Racing Masters Shifter division. The driver from Arizona won three times, earning the championship ahead of Round Three winner Rob Kozakowski and Michael Faker.

A second career Challenge championship was earned by Nico Sarphati in the Nash Motorsportz 100cc Junior division, who also won the Micro category in 2020. The two-time race winner beat out defending series champion Nixx Eggleston by 35 points with Payton Westcott winning the battle for the third step on the championship podium. Braydon Wagner became only the second driver to score back-to-back titles in The Karting Collective 60cc Cadet division. Wagner won twice, while Drew Jensen used his consistency and five podium finishes to make it close. The difference was only two points in the end, while finale winner Lucas Tarango finished only three points out of the top spot for another close championship chase at the Challenge.

In total, 168 drivers competed at the 2024 Challenge of the Americas over the six categories, including over 50 in the 100cc Senior category. The 2024 season also featured an increase in participation for the 60cc Cadet division, which bodes well for next year.

Be sure to follow updates at challengekarting.com regarding the 2025 Challenge of the Americas program, in addition to following the Facebook and Instagram pages.

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Attention all Sonoma Shifter Limited drivers

Attention all Sonoma Shifter Limited drivers:

After speaking with a few team owners and drivers, the Challenge of the Americas would like to extend an offer to your class members.
As there is no Rok Sonoma event for the month of April, we are offering a unique weekend package for the Shifter Limited class, which consists of:
  • No Friday practice, as we know that consistent with your class name, your time is limited as well.  
  • Only one set of race tires for the weekend, as we will run a special format of 3 short heat races, a pre-final and one final over the course of the weekend.  
  • Saturday morning will consist of 2 practice sessions and one qualifying session.   Saturday afternoon will consist of heat one and two.
  • Sunday will have another warmup and your final heat.  Sunday afternoon will consist of your pre-final and final.  
  • This should add up to close to 60 laps of racing for the weekend!
With no Friday practice and only one set of tires, your weekend entry with fuel/oil is only $900.  
In order for this to make sense for everyone, we need at least 10 entries by Friday March 22nd  in order to have enough time to have a set of awards built.  
Please go to the registration page https://www.challengekarting.com/registration/ and download the Sonoma Shifter Limited specific entry form. Simply fill in your personal information and your payment information and email it to ftk51@sbcglobal.net by 3/22 at midnight. We will not process your credit card until we reach 10 entries.
Entry forms without payment information will not count as an entry.  Remember we need 10 entries for this to make sense for everyone. When we hit 10, we will process the cards.  
In addition, Ron White Racing has pledged $500 to the winner of the class!!!!!!
It’s up to you to make this happen! Come have some fun at THE CHALLENGE of the AMERICAS.

Sonoma Registration & Information

Sonoma Registration is now open.
After two exciting race weekends in Arizona we are saying goodbye to the Sonoran Desert and hello to California and Sonoma wine country. Registration is open for the closing rounds of the 2024 Challenge of the Americas season at Sonoma Raceway. R5/R6 will take place April 12-14 on the National CW circuit, as we get set to crown the 2024 champions. Enter here – https://www.mom-system.com/race/ftk-promotions1709576887/

Pre Entry Deadline:
In order to fit everyone into a very small paddock & the need to have accurate fuel and tire projections for the final weekend, pre-entry will close at midnight 3/31

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Challenge of the Americas Sets Prize Package for 2024

Challenge of the Americas Sets Prize Package for 2024 with P1 Engines and Italian Motors Providing Additional Cash

The 17th season for Challenge of the Americas is a new era for the west coast winter series. Welcoming the Vega Tire as the official brand for the Challenge, the categories have also opened up to allow both ROK and IAME engine brands, in addition to the KZ platform for shifter competition. The prize package has also been altered for the 2024 season, welcoming a cash prize of $3,000 in total for each of the six categories competing this year – 60cc Cadet, 100cc Junior, 100cc Senior, 100cc Masters, Shifter Senior, and Shifter Masters.

Dating back to the start of The Challenge, tickets to each program’s ‘big event’ were awarded to the champions. Now that the series has become independent, The Challenge has moved to a cash purse for the 2024 championship prize package.

Challenge of the Americas will award cash prizes to the top-three finishers in the championship standings for all classes. The breakdown is as follows: 1st – $1,500 / 2nd – $1,000 / 3rd – $500.

Adding to the prize package for the championship podium is longtime series supporter P1 Engines. Jesus Vasquez and P1 have pledged an additional $1,500 to the championship podium for any class that averages 30 or more entries for the six rounds of The Challenge. That equates to the following breakdown: 1st – $2,000 / 2nd – $1,500 / 3rd – $1,000.

In 2023, both Senior 100cc and Junior 100cc averaged over 30 entries for the series. As of the final ‘Happy Hour’ pre-registration period on January 23, each class has reached the 30-mark for the upcoming opening weekend with at-track entries expected in all classes.

In addition, Italian Motors has stepped up with an additional $500 to the Shifter Senior and Shifter Masters championship prize package, provided that championship was earned with a TM KZ or X125 KZ (same as the homologated Modena KK3).

Challenge of the Americas kicks off the 2024 program at the Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson on February 2-4. To learn more about The Challenge, head to challengekarting.com

As Pre Entry Deadline Looms P1 Engines Adds to 2024 Prize Packages

PRE ENTRY DEADLINE IS MIDNIGHT TONIGHT – As entries roll in for our opening event at the Musselman Honda Circuit in two weeks we are still refining the complete 2024 prize package. All awards will be announced in the coming days, but Jesus Vasquez of P1 Engines Inc. just made things more interesting for the larger classes by adding an additional $1500 to the podium haul of any class that averages 30 or more entries for the 6 race series.

There is no catch like having to run a P1 motor, P1 sticker or even saying hi, just generous support of the series. 100cc Junior and 100cc Senior both surpassed that threshold in 2023, and they are on the verge of eclipsing it with one day left to pre enter.

Get your entries in today before the midnight deadline to make sure you have a chance to earn your championship and win a piece of this great prize.

Thank you again to Jesus Vasquez and P1 Engines for his continued support and trust in the Challenge.

Enter now: https://www.mom-system.com/race/ftk-promotions1701279895/