Entry and hotel rooms blocks open for what is expected to be record season
The opening rounds of 15th edition of the ROK Cup Challenge of the Americas are just over two months away, and registration for the premier west coast winter series is set to open on Wednesday, December 8. The first race weekend on January 28-30 will green light the series at the popular and intensely competitive Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson, Arizona. In addition to the opening of pre-entry, the host hotel room blocks will also go live on December 8.
The 2021 season of the Challenge was highlighted by a new event-high entry record and an anticipated influx of Canadian racers should continue the year-on-year growth in numbers now that the Canadian-US border has opened. The positive series atmosphere, dedicated staff, and hardcore competition continues to bring racers back season after season. Continue reading
Both international winter program and California ROK Championship program tracks announced for 2022
ORANGE, CA (September 27, 2021) – The 15th season of FTK Promotions’ Challenge of the Americas series is just around the corner as the 2022 winter season is drawing closer. When the international west coast winter series begins this coming January, it will be celebrating not only the 15th year of the program, but the fifth season under the ROK Cup USA banner as well. Dates for the 2022 season were announced in July, and now, the tracks for all three events are confirmed.
The 2022 Challenge of the Americas season begins with a return to the Musselman Honda Circuit on January 28-30. The Challenge first visited the Tucson, Arizona in 2012 and has made seven visits in total since. The program’s February round (Feb 25-27) will bring the teams back to Arizona for a stop at the Phoenix Kart Racing Association track in Glendale. This season will mark the 11th time that COTA has visited the popular and challenging PKRA track. For a 10th time in series history, Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California will host the series finale, scheduled for March 25-27, 2022. Continue reading
Double-header weekend in Oregon returning next season for ROK Cup USA series
ORANGE, CA (August 26, 2021) – The California ROK Championship is set to conclude its third season with the series finale scheduled for the September 11-12 at the Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. The series, along with Challenge of the Americas program in the winter time, have welcomed record numbers in 2021. The California summer series branched out this year, similar to in 2020 when the program opened in Arizona due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a double round weekend in July at the Pat’s Acres Racing Complex in Oregon. FTK Promotions, owner and promoter of the California ROK Championship and Challenge of the Americas, has confirmed a return to the PARC facility for the 2022 season. Continue reading
Overwhelming survey request leads to popular stop in Pacific Northwest
When the event was announced in December of last year, racers from up and down the West Coast penciled the race onto their 2021 calendars. This past weekend, the California ROK Championship ventured north to Pat’s Acres Racing Complex in Canby, Oregon to host a race that would introduce the growing program to the Pacific Northwest and would also introduce this iconic racetrack to many of the California-based CRC competitors. During the off-season, series promoter Andy Seesemann sent out a survey to his team owners and racers asking which track they’d like to see on the CRC schedule in 2021, and the overwhelming majority asked for Pat’s Acres. Heading that far north was a bit of a gamble for Seesemann, but with the California ROK Challenge enjoying a surge of momentum in its third year, it was an extremely positive addition to the program. Several major teams filled the paddock at Pat’s, including Rolison Performance Group, GFC Karting, and Aluminos. The positive feedback has motivated Seesemann to confirm a return trip in 2022. Continue reading
International winter series to reach milestone mark
ORANGE, CA (July 9, 2021) – The 2022 season marks the 15th anniversary of the inaugural year of the premier west coast winter series – the Challenge of the Americas. The international program began in 2008, then under the Rotax Max Challenge banner, which was the engine platform until 2018 when COTA transitioned to the ROK Cup format. Over the last 14 years, the series has welcomed hundreds of karters from the United States, Canada, Mexico and select countries from around the world.
The series began back in 2008 with promoter Andy Seesemann having to overcome several obstacles, including the location for the first event, having to move one month before the scheduled debut. Moran Raceway in Beaumont, California was scheduled to be the location for the inaugural event, however, the facility owners sold the property prior to the race, forcing Seesemann to re-position the race at Willow Springs Raceway. The second Challenge event in Sonoma was plagued by torrential rainstorms that caused the cancellation of Sunday’s races, which would eventually be made up on the Friday of the series finale. That event at the X-Plex in Las Vegas was the last official race at that facility. Continue reading