2023 Challenge of the Americas Dates Confirmed

16th season of west coast international winter series to span February to April

The 16th season for Challenge of the Americas program begins in five months as the premier winter karting series on the left coast has confirmed the dates for the three-race weekend program. Following a successful 15th anniversary season in the opening months of 2022, planning began early for the 2023 program and is making the final push toward the upcoming new season.

“It’s full speed ahead looking towards the next 15 years for Challenge of the Americas,” stated Andy Seesemann of FTK Promotions. “That milestone this winter was a great feeling after record numbers over the last two seasons. Now into our sixth season under the ROK Cup USA banner, we are excited about further growth and development of the Challenge.”

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California ROK Championship Focuses on Pat’s Acres Racing Complex

ROK Vegas prizes and more in special ‘winner-take-all’ weekend in Canby, Oregon

The California ROK Championship has already adjusted for the 2022 season and is continuing to modify moving forward. The Pat’s Acres Racing Complex event scheduled for June 24-26 will feature an updated format to the weekend’s activities. Racing at the historic Canby, Oregon facility is changing from a two-round structure to a ‘winner-take-all’ one-off event. On the line will be prizes for the ROK Vegas event scheduled for later this November.

“We are preparing for an event like no other in 2022 with our weekend at the Pat’s Acres Racing Complex,” stated California ROK Championship promoter Andy Seesemann. “Circumstances and the way the sport is evolving led to what I’m anticipating will be one of the most exciting weekends on the west coast for ROKKERS. The top-three finishers in all categories are receiving prizes to the ROK Vegas event this November. The three-days of action will lead up to the main events to close out the weekend and decide who goes home with the victories and awards.”

The Pat’s Acres Racing Complex facility dates to the 1930’s of hosting events before becoming a kart track in 1965, built by Harry Hegar. The facility was purchased by the Egger family in 1998 and remains a family-owned facility for both karting and other activities. PARC has hosted many national and regional events during its time with the 7/10-mile course providing a significant challenge to drivers in all categories.

With the changes to the Pat’s Acres Racing Complex, it comes with the recent cancellation of the Sonoma Raceway event originally scheduled for August 26-28.

“When we set out with the schedule for the three events of the California ROK Championship, we believed there was going to be enough spacing and time off for competitors to follow the full schedule,” added Seesemann. “Unfortunately, we were forced to drop the CalSpeed weekend and now with events being added in and around our Sonoma weekend, we’ve elected to remove that event from the program. This gives us our one-off, winner-take-all weekend at Pat’s in just three weeks.”

The format will include official practice, qualifying, heat races and a main event to close out the California ROK Championship event at Pat’s Acres Racing Complex for all classes. Prizes for the top-three finishers include;

1st place: ROK Vegas ticket (includes entry, race tires, fuel)
2nd place: ROK Vegas entry (entry only, no tires or fuel)
3rd place: ROK Vegas race tires (no entry or fuel)

Pre-registration is open for the California ROK Championship event at PARC at ChallengeKarting.com. The fee includes entry for Friday practice along with the racing over Saturday and Sunday, two sets of tires, fuel and oil along with pit pass for mechanic and driver (one set only for Mini ROK and Micro ROK).

For complete information regarding the California ROK Championship or Challenge of the Americas, visit challengekarting.com. More information, videos and photos can also be found on the Facebook and Instagram page.

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Registration opens for Pat’s Acres

Pre Registration is OPEN for PAT’S ACRES June 24-26
Pre Registration Deadline is June 17th at Midnight. All entries received after that are subject to the $100 late fee.

Dry camping at the track is available all week long for racers and their families. We encourage people to camp out at the track. For those of you who have never been to this iconic facility there is a river that runs around the property that is perfect for a summer time tube float. As a series we spend a lot of times at tracks in the Southwest. This is a great opportunity to see trees and a track with green grass. The lower pits (ie the grass) are open pitting for competitors, while the asphalt pits are for teams and sponsors who pre arranged for premier pit placement.

Pat’s Acres schedule for the week prior to our CRC event is tentatively: Monday track closed. Tues-Thurs track run practice, alternating with rentals. Check with the track for the most up to date information and for their specific facility rules. https://patsacres.com/kart-racing/

CANBY, OR 97013

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CRC Withdraws CalSpeed event and shifts focus to Pat’s Acres.

After assessing pre-entry totals and speaking with several of our supporting teams, California Rok Championship promoter Andy Seesemann has decided to close entries and cancel the May 20-22nd CalSpeed event of the California Rok Championship.

“With the projected entry numbers far less than expected, the event was simply not sustainable,” details Andy. “After speaking with the teams, the schedule in Southern California is just too busy.  Our event was right in the middle of 8 racing events over a 9-week span.  Unfortunately, something had to give. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused, and I will personally contact all our pre-entries to issue a full refund or credit towards a future event.” Continue reading

Registration Available for 2022 California ROK Championship Opener at CalSpeed

New season set to begin on May 20-22 weekend for summer ROK Cup USA west coast program

Over the last five years, for ROKKERS on the West Coast, the turn of the page to a new calendar means the start of Challenge of the Americas. The three-weekend winter series is a strong component of the ROK Cup USA program. In 2019, COTA promoter Andy Seesemann launched a new summer series in response to requests from several team owners to add well-run regional events to the ROK schedule in the region. The California ROK Championship was born and over the last three years, it has developed a solid following of teams and drivers.

CalSpeed Karting (Photo: Sean Buur)

Seesemann has experimented with different weekend approaches over the previous editions to gauge the best response, and this year’s CRC will feature three race weekends which will be run in May, June, and August. The series will use the same weekend format as the Challenge, including two full rounds of racing per event, which is extremely popular with his community of racers.

Starting in the SoCal palm trees, to evergreens in the NorthWest and ending with Sonoma grape vines, 2022 will be the best CRC season in its 4 year history!The opening doubleheader will take place on the May 20-22 weekend at CalSpeed Karting. The Fontana, California facility has always provided a packed paddock for the Challenge of the Americas events – thanks to the ‘Calspeed Bump’ as it’s referred to – and a strong line-up of racers is expected for the first CRC race weekend of the season. Registration is now open at challengekarting.com.

Pat’s Acres Racing Complex (Photo: PARC)

The second event will be hosted at the iconic Pat’s Acres Racing Complex in Canby, Oregon. Seesemann sent out a survey of his racers ahead of the 2021 season asking which tracks racers wanted on the schedule. Racers were asked if there a track that they hadn’t been to that they’d love to see on the schedule? The overwhelming response was PARC in the Pacific Northwest, and last year’s initial trip to the picturesque facility was deemed a success by all involved. The return to the facility is scheduled for June 24-26.

eKartingNews.com will be in attendance to provide full EKN Trackside Live coverage. Veteran announcer Rob Howden made his first trips to PARC back in the late 90s, early 2000s and thrilled to be returning with EKN Managing Editor David Cole visiting the historic circuit for the first time. Howden will be calling the action all weekend long, streaming the audio on the eKartingNews.com/live page with Cole providing full updates, top-10 results, images and videos on social media.

Sonoma Raceway karting circuit (Photo: Sonoma Raceway)

The California ROK Championship finale will be run at Sonoma Raceway on the August 26-28 weekend. The Sonoma facility hosts its own ROK club program, which should help increase the attendance and level of competition for the last event of the 2022 championship.

“I am really excited about this year’s California ROK Championship schedule,” stated Seesemann. “With no major conflicts for any of the events, its poised to be our biggest season ever for CRC. I am happy to get EKN up to Pat’s, which I hope will become a mid-Summer staple on many teams’ calendars for many years. Many in the sport have never visited this historic track, and it should be a great event for all. Starting in the SoCal palm trees, to the evergreens in the Northwest and ending with wine country grape vines, 2022 will be the best CRC season in its four-year history!”

Be sure to click over to ChallengeKarting.com to learn more about this year’s California ROK Championship and to follow Challenge Karting on Facebook and Instagram.