West coast winter series evolves class line-up with exciting new offerings
NAMPA, ID (October 13, 2022) – The kick-off to the 16th season for Challenge of the Americas action is just over three months away and series promoter Andy Seesemann is excited to announce a planned evolution to the program’s class structure, highlighted by the introduction of the OK-N category, the FIA Karting’s newest formula. In addition, one of the West’s longest-running series will be offering the ROK Shifter Junior class in 2023. In the past, Junior gearbox racing has developed many professional drivers, but it is not currently offered anywhere in the United States. The Junior shifter class will utilize the ROK Shifter engine with a restricted header as more class specifics will be announced at a later time. These two categories will be part of a condensed eight-class program as a four of weakly-supported classes from 2022 will be dropped from the line-up. Continue reading
Tucson, Phoenix and Sonoma confirmed as the locations for 16th season of west coast international winter series
NAMPA, ID (September 21, 2022) – The locations have been confirmed for the upcoming 16th season for Challenge of the Americas program, beginning in February 2023. The premier winter karting series on the west coast is scheduled to travel to Arizona twice before wrapping up the season in northern California. The Challenge is excited to provide the 2023 season with events at the Musselman Honda Circuit, Phoenix Kart Racing Association, and Sonoma Raceway facilities.
The announcement comes following the statement made by CalSpeed Karting on September 15 that the Fontana, California facility will be closing permanently this coming December. The Challenge of the Americas had tentatively scheduled the series opener for the 2023 season for CalSpeed on the February 3-5 weekend. With the announcement of the popular southern California facility closing its doors, Challenge officials were forced to find a replacement, adding the Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson, Arizona as the season opener location. Continue reading
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.”
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
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