OK-N Class Debuts in Tucson for COTA 2023
Our 2023 Challenge of the Americas Tucson event will be the very first OK-N race in history, and we realize we will have to adapt and make a few concessions. We understand that some potential racers are still procuring engines to be able to race. Therefore, we are suspending the late fee for OK-N entries. If you are waiting for an engine and will be a last-minute entry, it is OK. We recognize that supply is growing and sometimes lagging. So, you may enter at the event with no penalty. Yes, zero $250 late fee for all OK-N entries who register at the event in Tucson.
In addition, we understand that the OK-N class will grow exponentially over the course of the Challenge of the Americas, with more drivers entering as the series progresses. Therefore, this first weekend will be treated as a stand-alone event, outside of any championship per se. Should the engine situation become more stable, we will start a “championship” in Phoenix. Continue reading
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.”