We knew when we introduced OK-N to the US and the World (Challenge was the first organization to ever hold an OK-N race last February) that it was going to require some work to build the class. Last year we averaged 9 entries in a brand new category before there were 25 engines on the North American continent. We knew that was a great accomplishment and something to build on for 2024. That being said, we are now at an inflection point, where the lack of competitor commitment has placed the class in jeopardy. Notice that I said “commitment” and not “interest”, because there is plenty of interest. Interest is great, but it’s the commitment that tells the story. You can be interested in making a New Years resolution, but until you commit to it, it really doesn’t matter.
Our entry has been open for 42 days. At this point in time, Shea Aldrich is our only entry in the class. Thank you Shea for committing. Also at this point in time, I have had 5 or 6 other non-entered competitors contact me to ask how many entries we had. When I told them zero or one, they entered another class or still had not committed to enter the class.
We all know how this works, numbers build numbers, but conversely lack of numbers breeds a lack of numbers.
Since a half dozen competitors have contacted me about the class, I can predict that there are another half dozen that were on the fence, but had “heard” about the lack of entries. With all of those, we could have a class of 12 or more. A 33% increase over last year.
Instead, we have a class of one.
At this point, just like other organizations with other classes, we have to put OK-N on the chopping block. Our pre-entry closes in 8 days, on January 19th, but we need to have at least 6 more entries by Monday January 15th to offer the class.
REPEAT: We need to have 6 more paid entries in the registration system by Monday January 15th to offer the class. Not a call, not an email, a paid entry in the system. If we cancel the class, we will transfer your entry to another class of your choice.
Enter by the 15th or lose this fantastic class: https://www.mom-system.com/race/ftk-promotions1701279895/
2024 Challenge of the Americas Schedule
February 2-4, 2024: Musselman Honda Circuit (Clockwise) – Tucson, Arizona
March 1-3, 2024: Musselman Honda Circuit (Counter Clockwise) – Tucson, Arizona
April 12-14, 2024: Sonoma Raceway – Sonoma, California