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.

Challenge of the Americas Confirms Sponsors for 2022 Season

Industry partners show support for international west coast winter series

The 15th season for Challenge of the Americas is just days away from kicking off at the Musselman Honda Circuit on the January 28-30 weekend. ROK Cup USA racers from all over the western portion of North America will converge at the popular Tucson, Arizona facility for three days of competition to begin the 2022 season. Coming off a record-setting year in 2021, the anticipation for another record season continues to build as the opening two rounds of the schedule inch closer.

Among the final procedures in place prior to the opening weekend for the Challenge includes locking up the class sponsors for the 2022 season. Ten different businesses from within the karting community are showing their support for Challenge of the Americas and its racers for the upcoming three events to decide the 2022 champions. Continue reading

2022 Challenge of the Americas Registration Now Open

Challenge of the Americas set to crown the 15th season champions in March 2022, beginning with the series opener this January in Tucson

Entry and hotel rooms now available for opener in Tucson to begin 15th season

As of December 8, registration and room blocks for the 2022 ROK Cup Challenge of the Americas opener are now available. The upcoming season is the 15th edition of the program, set to begin on January 28-30 at the very fast and technical Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson, Arizona.

“We are less than 50 days from the start of the 2022 season here on the west coast,” stated series promoter Andy Seesemann. “Coming off the momentum from the record breaking ROK Vegas event, and the solid 2021 season we had with the Challenge and California ROK Championship, I expect to see more growth in 2022 across the board, beginning with our 15th season of the Challenge.” Continue reading

Registration for 2022 Challenge of the Americas Opens December 8

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