Monthly Archives: May 2020

New How To Karting Video on YouTube from Norcal Karters

I’ve been working on adding more How To and Do It Yourself Karting videos to my YouTube Channel –

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMqcyNxHL7Zs03w0poPD3tg/featured

The last video featured was a How To Use a Karting Specific Chain Breaker

If you find the content helpful or valuable, consider a donation – https://www.paypal.me/Norcalkarters

Norcal Karters Updates 5/27/2020

Tracks are slowly opening and the teams and drivers are starting to look forward to the next race in Norcal. In the meantime, we have news that a few series and tracks are having events, just a little outside of Northern California

Norcal Karters supporting series, http://www.ChallengeKarting.com, kicks off their California Rok Championship…………………in Phoenix, AZ. The decision was made to move the opening round to the Phoenix Kart Racing Association facility to minimize questions, shutdowns, delays, or overly oppressed government controls (my words, not Andy’s). You can pre-register for the event at http://www.challengekarting.com/crc-phoenix-kart-racing-association/

Andy Seesemann joined us on our podcast, you can listen here – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/28021927

I have also updated our calendar to show the new date for the above Rok Cup event. http://www.norcalkarters.com/calendar

SKUSA California ProKart Challenge is also combining rounds 2 and 3 and visiting the Willow Springs Facility. https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/2020-prokart-challenge-round-2-3-willow-springs-intl-raceway-superkarts-758819

We also had some other great podcast guests over the past month. Gary Carlton, http://www.gkckarting.com, joined us for 4 straight weeks to talk about his karting history from his Junior days all the way to the present. I really enjoyed this series.

The Early Years – Emmick, Kosmic / JM of Norcal, SwedeTech, Region 11 IKF – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/26738687

The Trackmagic Era – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/27123233

The European Adventure from PCH Motorsports to Deportation – https://www.spreaker.com/user/11321387/gfc-karting-episode-3-the-european-exper

A recap of the Mini Series with GFC, and the NOW! https://www.spreaker.com/episode/28325950

In between the Gary Carlton Mini Podcast Series, we had Derek Jones, https://www.powerrepublic.com.au/, owner of Power Republic. Derek is also a content maker on YouTube with hundreds of karting How To Videos. He will definitely be back on our show because I had a great conversation with him. He brings great value to karting, even from Down Under.

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Challenge Karting – Phoenix – June 19 -20, 2020

Breaking Tuesday afternoon (May12th), the California ROK Championship announced it is crossing the border into Arizona to open the 2020 season. The regional program confirmed the opening round of the championship to be held on June 19-20 at the Phoenix Kart Racing Association facility in Glendale, Arizona. The event is set to be one of the first major events since the COVID-19 pandemic shut the sport and the world down in early March.

EKN spoke with series promoter Andy Seesemann regarding the event, which is scheduled to be a two-day race weekend with Friday-Saturday format. This schedule will allow racers to return home to enjoy the Father’s Day holiday on Sunday. Track time will be focused on the afternoon and evening hours with the warmer temperatures already hitting the Phoenix area.

“Over the last month, we’ve been working day-to-day with multiple facilities within our area to get back to racing,” stated Andy Seesemann of the California ROK Championship. “Of course, our goal is to provide a safe event and keep in line with local and state social distancing guidelines. We are working with PKRA to provide a safe, structured procedure from the time you enter the paddock to when you leave for home.”

Seesemann stated the sale of pit passes will be removed from the event to limit the amount of contact between attendees and officials, as well as limit the number of people on the property  Each driver who enters the event will receive their driver pass along with one other for a mechanic/helper. Drivers who are minors will be permitted an additional pit pass to allow a parent and mechanic or two parents.

“The PKRA has been a partner for many years and I believe that they’re probably operating in a fashion that is closest to normal of the facilities in the area. They’re taking the safety of their community and customers seriously and they have the most legitimate processes and procedures in place,” added Seesemann. “While I know that some tracks are operating ‘under the radar’ or offering practice for small groups, PKRA has explicit permission from the county to operate.  They are on county land and already have protocols in place in terms of operation. When putting on an event in these uncertain times, we need to have assurance that a local political official or sheriff won’t come in and shut the event down. We cannot arrange events on a handshake or a wink.  Going to PKRA removes this risk.”

As the standard pit pass fees are removed for the event, the entry is a flat fee of $500 per entry in all categories. The entry includes Friday practice, Saturday racing fees along with one set of Bridgestone YLR tires for the category you compete in. Classes to be contested include the following:

Shifter ROK
Shifter Masters ROK
Senior ROK
Masters ROK
Junior ROK
Senior 100cc
Masters 100cc
Junior 100cc
Mini TaG
Micro TaG

The Mini TaG and Micro TaG categories will be a combination of ROK and IAME engines permitted.  “We recognize that there are a lot of cadet racers out there that want to get back at it”, stated Seesemann, “both 60cc engine brands run well together on track and therefore we welcome our IAME cadet racers to come to the party.”

A weekend schedule is currently being constructed along with a registration page and other details to be published on the ChallengeKarting.com website.  There will be no onsite entries, therefore all racers must enter online by the closing date of June 14 , as this will allow the series to properly prep for limited contact check-in.   Racers are asked to bring their own VP C12 fuel and Motul oil. No fuel or oil will be available for purchase through the California ROK Championship onsite. CRC asks you to purchase these items through your team or favorite kart shop.

Seesemann also mentioned to EKN his mission to host a full four-event California ROK Championship. The schedule as of today includes this new PKRA event, a July weekend in Sonoma, Santa Maria in August, and back to Sonoma in September for the finale and warm-up to the ROK Fest West.

“Our goal is to utilize our existing CRC dates to run a complete four-race California ROK Championship program, even though we are starting outside of California. Hopefully, we can accomplish this, but some locations may need to change due to local restrictions. We will continue with our format of the best three rounds of results to crown champions at the end of the series.”

Champions of the California ROK Championship program will earn tickets to compete at ROK the RIO in November. Vice-champions in each category earn a partial ticket to the Vegas event, which includes the entry portion, with those racers needing to purchase their tires for the event. Third place in the standings for the CRC program win a set of Bridgestone YLR tires.

Finally, anyone with an entry on account from the cancelled Challenge of the Americas finale simply needs to email ftk51@sbcglobal.net in order to apply that credit towards this or any future event.This entry was posted in California ROK ChampionshipChallenge of the AmericasPhoenix by challenge-admin. Bookmark the permalink.