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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.

Podcast – Week February 24, 2020 – Upcoming Events

www.tbkartusa.com is our current sponsor – Mini Monster is their newest chassis that has been updated and upgraded for the new homologation period

Ask for clubs and teams to provide information or schedule

Recent Past Events –

  • COTA ROK – CalSpeed – February 21-23 – Enhanced Series
  • BlueMax Kart Club
    • Stepping up social media presence
    • Good turn out in both the SR and Masters 206 Classes

Upcoming Events – 4 – 6 weeks out except special events

  • Quick mention of all events
  • Sponsored event receive added details and notes, plus mention Norcal Karters Calendar
  • MARCH 3 – Super Tuesday – VOTE
  • Kinsmen Kart Club – February March 1
  • SKUSA ProKart Challenge February 29 – March 1
  • NNKC Meeting – March 3 – 
  • March 8 Daylight Savings
  • Monday March 9, Thunderhill – Enhanced club – PreRegistration ends on March 2
  • March 13-15 – SKUSA ProTour – WinterNationals
  • March 14-15 – CCKRA
  • March 14-15 – Norcal 80cc Shifter at Prairie City
  • March 14-15 – Prairie City
  • March 15 – Stockton Little 99 – Wayne Bundy Memorial Race
  • Quick Run Down of Clubs on Calendar at NorcalKarters.com

Clubs and series are signing up for enhanced schedule listing

Check out the webpages for our current sponsors and the promoters who support our Norcal Karters Project.

www.tbkartusa.com

http://www.challengekarting.com

https://www.nnkcreno.com/

https://nckroadracing.com/

www.norcalkarters.com/calendar for a full list of upcoming karting events.


Norcal Karter Recent Site Updates

First off, thank you for your support and feedback for the website. If Norcal Karters becomes stale, please let us know.

We have some good news to share regarding our calendar and a few enhanced listings.

http://www.challengekarting.com/ – The West Coast Rok Cup USA Winter series was the first organizer to sign up for enhanced listings for our calendar.

So, who cares?

What does this mean?

It means, you can easily navigate from the norcalkarters.com/calendar directly to race event information for CotA / Challenge Karting. This is important because an underlying goal of Norcal Karters is to make events more accessible and help bring karting out of the dark age of technology and communication.

https://www.nnkcreno.com/ has been the second organization to see value in the enhanced listings. If you haven’t done so, go check out there site. It is well organized and they did a great job of including registration information directly into their events calendar.

And the https://nckroadracing.com/, club has signed up to be the third enhanced listing from our calendar. We are currently working on bringing their schedules and events live to the calendar with enhanced listings.

Also on the calendar, you can sort by your favorite club or series.

Another new feature that is new on NorcalKarters.com is the tracks page with an added pin drop map of all local kart tracks. http://www.norcalkarters.com/tracks/ . We know we need to work on updating some of the clubs and information, but we are chiseling away at it.

And to wrap up this update, we have seen incredible growth of the podcast series that we started last year. I enjoy doing the weekly updates as well as having special guests on. It has been a huge learning experience and I’m really enjoy this aspect of NorcalKarters. You can check out the latest episode on our podcast page – http://www.norcalkarters.com/podcast/

Again, Thank you for the support