100 Days to the 2013 Rotax Grand Finals in New Orleans
Countdown continues until Rotax world championship hits United States soil for first time in November
The end of the 2013 United States Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals this past weekend – held at the new GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina – marked 100 days until this year’s Rotax Grand Finals. The Rotax world championship will bring over 300 drivers from around the world to the United States for the first time in the event’s history. On November 13-16, the ‘Olympics of Karting’ will be held at the NOLAMotorsportsPark in New Orleans, Louisiana.
To celebrate the date, GoRotax.com and the MAXSpeed Group released the following video to give competitors and karting fans a look at what to expect when visiting the NOLA facility and New Orleans.
Following the US Rotax Grand Nationals, Team USA gained a number of competitors to its roster.
Fritz Leesmann (Challenge of the Americas – champion)
Daniel Formal (US Rotax Grand Nationals – champion)
Sean Owens (US Rotax Grand Nationals – runner-up)
Phillip Arscott (Challenge of the Americas – champion)
Oliver Askew (US Rotax Grand Nationals – champion)
Sam Beasley (US Rotax Grand Nationals – runner-up)
Alan Rudolph (Challenge of the Americas/US Rotax Grand Nationals – champion)
Mike Jones (US Rotax Grand Nationals – runner-up)
Rene Martinelli (US Rotax Grand Nationals – third place)
Blaine Rocha (Challenge of the Americas – champion)
Juan Manuel Correa (US Rotax Grand Nationals – champion)
Ashley Rogero (US Rotax Grand Nationals – runner-up)
Team Canada began filling its roster at the recent Western Canadian Championships and will add more at the upcoming Canadian National Championships on August 23-25 at the Goodwood Kartways in Ontario. Follow coverage of that event and more on Team Canada at www.ekartingnews.ca
Four more tickets to the Rotax Grand Finals will officially be awarded following the final round of the Can-Am Karting Challenge on September 20-22 at the Southern Oregon Karters facility in Medford, Oregon. Americans Joey Wimsett, Derek Wang, and Luke Selliken have provisional championships in DD2, DD2 Masters and Junior Max, with the Senior Max title still up for grabs in the final two rounds.
The FINAL four tickets to be awarded world-wide will be available at the Pan-American Challenge on October 8-13, held at the NOLAMotorsportsPark. Many competitors already locked into the 2013 Rotax Grand Finals will take the opportunity to test at the host facility, while others will give one final roll of the dice to secure a spot at the Rotax world championship.