So-Cal Rotax Challenge to Make History This Weekend
New era in United States Rotax Max Challenge racing begins in Southern California
Racers have a chance to be part of history this weekend as the inaugural So-Cal Rotax Challenge event will take place at the CalSpeedKartingCenter in Fontana, California. The March 9 event will serve as the opening round of the eight-race championship series, with is an official United States Rotax Max Challenge program for 2014 and beyond. The support from many regional race teams and shops has helped get the So-Cal Rotax Challenge program off the ground, and now the competition begins as racers work toward reaching the 2014 United States Rotax Grand Nationals. Racers who take part in the seven US Rotax Max Challenge categories at the So-Cal Rotax Challenge will earn ‘punches’ toward entry into the 2014 United States Rotax Grand Nationals at Miller Motorsports Park on July 17-20 in Tooele, Utah.
“I am excited to start the new era of Rotax racing in Southern California with the So-Cal Rotax Challenge,” stated series promoter Andy Seesemann. “While most know me as the promoter of the international Rotax Challenge of the Americas program, I got my start promoting races with the original Gatorz Karting Cup about 10 years ago. We built that program from nothing into a 90-driver series in just six classes. I hope to do the same with the So-Cal Rotax Challenge. This program is going to be more like a club or a light regional program, with the focus on having fun, without all of the drama.”
Eight karting companies have stepped up as class sponsors to offer their support of the So-Cal Rotax program for the inaugural 2014 season, all authorized Arrive-and-Drive vendors for series events. Each offers a wide variety of trackside support for the eight-round championship, servicing all the Rotax Max Challenge categories, as well as the KPV 1 and Honda Kid Kart divisions, which are also part of the program.
Micro Max: 2 Wild Karting
For nearly two decades now, 2 Wild Karting has serviced adrenaline junkies throughout Southern California. As an official Tony Kart dealer, the Laguna Hills operation is growing its Rotax Max Challenge race team program. In addition to its Arrive-and-Drive program, 2 Wild Karting offers many additional services, including driver coaching, pit services, transportation and storage.
Mini Max: Ryan Perry Motorsport
Ryan Perry Motorsports was created in 2012, focused purely on driver development. Utilizing the OTK brands, RPM’s sole purpose is to help guide its drivers to the top of the podium. Owner Ryan Perry has years of experience working with both top-level national and the monthly club racer, and he is driven to reach his drivers’ goals while garnering strong results.
Phone: (818) 825-6944
Junior Max: Nash Motorsportz
Experience and commitment are two words to describe the work ethic of Nash Motorsportz. Owners Seth and Tracie Nash have built their company on what is best for each client, and they have logged the results to prove it. They provide outstanding engineering and coaching for each of their drivers. Nash Motorsportz is also a Rotax Service Center and has a complete line of chassis and products.
Senior Max: Tru Tech Racing Engines
If winning is your top priority, Tru Tech Racing Engines can power you to victory. One of the newest Rotax Service Centers to open in the Los Angeles area, Tru Tech has found success early, thanks to hits hard work and dedicated trackside support at many club, regional and national events. The Laguna Hills-based engine shop also provides service on many other engine brands and models, including the Komet motor in KPV 1.
Masters Max: PSL SoCal
PSL is the leading worldwide distributor of CRG products, and PSL SoCal is the Los Angeles-area dealer for the top-of-the-line brand. Located just minutes away from the Auto Club Speedway facility, PSL SoCal’s new 5,000 square is equipped with the latest products and full-service engine workshop. With over 20 years of karting experience, PSL SoCal provides the passion and dedication to each and every customer’s success.
DD2/DD2 Masters: K1 Race Gear
K1 Race Gear was born in 2004, after K1 SPEED founder David Danglard took it upon himself to create his own line of quality racing gear. Products include a full line of Auto/Car Racing, Indoor/Outdoor kart racing gear and apparel for all ages, sizes and skill levels – each designed, tested and refined by drivers in various forms of motor sports utilizing only the highest quality materials with personalized customer service.
Honda Kid Kart:
Established in 1979, Mack Motorsports is a prominent engine shop specializing in 2-cycle racing. The family-owned business has garnered success in all forms of karting, and played a key role in the careers of several professional drivers, including Bryan Herta and Buddy Rice. Not only do they service 2-cycle engines, but the Upland, California-based operation also sells most karting products you need to get on track.
Phone: (951) 572-5802
KPV 1: Smokin Fast Motorsports
Veteran and champion karter Matt Johnson owns and operates Smokin Fast Motorsports – a trackside support and driver coaching program. The California native eats, sleeps and breaths racing, and has a true passion for the sport of karting. Johnson continues to compete at the top level of the sport, and since the recent creation of Smokin Fast Motorsports, has passed on the knowledge down to his many customers.
Phone: (702) 249-6916
Honda Performance Development/HPD has also stepped up as a series sponsor, providing support at each event for the Honda Kid Kart division. The Honda Kid Kart GX50 engine is HPD’s entry-level karting engine, with an expected engine life that will eclipse 200 hours. The engine is sealed to eliminate ‘blueprinting’ along with promote lower maintenance cost and engine parity. HPD will provide the series with five Honda Kid Kart motors to be used as rentals, with one to be awarded to the series champion. K1 Race Gear will also provide championship jackets to each driver who ends the season in the number one position in the point standings.
“I would like to thank our sponsors and supporters who have become our partners in this new endeavor,” added Seesemann. “Each has voiced their need to develop a program like this, and we are thrilled about the future. I’m excited to see everyone this weekend at CalSpeed, and I hope to see a number of new and familiar faces.”
The CalSpeedKartingCenter has quickly become the hub for karting in Southern California. Located just outside the Auto Club Speedway oval, the CalSpeed circuit is busy with karting action nearly every day of the year. Multiple karting clubs, series and organizations have utilized the 3/4-mile course in years past, and boost a very popular rental kart championship series and special events. For the opening round of the So-Cal Rotax Challenge, the counter-clockwise Grande layout will be set-up.
For all information regarding the So-Cal Rotax Challenge, be sure to bookmark the RotaxChallenge.com website.