Rotax Can-Am ProKart Challenge Ready to Celebrate Fourth of July in Canby
Third stop of 2014 season scheduled for holiday weekend at Pat’s Acres Racing Complex
The Rotax Can-Am ProKart Challenge gets underway again next weekend at the Pat’s Acres Racing Complex (Photo: SeanBuur.com)
The second half of the 2014 Rotax Can-Am ProKart Challenge begins next weekend (July 4-6), as the program journeys to the historic Pat’s Acres Racing Complex. The Canby, Oregon facility was part of the inaugural season and set to host the third stop of this year’s championship chase. Superkarts! USA and United States Rotax Max Challenge racers will celebrate the Fourth of July weekend, completing two more rounds of action toward the point titles.
The points battle in the Black Flag Racing Senior Max has three drivers sitting within four points after four rounds of racing. Defending series champion Jake Craig used a double win weekend at McMinnville to launch himself to the top of the standings, jumping over Richland double winner Luke Selliken and former Team Canada member Bryce Choquer. Craig leads over Selliken by just two points with Choquer only four points out of first. They have over 100 points on fourth place driver Stepanova Nekeel with Andrew Zimmer sitting fifth.
The Wicked Fabrication Junior Max has just two drivers among the title chase at the halfway point. Austin Versteeg swept the opening two rounds, while Kyle Wick duplicated the same feat last month. Versteeg has accumulated the most points thus far, with Wick sitting back by just 10 points going to Pat’s Acres. Class rookie and 2013 Mini Max champion Sting Ray Robb sits third, and has the opportunity to join the championship chase should he perform in a similar fashion next weekend.
Edward Portz is the only driver in the Monster X Tour Mini Max division to win two main events on the season. He currently leads the standings by just six points over Round Three winner Conner Wick. Austin Toergerson, Marco Kacic, and Preston Anderson all sit within 100 points of Portz, setting up for what should be an exciting chase to the championship. The GoKart Hero Micro Max category saw Josh Pierson at the top of the podium in the opening three rounds. He leads the standings after four rounds, holding a 75 point advantage over Round Four winner Max Wright. Ryan Dezall sits third, still with a chance to make this a three driver battle.
Chad Wallace was put to the test in the Rolison Performance Group Masters Max category, with former US Rotax Grand Nationals champion Mike Daniel taking both feature wins at McMinnville. Wallace continues to lead the standings, and is looking to jump back on the winning streak. John Buzza experienced the same in DD2, as Colorado driver Sabré Cook made her Can-Am debut. Buzza swept Saturday’s action, but Cook scored the feature win Sunday. The two will go to battle once again next weekend. Derek Wang made it four straight in the DD2 Masters division, and is looking to lock up his second straight championship along with a ticket to the 2014 Rotax Grand Finals.
Ben Johnston has the advantage thus far in the S4 Master Stock Moto category following his sweep at McMinnville. Randy Word placed second both days with Tyler Shepard joining them on the podium. Kory Estell and Marco Eakins split the feature wins in the S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto division. Max Mulkey was able to win both features in his MVP LO206 Senior class debut, besting double Richland winner Bryan Green, who leads the point standings. Both RLV LO206 Junior main events at McMinnville were won by Tyler Besuyen in his series debut, but Jacob Gulick continues to lead the championship standings after four rounds.
The second annual Pine Wood Derby race will be held Friday evening following practice. Many of the kids enjoyed their time racing, as did the adults. Please be sure to contact the Can-Am officials for more information. Also, tires will be awarded along with Can-Am Bucks towards race entries for the final event in Chilliwack throughout the weekend. All information regarding entry to the Pat’s Acres Racing Complex event can be found at the online registration page, with Rotax competitors having until June 27 at 11:59pm PDT to receive the discounted price (SKUSA and LO206 racers have no pre-entry deadline). Hotel and other event specifics are listed on the Can-Am Event Page. Visit rotaxcanamprokartchallenge.com and be sure to follow the series on Facebook as the 2014 Rotax Can-Am ProKart Challenge continues.