Cold Stone US Open of Las Vegas to Close Out in Style This Week in Sin City
Series finale to award over $100,000 in cash and prizes
As teams and drivers descend upon the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, the inaugural season of MAXSpeed Entertainment’s Cold Stone US Open presented by MG Tires and Chase/Brash Racing is set to conclude in style during Halloween weekend in Sin City. Championships are on the line in all 12 classes, with the bulk of the $200,000+ series prize package set to be awarded following the final races on Saturday. It will be a level playing field for all, as the temporary parking lot circuit will test the demands of all drivers in attendance. With additional points on the line for the third and final round of the US Open series, as well as a host of drivers battling for 2016 Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals (RMCGF) tickets, the event is sure to be one for the ages.
“MAXSpeed employees arrived in Las Vegas early last week to begin preparations for the finale event at the Rio,” explains Garett Potter, MAXSpeed Entertainment’s Director of Promotions. “The track setup is coming together, and it is exciting to see the teams and drivers arrive on site. The track configuration is going to put drivers to the test; it’s fast with a lot of opportunity for passing and it’s very technical. The racing is going to be awesome, and I can’t wait for drivers to hit the track!”
With class championships on the line, and a host of cash and prizes for race winners, all drivers will need to put everything on the line while in Sin City. Leading the points in AM Engines sponsored Rotax Micro MAX, Ugo Ugochukwu will need to reign supreme over a score of talented Micro drivers, including Diego LaRoque and Ashton Torgerson who sit second and third overall. Jak Crawford enters as the Mojo Tires Rotax Mini MAX leader, with teammates Nicholas d’Orlando and Payton Durrant close behind. In Grand Junction Motor Speedway sponsored Rotax Junior MAX, Trenton Estep will look to remain on top the point standings and the race podium to take the class title and RMCGF ticket. Sting Ray Robb will be one to watch as well as a host of international talent.
A familiar name tops the Rolison Performance Group Rotax Senior MAX class, as Oliver Askew looks to keep his name there and take his third race win in as many rounds. He’ll need to hold of the likes of Christian Brooks and Rinus Van Kalmthout among others for the title. Pro driver Michael Valiante is also set to tackle the Rotax Senior class in Vegas, and he and others look for a huge payday and RMCGF ticket. Derek Wang is the leader in Orsolon Racing Rotax Masters MAX while PSL Karting DD2 MAX Masters is lead by Luis Zervigon. A RMCGF ticket was added for DD2 Masters, adding names like Canadian Olympic figure skater Elvis Stojko and two-time Rotax World Champion Christophe Adams to the entry list. Ferenc Kancsar enters the US Open of Las Vegas as the points leader in Dallas Karting Complex Rotax DD2 MAX, with Jake French and Alessandro Bizzotto in hot pursuit. DTM pilot and Canadian racing star Robert Wickens is a highlight on the entry list and he’s certain to be a threat for the DD2 race win.
The shifter categories see Ryan Lewis leading Champion Racing Shifter Junior, Luke Shanahan on top in TruTech Racing Shifter Senior, Ryan Kinnear ahead in Falcone GP Shifter Masters and Jet Davis leading Falcone GP Shifter Veteran. The headline shifter class, PSL Karting Shifter Elite, will see points leader Davide Fore in an epic battle with Jordon Lennox and Sabre Cook for the title.
With so much at stake, MAXSpeed Entertainent will broadcast the Cold Stone US Open series finale live, starting Thursday, October 29. With live video, audio, and timing and scoring, tune into MSE Live! to follow all the action from the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
Spectator admission: $20 per day or $30 for three days
Kart Community United Halloween Activities
Wednesday, October 28 – Welcome and Thank You Party
Rio Presidential Suite from 8-11pm
Thursday, October 29 – Costume Contest and Trick-or-Treating
Grid/Paddock area following the day’s final heat race