EKN Trackside: 2020 Challenge of the Americas – Tucson Preview

Third year under ROK Cup USA banner begins at Musselman Honda Circuit

Jan 23, 2020
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The 13th season for Challenge of the Americas is set to kick off this weekend at the Musselman Honda Circuit. ROKkers from all over North America will converge on the Tucson, Arizona facility from January 24-26 to contest the opening two rounds of the premier winter series on the left coast. Nearly 100 drivers are […]

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Full Throttle Karting Becomes Western Distributor for ROK Engines and Parts

Experienced California-based company helps expand customer service for left half of United States

Jan 07, 2020
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The ROK Cup platform is continuing its expansion throughout North America entering the 2020 season. One of the key pieces to growth is the establishment of a new Western United States distributor for all ROK engines and parts. California-based Full Throttle Karting is taking on the task, providing dealers and shops with excellent customer service, […]

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2020 California ROK Championship Program Confirmed

Schedule and partnership with ROK Sonoma forms the four-event championship series under ROK Cup USA banner

Dec 23, 2019
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The California ROK Championship, launched in 2019, has become an outlet for ROK Cup USA drivers to enjoy a regional traveling series within the ‘Golden State’. As numbers increase across the state and throughout North America under the ROK Cup USA banner, the 2020 California ROK Championship program is expecting growth for the new season. […]

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Dec 10, 2019
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The 2020 season is just around the corner, and thus the winter programs are less than a month away from hitting the track. Challenge of the Americas is set to enter its 13th season, the third under the ROK Cup USA banner. Series promoter Andy Seesemann is always a favorite to have on the EKN […]

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Team GFC Primed for Nationwide Success in 2020

Winter series, NorCal regional programs and major events on the schedule

Dec 05, 2019
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Team GFC is already in full swing in its preparation for the upcoming 2020 karting season. The team’s headquarters are based in Northern California, and owner Gary Carlton’s entire staff is pushing hard to continue and build on their 2019 success. This past year saw Team GFC’s first full season of competition and featured a […]

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EKN Trackside: 2019 ROK Cup USA ROK the RIO – Preview

Entry numbers surpass 300 for ROKtober Fest in Las Vegas

Oct 29, 2019
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History will be made this week in Las Vegas as the 2019 ROK Cup USA ROK the RIO takes place outside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. A record 309 entries are confirmed for the four days of action in Las Vegas to compete in the second edition of the event, making it the largest […]

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OnTrack: Birel ART RY30 / Vortex ROK VLR100

Getting back in the seat to sample the sport’s hottest new category

Oct 25, 2019
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With a regularly packed schedule of over 25+ races on my annual travel calendar, I will normally jump at any chance to strap on the helmet and compete. Sadly, I didn’t get an opportunity to drive in a single kart race in 2018, and it was the first year since I started karting in 1995 […]

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2019 Rok Cup Superfinal – Saturday Report

Myers and Jader-David place runner-up as Crupi and Zilisch score top-five results to represent North America

Oct 14, 2019
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The 2019 Rok Cup Superfinal closed out on Saturday with the final heat races, the special trophy main events and the Finals contested at the South Garda Karting in Lonato, Italy. The over 400 drivers from 52 countries took part in the annual event to crown this year’s champions in the seven Rok Cup categories. […]

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2019 Rok Cup Superfinal – Friday Report

Myers remains at front in South Garda with North Americans surviving full day of heat races

Oct 11, 2019
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The second full day of competition concluded at the South Garda Karting facility in Lonato, Italy for the 2019 Rok Cup Superfinal event. The over 400 drivers from around the world completed Friday’s schedule on the track which included 28 heat races for the six ROK categories. Many of the ROK Cup USA / Canada […]

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2019 Rok Cup Superfinal – Thursday Report

Sorensen bags P1 in Mini to lead Team USA on opening day of action

Oct 10, 2019
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Over 400 competitors from around the world have converged onto the hallowed grounds of the South Garda Karting facility in Lonato, Italy for the 2019 Rok Cup Superfinal. All different continents and countries are represented, with a solid lineup of North American drivers there representing ROK Cup USA. While many have been on site for […]

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2019 Rok Cup Superfinal Set for October 9-12

Over 400 drivers, including many from North America, set to battle at famed South Garda Karting in Italy

Oct 08, 2019
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The seventeenth edition of the Rok Cup Superfinal is set to welcome ‘Rokkers’ from all over the world to the South Garda Karting facility on October 9-12. A total of 435 drivers from 52 countries and five continents will compete in seven Rok categories at the famed Lonato, Italy facility. The event is non stop […]

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Sep 30, 2019
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Changing things up from previous years, ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru has revealed their 2020 schedule. Working with both the Challenge of the Americas (COTA) and California ROK Championship (CRC), ROK Sonoma will kick off their eight-race season in late March and finish in mid-October. With two combined events where ROK Sonoma will share events […]

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California ROK Championship and Formula Karting Championship Combine Forces

Season finale for both programs set for Labor Day weekend ‘Summer ROK Party’ at CalSpeed Karting

Aug 16, 2019
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The summer season is coming to a close, as is a number of karting programs across North America. To celebrate the end of their 2019 seasons, the California ROK Championship and Formula Karting Championship are combining forces and working together to offer the ‘Summer ROK Party’. The August 31-September 1 event is sending out invitations […]

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2020 Challenge of the Americas Dates and Venues Released

Season 13 scheduled for premier left coast winter series

Jul 18, 2019
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As we turned the calendar on the first half of 2019, plans are underway for the 2020 karting season. Among the first programs to release a schedule for the upcoming racing calendar is Challenge of the Americas. The ROK Cup USA championship series is the premier left coast winter series, set to host the 13th […]

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Apr 19, 2019
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The Dual Weekend Double Double program concluded with the series finale for Challenge of the Americas. The Rok Cup USA program hosted Rounds Five and Six at the Simraceway Performance Karting Center in Sonoma, California on April 5-7. Nine class champions were decided with six tickets to the Rok Cup Superfinal in Italy, and three […]

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2019 Challenge of the Americas Champions Crowned in Sonoma

Tickets to Rok Cup International Final and ROK the RIO handed out after series finale in Sonoma

Apr 17, 2019
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The 12th season for Challenge of the Americas was wrapped up in style during the first weekend of April in Sonoma, California, completing the six-round championship chase. In a unique end to the season, all nine champions earned their first ever Challenge of the Americas titles. The 2019 campaign marked the second season that the […]

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Apr 09, 2019
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After a couple days of on and off rain, and cool temperatures at the Simraceway Performance Karting Center in Sonoma, the drivers and teams in the paddock for this final weekend of the 2019 Challenge of the Americas program were provided with a dry day of competition and some sunshine to decide their championships. With […]

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EKN Trackside: 2019 Challenge of the Americas – Sonoma Saturday Report

Season finale weekend gets underway in unpredictable conditions

Apr 06, 2019
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As it has for the last six seasons, the Challenge of the Americas capped its championship with a doubleheader weekend at the beautiful Simraceway Performance Karting Center in Sonoma, CA. Saturday’s action was the fifth race of the year, and everyone near the top of the point standings came into the day looking for quality […]

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EKN Trackside: 2019 Challenge of the Americas – Sonoma Preview

Championships to be decided at Simraceway Performance Karting Center

Apr 05, 2019
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The 2019 Challenge of the Americas will close out the season this weekend at the Simraceway Performance Karting Center in Sonoma, California. After two doubleheader events in February and March, Round Five and Six will conclude the premier winter series on the left coast. This is the seventh straight year that the championships will be […]

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Morning Coffee: Dual Weekend Double Double

Schedule conflicts will send EKN staff to four races over two weekends

Mar 27, 2019
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Every year, as the new racing schedules start landing in our email inboxes at EKN, David Cole and I begin assembling both our personal travel schedules and our plans for the coming year’s EKN Trackside Live Tour. More than any other season, this year’s schedule was hit with date conflicts, which we knew would make […]

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