Micro MAX and Mini MAX in Support at The Rotax Grand Finals!

The MAXSpeed Group is very pleased to officially announce the presence of the Micro MAX and Mini MAX categories at the 2013 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals (RMCGF).

logo_rmcgf_MM_nola_2013_300The US Rotax MAX Challenge Director, Josh Smith, had this to say about the announcement, “With the Grand Finals coming to the United States in 2013, this was our opportunity to bring the entire Rotax family together. In doing this, we are creating an environment for the youngest drivers in the North American Rotax community to experience firsthand an event that is truly unique in the world. In addition, this is great for spectators too because the Micro and Mini MAX races are always fun to watch.”

micro_start_300Josh also shared some additional thoughts, “With the presence of these two additional categories, NOLA Motorsposrts Park will host 356 drivers for the Grand Finals. This will be the highest level of participation in the history of this event! I want to sincerely thank BRP-Powertrain for their confidence and support in the exceptional development of the Rotax series in the United States. We are already very eager and excited to welcome the world’s best karting drivers to Louisiana in a few months”.

From Patrick Moreau, director of the Canadian RMC, “At the national level, the Rotax MAX Challenge has been a complete program for many years. Having the Micro MAX and Mini MAX classes at the Grand Finals is be the best way to show the whole program to the karting community in one fantastic setting. This event will also be a perfect wrap of our 2013 racing season.”

Patrick also sees the NOLA Invitational as a positive step towards the future for the North American Rotax programs, “With the Grand Finals in North America, our young drivers will experience an opportunity of a lifetime. They will have the chance to see and meet the world’s best drivers and this will surely give them the passion to climb the Rotax ladder and become world champion. No one has ever won the triple crown at the Grand Finals (Max Junior, Max Senior and DD2 titles), and, I dream to see it happen for a North American driver, and show the world how good our drivers are”.

For this unique event, only 34 Micro and 34 Mini Max drivers will be invited to compete. Due to international regulation, these classes will only be open to WKA and Canadian licensed drivers.

As this just has been confirmed, details for qualification will be announced before March 1st.
Reminder: the event will be held in November at the karting facility at the NOLA Motorsports Park, just outside New Orleans.
In the weeks to come, The MAXSpeed Group will be releasing more information on the Micro and Mini Grand Final event.

To keep up to date on the latest news, go to www.GoRotax.com and be sure to “like” us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gorotax for more information.

ROTAX CHALLENGE OF THE AMERICAS BEGINS 2013 SEASON IN TUCSON

CotALogo2013Competitors battle rare cold temperature in Arizona and tough competition at International Rotax Max Challenge

ORANGE, CA (January 16, 2013) – The journey to New Orleans began this past weekend as the Rotax Challenge of the Americas hosted the opening two rounds of the 2013 season. The international Rotax Max Challenge program traveled to the Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson, Arizona where unusually cold temperatures challenged the record-breaking 129 drivers in attendance. The competition was fierce as only two drivers were able to record double wins on the weekend in the seven Rotax Max Challenge categories, four of which will see the series champions awarded tickets to the Rotax Grand Finals in November.

The Buddy Rice Karting Senior Max division welcomed the largest amount of drivers (35) on the weekend as Pacific Northwest drivers Parker McKean and Phillip Arscott scored victories. Californian Mason Marotta was the top qualifier in round one, and he was run down by Arscott in the Prefinal to set up the front row for the Main Event. Contact in the opening corner sent both Arscott and Marotta off course, allowing McKean to slide through with the lead. He went on to score the win by a comfortable six-second margin over Louie Pagano and Alejandro Fernandez. Sunday was a sweeping performance by Arscott, as he qualified in the pole position, and went on to score wire-to-wire wins in the Prefinal and Final for his first series victory. Colorado’s Will Owen secured a series best finish of second with Pagano completing the podium.

Defending Challenge champion Fritz Leesmann began where he left off last season, winning both main events on the weekend in the Dallas Karting Complex DD2 division. The Californian swept the proceedings both days to score maximum points toward a possible second straight point championship, which will be decided in March. Series rookies Andrew Evans and Sean Owens ran second and third both days. The Billet Performance DD2 Masters class tripled in entrants over last year’s numbers with 2012 Team USA members Mike Jones and Alan Rudolph earning wins on the weekend. Rudolph was the top qualifier in round one, but was demoted in a great Prefinal battle with Jones scoring the win. Jones triumphed once again in the 25-lap Final, outrunning Rudolph with defending series champion John Crow in third. Rudolph qualified on pole position in round two, but a spin in the Prefinal dropped him down the order, giving the rest of the field a chance at the win. Jones won the race long battle and started the Final from position one. Contact in the opening corner however dropped Jones out of contention, allowing Rudolph to slide through from fourth for the lead. He went on to earn the victory by 10 seconds over 2012 Masters Max champion Paul Bonilla with Crow in third once again.

Teammates Luke Selliken and Blaine Rocha dominated the 32-driver field in the Rolison Performance Group Junior Max class on the weekend. Northern California driver Sonny Cervelli shocked the paddock with the fast time in the cold qualifying session. Selliken however struck early in the Prefinal, as he advanced forward from fifth on the grid to earn the win. The 2012 vice-champion went on to record the fast laps of the race en route to lead all 25 laps of the Main Event for the round one victory. Young drivers Noah Grey and Austin Versteeg rounded out the podium. Selliken began round two as the top qualifier, but was outrun by Rocha. After starting the Prefinal fourth, the Californian won the Prefinal by just over a second, and led all 25 laps in the Final to win by three seconds for his second straight year winning at the Tucson facility. Selliken ran runner-up to Rocha in both races with Brendan Baker winning the battle for the third position.

In the support classes, Diego Pelosi was the only driver aside from Leesmann to stand at the top of the podium twice on the weekend, winning in the CRG-USA Masters Max category. Ryan Casner was the top qualifier to open up the action in round one, earning the Prefinal win in the process. While leading the final, Casner experienced a brake issue and spun out, handing the lead and the win to Pelosi. Donald Durbin Jr. was second with Utah’s Justin Peck in third. Pelosi was the top driver early on in round two, topping the charts in qualifying and the Prefinal. A three driver battle in the Main Event ended with Durbin taking the checkered flag first, but was penalized for contact. This promoted Pelosi to the first place position, dropping Durbin to third and moving Peck up to second.

Horatio Fitz-Simon and Sting Ray Robb were the victors in the HoleShot Drive Systems Mini Max division. Fitz-Simon came from 16th on the grid to score an emotional last-to-first win, edging out Robb and David Rafailov. Robb outlasted the competition on Sunday, beating Rafailov to the line for the win as Fitz-Simon won the battle for third. Rounding out the event, the Overdrive Motorsports Micro Max class saw Liam Letzsch and Payton Durrant taking top honors. Letzsch won after provisional winner Anthony Willis was given a three-second penalty for a starting lane infraction. Filip Niemkiewicz ended up second with Canadian Marco Kacic in third. Durrant drove away from the field on Sunday for a near five-second margin of victory with Letzsch in second and Willis edging out the competition for third.

The Challenge will return to action on February 8-10 as rounds three and four of the six-race championship visit the Phoenix Kart Racing Association facility in Phoenix, Arizona.

ROTAX CHALLENGE OF THE AMERICAS PARTNERS WITH LEADING INDUSTRY MEMBERS

 

CotALogo2013Number of karting companies show their support for 2013 series beginning in two weeks

ORANGE, CA (December 28, 2012) – In just two weeks, the journey toward the 2013 Rotax Grand Finals in New Orleans begins as one of the first Rotax Max Challenge programs opens the new season – Rotax Challenge of the Americas. The Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson, Arizona will host the top drivers from across North America on January 11-13 as they contest the opening two rounds of the international Rotax series, where four of the class champions will be awarded with a ticket to the ‘Olympics of Karting’ set for November of 2013.

Seven karting companies have step up to offer their support of the Challenge of the Americas program for the 2013 season as class sponsors, all authorized Arrive and Drive vendors for series events. Each offers a wide variety of trackside support for the three weekends of The Challenge, servicing all the Rotax Max Challenge categories.

Senior Max – Buddy Rice Karting: Owned and operated by 2004 Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice, BRK is a longtime supporter of The Challenge. Buddy Rice Karting is the official importer of Energy Karts and distributor of OMP, Uni Pro and Rotax products. Their trackside support is among the best within the industry, providing mechanics, data analysis, driver coaching, kart prep, catered hospitality along with Rotax engine service and rental. With numerous local, regional and national titles to their credit, including the 2012 Mini Max title with Christian Brooks and Junior Max with Parker Thompson in 2011, Buddy Rice Karting continues into the 2013 season in search of more hardware.

DD2 – Dallas Karting Complex: One of the newest facilities in the country is the Dallas Karting Complex, located east of the downtown area in Caddo Mills, Texas. DKC hosts an 8/10-mile course on 25 acres with a state-of-the-art main building that houses meeting or banquet rooms, a kart shop and kart storage area. The operation is the Sodi Kart distributor for the United States and promotes the Rotax Max Challenge in their local racing series. Co-owner Mike Jones drove to victory aboard a DKC Sodi Kart entry at the 2012 Pan American Challenge in Colorado to secure a ticket to the Rotax Grand Finals. Their DD2 trackside support is among the best in the country and is taking it to The Challenge in 2013.

DD2 Masters – Billet Performance Karting: Located in Parker, Colorado, BPK is the Rocky Mountain dealer supporting the Arrow Racing Karts brand. Owned by series racer Mike Urban, the company supports the major Colorado karting events along with The Challenge. Their support in 2012 helped John Crow secure the series championship, earning him a ticket to the U.S. Grand Nationals where he qualified for the 2012 Rotax Grand Finals. Their trackside Arrive and Drive program will continue in 2013 at The Challenge.

Junior Max – Rolison Performance Group: The Rolison Performance Group is among the leading race team operations in North America. Mike Rolison, former U.S. Rotax Grand Nationals champion, built a career around driver coaching along the west coast, and has taken it to the next level. Supporting the Kosmic chassis brand and an official Rotax Service Center, Rolison and RPG can formulate a specific program around every driver to help them reach their goals, no matter the level of competition. RPG helped guide Joey Wimsett and Johnny Blair to U.S. Rotax Grand Nationals titles in 2012, and become members of Team USA at the Rotax Grand Finals.

Masters Max – CRG-USA: One of the newest CRG chassis distributors for the United States is CRG-USA. A strong supporter of The Challenge, the Colorado-based operation has grown since its inception two years ago as one of the top race teams in the western half of the country. In addition to their race team, they also support a full range of parts and services for all CRG drivers competing in the series, including former champions Nicholas Latifi and Felipe Fraga.

Mini Max – HoleShot Drive Systems: A leader in the sprocket and chain market, HoleShot Drive Systems can be found on many of the karts competing at The Challenge. Manufactured by Whisler Racing Services, owner AJ Whisler spent countless hours of testing and development to produce the absolute best possible driveline package. His Team WRS race team and trackside support program helped assist Fritz Leesmann toward The Challenge title in DD2.

Micro Max – Overdrive Motorsports: Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Overdrive Motorsports has over 20 years of experience in the sport to provide specialized long-term working relationships with drivers in all Rotax categories to enhance their skills. Owner Joey Guyon has been a long supporter of The Challenge. From chassis to engine development, Overdrive can take drivers to the next level. A distributor of the PCR chassis, Overdrive is a full-time Rotax Service Center and Distributor with countless hours of on and off-track testing.

Gatorz will continue their support of the Challenge of the Americas in 2013. The awards ceremony after each round will take place at the Gatorz Podium with all winners awarded a certificate for new Gatorz eyewear. The Challenge will also provide the top three finishers with specialized series hats – stamped with their accolades including, position, class, sponsor and track – to be worn throughout the paddock.

Today also marks the final day of pre-registration for the Tucson event. Any entry forms received after December 28 will be assessed a $100 fee, including at-track registration. The Challenge would also like to remind all competitors to review the 2013 series rules summary for any new updates and changes, including the new Mini Max Rev Limiter and D1 tires for Junior Max, Mini Max, and Micro Max. The Challenge of the Americas has partnered once again with eKartingNews.com to provide Trackside Live coverage throughout 2013. Live audio and live timing will be broadcasted on their Live page (ekartingnews.com/live) from qualifying to the last checkered flag for each of the six rounds of racing.

To submit your entry for this year’s Challenge of the Americas or for anything else pertaining to the series, visit www.rotaxchallenge.com

ROTAX CHALLENGE OF THE AMERICAS BULLETIN: 2013 RULES UPDATE

CotALogoWhiteSeries supplemental rules, tire update and Mini Max Rev Limiter highlight standards for upcoming season

ORANGE, CA (December 18, 2012) – Just weeks away is the start of the 2013 Rotax Challenge of the Americas program. Entries from all over the west coast are streaming in prior to the opening round set for the Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson, Arizona on the January 11-13 weekend. Series officials are also putting in the final touches on the standards by which the series will conduct itself, with four tickets to the Rotax Grand Finals scheduled for the first time on United States soil, at the NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, Louisiana to be awarded to four championship drivers in 2013.

2013 Rules:

The Rotax Challenge of the Americas standards for the 2013 season is soon to be published on the series website, including the series supplemental rules. The order in which the series conducts its rule structure is the following: COTA supplemental rulebook and then the 2012 Rotax Max Challenge International Sporting and Technical Regulations. Any particular ruling not covered in the COTA supplemental rulebook defers to the 2012 International regulations.

2013 Tire Requirements:

For the 2013 season, the Junior Max, Mini Max and Micro Max categories will utilize the Mojo D1 tires. The Mojo D2 tire is reserved for the Senior Max and Masters Max divisions while the spec tire for DD2 and DD2 Masters is the Mojo D3. All competitors are required to compete on the slick tires purchased through the Rotax Challenge of the Americas entry form. Mini Max and Micro Max drivers are limited to one set of slick tires for the weekend, while all other classes will receive one new set for each race day. In the event of rain, the Mojo W2 is the spec rain tire. It is the responsibility of the competitors to be prepared with rain tires should they be needed, as COTA will not be providing tires for purchase.

Mini Max Rev Limiter Project:

In an effort to eliminate higher speeds and the “Turbo” effect in the Mini Max category, the MAXSpeed Group has helped to develop a Rev Limiter for the category. The Mini Max engine power amplifies dramatically once it passes over the 12,600 RPM mark, with speeds increasing from 60mph to 70mph in a matter of seconds. This new Mini Max Rev Limiter is designed to allow the engine to reach the 12,550 RPM mark, and then allow the ignition to fire just enough to keep the engine running without advancing to a high RPM. Testing sessions have been done on a dyno along with on-track testing at three different U.S. Rotax Max Challenge local events recently, with positive feedback. With the guidance of the MAXSpeed Group, the Rotax Challenge of the Americas will mandate the Mini Max Rev Limiter for all competitors in the category for the 2013 season.

Within the COTA supplemental rules regarding the Mini Max Rev Limiter, they will be made available at each event starting on the Wednesday prior to official practice opening on Friday. Rotax Challenge of the Americas will be providing every Mini Max Rev Limiter free of charge and must be returned at the completion of the event.

Andy Seesemann, promoter of the Rotax Challenge of the Americas added his thoughts to the 2013 rule package, “I’m pleased with the addition of the Mini Max Rev Limiter as it should eliminate some of the issues we have seen come up in the category over the past few seasons. I’d like to thank MAXSpeed, the Florida Winter Tour and everyone involved for their cooperation as to implementing this new device, along with providing consistency across the board by following the 2012 Rotax Max Challenge international rules for our programs. This only further exemplifies our commitment to providing the best series possible for our customers.”

The Rotax Challenge of the Americas schedule has three race weekends, counting toward six rounds of competition. After the series kicks off in Tucson, Arizona, the program travels to the PKRA Formula K Raceway north of Phoenix on February 8-10. The 2013 Rotax COTA champions will be crowned at the CalSpeed Karting circuit outside the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on March 8-10. All seven Rotax Max Challenge categories will be offered for the 2013 season, with champions in the Masters Max, Mini Max and Micro Max earning a qualifying spot to their home country Rotax Grand Nationals. DD2, Senior Max, DD2 Masters and Junior Max will battle over the three months for the Rotax Grand Finals tickets. Each champion must be properly qualified by the Rotax Max Challenge rules of their home country to accept these prizes. All events will be broadcasted live through the eKartingNews.com Trackside Live program.

For more information and to follow updates as the season draws closer, bookmark www.rotaxchallenge.com and click to the following link (registration.rotaxchallenge.com) to submit your registration form for the upcoming Rotax Challenge of Americas events.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2013 ROTAX CHALLENGE OF THE AMERICAS

Journey toward series championship and tickets to Rotax Grand Finals 2013 begins now

ORANGE, CA (December 5, 2012) – The 2013 season is just around the corner, and the Rotax Challenge of the Americas is preparing for another record breaking year. Ranked among one of the top programs in the world, the international Rotax Max Challenge series is happy to announce the opening of registration for all three events through January to March. Competitors and teams can now visit rotaxchallenge.com to find the link to sign up for the upcoming events, with four 2013 Rotax Grand Finals tickets to compete at the NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans in November up for grabs.

“Our series kicks off in roughly one month in Arizona and I’m truly excited about the 2013 season,” stated Rotax Challenge of the America promoter Andy Seesemann, who just returned from the 2012 Rotax Grand Finals in Portimao, Portugal. “This past winter, we saw great racing with very competitive fields throughout the three months, and battles for the series championships were decided on the final laps, if not the final few corners. Now with the recent announcement of next year’s Rotax Grand Finals coming to the United States for the first time, I have no doubt we will see some new names coming to compete for one of the four direct qualifying tickets that we will award to our champions in Senior Max, DD2, DD2 Masters and Junior Max.”

Seesemann traveled to the Kartodromo Internacional do Algarve in southern Portugal in support of the four Rotax Challenge of the Americas champions competing against the best in the world – Americans Phil DeLaO (Senior Max), Fritz Leesmann (DD2), and John Crow (DD2 Masters) along with Canadian Zacharie Scalzo (Junior Max). DeLaO qualified an impressive 10th overall but ran into trouble through the heat races and LCQ, thus unable to qualify for the main event. Leesmann fought engine issues all week and once cured, he drove his way from the LCQ and up to the 19th position in the Final. Crow made his first Rotax Grand Finals start, qualifying for Championship Saturday and placing 29th. Scalzo showed the never give up attitude, recovering from going upside-down on one of the infield berms, climbing out and getting back in so that he could complete the race. He ran all 18 laps to finish 29th overall.

“I was pleased with the effort all four drivers put in at this year’s Grand Finals, and they represented their respective countries and the Challenge of the Americas well,” continued Seesemann. “I met with officials at Rotax and BRP-Powertrain while there to support those four drivers, along with connecting with other Rotax Max Challenge promoters and competitors outside the United States and Canada. We received a lot of feedback about the program we provide here, and have heard from drivers in Mexico and other South American countries interested in competing this year at the Challenge of the Americas. We saw an increase in driver participation last year, and another increase is expected for 2013.”

The Rotax Challenge of the Americas schedule has three race weekends, counting toward six rounds of competition. The series kicks off at the Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson, Arizona on the January 11-13 weekend. The following month is the PKRA Formula K Raceway north of Phoenix on February 8-10 with the 2013 champions to be crowned once again at the CalSpeed Karting circuit outside the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on March 8-10. All seven Rotax Max Challenge categories will be offered for the 2013 season, with champions in the Masters Max, Mini Max and Micro Max earning a qualifying spot to their home country Rotax Grand Nationals. Each champion must be properly qualified by the Rotax Max Challenge rules of their home country to accept these prizes.

For more information and to follow updates as the season draws closer, bookmark www.rotaxchallenge.com and click to the following link (registration.rotaxchallenge.com) to submit your registration form for the upcoming Rotax Challenge of Americas events.

The 2013 Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals Are Coming To The USA!

As the 2012 Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals comes to a close, the MAXSpeed Group is excited to announce that the 2013 Grand Finals will be coming to the United States. The event will be held in November at the karting facility at the NOLA Motorsports Park, just outside New Orleans.

“This event has been our primary focus ever since we started handling the distribution of Rotax products in the United States,” said MAXSpeed president Richard Boisclair. “For the last two years, everyone at The MAXSpeed Group, NOLA Motorsports Park and BRP-Powertrain have been working very hard to make this happen.”

For BRP-Powertrain’s Robert Gumpenberger, this announcement is also the realization of a goal. “It has always been our desire to have a Grand Final in the United States. But the time and conditions have never been right,” said Robert. “But now, with the efforts of The MAXSpeed Group, I believe now is the correct time for the Grand Finals to be hosted in America. We are all looking forward to a very special event in New Orleans.”

In the weeks to come, The MAXSpeed Group will be releasing more information on the event. To keep up to date on the latest news, go to www.GoRotax.com and be sure to “like” us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gorotax for more information.

Rotax MAX Challenge 2013 U.S. Grand Nationals Dates and Location Announced

The MAXSpeed Group is proud to announce Mooresville Motorplex as the host of the 2013 Rotax MAX Challenge U.S. Grand Nationals. The official dates of competition are from July 31st through August 3rd.

The new facility, just outside of Charlotte, NC, features a 7/10s of a mile track layout that is wide, fast and adorned with extra runoff areas and CIK curbing. The track also features amenities such as professional garages, an on-site kart shop and more. Mooresville Motorplex is also equipped with lighting for night races and an expansive pit area with separate parking area for RVs and motorhomes.

U. S. Rotax MAX Challenge Administrator Josh Smith had this to say about the new location, “The Mooresville Motorplex is an awesome location for our Grand Nationals. Everything they’ve done there is first class.” Mooresville Motorplex owner Justin Marks was justifiably proud of the new complex. “Our crew has worked so hard to make this facility happen. To be chosen to host the Rotax MAX Challenge U.S. Grand Nationals is a huge compliment. Our goal is to make next year’s event one people will talk about for years to come.”

The Mooresville area is world renowned as the home of NASCAR and the Motorplex is centered among many of the Sprint Cup Series leading teams. The area also features a plethora of hotels, restaurants and shopping.

Pan-American Dates Announced
MAXSpeed would also like to announce that the 2013 Rotax MAX Pan-American Challenge will take place from September 19th to the 22nd. The location of the event will be released soon.

RULES CHANGE: New Tire Regulations for the Rotax MAX Challenge Series

Junior, Mini and Micro MAX To Run On D1 Tires Starting in 2013

The MAXSpeed Group is advising all MAX Challenge competitors of new tire regulations for the 2013 season. Effective January 1st, 2013, Junior MAX, Mini MAX and Micro MAX will all compete on the Mojo D1 tire.

This change in regulation effectively brings the U.S. market in-line with the worldwide MAX Challenge tire rules while addressing concerns over the progression of speed between the different classes. The four senior classes remain unaffected and will continue to race on the same tires they did in 2012.

For those that wish to prepare early for 2013, our distributor is now fully stocked so let us know what you need! Call 714 289 0432 or Contact Us and we’ll set you up.

Challenge of the Americas Confirms Four Rotax Grand Finals Tickets for 2013

Preparations are underway for drivers from across the world to compete at this year’s Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Portimao, Portugal on November 28-December 1. This year, three drivers will contest for the Rotax world title in the DD2, Senior Max and Junior Max categories thanks to their championship performances at the Challenge of the Americas series this past winter. The international Rotax Max Challenge series is now proud to announce a fourth Rotax Grand Finals ticket has been awarded to the program for the 2013 season, beginning January 11-13 in Tucson, Arizona.

For the past three seasons, the driver who secures the championship in DD2, Senior Max and Junior Max earned a ticket to the Rotax Grand Finals for that season, representing his/her country along with the Challenge of the Americas program. This year, Fritz Leesmann, Phil DeLaO, and Zacharie Scalzo will compete in Portugal under their respective country flags thanks to the Challenge of the Americas. With the addition of the DD2 Masters to the ‘Olympics of Karting’ event held every year, the United States-based series was granted a fourth ticket from BRP-Powertrain, promoters of the Rotax Max Challenge, thus giving four drivers the opportunity to claim a spot at the Rotax world championship.

Series promoter Andy Seesemann has been a longtime supporter of the Rotax brand and could not be happier with the addition of the fourth Rotax Grand Finals ticket to his program, “The DD2 category is not as popular as we’d like to see in the United States, but world-wide it’s becoming the class to race, as we will see at this year’s Grand Finals. Since the inception of the DD2 Masters class at the Grand Finals, it’s caught the attention of many Masters drivers in North America, and the class is steadily growing. Now with Challenge of the Americas offering a Rotax Grand Finals ticket for the class champion, I expect to see a growth in numbers for our series in that class for 2013, along with the rest of our categories.”

The Challenge of the Americas will once again offer all seven Rotax Max Challenge categories for the 2013 season – Masters Max, Mini Max and Micro Max the remaining three classes. The schedule will host six rounds of racing on three weekends between January and March, based in the southwest section of the United States. Drivers from across the U.S., as well as Canada and several other countries – including as far as Brazil and Australia – have competed in previous editions of the program. Multi-time Aussie Rotax champion David Sera and former Canadian and Rotax Grand Finals champion Scott Campbell rank among some of the top competitors to sample the Challenge of the Americas racing action.

The year is scheduled to kick off at the Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson, Arizona on the January 11-13 weekend. The following month is a return to the Copper State and the PKRA Formula K Raceway north of Phoenix on February 8-10. The series will then complete the final two rounds of competition and crown the 2013 champions at the CalSpeed Karting circuit outside the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California – March 8-10.

For more information on the 2013 Challenge of the Americas events and to follow updates as the season draws closer, bookmark http://www.gatorzkarting.com