Four weekend program set to welcome top Rotax Max Challenge and Superkarts! USA racers to the Northwest
Article By: Can-Am Karting Challenge
NEWBERG, OREGON (January 21, 2014) – Entering its sophomore season, the Can-Am Karting Challenge has finalized its 2014 schedule and venues, and ready to start building the momentum heading into the new year. The Can-Am Karting Challenge is a unique series, featuring a combination of an international Rotax Max Challenge series and a regional program for Superkarts! USA, traveling to tracks in the northwest area of North America and hosting events in both the United States and Canada. The Can-Am program is led by former USA Rotax Grand Nationals champion, Mike Rolison, and in 2014 will span five months, starting in late April with racing going on until mid-August.
The 2014 season will kick off at a new facility for the Can-Am Karting Challenge - the Horn Rapids Kart Track. New to the series, Horn Rapids is a 31-year old facility that has been the home track of the Tri-City Kart Club in Richland, Washington. Horn Rapids has played host to several major karting events including the 1986 IKF 2-Cycle Sprint, 1993 4-Cycle Sprint, 2001 IKF Shifters and the 2003 2-Cycle Sprint championships. A long front stretch matched with fast sweeping corners in the infield, Horn Rapids features two different configurations; a 5/8 of a mile long track layout as well as a 1/2 mile short track.
The third and fourth rounds of the Can-Am Rotax Max Challenge - and serve as the opening event for the Can-Am ProKart Challenge - will take the program an hour south of Portland, Oregon to the McMinnville Kart Track. Known to the locals as the ‘Mac Track’ McMinnville is a 6/10 of a mile sprint track that features a 1/5 of a mile paved oval at the East end of the track. Constructed in 2001, McMinnville is the home track for the Portland Karting Association and hosts races in the Region 6 Gold Cup Sprint Series as well as the Oregon State Karting Championship Series. McMinnville hosted the fifth and sixth rounds last year in the inaugural Can-Am Karting Challenge.
Easily one of the most historic facilities in all of karting, Pat’s Acres Racing Complex will be the Can-Am Karting Challenge in early July. Pat’s Acres gained some of its highest notoriety in the early 2000’s when the original SKUSA ProMoto Tour made an annual stop at PARC. Tucked away amongst the Pudding River that snakes around the facility, the kart track was built in 1965. Purchased in 1998 by Chris and Lisa Egger, the Egger family owns and operates this 8/10 of a mile track that will put drivers and tuners skills alike to the test. Pat’s Acres is tight and technical, yet blindingly fast track. PARC is also home to newly crowned SKUSA S1 Pro Stock Moto champion Joey Wimsett.
The Greg Moore Raceway fills out the Canadian portion of the Can-Am Karting Challenge, and serves as the series finale for 2014. Just across the US-Canadian border located in Chilliwack, British Columbia, the Greg Moore Raceway is a 12-turn course that runs 7/10 of a mile in length and features 10 different configurations. Greg Moore Raceway, previously known as CART BC, was designed to meet all CIK-FIA requirements and served as the location for the first ever Can-Am Karting Challenge race last year. The mid-August event to close out 2014 will decide the drivers who stand on top of the championship standings and award tickets to the 2014 Rotax Grand Finals.
As an international Rotax Max Challenge, the Can-Am Karting Challenge has once again secured four tickets to the 2014 Rotax Grand Finals with the class champions in Senior Max, DD2, DD2 Masters and Junior Max each earn a spot at the ‘Olympics of Karting’. The Can-Am program also serves as a United States Rotax Max Challenge series, where racers in all seven RMC categories can earn their ‘punches’ toward qualifying to be part of the 2014 United States Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals, which will return to the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah on July 17-20.
The Can-Am ProKart Challenge portion of the series serves as a regional ProKart Challenge program for Superkarts! USA. The Can-Am Karting Challenge offers the S5 Junior Stock Moto, S4 Masters Stock Moto, S3 Novice Stock Moto, S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto and the S1 Pro Stock Moto categories and begins the second weekend of the series at McMinnville. As with SKUSA’s six other regional programs, the Can-Am ProKart Challenge racers will have the opportunity to be part of the 2014 Superkarts! USA SuperNationals Priority Pre-Entry Program to ensure their spot in the event come November. Also, SKUSA class champions could have the opportunity for a guaranteed starting spot on SuperSunday at the SKUSA SuperNationals in Las Vegas, provided the minimum entry numbers are reached. SKUSA classes offered with the Can-Am PKC will be
2014 Can-Am Karting Challenge Schedule
April 25-27: Horn Rapids Kart Track - Richland, Washington
May 30-June 1: McMinnville Kart Track - McMinnville, Oregon
July 4-6: Pat’s Acres Racing Complex - Canby, Oregon
August 15-17: Greg Moore Raceway - Chilliwack, British Columbia
Prize package for the upcoming Can-Am Karting Challenge are to be announced in the near future. More information regarding the 2014 season can be found at www.rotaxcanamprokartchallenge.com.
About: Can-Am Karting Challenge
The Can-Am Karting Challenge is the newest and growing regional racing program, focused around supporting the western coast of North America with drivers and teams coming from Canadian and the United States. The four event program offers categories of the Rotax Max Challenge and Superkarts! USA. This program provides a unique atmosphere, formatted much like a national summer series program. American Rotax racers will receive punches toward the 2014 US Rotax Grand Nationals, with all Rotax drivers racing to earn one of four tickets to the 2014 Rotax Grand Finals in Senior, DD2, DD2 Masters and Junior Max. SKUSA class champions are racing for a guaranteed starting spot at the SKUSA SuperNationals XVIII in Las Vegas.