Pan American Rotax Challenge dates, format and locations finalized.
Article By: Rotaxmaxchallenge.com
Pan American Rotax Challenge Series officials are pleased to announce that the final details on the schedule and format are set. Several adjustments have been made to the original plans including reducing the number of events from 4 to 3 for the first season. Because of a very full race calendar in the US and Canada it was decided the August date at F-1 New Jersey would not be part of the 2010 program. This long waited series will start its inaugural season in April at MSR Houston, located in Angleton, Texas 30 minutes south of Houston. This is a true international series, patterned after the very successful Rotax Euro Challenge. Drivers from all nations are welcome to attend and future plans are for Pan American Series races to be held in Canada, Mexico and South American countries as the program grows. Discussions for a 2011 date in Canada are already underway. The 3 events are;
· April 23-35 MSR Houston
· June 11-13 New Castle Motorsports Park
(Note: the Pan American race at New Castle will take the place of the annual Rotax Summer Shootout)
· September 3-5 California Speedway
The 6 race series will crown champions at the end and award 7 spots to the 4 Rotax Grand Finals classes;
Junior Max – 2
Senior Max – 2
DD2 – 2
DD2 Masters - 1
The three events include a Friday official practice, Saturday-Sunday format of Qualifying, Pre-Final and Final each day. One set of tires is allowed each race day for Junior and Senior classes. Mini Max and Micro Max will use the same tires for both days. Drivers will pick up their tires each morning for races that day.
Seven classes will compete at each event. The new class this year is a dedicated DD 2 Masters (415lbs). This class will also compete at the 2010 Rotax Grand Finals for the first time.
Each weekend competitors will be able to earn points for finishes in the Pre-Final and Final of each day. The top five qualifiers will also earn points each day.
Points chart continues down to 1 for 34th position in the Pre-Final and 19 for 34th position in the Final. Bonus points will be awarded for the final race in California. A multiplier may be added for class sizes less than 10. The Championship will be decided using the best 4 finishes for each driver.
Entry fees and registration information will be available Feb 15th and registration will be online. Walk up entries will be welcomed but will not be eligible for online entry registration discounts. Each entry fee will include;
Drivers Pit Pass
5 gallons of spec fuel
1 Liter of spec oil
Tires for both days (Mini Max and Micro Max are only allotted one set of tires for both days)
1 pit spot per driver (additional pit spots can be reserved)
Additional information will be released as it becomes available. The information portal for the Pan American Rotax Challenge will be www.rotaxmaxchalleng.com/panamerican
The Pan American Rotax Max Challenge is organized and managed by SSC Racing, Palm Springs, CA. This is an International Rotax Challenge series open to all Rotax drivers in the world. The 2010 series champions will be decided on a points basis counting the best 4 of 6 race points totals. Top finishing drivers in the Junior Max, Senior Max, DD 2 and DD2 Masters classes will be awarded spots to the Rotax Grand Finals where World Champions will be crowned in these 4 premier classes. For more information about the Pan American Rotax Max Challenge, go to www.rotaxmaxchallenge.com/panamerican .