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Pat's Acres Racing Complex to Welcome New Rotax Can-Am ProKart Challenge
Thursday, 06 June 2013 21:07
Following a successful weekend in British Columbia at the Greg Moore Raceway, the new Rotax Can-Am ProKart Challenge is embarking on its second event of the 2013 season. Returning back to the United States, the Rotax Max Challenge and Superkarts! USA regional program will visit the historic Pat’s Acres Racing Complex in Canby, Oregon. The tight confines of the 7/10-mile circuit have played host to some of the largest and most respected events in the past few decades, and will now welcome the Can-Am program to its list. The June 14-16 event will be presented by M Realty, a successful real estate business surrounding the Portland area.

Four tickets toward the 2013 Rotax Grand Finals are on the line in the championship chases in the top Rotax categories. The HoleShot Drive Systems Rotax Senior was the largest class of the opening weekend, and the Canby event is sure to see another big turnout. 2011 US Rotax Grand Nationals champion Stepanova Nekeel came away with one win and the championship lead. Canadian standout Chris Glover sits second with area hotshoe Andrew Zimmer sitting third. Luke Selliken won both main events in the CRG West Rotax Junior division at the first weekend, and has established a solid lead in the points. Coltin McCaughan leads the challengers with Florida driver Antoni Ptak sitting third in the standings. Joey Wimsett ran uncontested in the Maximum Velocity Performance DD2 category, but expects some challengers in Canby. Derek Wang was perfect in the Rolison Performance Group DD2 Masters class, outrunning Texan Brent Harper and Colorado driver Scott Falcone for both wins and the championship lead after one weekend.
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Texas ProKart Challenge Gearing for Gulf Coast Kartway
Friday, 24 May 2013 14:04
The Texas ProKart Challenge regional series - presented by 3G Kart Racing/Burger King®/Fernelius Alvarez Attorneys/Dallas Karting Complex is set to host its second event of the 2013 season. Teams and competitors of the Superkarts! USA and United States Rotax Max Challenge programs will travel to Katy, Texas to take on the Gulf Coast Kartway, a 7/10-mile course located just outside the metropolitan Houston area. The tight and challenging course is designed to test both drivers and equipment as the championship hunt reaches the next step toward the roughly $25,000 in prizes set to be awarded on the season.

The Superkarts! USA categories were filled with a number of returning drivers from last year’s season and many of those who are contenders at the Pro Tour level already. Miguel Lopez nearly swept the entire weekend in the Pole Position/DR Kart S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto division. Missing out on the fast lap in qualifying on Sunday in Dallas was his only blemish, securing a solid championship lead after the opening weekend over Ryan Kinnear and Cody Freeman. Jordon Musser did score a perfect weekend as he showed the way in the SwedeTech S4 Master Stock Moto category. Milton Rivera was runner-up both days, and leads the challengers looking to knock off Musser in Katy. Patricio O’Ward is the current point leader in the J&T Racing S5 Junior Stock Moto division, but commitments to formula car racing this summer will have him missing the rest of the season. This moves Sunday Dallas winner Nathan Adds as the top driver in the standings, with Raul Guzman and Derek Scott Jr. trailing. Bernardo Quintanilla was the lone competitor in the Blacken Insurance Group S3 Novice Stock Moto class at the opening weekend, but is expected to welcome more competitors in the upcoming rounds.
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Top-Level Racing Returns to Shawano as Midwest ProKart Challenge Travels to Wisconsin
Thursday, 23 May 2013 11:15
One of the most challenging courses in North America is located in Shawano, Wisconsin. The US Air Motorsports Raceway – site of the 2010 SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals – will welcome back Superkarts! USA racing as the Midwest ProKart Challenge travels to the facility on May 31-June 2 for rounds three and four of the 2013 season. This will be the first major event held at the facility this season, giving shifterkart and TaG racers in the surrounding Great Lakes area a unique opportunity while continuing the Midwest PKC championship chase.

“The US Air Motorsports Raceway is among Wisconsin’s premiere kart tracks, if not one of the finest in the United States,” commented Midwest ProKart Challenge director Stan Bryniarski. “It’s a pleasure to return to this facility, and our drivers are really excited about taking on the challenging course. We had to battle Mother Nature at our opening event in Pevely, Missouri, and now we get to battle a perfectly laid out track for shifterkarts and TaG racers to enjoy. We will see a number of drivers from Minnesota and Wisconsin, and we are gaining a lot of interest from competitors all across the Great Lakes area. It’s hard to pass up an opportunity to race with Superkarts! USA, let alone the track in Shawano.”
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Rotax Can-Am ProKart Challenge Hosts Successful Inaugural Event
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 08:39
The inaugural Rotax Can-Am ProKart Challenge took place at the Greg Moore Raceway in Chilliwack, British Columbia this past weekend. A combination of Rotax Max Challenge and Superkarts! USA categories, this ‘super regional’ welcomed a large contingent north of the border at the historic circuit east of the greater Vancouver area. The three day event set the stage for the four weekend championship series, awarding tickets to the Rotax Grand Finals held this year in the United States for the first time and guaranteed grid positions at the SKUSA SuperNationals XVIII in Las Vegas.

The largest class of the weekend was the HoleShot Drive Systems Rotax Senior division with 21 karts entered. 2011 United States Rotax Grand Nationals champ Stepanova Nekeel began the weekend earning the series first pole position, laying down a 51.920-second lap, a full two tenths quicker than Derek Wang. He continued at the front in the 14-lap Prefinal, holding off former Team Canada member Chris Glover by inches at the line. With the pole position, Nekeel was able to slip away as they fought for the second position. After 20 laps, Nekeel held a three-second advantage to claim victory, but missed out on the fast lap bonus as that went to Andrew Zimmer. The fight for second went to Glover, as he fought off Wang for the position. Kyle Byers was fourth with Emily Maddison in fifth. Day two began with Zimmer at the top of the time sheets as he edged out Nekeel by 87 thousandths for the top time in qualifying. Nekeel got the jump at the start of the Prefinal to lead all laps for the win. Zimmer dropped to third as Glover moved into second with Jake Craig in fourth. Nekeel continued leading into the main event, but was chased down by Craig. They began exchanging the lead numerous times, all the way up to the checkered flag. At the line, Craig held the position and scored the victory as Nekeel had to settle for second. Glover reached the podium a second time, placing third over Zimmer with Byers in fifth. 
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Rotax Can-Am ProKart Challenge Inaugural Event Welcoming Top Teams and Drivers
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 08:07
A new era is set to begin for the sport of karting in the Pacific Northwest region of the North America, as the Rotax Can-Am ProKart Challenge will host its inaugural event at the Greg Moore Raceway in Chilliwack, British Columbia. The May 17-19 event will welcome a number of top racers and teams, ready to compete in the Rotax Max Challenge and Superkarts! USA categories that will be offered in the four weekend series. Pre-registration completed last week, and a tremendous entry list will travel to the Vancouver area from all across the continent.

The Greg Moore Raceway is among the historic facilities in North America. A number of Canadian and United States national championships have been contested at the home of the West Coast Kart Club. Formerly known as CART BC, the 1.2km (3/4-mile) circuit is among the most challenging tracks in the sport and is sure to provide a great venue for the Rotax Max Challenge and Superkarts! USA competitors. The Rotax Can-Am ProKart Challenge will feature eight rounds of racing over the course of four weekends, with the point championship counting the best six races. This will allow drivers and teams who can not make all four weekends a chance at contesting the title chases without a penalty, all while gaining ‘punches’ toward the Rotax Grand Nationals for United States drivers or earning a guaranteed starting position on SuperSunday at the SuperNationals in Las Vegas for SKUSA competitors. 
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