December 19, 2016- As the 2016 karting season has finally come to a close, preparations for an exciting 2017 campaign are in full swing as the Can-Am Karting Challenge enters its fifth season. Forging into the new year, the Can-Am Karting Challenge will once again run a three-weekend, five event program that will pair some of the best drivers that the United States and Canada have to offer. Along with the Can-Am Karting Challenge 2017 schedule, series officials are happy to announce an innovative new rule that will see wheel-to-wheel competition heightened and on track contact reduced in one of the top regional programs in North America. The series will once again kick off the season in May with rounds one and two at the Horn Rapids Kart Track in Richland, Washington. Home to the Tri-Cities Kart Club, this state-of-the-art facility has been the opening venue for the Can-Am program for three years in a row and always welcomes series staff, teams and competitors with open arms. A truly diverse program, the second stop in the Can-Am Karting Challenge will see competitors cross the border in to Canada for rounds three and four in July. Taking place at the Greg Moore Raceway in Chilliwack, British Columbia, the 7/10 mile, 12-turn, picturesque track is amongst the favorite to many drivers in the series and always provides great competition. The third and final stop for the series will take place in September at Pats Acres Racing Complex in Canby, Oregon. This historic facility puts drivers' skills to the test with its fast, technical course and will be the decisive event and crown the 2017 Can-Am Karting Challenge champions.
Can-Am Karting Challenge 2017 Schedule:
Rounds 1&2: May 19-21- Horn Rapids Kart Track, Richland, WA
Rounds 3&4: July 21-23- Greg Moore Raceway, Chilliwack, BC, Canada
Round 5: September 15-17- Pats Acres Racing Complex, Canby, OR
In a constant effort to improve the series for all involved, there will be a significant change to the rules for the 2017 program. Showing their leadership in the sport, Can-Am Karting Challenge will implement the highly successful "drop-down nosecone" system that has been utilized in Europe for the past season. Consisting of two molded plastic brackets added to the already existing nosecone, the drop-down nosecone will provide ease in officiating as well as reduce the amount of contact that happens on track. The drop-down nosecone system causes the nosecone to come loose when there is excessive contact with another kart. This system will be mandatory for all drivers in all classes in 2017. The purpose of this system is to add an addition way to monitor overly-aggressive driving on track as well as limit the contact that has been seen in karting as of late. The highly successful system has been used in Europe for the past several years, including at the 2016 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Sarno, Italy. It has significantly reduced the amount of contact between karts and has produced notably cleaner racing throughout the world. The systems are simple and can be added to any kart at a very low cost. Series officials expect the system will reduce incidents between karts, making racing more enjoyable for all participants on track. The Can-Am Karting Challenge is the second series in North America to implement this system showing their constant thinking of innovating North American karting. Class structure and rules for the 2017 Can-Am Karting Challenge will be announced in the very near future. For more information about the series, please visit our website www.canamkartingchallenge.com, and follow us on Facebook: Can-Am Karting Challenge. Have a question? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
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McCaughan and Taskinen double up at Greg Moore Raceway in British Columbia
WILSONVILLE, OREGON (July 14, 2016) – The Can-Am Karting Challenge made its annual trip 'north of the border' to the Greg Moore Raceway over the July 8-10 weekend. The Chilliwack, British Columbia facility is among the more prestigious in the northwest area of North America, home to many of the best drivers in western Canada. Competitors in the Rotax Max Challenge, Superkarts! USA, Briggs & Stratton and the new local option Open divisions nearly reached the 100-entry mark each day. A little bit of precipitation hit the area in the weekend, however, all the racing activities were conducted on a dry race track.
"The Can-Am 'A-Team' did a phenomenal job once again," stated series promoter Mike Rolison. "A big thank you to them as they worked tirelessly to pull this event off. Also a thank you to the staff and members of the Greg Moore Raceway who welcomed us with a wonderfully prepared race track and knowledgeable staff to assist our crew. A special tip of the hat to Erik Gerloff for his expertise throughout the weekend. The Can-Am continues to grow and we hope to have a record turnout for our series finale in Canby this September."
Coltin McCaughan further established himself as the top driver in the Senior Rotax championship and the ticket holder to the 2016 Rotax Grand Finals, extending his win total to four on the season in Can-Am competition. The Canadian defended his home turf with a victory each day to add to his point lead after four rounds. Coltin set fast time in qualifying to beat out the 16-driver field. Fellow Canadian Kellen Ritter used a last lap pass to steal the Prefinal win away from McCaughan. The Final was all Coltin, going wire-to-wire in a near three-second advantage after 20 laps. Kyle Dupell advanced up to second as Ritter fell down to fifth behind Adam Smalley and Ben Maxfield. Dupell continued moving up the order, leading the way on Sunday. A 52.843-lap secured fast time in qualifying ahead of McCaughan, and the Oregon driver led all 14 laps of the Prefinal. The first half of the Final was led by Dupell as McCaughan took over for the second half. Despite the fast laps of the race, Kyle was unable to get around the championship leader, with McCaughan earning his fourth straight victory. Walker Hess stood on the podium with the top-two while Ritter placed fourth and Derek Wang in fifth.
In Junior Rotax, Matthew Taskinen extended his win streak to three following the weekend in Chilliwack. The Canadian swept the weekend to take over the championship lead heading into the series finale. Taskinen edged out Edward Portz by just 82 thousandths of a second for the top honor in qualifying before going wire-to-wire in the Prefinal for the win. Matthew was shuffled back to fifth early on in the Final, but was able to climb back to take the lead from Portz, driving to a one-second advantage at the checkered flag. Hannah Greenemeier worked around Portz for second with Jacob Gulick and Austin Torgerson completing the top-five. Taskinen began where he left off, posting fast time in qualifying and leading all 14 laps in the Prefinal. Greenemeier was the challenger in the Final, leading for just a few laps until Matthew took control and drove away to a three-second margin of victory. Gulick moved up to the podium in third with Round One winner Mason Buck in fourth and Portz placing fifth.
Ashton Torgerson was the only other driver to record a weekend sweep, doing so in Micro Max presented by Go Kart Hero. Torgerson was the class of the field, as he drove to a perfect score on the weekend to keep his series record intact. It was an astonishing 23-second victory over Shawn Kozma and Darryen Hilwa. The same drivers joined Ashton on the podium Sunday, with Torgerson recording a 27-second advantage in the 15-lap main event. Thanks to his age, Ashton is able to race in the Mini Max class, presented by Monster X. Saturday was the second victory on the season in the category for Torgerson. Jonathan Portz edged out Ryan Dezall and Torgerson for fast time in qualifying before driving to the win in the Prefinal. Torgerson was unable to finish, retiring before the first lap was completed and started eighth in the main event. Ashton climbed his way to the lead by lap six, and held off Jason Leung at the line for the victory by nine hundredths of a second. Dezall completed the podium as Portz slipped to fourth. A blistering lap of 55.704 secured fast time for Torgerson by over four tenths of a second during Sunday qualifying. Torgerson went wire-to-wire in the Prefinal, and led the first 10 laps of the Final. Leung and Dezall worked together to demote Ashton for position. At the line, Leung was able to hold off the charging Torgerson for his first victory of the season with Dezall sitting third on the podium.
The Briggs & Stratton 206 Senior division welcomed another large contingent of drivers on the weekend, with the wins split by Derek Wang and Brady Egger. The start to Saturday's events saw Egger with the fast time in qualifying and Wang winning in the Prefinal. The Final was a battle between Derek and Spencer Kunz, with Wang getting the advantage after 15 laps with his first victory of the year. Kunz and Egger joined him on the podium with Vitali Tichikichev and Chris Eagle completing the top-five. Sunday was another epic battle with Kunz landing fast time in qualifying and Kyle Wick the winner of the Prefinal. Wang advanced his way into the mix as did Egger and Tichikichev. On the final lap, Egger secured the victory ahead of Wang and Vitali. Tichikichev was penalized three seconds for a starting infraction, moving Wick to the third step of the podium and Vitali to fourth ahead of Kellen Ritter. Bryan Green went uncontested Saturday in the Briggs & Stratton 206 Masters class, with Erik Gerlof taking top honors over Green Sunday.
Austin Torgerson doubled up in Briggs & Stratton 206 Junior division on the weekend. Saturday was led early by Cooper Becklin, setting fast time in qualifying and winning the Prefinal. Torgerson was able to improve his pace toward the end of the day, working around Becklin late in the race for the lead and the victory. Carsen Kunz followed through for second with Becklin placing third. Sunday was Marco Kacic as the top driver through qualifying and the Prefinal. Kacic would sit out the Final due to illness, leaving the top spot open. Torgerson took over the lead on the opening circuit, challenge by Matthew Taskinen late but able to hold on for the victory. Taskinen retired on the final circuit, moving Josh Pierson to second and Becklin to third.
Michael Groff and Chad Wallace each took home a win in Masters Max presented by Rolison Performance Group. Wallace opened up Saturday's round as the top qualifier before Groff took control, winning the Prefinal and Final. Wallace settled for second with Gary Reohl placing third. The results were the opposite at the front on Sunday, with Groff as the top driver in qualifying. Wallace took over from there to win the Prefinal and score his first Final victory of the season. Reohl was second with Rene Bine III completing the podium after Groff retired on the final circuit.
The TaG Senior class opened up to six drivers on the weekend as Andrew Wilson won his second main event on the year and Zach Pettinicchi earning his first. Kris Hoffbeck set the tone in qualifying and the Prefinal. He led the main event until mechanical issue put him on the sidelines. That opened the door for a new top driver. Pettinicchi and Rosario Verderame fought for the position until Wilson charged forward to assume the spot, driving to the checkered flag first. Pettinicchi and Amanda Smalley rounded out the podium after Verderame retired early as well. Sunday was very similar with Hoffbeck topping the results in qualifying and the Prefinal, this time fighting for the victory in the main event. Pettinicchi was right there, taking the lead away on lap 12. They continued fighting to the checkered flag with Pettinicchi earning the victory. Hoffbeck settled for second with Verderame in third.
Cole Franchini earned his first victory on the year in the S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto category, a Superkarts! USA regional category. Championship leader Kyle Wick was the top qualifier while Franchini was able to score the win in the Prefinal. Wick retired early in the main event, giving Franchini a clear path to the top of the podium with the victory. Brennan Peters drove to second with Wick classified third. Wick came back the following day to sweep the action, driving to a 17-second advantage over Peters with Franchini in third. Andrew Wilson was the lone driver in the Open Shifter category, running uncontested both days.
The month of August will be off for the Can-Am Karting Challenge as teams and competitors will gear up for the big series finale, set for the Pat's Acres Racing Complex in Canby, Oregon on September 9-11. More information regarding the 2016 season can be found at www.canamkartingchallenge.com or on their Facebook page, including videos and photos from the Chilliwack weekend.Read More
Are you interested in participating the Canadian leg of the RotaxMax CanAm karting challenge? Do we have a deal for you!
We can offer a great package that will allow you to do some practice and learn the track.
CanAm Special for Guests: *** Club Race + 5 days of track access leading up to to CanAm for about $220 US! (depending on daily exchange rate) ***
Race #5 in the WCKC 2016 Club Series: Practice Day Saturday July 2nd, Race Day Sunday July 3rd 2016
4 Open Practice Days Monday July 4th 2016 through Thursday July 7th 2016
Furthermore we will be open for practice on the weekends prior to the CanAm. You can purchase a day pass here: Daypass
Q:Will the track be open the week before CanAm?
A: Yes, the track will be open and available for practice as of Saturday July 2th. There will be staff on site to direct you where to park. Practice hours, with exemption of the club race July 2/3 are 9 am to 7 pm. You will be required to buy a day pass to practice. buy day pass here
Q:Can we stay overnight at the track?
A: Yes you can! we have a large field where you can park and stay overnight. We don't have full hoop up, but there is limited power available and a sani dump and fresh water 10 minutes from the track. See address details attached.
Q: Can we practice before the CanAm?
A: Yes you can! There are lots of options:
You can practice 0900h - 1700h at our Club Race practice day Saturday July 2nd for CAD$50/driver (about $40 USD), or practice Saturday July 2nd and race Sunday July 3rd for only CAD$99 (CAD$25 per additional class). Register at http://msreg.com/WCKC2016Race5
You can purchase a day pass at the track any day from Monday 4th of July through to Thursday July 7th for CAD$75 (about $59 USD) per day per driver.
Or, take advantage of our awesome Club Race/practice combo as mentioned on this page (all days mentioned above + club race entry CAD$275, about $215 USD. Register at http://msreg.com/PreCanAm). Note: 5% tax will be added to all prices above.
Q: Are there any hotels close by?
A: Yes there are! We have a Best Western, Coast Canadian, Hampton Inn and a few more hotels within 5/10 minutes from our track! The Hampton Inn has got a special karting rate. You have to call the hotel directly and mention you are attending a kart race and you will get a discount. See below for addresses.
Q: I there anything else close to the track?
A: Yes there is! Our track is right in the town of Chilliwack, with a swimming pool, shops and restaurants less than 5 minutes from the track. Plus, downtown Vancouver is just over an hour drive away, so if you are staying at the track you can easily spend a day in the city
Q: What is the track called, and where is it?
A: The track for Round 3&4 of the 2016 CanAm series is Greg Moore Raceway, located in Chilliwack, BC. about 30 minutes from the Sumas WA border crossing. Here we are. The host club is West Coast Kart Club
Q: I have more questions, how do I contact WCKC?
A: You can e-mail, email@example.com or message with our facebook page and we will answer your question asap.Read More
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