We couldn’t have asked for better weather on Saturday & Sunday for the season finale of the 2018 ROK the Rockies Series. Saturdays venue included a great day of uninterrupted practice sessions an ending the day with free Pizza Hut and drinks sponsored by Bridgestone tires. Sundays venue was full of tight clean racing among all competitors. You could feel the excitement and anticipation of bringing home the Championship for the season. A salute to our 1st place champion’s Masters driver Allen Moore driving for Team PKS, Senior driver Fililp Niemkiewicz / PKS, Junior driver Daniel Fellows / PKS, Mini driver Zander DePreist driving for Team Seigel Boys Racing.
With the 2018 season behind us now, we can look forward to planning the 2019 Rok the Rockies Series Plans are to have an 8 race series starting in April going through September, dates to be announced soon. I believe Rok Cup USA will still be offering engine rental packages, and SBR will definitely be offering purchase incentives. So come Rok the Rockies with us in 2019!!
Rok the Rockies Race #5 in the books. And it would appear that the RTR series has a bright future with 3 more new driver. 1 Junior Driver Jack Armstrong #218 and 2 Senior Drivers Georg Bower #343 racing under Team Seigel Boys Racing & Sullivan Sherill #317 racing under Performance Kart Sports banner. And in grand fashion we all ate well on a Bridgestone sponsored Taco Fiesta by La Mission Restaurant on Saturday afternoon. Sundays racing was enhanced by good weather and great attitudes. And as I sadly look forward to the Seasons finally, which ( BY THE WAY ! ) had to be reschedule to the 30th of September due to other scheduling conflicts. I am excited to announce the dates for the RTR 2019 8 race series is on the storyboard now and will be released soon !! And again for racers interested in participating, Rok cup is still offering a rental engine program and SBR has engine purchase incentives available. For more info or to reserve an engine just give Lee a call.
ROK the Rockies Race #4 in the books with great news. With participation starting to grow, we now have 2 new Mini Rok Drivers. 10 yr. old Zander DePriest #188 in a Seigel Boys Racing Birel & 8 yr old Zach Olsen #118 in a Performance Kart Sport CRG. All participance and staff ate well after test & tune Saturday on free BBQ sponsored by Bridgestone Tires . Sundays venue held plenty of camaraderie and clean racing. I’m already excited with anticipation of the next event Race # 5 September 15th & 16th with the same venue. And for racers interested in participating, Rok cup is still offering a rental engine program and SBR has engine purchase incentives available. For more info or to reserve an engine just give Lee a call.
Many folks in Southern Colorado have not yet experienced the thrill of Go Kart Racing. Others may have raced indoors, while many strictly prefer outdoor go kart racing in Colorado Springs. What are the benefits of each? Which one is right for you?
Photo Submitted by Angela Cook Robinson
1. Course Length: Outdoor tracks tend to have more space to build bigger tracks. This allows for more variety in the course layout and faster speeds with longer straightaways between curves. Considering the cost of a building to house an indoor track, indoor tracks tend to be shorter and not have as many opportunities where the driver can reach top speed.
2. Track Width: Outdoor go kart racing tracks in Colorado Springs like SBR Motorsports Park are more likely to be wider, offering more chances to pass your competitors than on the tighter indoor tracks. How frustrating is it to spend your racing time stuck behind a slow driver that you can’t pass due to the narrow indoor race track?
3. Authentic Experience: The closest thing to real racing is a gas-powered go kart on an outdoor go kart race track in Colorado Springs. The real racing experience is outdoors! Before kids are old enough to drive a car on the road, they can experience something better on an outdoor race track.
4. Option to Rent a Go Kart or Bring Your Own: Many outdoor karting facilities have an option to race your own karts, whereas indoor facilities typically only allow the rental of their own karts. You have little to no say on the kart you race. At SBR Motorsports Park, not only can you choose your rental kart, you can bring your own!
5. Weather: Particularly in Southern Colorado, Spring, Summer, and Fall present outstanding opportunities to enjoy the true racing experience outdoors. People travel from around the world to be in this beautiful Colorado climate. Why spend that time indoors? Of course, Snow and Hail may put a damper on those plans, and that’s where Indoor Racing may offer an occasional advantage.
6. Kart Type: Outdoor tracks are more likely to offer gas-powered go karts, and you’ll have more of a real racing experience hitting that gas pedal and feeling the engine roar. While there some advantages to battery-powered karts, a gas-powered kart on an outdoor track is what real racing is all about.
So come on out to SBR Motorsports Park while the conditions are still perfect for outdoor go kart racing in Colorado Springs! We have plenty of Gas Powered Karts to rent, whether to an individual, small group, birthday parties, and corporate events.
ROK the Rockies new home!
ROK Cup Promotions announces SBR Motorsports Park as the new permanent home of ROK the Rockies in Colorado.
ROK CUP Promotions, along with its current RTR racers, think changing the structure to include one home track to build from will be much better for the program and easier for racers to attend the events as it is located just 1.5 hours from the city of Denver. Overall the best decision for the series to grow and develop into one of the best club programs in the country.
Garett Potter, Director of Operations at ROK Cup Promotions quoted “Our last event was my first to trip to SBR, and the atmosphere there is why I got into this crazy sport in the first place. The track layout is amazing; very technical; lots of elevation change, just a cool old school track. Yes the track has some years on it and needs some improvements but no doubt one of cleanest facilities I have ever been to, to me this shows the dedication to wanting to make it great and we look forward to working with Lee and his team.
“We have seen great results with the Northern California series at ROK Sonoma and I think SBR has the same potential.” Potter continues. “Our goal across ROK programs like this is to make karting fun again, get back to where it began, encourage current racers from all over the state of Colorado to come see what we have to offer, and most importantly add new racers to our beloved sport. We are constantly learning and adapting our series’ to ensure we deliver the best possible offering to the Karter.”
The Colorado series will utilize the standard ROK Cup USA rules package, Bridgestone Tires and feature all seven Vortex ROK Classes. Engine rentals will be available on site, come and try our engine package rentals at reasonable rates. ROK Cup promotions will own and operate the ROK the Rockies program and provide all series administration.
Remaining ROK The Rockies SBR Schedule:
Race #4 – August 25-26
Race #5 – September 15-16
Race #6 – October 20-21
Micro/Mini $250 – Includes one set of race tires
Jr/Sr/Masters/Shifter $270 – Includes one set of race tires
New for RTR
Engine rental – Complete including Saturday Practice starting at 1pm and Sunday Race
Jr/Sr/Masters GP $200
Shifter $300 complete (minus cooling system)
Saturday Bridgestone Party
Free barbecue from 6-9pm food and drinks are on Bridgestone
Last three races will be double points for each round- meaning New comers you are still in the points!
Champions will receive ROK the RIO tickets that include, entry, race tires, fuel, oil