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January 11, 2013 News
Rotax Challenge of the Americas - Tucson Preview - Senior Classes
 


The Rotax Challenge of the Americas program is entering its sixth season, kicking off with a full weekend (January 11-13) of action set for the Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson, Arizona. The several of the best Rotax drivers from Canada will battle at the premier winter karting series on the left coast. On the line for the registered drivers are direct tickets to the Rotax Grand Finals for the DD2, Senior, DD2 Masters, and Junior championship winners, with Grand Nationals tickets to the Masters, Mini-Max and Micro-Max title winners.

The first stop toward those championship awards is the 8/10-mile course outside Tucson. Built in 2005, the circuit - formally known as the P1 Kart Circuit - is a replica of the famous Suzuka track in Japan. A full day of official practice will take place on Friday, followed by two independent rounds on Saturday and Sunday. Each on track session will be important toward the series championship, with five points going toward top qualifier, up to 10 points in the Prefinal, another five for fast lap in the main event and 100 points for the victory at the end of the day.

The Junior class previews were published Thursday, thus today we review the Senior classes featuring Canadians. Complete coverage can be found in the EKN Event Page, updates posted throughout the weekend on the EKN.com Official Discussion Thread and EKN.ca Official Discussion Threadwith live coverage set for Saturday and Sunday at http://www.ekartingnews.com/live




Senior
 

Adam Dowler will make the switch to the Energy chassis and be joined by his brother Noel Dowler on the Senior grid in Arizona (Photo: Dowler)
Adam Dowler will make the switch to the Energy chassis and be joined by his brother Noel Dowler on the Senior grid in Arizona
(Photo: Dowler)

The fight for top honors in Rotax Senior always proves to be an entertaining affair, with a mix of returning class standouts dueling with talented young karters making the move up. In the Challenge of the Americas season-opener, this fight will once again feature some quality Canadian content with Adam Dowler, Noel Dowler, Bradley Dezall, and Nathan Kelly on hand in Arizona and looking to follow in the footsteps of Luke Chudleigh, who captured a win in the 2011 edition of the event. Adam Dowler appears set to enjoy a strong outing in his Buddy Rice Karting Energy kart, building on a podium run in the 2011 Western Canadian Championships to better his finishes of 22nd and 25th last year in Tuscon, and 20 place finish in the overall standings.

"I'm really looking forward to this year in the Challenge of the Americas, as last year was not my best year," stated Adam Dowler. "This year Fred Causer will be tuning for me. We have worked together many times before, usually being quite successful. I'll have my brother Noel working and driving with me as well, and Griffin [his younger brother racing in Mini-Max] is showing real promise this year. The Energy kart is a fine machine, and I will do my best to lead it to victory."

Noel Dowler likewise is poised to showcase his talents in a Buddy Rice Karting Energy entry, returning to the COA tour after a one year hiatus (12th in the 2011 final standings with one runner-up result). Despite now being focused on stock car racing, having finished 10th in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series with six top-10s and one podium finish, as well as making his NASCAR Nationwide start, Noel Dowler remains more than capable being the wheel of a kart, as indicated by podium finishes in the 2012 WCC.

"I'm excited to get back into a quick handling kart," commented Noel Dowler. "The goal is to have a great weekend with my brother Adam as my Senior teammate and my brother Griffin in Mini-Max. This will be first race in five years that I won't driving a Tony Kart, but I'm really looking forward to driving the Energy kart with BRK."

Piloting a Overdrive Motorsports Tony Kart, Dezall has his eyes firmly set on bettering his two runs of 28th and 24th during his debut COA outing last year in Arizona. With another year's experience under his belt, which included a podium outing in the competitive Western Canadian Championships, Dezall is positioned to do just that, and finish higher than 30th in the overall championship fight.

For Kelly, the COA will be a new experience, with the racer making the long journey from the east coast of Canada. Driving a CRG entry for Team WRS, the plan is to build on the knowledge gained from racing in both the Coupe de Quebec and Eastern Canadian Championships last year, as well as a run at the Canadian Karting Championships.

Full Pre-Entry List
No.DriverTeamChassisCityState/Prov.
300Joe CriscioneBlack Flag RacingEnergyLake OswegoOR
302Augie LerchPure KartingTony KartTucsonAZ
303Adam DowlerBuddy Rice KartingEnergySherwood ParkAB
304Geoffery RobertiBuddy Rice KartingEnergyPortlandOR
305Parker McKeanRolison Performance GroupKosmicGig HarborWA
308Ryan CasnerBuddy Rice KartingEnergySheridanCA
311Josh De LosierAcceleration Kart RacingBirelLas VegasNV
312Mike HerdaTony KartLas VegasNV
313Bailey MurphyAZ Kart WerxCRGPhoenixAZ
314Hailey GroffRolison Performance GroupKosmicRichlandWA
315Andrew WienerART GP AmericaART GPSpring ValleyCA
316Alex KeyesCRGFolsomCA
316Sean ConyersIntrepidPhoenixAZ
317Sabre' CookCRG-USACRGGrand JunctionCO
321Andrew PalmerKosmicChicagoIL
323Will OwenFull Throttle KartingArrowCastle RockCO
324Bradley DezallOverdrive MotorsportsTony KartOkotoksAB
325Louie PaganoBirelSanta Rosa ValleyCA
326Alejandro FernandezBuddy Rice KartingEnergySan BernadinoCA
328Jake CraigG-PhactoryKosmicMission ViejoCA
332Michael IlaviaDallas Karting ComplexSodi KartHoustonTX
333Carlos CalderonAluminosCRGSan JoseCA
341Nick RivelliniTeam WRSCRGGreat FallsVA
343Izak HaydaMSquared KartingTony KartRigbyID
345Tyler EdwardsBillet PerformanceArrowLittletonCO
350Noel DowlerBuddy Rice KartingEnergySherwood ParkAB
354Mason MarottaRyan Perry MotorsportsFABakersfieldCA
355Ben SchermerhornSchermerhorn MotorsportsArrowHighlands RanchCO
357Phillip ArscottRolison Performance GroupKosmicPortlandOR
371Max MallinenYardley RacingCRGLiberty LakeWA
373Andrew ZimmerBuddy Rice KartingEnergyTigardOR
377Nathan KellyTeam WRSCRGAmherstNS
380Dakota DickersonPhil Giebler RacingFASan DiegoCA
382Carlee TaylorTony KartYucaipaCA
397Jonathan MayPhil Giebler RacingFASan MarcosCA





DD2

After a strong showing by Canadian Daniel Burkett last year in Tucson (third in race one of the doubleheader), fans 'North of the Border' are hoping for another strong showing in DD2. It will be up to Daryle Redlin to accomplish the feat, as he is the lone Canadian in the class. Racing a True-North Zanardi entry, Redlin will seeking to use his Westwood Karting Association experience to showcase his speed and racecraft en route to a top result.

Full Pre-Entry List
No.DriverTeamChassisCityState/Prov.
405Cory MilneArrowWestminsterCO
427Andrew EvansRolison Performance GroupKosmicSammamishWA
461Fritz LeesmannCRGElk GroveCA
504Mike JonesDallas Karting ComplexSodi KartSachseTX
512Brent HarperDallas Karting ComplexSodi KartLubbockTX
515Robby MottDRVictoriaTX
520Paul BonillaFull Throttle KartingArrowCypressCA
531John CrowBillet PerformanceArrowAnaheimCA
533Trey BennettDallas Karting ComplexHeathTX
546Trevor McAlisterDallas Karting ComplexSodi KartLos AngelesCA
577Alan RudolphTeam WRSCRGGilbertAZ
590Daryle RedlinTrue-North ZanardiZanardiAldergroveBC
599Scott FalconeBillet PerformanceArrowLone TreeCO
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