Important Information and Final Chance to Pre-Register for US Open of Colorado
Published: Friday, June 19th, 2015
With up to $50,000 in cash and prizes to be handed out at the conclusion of the event weekend, the Cold Stone US Open of Grand Junction presented by MG Tires and Chase/Brash Racing is only one week away from the second round’s first official event day. With pre-registration closing today at midnight and entry numbers surpassing the opening round pre-entry mark, the Cold Stone US Open program is primed and ready for round two as their inaugural season continues at the Grand Junction Motor Speedway in Grand Junction, Colorado.
“We have solid entry numbers from across North America and a great variety of international flair,” explained MAXSpeed Entertainment’s Garett Potter. “We also have another spectacular Saturday night planned for our teams and competitors. With a social gathering and BBQ trackside, Karting Community United will be back in action with the KCU Summer Games. Today is the final chance to register for the on track action before late registration penalties are enforced. I want to thank all the teams that have stepped up to support the US Open, as many have larger numbers for this round. We could not do it without you!”
Several new names will make the trek to Grand Junction, Colorado as Rolison Performance Group comes with a large and talented tent of sixteen competitors. International drivers such as five-time world champion Davidè Fore and Jordan Lennox Lamb will return to the US Open driver lineup as well as Sofia and Suleiman Zanfari, who are making their second trip this season to the United States from Morocco. We will see some industry veterans run the US Open for the first time including Utah’s Eddie Olpin; always fast at Grand Junction, he will be one to watch. Stacey Cook and his CRG USA crew have another large setup next week as they enter more than twenty drivers in a variety of different classes including two championship point leaders in Sabré Cook and Jet Davis.
Potter continued, “As announced previously in the year, round two will be weighted heavier than round one in the championship points battle. Also, moving forward, the US Open finale in Las Vegas will be weighted more than round two. This is an exciting new twist to keep more people in the championship chase as we move deeper into the season. Keep in mind, from qualifying to the end of the main event, there are valuable championship points up for grabs.”
The US Open of Grand Junction will not only award large cash payouts up to $50K, as Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals (RMCGF) tickets are also up from grabs to the championship leader following the close of wheel-to-wheel action on Sunday. Tickets will be awarded to Rotax Junior, Rotax Senior, Rotax DD2 and Rotax Masters for the 2015 RMCGF. Additional tickets will be awarded to the 2016 Grand Finals to US Open of Las Vegas champions over Halloween weekend at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Stacey Cook of Grand Junction Motor Speedway added, “We are expecting a phenomenal event. Anyone that has ever been here before knows that this facility is very racy and provides great competition. We have done multiple upgrades in preparation for the US Open program and invite anyone and everyone to come and check out the event.”
During Saturday evening’s MAXSpeed Entertainment social gathering, Karting Community United (KCU) will hold the first annual KCU Summer Games. Beginning at 6:00pm, teams, competitors, families and friends will have the opportunity to take part in Viceroy ‘Closest to the Pin,’ the MG ‘Tire Roll’ and the Lighting Group Utah ‘Corn-Hole Challenge,’ with all proceeds going to the Karting Community United fund.
“We have a great lineup for events and games for Saturday evening,” explained KCU’s Jen Durant. “We know we have many golfers in the paddock so we have created the ‘Closest to the Pin’ challenge. With all proceeds going to Karting Community United, the winner will receive a weekend getaway at the luxury resort Viceroy Snowmass in beautiful Aspen, Colorado. We all know that having an amazing tire like MG on your kart makes all the difference in going fast, the question is how fast can you make an MG tire go without your kart? Let’s see what kind of lap time you can turn to win some great prizes during the ‘MG Tire Roll,’ and last but not least, the Lighting Group Utah ‘Corn-Hole Challenge.’ Teams of two will be paired up in an elimination style game with winning the ultimate goal. Corn-hole tournament winners will be rewarded with the KCU Corn-Hole game board!”
Additionally, MAXSpeed Entertainment would like to remind everyone to sign up for the Kart Racing Fantasy League (KRFL). The KRFL is an interactive online fantasy league that lets you assemble your dream team lineup of drivers heading into the race weekend. You will pick your favorite drivers and follow their progress throughout the event. As a KRFL player (team owner), you will be competing against others, accumulating the points that your driver lineup earns. All information can be found at fantasy.kart360.com (http://fantasy.kart360.com/) . Registered drivers can build their profiles beginning Friday, June 19 at noon PST, as Fantasy League Team players may begin building their teams starting at 5:00pm PST on Friday, June 19. One lucky KRFL player will find themselves in Portugal later this fall at the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals, as a special guest of Team USA.
And finally, MAXSpeed Entertainment and the US Open series would like to offer their continued gratitude for the support of all the series sponsors and partners: Cold Stone, MG Tires, Chase/Brash Racing, Koene USA, AM Engines, J3 Competition, CRG USA, Rolison Performance Group, Orsolon Racing, Dallas Karting Complex, PSL Karting, Falcone GP, Tru Tech Racing, Champion Racing, Crosslink Coatings, University of Miami Global Academy, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Bell Helmets and Mazda Road to Indy, as well as Major Mortgage.
Practice at the Grand Junction Motor Speedway for round two of the US Open is set for Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25, while qualifying and wheel-to-wheel competition will be reserved for Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27. Sunday will see warm-ups and main events, as the second set of US Open race winners will be crowned. The US Open of Colorado event schedule is available to download HERE (http://maxspeedentertainment.com/documents/2015/06/2015-us-open-of-colorado-event-schedule.pdf) .
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