Michiana Raceway Park, one of the leading kart racing facilities in the country, will host its first International karting event as the Rotax Pan American Challenge will visit the facility this weekend, May 20-22. The invite is open to racers from all over the world and will likely see top drivers from North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean, competing for the chance to be invited to the Rotax Grand Final event, the Olympics of karting, to be held in Al Ain United Arab Emirates later this year.
“This is an exciting event to be hosting,” said Garry Lobaugh, President of Michiana Raceway Park. “The quality of style of racing this weekend promises to be very intense as these drivers are competing for a big honor. I hope some of our local racers are encouraged to compete! We welcome motorsports enthusiasts to come visit our facility to see what international karting looks like on American soil.”
Located only miles from downtown South Bend, Michiana Raceway Park has been a haven for local kart racers for several years and continues to undergo upgrades and improvements to make it one of the nicest karting facilities in the country. With a family-friendly atmosphere, complete with several viewing areas and a playground, the track is an inviting place for both racers and spectators.
“Even though this is an international event for serious kart racers, it is still a great way to see what karting is all about,” said Lobaugh. “Our facility offers karting schools and karting leagues for people of all ages and experience level. Anyone can get started in racing here!”
The Pan American Rotax Max Challenge introduces a new age of Rotax Max racing in the Americas. As an official International Rotax Max Challenge, the Pan American RMC will provide an opportunity for Rotaxians from all over North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and indeed every country in the world, to compete against the best Rotax Max racers from the Americas at The Pan Am Championship Event in September.
The qualifying races lead to the incredible Pan American Rotax Max Challenge Championship Event. Based on results from that event, seven Pan American RMC competitors will be awarded coveted spots to represent their home country at "The Olympics of Karting", the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals.
If you, or a family member, are interested in getting involved in karting, this weekend is a great time to learn. Spectator passes may be purchased $5 per day or if you would like to venture into the pit area, a pit pass is available at the gate.
ABOUT Michiana Raceway Park: Located in North Liberty, IN, this 7/10th mile paved asphalt road course is considered one of the premier facilities in the U.S., located among the farmed fields of west South Bend. The facility boasts a well stocked pro-shop and offers arrive and drive, corporate entertainment and training programs for groups and individuals. For information, visit www.MichianaRacewayPark.com or call (574-288-4922).