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2011 Pre-Season Announcements
Centennial, CO - Time to get back to the grid! Spring is in the air and The Track is ramping up for its best season yet, so hang on to your seats, you are about to take the drive of your life!!
1. 2011 will be the inaugural year for Racing the Rockies and Mile High Challenge to be exclusively run with Comer 50 (Kid Karts), Rotax and Spec Shifter.
2. Race Dates & Locations
Racing the Rockies (No Drop)
Season Opener April 17th at The Track
Race #2 May 22nd at The Track
Race #3 June 26th at The Track
Race #4 Either July 31st or August 7th at The Pepsi Center
Mile High Challenge (One Drop)
Season Opener May 1st at The Track
Race #2 June 5th at The Track
Race #3 Either July 31st or August 7th at The Track
Race #4 August 28th at The Track
Race #5 September 11th at The Track
Race #6 October 2nd at The Track
Other Racing Opportunities
Road Trip (Practice Run) July 9th at Miller Motorsports Park
Grand Nationals July 19th-23rd at Miller Motorsports Park
Pan American Challenge August 12-14th at The Track
24 Hour Race June 11-12th at The Track
Bronco Cheerleader Calendar Release Keeping Kids on Track – held at The Track, date to be determined
91 Shell V-Power Gas – Rotax VP MS-98 - Shifters
Racing the Rockies & Mile High Challenge Class Structure
Based on the 2011 United States Rotax Max Challenge Age Structure www.gorotax.com/classes/2011RotaxAgeStructure.pdf
Kid Karts Age 5-7
Pomeroy CARSTAR Micro Max Age 7-10 235 lbs. minimum
Billet Performance Mini Max Age 9-12 265 lbs. minimum
WS Gear Junior Max Age 13-16 320 lbs. minimum
Khaos Racing Senior Max Ages 15 & up 365 lbs minimum
SF, Inc. Masters Age 16 & up 405 lbs. minimum
Hanley Motorsports DD2 Ages 15 & up 385 lbs. minimum
One Racegear DD2 Masters Age 32 & up 410 lbs. minimum
Woodstone Group Spec 125 Novice
Spec 125 Senior
Spec 125 Heavy
Please visit www.gorotax.com to complete your membership application which is required for you to participate in the Racing the Rockies Rotax Max Challenge Series and the Mile High Challenge Series.
Racing and Mechanic License
Please visit our website at www.thetrack.us to apply for your 2011 license!
The race starts now…Catch the fever!!
January 21, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Race is On
2011: The Year The Track Goes Rotax
Centennial, CO – With the 2011 racing season just around the corner, The Track at Centennial (The Track) is eagerly anticipating its inaugural season where the Racing the Rockies series is, as stated on the GoRotax website, "built around the versatile ROTAX kart engine." Jim Keesling, Owner of The Track, has chosen this program because it provides the opportunity for racers of all levels and ages to compete, on a level playing field, locally, regionally and nationally. According to the Rotax Max Challenge (RMC) website, "whether your goal is to compete at the highest level or enjoy a weekend of racing with friends, the Rotax Max Challenge is for you."
The features and benefits of going ROTAX are many and include the following:
There are seven classes and five of the seven utilize the same FR-125cc engine which keeps cost significantly down as racers move from one class to the next.
The high performance engines are sealed which allows for no modifications and provides a level racing field where the emphasis becomes driver skill.
There are stable rules which allows for reliability and consistency.
The Track has been approved to use 91 Shell V-Power gas for race fuel which takes the cost down from $60/5 Gallons to $15/5 Gallons.
As The Track streamlines its program by integrating its class structure with that of the RMC philosophy, it is proud to announce the following classes for its 2011 racing series:
Kid Karts, scored, are back at The Track
Pomeroy CARSTAR Micro Max (age 7-10)
Mini Max (age 9-12)
Junior Max (age 13-16)
Khaos Senior Max (age 15 & up)
Khaos Masters (age 32 & up)
DD-2 (age 15 & up)
DD-2 Masters (age 32 & up)
Spec 125 Novice
Spec 125 Senior
Spec 125 Heavy
There are over 30 local and regional RMC series throughout the United States. The Track is excited to be a participating series offering qualifying opportunities for the 2011 US Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals.
The future of karting starts here so get to the grid and join The Track as we return to the art of racing in 2011!
In August of 2010, Denver Broncos Cheerleaders partnered with The Track at Centennial to host the 2011 Calendar Release and 2nd Annual Race to Keep Kids on Track and raised funds totaling $24,589 for at-risk youth programs! Over 500 fans attended the August 14th event, including Broncos Alumni Rod Smith, Mark Schlereth, David Treadwell, and Randy Gradishar, who raced in karts at speeds of 60mph.
Katie Kosters, Broncos Cheerleader and founder of the event, along with Jim Keesling, owner of The Track, took to INVESCO Field at Mile High at the November 28, 2010 Broncos game against the St. Louis Rams for the check presentation. Beneficiaries included Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and The Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect.
Major contributors included GO Automotive Group, Red Bull Energy Drink, Anheuser-Busch, Sublime Concepts, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, and Wahoo’s Fish Taco.
Planning for the 3rd Annual Race to Keep Kids on Track is well underway and will take place at The Track at Centennial in August of 2011. Don’t miss your opportunity to race against the Broncos Cheerleaders while supporting local youth programs. Registration is just around the corner and with a limited number of race spots available, beat the waving of the green flag and start forming your foursome now! Stay tuned for exciting details!
For more information about Keeping Kids on Track visit www.keepingkidsontrack.org.
November 15, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Team News: Doghouse Racing – SKUSA SuperNationals Preview
Centennial, CO – Doghouse Racing, whose home track is The Track at Centennial in colorful Colorado, closed up shop Friday night in sub 30 degree temperatures, with their trucks loaded down with racing gear and hospitality goods, to make the trek to Las Vegas for the upcoming SKUSA SuperNationals being held at the Rio Hotel and Casino! Doghouse Racing brings six diverse and talented drivers covering three different race classes to compete in the international event that has attracted over 485 drivers.
Doghouse drivers, Jim Keesling (Birel/Rotax), Mike Urban (Birel/Leopard), Brian Robson (Birel/Rotax), Ben Schermerhorn (Birel/Rotax), David Zippie (Birel/Leopard) and Jack Bradley (Birel/Spec Honda) will be hitting the temporary circuit in Vegas with eight rounds of practice Wednesday and Thursday, qualifying and three heat races Friday and Saturday and then, if “Sin City” plays our hand, all six will compete in the main event on SuperSunday!
Competing in the TaG Masters division is the titillating trio, #84d Jim Keesling, #5d Mike Urban and #16d Brian Robson. Keesling, the leader of the pack, is the owner of The Track at Centennial and ranked #1 nationally in the DD2 Masters Class for the US Rotax Max Challenge as well as #1 DD2 Masters in the Racing the Rockies Series. Urban, ranked #4 nationally for DD2 Masters in the US Rotax Max Challenge, has been involved in competitive motor sports since 2004 and competes in both the Racing the Rockies and Mile High Challenge race series’ in Colorado. Robson, with his diverse racing background, was the Racing the Rockies TaG Master 2010 winner. This category reached its 40 max drivers and the roster, according to EKN, is “the best of the best with all gunning for one person, Billy Cleavelin (CRG/Motori 7)”.
Fiercely challenging 82 drivers in the TaG Senior Class is the dynamic duo, # 255 Ben Schermerhorn and # 432 David Zippie. Schermerhorn, age 23, has been racing since 2003 and earned a fantastic win in October at the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix and is ranked #3 nationally in the Senior Max Class of the US Rotax Max Challenge. Zippie, age 19, has been racing since he was 14. He raced the IAME Challenge in Spain in 2007, won the IAME Challenge in 2008 but opted out of going to Spain, was the 2009 champion in TaG Senior for Racing the Rockies and won the 24 Hour Race at The Track in 2010! As noted on EKN this is “by far the most competitive category since its inclusion in 2003”. Schermerhorn and Zippie, from green to checkered, will be competently competing for the podium!
The savvy solo driver, 17 year-old Jack Bradley, is set to race as part of the S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto class which is making its re-debut at the SuperNats this year. Due to the SKUSA new class structure, this class is back after a 9 year hiatus and Bradley, who started racing when he was 12, “is inside the top 25 and will be competing for the inaugural title and #1 plate”, as stated on EKN. He comes into the big weekend with two top-five finishes at the SKUSA Spring Nationals and was ranked #2 at his home track in the Racing the Rockies regional series.
Whether you place your bets on roulette, black jack or slot machines, the odds will be in your favor November 17th – 21st at the Rio Hotel and Casino when you bet on the spectacular six of Doghouse Racing to take their talent and passion to the grid at the SuperNationals 2010!
To learn more about Doghouse Racing and The Track at Centennial please visit our website at www.thetrack.us or give us a call at 303.708.9400.
2011 is setting up to be a fantastic year at The Track at Centennial.
We are excited for the 2011 race season in Colorado. The Track at Centennial has always offered the safest, most competitive and fun racing in the region.
First on the list are the schedules for both the Mile High Challenge series at The Track, and the top level regional program, Racing the Rockies - With Attitude, At Altitude.
The season kicks off on April 3 at The Track with the Mile High Challenge.
April 17 will start off the Racing the Rockies regional tour at The Track as well. The new class structure of Rotax Max, combined with the three popular spec shifter classes (novice, spec, and spec heavy), will provide great racing, even competition, and a manageable race day schedule.
The class structures will eliminate the uneven variables of different motor packages, and it will set the stage for the best possible training ground for the drivers travelling to the Rotax Grand Nationals at Miller Motorsport Park in Utah. In addition, it will help get us in tune for the Rotax Pan American Challenge at The Track at Centennial in mid-August.
For 2011, The Track at Centennial has added one race to the Racing the Rockies schedule. It will be a five race, no drop series. All locations will be announced in the near future. Pepsi Center will once again be a double-points, series-ending, televised blow-out!
Mile High Challenge Racing the Rockies
April 3 April 17
May 1 May 22
June 5 June 26
July 31 July 10
August 28 August 6-7
Rotax Grand Nationals: July 19-23
Rotax Pan Am Challenge West: June 10-12, August 19-21
Rotax Pan Am Championship at New Castle Motorsports Park: Sept. 23-25
Racing the Rockies championships to be decided at the Pepsi Center August 7-8, 2010.
The Track at Centennial welcomes AMR as title sponsor.
The Track at Centennial’s Racing the Rockies regional series wraps up the season at the Pepsi Center in Denver, August 6-8. The Track is proud to announce AMR as title sponsor of Race 4. The double points format, and season-ending temporary track, will be important factors in determining class champions on Sunday afternoon.
Already the fields are stacking up with out-of-town hot shoes! The Track is excited to welcome back the top dogs of the west coast, Mr. John Crow, and Mr. Andy Seesemann. TaG Masters will be a class to watch as they mix it up with Race 3 podium winners Scott Falcone, Jason Hodgson, and Brian Robson.
“I’m very excited that the Pepsi Center event is the top regional race in Colorado. We are attracting racers from the Northwest, California, Texas, and Utah so far, with more entries coming in everyday”, states Jim Keesling, president of The Track at Centennial and promoter of Racing the Rockies.
With the support of AMR, The Track at Centennial will be able to broadcast the event nationally. Altitude Sports and Entertainment will be producing a 2-hour live-to-tape show of the season finale. At the event, fans and spectators can view all the action up close and personal, courtesy of Mobile View’s big screen in the middle of the track. Mark Moser will once again be making the calls.
Another successful season of Racing the Rockies will end on the podium with trophies, as well as over $5000.00 in prize money, and two 1/2 day racing schools in the Speedway Driver Search Formula 2000s at Pikes Peak International Raceway.
For more information on Racing the Rockies, or The Track at Centennial, visit www.thetrack.us.
It is our pleasure to announce the date and location for the ROTAX Grand Finals 2010.
The event will take place in the time frame of November 15 through 21, 2010 at the track of La Conca in Muro Leccese / Italy.
After an excursion to Egypt we are proud to return to the great track of La conca. In La conca we can neither promise you dry condition nor warm weather but we can "promise" exciting racing on a world class track at a world class facility.
One of the diverse reasons why to return to La conca was the fact that the event 2010 will be the biggest GRAND FINALS so far and the infrastructure of La conca combined with the experience of Mr. Luca de Donno and his team perfectly supports this growth.
The growth of the event is based on the introduction of an additional category – the 125 MAX DD2 Masters . The first time master drivers (+32 years of age , min. weigth 180 kg) inside the ROTAX MAX family get the chance to compete on an international level. The track of La conca in Muro Leccese is located close to the sea (10 km) south of the cities of Brindisi (next airport) and Lecce.
More info on the location, travel arrangement to follow on a regular base as of now. Please post this information to your local forums, on your website as well as your email list to customers.
Director of Marketing & Brand Development - MRP Motorsport
Happy New Year!
2010 Racing Season Schedule Announced
November 9, 2009
The Track at Centennial is proud to announce our 2010 racing schedule. See details below.
April 25 The Track at Centennial
May 23 Grand Junction Motor Speedway
July 11 The Track at Centennial
August 8 The Pepsi Center
All races will be held at The Track at Centennial
Saturday, June 12 - Sunday, June 13
Keeping Kids on Track
August 13 - 14
Saturday November 7 @ 6pm
Performance One Media is the title sponsor for the Aug 9 Pepsi Center Race. Venue, event management and cash prizes attract national talent.
Track map and registration now available
Join the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders and other celebrity racers for the Keep Kids on Track charity event Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15
Racing the Rockies - Race 1 launches at GJMS May 17. Here is an update
Due to the weather, Race #1 is moved to SATURDAY MAY 2
Transponders are required to be timed during races. You must have a transponder. Only limited rentals available.
The Track is committed to provide the best racing experience in the Rocky Mountain region.
The Track at Centennial was chosen as the location to film the 9News Traffic Line commercial segment. Click on the title above for the details and to view the video.
February 18, 2009 - The Track at Centennial, Colorado’s premier kart racing facility, is pleased to announce the Pepsi Center, in downtown Denver, as the location for the third leg of the 2009 Racing the Rockies series.
December 11, 2008 - The Track at Centennial, Colorado’s premier kart racing facility, is pleased to announce the class structure for the Racing the Rockies series for 2009.
December 4, 2008 - The Track at Centennial, Colorado’s premier kart racing facility, is pleased to announce live timing and scoring for all race events. Demonstrating leadership in the customer experience, The Track introduces this live system to provide exciting opportunities for racers, family and friends.
December 3, 2008 - The Track at Centennial, Coloradoâ€™s premier kart racing facility, is pleased to announce the results from its annual customer survey and commitments to enhance the Karting experience in 2009. Customers responded to the survey of fourteen questions and provided specific feedback. Many surveys included additional comments and suggestions. These were reviewed and analyzed to prioritize program, track and facility enhancements for 2009.
January 10, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rockies Racers Rock Rotax
Centennial, CO – As we kick off the year 2011, five Colorado Rotax racers are being featured by eKartingNews.com in their 2010 Champions: US Rotax Max Challenge National Point Standings Series and ten Rotax racers from The Track at Centennial’s Dog House are headed to Phoenix for the first round of the Gatorz Challenge of the Americas!
eKartingNews.com is in the second week of a six week feature highlighting the top-10 of the seven Rotax categories that make up the National Point Standings for the US Rotax Max Challenge. Colorado boasts five of those in the Top-10 starting with Fowler Keesling in the Micro Max category with an astonishing 4th place rank after competing against 88 other racers! He was featured in the first week of the six week series. Stay tuned each week to honor the other four Coloradoans starting with Jason Dempster (Mini Max) with an outstanding 9th place rank out of 161 racers, Mitch Carey (DD2) with a 9th place rank, Mike Urban (DD2 Masters) ranked 5th and Jim Keesling (DD2 Masters) ranked 1st! Go Rotax Colorado!
Challenge of the Americas:
At the writing of this press release it is a frigid 0 degrees but that’s not stopping ten Doghouse racers from loading up the trailers and heading out to the warmer climate of Phoenix, Arizona where the hi today was 62!! The Gatorz Challenge of the Americas kicks off its 4th season with its first round of three races at the Formula K Raceway January 14th-16th! Headed out west from the Dog House and The Track at Centennial are Cody Dempster (Micro Max), Fowler Keesling (Micro Max), Logan Keesling (Micro Max), Jason Dempster (Junior Max), Lindsay Brewer (Junior Max), William Owen (Senior Max), Ben Schermerhorn (Senior Max), Brian Robson (Masters), Randy Stover (Masters), and Jim Keesling (DD2 Masters). You can follow your Colorado comrades via the live timing and scoring and video at http://www.gatorzkarting.com. Rock Phoenix, Dogs!
The strength of the Rotax program continues to grow while simultaneously improving in many exciting ways! The 2011 Grand Nationals are in our back yard at Miller Motorsports, and the Pan American Games are at The Track at Centennial in August.
We are excited to be a part of the US Rotax Max Challenge “where participants get the opportunity to test their skills against the best pilots in the world” (rotaxmaxchallenge.com). The Track is proud that the Rotax of the Rockies was the largest growing series in the Country in 2010 and we are excited to continue the direction and strength of the racing program well into 2011 and beyond.
For more information about The Track at Centennial please check out our website at www.thetrack.us.