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Jim Keesling

Here we go!!!

Press Release: December 18, 2006
The Track at Centennial to host 2007 Grand National
The Nation?s Highest National Championship ? 5,880 ft. elevation!

The Champ Car Rotax Kart Challenge is proud to announce The Track at Centennial, located just outside Denver, CO will host the 2007 Rotax Grand National August 12-18. Changes to the 2007 Rotax program will make this the largest and most competitive US Grand National ever: there will be no grand regional events, the event has been moved into mid August to help prevent school conflict and the Rotax program structure has been revamped to help strengthen local participation.

“The Track at Centennial, the Colorado Rotax community and I are looking forward to hosting the 2007 Grand Nationals! We are ready to help put on a great show elevated to a new all time height!” Jim Keesling – President of The Track at Centennial and Series Director of the Mile High Challenge Series. (The Track at Centennial, 8/10 mile)

In 2007, Rotax will be focusing on its grassroots concepts by placing more emphasis on the Local Series. When applying for a 2007 Rotax Membership starting January 1st each member will choose a ?Home Series? and this will be the only series he/she will be able to qualify to the Grand National through. Each Local Series will be given an allocation of Grand National seats per class and it?s up to each Series Director to create a method for qualifying drivers to the Grand National using the seats they?ve been allocated. These changes will create more competition at the local level and ensure the very best from North America will make it to the Grand National. Competitors who qualify will compete for a spot on the 2007 America?s Team and a chance to represent their country in the olympics of karting at the Rotax World Finals. America?s Team will consist of the podium winners from the Jr., Sr. and DD2 classes and the Master Champion. Over 220 competitors from 60 nations will compete at the 2007 Rotax World Finals in Dubai.

?In 2007 we?re getting back to the essence of what Rotax is all about: affordable, competitive racing at the local level. We?re giving the power to each local Series Directors to choose a method of Grand National qualifying that keeps local members captivated and racing throughout the season while preparing them for our main event. The Grand National serves two main purposes: to see who is the best in North America, but more importantly it serves as a reunion for the Rotax Community; an opportunity for friends, families and teammates to come together, have FUN and create memorable experiences in a highly competitive atmosphere. Jim Keesling, Marshall Martin and I will be working closely throughout the year to bring the most customer friendly, professional and well organized event in the United States.? Joe Ramos Jr. – Program Director of the Champ Car Rotax Kart Challenge

When competitors get home from the 2007 Grand National the 2008 season will immediately begin September 1, 2007. Just another way for Rotax members and Local Series to stay competitive throughout the year! Momentum for the Rotax program continues to grow and the program continues to forge new paths getting stronger along the way, come join the ROTAX REVOLUTION. It all starts here!

For more information on The Track at Centennial visit: or call (303) 706-9300

For more information on Rotax and the Champ Car Rotax Kart Challenge visit or call (888) SSC-Kart.

Stay tuned… Lots in the works!!!