The annual trek to Las Vegas signifies that the end of the karting season in North America is on the horizon, but Florida based Speed Concepts Racing (SCR) shows no signs of slowing down. Entering seven drivers in the ROK Cup USA ROK the RIO event at the RIO All-Suite Hotel and Casino this coming weekend, the multi-time championship winning program will look to add ROK the RIO Champions to the 2019 list of accomplishments.
“As we do for all of our events, we have put in a lot of time and prep work leading up to this event,” explained Mike Speed. “Rumor has it that this is the biggest ROK race to ever take place in North America so if we are able to top the podium blocks, it will be a bigger accomplishment than normal.”
Entering seven drivers across two classes, Speed Concepts Racing brings six in the Vortex Junior ROK division. With skills and experience across all six drivers, each and every one of them will have a shot at the race win or podium result. With international karting experience in the past month, Luca Mars and Kyffin Simpson will lead the Speed Concepts Racing Junior contingent into Las Vegas. Perennial front-runner Luke Lange, who has had a strong season to date, will throw his hat in the mix along with Speed Concepts Racing Junior rookie drivers Paul Bocuse, Jace Park and Jack Jeffers who have all shown speed throughout 2019.
As he has been for the majority of the season, the ever-improving Ayden Ingratta will be Speed Concepts Racing sole entry in the Mini ROK class. The Canadian National Champion has come into his own in the last year of competition thriving from the SCR driver development efforts and will be aiming high in Las Vegas.
Speed added, “We have seven solid drivers in the program and any seven of them could win in Las Vegas. As a team, we will push as hard as we can and give our drivers the best shot possible.”
With on track action set to commence Wednesday morning, Speed Concepts Racing will hit the track for five practice sessions on the temporary racing circuit. Thursday will be an important day as one practice session will lead into qualifying and the first wheel-to-wheel action for all classes. Friday will be the home of three more heat races before the ROK the RIO Champions will be crowned on Saturday.
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