After its first full kick-off year of Rotax Racing in 2019, J3 Competition is pleased to announce its 2020 program. Alongside BRP-Rotax, J3 will continue with its Stars & Stripes branding continuing to embrace the essence of the American spirit within its Rotax Grand Final ticket events. With several unique changes for 2020 the program will reach into a new era focusing the Rotax platform intently on local and regional competition. With the highly-reliable and most cost-effective water-cooled engine platform on the market, J3 Competition is excited for its second year of continued growth as it moves the program from a lottery engine platform to a pure ownership-based model.
The chase for the first available tickets to the 2020 Rotax Grand Finals will be available through a new three race championship based in the northeastern region. This new series will take over the badge of ‘Stars & Stripes Trophy’. This three-race championship will award the points champion in Max Sr. and Max Masters a deserved ‘ticket’ to the 2020 Rotax Grand Finals alongside other remarkable prizes to each category totaling over $20,000 in value. All three events will be two-day formats operating by the partnering facilities with promotions and operational support from J3 Competition to ensure a high-level experience for competitors. The series kicks off in May and will finish in June with ample time for participants to prepare and ready themselves for the remainder of the summer racing season; the series dates and venues follow.
Stars & Stripes Trophy (series)
Race 1: United Karting | May 15-16
Race 2: Oakland Valley Race Park | May 29-30
Race 3: LaFayette Motorsports Park | June 12-13
“Introducing the Trophy concept in a three-race series is something we have been working toward for a while and to have this program released earlier than expected is fantastic. The three facilities are dedicated to the industry and growing participation continually through real initiatives, which is something that fits extremely well with the Rotax and J3 platforms!” – J3 Management
Following up shortly after the Stars & Stripes Trophy series will be the return of one of America’s most coveted events – The Rotax Grand Nationals! Participation will be open to any nationality, however, ticket allocation is only granted to American drivers. The revived focus on the USA brings back the true spirit of the event and elevates the reward of being a member on TEAM USA! The event will be a three-day program with a detailed format and a total of nine (9) tickets up for grabs alongside a steep list of additional awards. Additionally, the event will have a support category structure and already has a prize package value nearing $70,000!
US Rotax Grand Nationals
Pitt Race Complex | July 3-5
For the second year in a row Pitt International Race Complex will play host to the last domestic chance for American drivers to earn the coveted Grand Finals ticket. The raved about Alan Wilson circuit situated at the base of the Allegheny mountain range is a challenging circuit for drivers and tuners alike and one that brings out amazing competition. With arguably the nation’s top facility ranging from karts to cars as well as a full paved paddock, camping, restrooms/showers and onsite timing and scoring the venue at Pitt Race will provide all the necessary amenities for a remarkable experience.
“We recognize competitors like to have a little change in scenery and with the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received of last year’s event, the decision to return was pretty simple for us. Alongside all the positives, the Pitt facility is a few hours’ drive to Indiana where a large portion of competitors will spend their July-August time, thus providing sensible logistics for the entire competitor base.” – J3 Management
Full event details regarding logistics, timelines and prize packages will be available in the coming days through the J3 Competition website and social media outlets as well as its Rotax dedicated website and platforms – RaceRotax.com. Complete contact cards for each venue are outlined as well as a brief FAQ section. Any inquires and questions should be directed to J3 Competition at 814-864-1846 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there lottery engines? No, the lottery engine program has been moved to an ownership-based model. With the present new engine incentive pricing it is the perfect time to purchase and control your destiny!
Will tires be limited? Yes, race tires will be limited to one set of slicks and one set of wets. Tires can be purchased through your local J3 Competition MoJo resale center. Tires will be scanned in the day prior to qualifying day are not part of the entry fee.
Can I run any Rotax Engine? Almost, your engine must be a USA engine and sealed by a certified USA service Center. International engines or engines sealed by non-USA service centers are not permitted. Engines must also meet the current regulations.
Where do I find a list of certified Service Centers? All service centers must be approved and validated, a present list can be found here >> https://www.racerotax.com/rotax-network/. New Service Centers will be coming online, however if they are not verified or you are unsure ask J3 Competition to make sure!
Are MoJo tires required for these events? Yes, all official RMC events will utilize the Rotax International regulations including MoJo tires.
About J3 Competition
J3 Competition is an American based distribution and competition product resale company that focuses on the sector of high-performance kart racing. With a tenure being recognized as a world leader in the development of the karting industry, J3 Competition is the United States distributor of BRP-Rotax products designed for kart racing applications alongside the entire suite of products; Rotax, XPS lubricants, MoJo tires additionally hosting Rotax Grand Finals Ticket events under the ‘Stars & Stripes’ brand. www.RaceRotax.com | @J3Competition | #RaceRotax | +1 184 864 1846 | Info@J3Competition.com
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