49 Canadians Heading to Las Vegas for ROK the RIO!

06-12-2019

Canadians have every category covered in the upcoming Rok the Rio event in Las Vegas. 49 drivers from north of the border will travel to Sin City to compete in the second annual event by the staff at Rok Cup USA. Our Rokkers will contend in each class that takes the track, from Micro Rok all the way to Shifter Rok and 100cc Masters.

Over 300 drivers from around the world are registered to race, including representation from Brazil, Columbia, Italy, Jamaica, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. Junior Rok, Senior Rok and Shifter Rok all sold out and feature more than 40 drivers apiece.

Taking to a temporary circuit set up in the rear parking lot of the RIO All-Suites Hotel and Casino, a venue very familiar for kart racing, racers will be on track from Wednesday through to Saturday, celebrating Halloween in the process.

This turnout is a statement for Marco Di Leo of Rok Cup Canada, who had this to say about the progress of the program across the country.

“Canadians flocking southwest to participate in the 2019 edition of Rok the Rio is proof that the Rok Cup Canada program is very strong and continues to grow and gain support across the country.

The transition to the Vortex engine program has been seamless and now fully established the credit must go to the performance, equality and reliability of the product. Add to that, competitive pricing and one of the best warranty campaigns in the industry and success was inevitable. Countless hours and a huge investment put forth by Goodwood Kartways and the OTK group has helped get the program to where it is today. Rok Cup Calgary has seen growth and huge interest, especially in the new, crave VLR engine and the Challenge of Americas Rok Cup program continues to thrive.

The teams and drivers are clearly more excited than ever for the Rok the Rio season finale in Las Vegas! An early but well deserved congratulations to Rok Cup USA, Garett and Ursula for putting together such a huge event and continuing to give Canadian Rokkers amazing events to compete in with familiar equipment. Let’s keep Roking!”

Last year, Ryan MacDermid and Zachary Claman DeMelo finished 1-2 in the Rok Senior division. Claman DeMelo is back again, searching for victory while MacDermid is sitting this one out and will not defend his title.


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Across the board, we have three drivers in Micro Rok, four in Mini Rok, eight in Junior Rok, ten in Senior Rok, nine in Shifter Rok, three in Shifter Rok Masters and two in Master Rok. In addition, we have some Canadians trying their hands in the 100cc classes, with two in Junior, two in Senior and seven in Masters. Most of these drivers jumped at the opportunity to try a Vortex VLR engine for free thanks to Rok Cup USA.

With the strength of the Rok Cup Canada program, the majority of our racers are coming from Ontario. But there is a good representation from Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia too. Canadians chose 13 different chassis manufacturers for the event as well. Canadian race teams Prime Powerteam, PSL Karting, Racing Edge Motorsports, Catalyst Driver Development, Team VSR, K&K West, Powerhouse Racing, Vemme Kart and Goodwood Kartways have all made the journey to be a part of the event.

CKN will be in Las Vegas to cover all the action as our Canadian drivers seek out victories on Saturday. We will do our best to have photos uploaded each day, as well as reports and updates throughout the week.

To view the official entry list from Rok Cup USA, visit http:///bit.ly/19-rio-entry2.

DRIVER CATEGORY NUMBER CHASSIS PROVINCE
JORDAN DI LEO MICRO ROK 9 Intrepid Kart ON
DAVID ZHAO MICRO ROK 27 Exprit Kart ON
JENSEN BURNETT MICRO ROK 50 BirelART ON
AYDEN INGRATTA MINI ROK 105 TonyKart ON
FRANKIE ESPOSITO MINI ROK 117 BirelART ON
JOE LAUNI MINI ROK 121 GP Kart ON
CALEB CAMPBELL MINI ROK 196 BirelART ON
ANDREW MACIEL JUNIOR ROK 201 TonyKart ON
MARCO FILICE JUNIOR ROK 215 BirelART ON
AUSTIN BOYLE JUNIOR ROK 218 Exprit Kart ON
MARCELLO PANICCIA JUNIOR ROK 219 Kosmic Kart ON
NICKY PALADINO JUNIOR ROK 227 Exprit Kart ON
JUSTIN ARSENEAU JUNIOR ROK 236 Kosmic Kart QC
ALEXANDER BERG JUNIOR ROK 268 TonyKart AB
MARIO GIL JUNIOR ROK 296 ItalKart BC
ZACHARY CLAMAN DEMELO SENIOR ROK 303 Kosmic Kart QC
NOLAN BOWER SENIOR ROK 323 TonyKart ON
THOMAS NEPVEU SENIOR ROK 324 BirelART QC
MARK DAVIS SENIOR ROK 328 Exprit Kart ON
BEN COOPER SENIOR ROK 331 BirelART QC
LOGAN CUSSON SENIOR ROK 339 Exprit Kart ON
PATRICK WOODS-TOTH SENIOR ROK 345 BirelART QC
NICHOLAS HORNBOSTEL SENIOR ROK 371 Kosmic Kart ON
ROBERT SOROKA SENIOR ROK 394 Exprit Kart ON
RYAN MARTIN SENIOR ROK 398 CRG Kart AB
OWEN CLARKE SHIFTER ROK 405 BirelART ON
STEFANO LUCENTE SHIFTER ROK 414 GP Kart ON
DAVIDE GRECO SHIFTER ROK 415 Exprit Kart ON
XINGRAN TANG SHIFTER ROK 417 BirelART ON
COLE O’CONNOR SHIFTER ROK 429 ItalKart BC
MAX PRESTON SHIFTER ROK 441 Intrepid Kart ON
HENRY KNOX SHIFTER ROK 449 BirelART ON
JUSTIN LUIK SHIFTER ROK 455 BirelART ON
REMO RUSCITTI SHIFTER ROK 496 ItalKart BC
CHRISTIAN GYSI SHIFTER MASTER ROK 511 BirelART QC
DANY ST-HILAIRE SHIFTER MASTER ROK 517 BirelART QC
NICOLAS BEDARD SHIFTER MASTER ROK 528 Ricciardo Kart QC
NICHOLAS GOODFELLOW MASTER ROK 625 Gold Kart BC
ROB KOZAKOWSKI MASTER ROK 670 Exprit Kart AB
SCOTT MEYER SENIOR 100CC 718 K&K Kart AB
ANTHONY SIMONE SENIOR 100CC 795 K&K Kart ON
SYLVAIN COULOMBE MASTER 100CC 817 FA Kart QC
BRYAN STAUFFER MASTER 100CC 827 Vemme Kart BC
JAMES GREGORY MASTER 100CC 843 K&K Kart AB
KEITH OLSEN MASTER 100CC 856 Exprit Kart AB
ELI YANKO MASTER 100CC 870 TonyKart ON
COLBY WALLACE MASTER 100CC 899 TonyKart AB
DANIEL ALI JUNIOR 100CC 932 Kosmic Kart ON
ADAM ALI JUNIOR 100CC 986 Kosmic Kart ON
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