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Rotax Max Grand Nationals set for Las Vegas: $30,000 in prize money. SLOAN, Nevada -- The Rotax Max Challenge -- the fastest-growing kart class in America -- will crown three Rotax-powered national champions at the United States Rotax Max Grand...

Rotax Max Grand Nationals set for Las Vegas: $30,000 in prize money.

SLOAN, Nevada -- The Rotax Max Challenge -- the fastest-growing kart class in America -- will crown three Rotax-powered national champions at the United States Rotax Max Grand Nationals, October 24-26, at the Xplex Motorsports Racetrack in Sloan, just west of Las Vegas. Significantly, the event will be the most lucrative kart race ever held in the U.S., offering $55,000 in awards, including $30,000 cash$3,000 to class winners.

More than 125 Rotax racers from across the United States are expected to compete, each driver having qualified by earning regional points in the nationwide Rotax Max Challenge series. The Rotax Max Challenge incorporates three R-Max classes -- Junior, International, and Masters.

The International class is the showcase event, with competitors racing not only for U.S. bragging rights, but for a chance to win world honors as well. The top two International class finishers qualify to represent America in the World Rotax Championship, to be held January 2003 in South Africa.

Favorites in the International class include Alvaro Otoya, 30, of Miami, Florida R-Max points leader; first-year phenom Drew Litzenberger, 34, of Atlanta, Ga.; and William Peetz, 36, of Miami, a paraplegic who won the 2001 Florida R-Max title, and two Las Vegas competitors, David Jones, 30; and Gavin Ernstone, 32. All drivers will be racing on the Xplex's challenging 13-turn, .7-mile circuit.

The Rotax Max Grand Nationals will get underway on Thursday, Oct. 24th, with open practice. Qualifying will be held Friday, Oct. 25th, with the championships decided on Saturday, Oct. 26th. An awards dinner and reception will be held Saturday evening at the Imperial Palace Hotel in Las Vegas. Entries to the event are still being accepted.

Rotax Max competition is based on the revolutionary Rotax FR125 2-cycle kart engine. The FR125 is 125cc, water-cooled, with reed-valve induction, oil-in-fuel lubrication, balance shaft, spec-tuned exhaust, centrifugal low-rpm lockup clutch and integrated starter. In addition to producing 28 reliable horsepower, the FR125 boasts a 50-hour rebuild standard. Fast, reliable and low-maintenance, the Rotax FR125 has redefined the karting competition landscape.

The world Rotax Challenge was developed by Rotax's parent company, Bombardier LTD of Austria, in 2000, with the first world championship held in 2001 in Malaysia. National Rotax Challenge series are held in 50 different countries. The RMax Challenge is run as a national clubsport event, sanctioned by the national motorsport federation of the particular country. In the U.S., there were more than 25 regional R-Max challenges competing throughout the country.

For more information on the Rotax Max Grand Nationals contact Steve Cannon at SSC Racing, 760-864-1320 ext. 13. SSC Racing is located at 3101 E. Alejo, Palm Springs, CA 92262. For more information on the R-Max Challenge, visit www.rmaxchallenge.com and www.sscracing.com.

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Drivers Gavin Ernstone , David Jones