The 2020 ROK Fest West event weekend got underway today with unofficial practice as 93 ROKKERS are currently entered for the weekend with some of the biggest and best teams and competitors from the western half of the country. Taking on the legendary karting circuit at the famed Sonoma Raceway, cool temperatures and foggy conditions greeted participants early as sunny skies and warmer temps moved in mid-morning and continued throughout the day.
With five practice sessions for each class today, tomorrow will provide drivers with two more sessions before qualifying and the first heat race. Saturday will be the home of heat races two, three and four for each class while a split schedule on Sunday will see a warmup and main event for five classes before lunch with the remaining classes running their warmup and finals after lunch.
With prominent West Coast programs such as GFC Karting, Rolison Performance Group, Nash Motorsportz, Leading Edge Motorsports, Ruthless Karting, Christian Bird Motorsports, Speed Sense Motorsports, Ron White Racing, Cameron Racing, Joey Hand Racing, Alex Keyes Racing and more, some of the current and future stars of motorsports are on site this weekend at Sonoma Raceway including talent in the paddock. Memo Gidley, Joey Hand, Christian Brook and Jake French are all behind the stopwatch as they have traded their steering wheels in for tools this weekend at the ROK Fest West program.
The largest grid of this weekend will once again be the ROK Shifter class with 26 entries while the Master Shifter field brings the shifter kart count to 40. With 2020 ROK Superfinal and ROK the RIO tickets on the line, the intensity will begin to increase tomorrow as official action gets underway.
Forest fires and smoke was the concern leading up the event, but clear skies produced good air quality as no fires are in the area and there are no concerns for anything but a clean and green race weekend.
With a relative late start Friday and Saturday with practice and warmups beginning at 9:00am PDT, Sunday will be the early day with an 8:00am green flag with an early start resulting in an early finish to ensure teams and competitors can get on the road at a decent time.
Weekend Schedule – Here
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