Announced during the podium presentation at the inaugural weekend of MAXSpeed Entertainment’s Cold Stone US Open series presented by MG Tires and Chase/Brash Racing, the official date for the series finale is October 28-31, 2015.
A new venue was also announced, as the US Open will close out at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino just off the famous Las Vegas Strip.
“We have been working tirelessly to secure a new date for the US Open of Las Vegas,” explains MAXSpeed Group’s President Richard Boisclair. “With the 2015 Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals taking place on our original date, we needed to adjust our schedule to allow competitors the chance to compete at both events.”
The new venue announcement comes amid a noise ordinance from the City of Las Vegas. With numerous hotels and houses located around the original location of the LINQ Hotel & Casino, it was determined the noise level from the event would be too high for the city to give approval. Working with Caesar’s Entertainment to find a new location for the finale, officials decided on the Rio location.
“We looked at many different options and the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino became our only option after factoring in dates, needed space and required permits,” continued Boisclair. “The management from the Rio was happy to welcome us and work with us in putting on a spectacular finale. We have secured a three year contract with the Rio, and we look forward to working with them over the years.”
The US Open of Las Vegas finale will award a major portion of the more than $200,000 prize package to event participants and series champions. Race winners in Rotax Senior, Rotax DD2 and Shifter Elite could earn up to an $8,000 payday, with series champions in the same classes earning $3,000. Rotax Junior, Senior and DD2 event winners will earn tickets to the 2016 Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals, with Rotax Micro and Mini MAX series champions also earning spectator trips to the 2016 “Olympics of Karting.” Also ups for grabs are Caribbean vacation packages. A full breakdown of the awards package is available HERE.