K1 Speed in Irvine, California was visited by Firestone Indy Lights driver Sebastian Saavedra this week along with some friends to take a few hot lapping sessions at the top indoor kart racing center in the O.C. Quickly showing his skills as a professional race car driver Sebastian was able to find the fast line around the track in his second session on track and began posting fast lap times that rivaled the top lap times of the week on the technical race course.
Not bad for a first time visit by a well seasoned formula car driver who has a number of race days in Formula BMW chassis in different race series around the world, before making the move to the Firestone Indy Light series in 2009 where he drove alongside teammate J. R. Hildebrand. In 2010 he returned to the series for Bryan Herta Autosport, and made his IndyCar Series debut in the 2010 Indianapolis 500.
Currently Sebastian sits 1st in the championship points standings in the Firestone Indy Lights Series taking podium finishes in the first 3 races of the year. K1 Speed looks forward to seeing Sebastian and his friends back in house soon and would like to wish him good luck in his future racing endeavors.
MONSTER ENERGY GIVES BACK HOSTS A CELEBRITY K1 KART RACE FUNDRAISING EVENT TO BENEFIT MUSIC SAVE LIVES.
Music by Good Guys In Black
Event Raises $17k
On April 1, Monster Energy Gives Back raised $17k at their Celebrity K1 Kart Race fundraising event to benefit Music Saves Lives featuring a special red-carpet evening with celebrities, athletes, media and industry influencers.
Invited guests enjoyed Kart Racing, an auction, good food and music by legendary professional BMX rider, musician, actor, and TV and radio personality Rick Thorne’s band, Good Guys In Black.
Celebrities, Athletes, Musicians, Hosts, Influencers
The evening was filled with great energy and good vibes. Guests and celebrity racers included: Christopher Knight – “Peter Brady” on The Brady Bunch, VH1’s “My Fair Brady” and “The Surreal Life”, Darrell and Brandon Sheets – Storage Wars, Jarrod Schulz and Brandi Passante – Storage Wars, Destin and Rachel Pfaff – Bravo´s Millionaire Matchmaker, Gordon “Lug Nutzz” Stewart – Nationally syndicated radio personality, Monster Energy athletes and Host of Speed Network’s “Speed Freaks,” Rick Thorne – professional BMX rider; actor; and singer for “Good Buys in Black”, Anastasia Ashley – professional surfer, Dean Wilson – Motorcross professional racer, Ernie “E-Dub” Vigil – Street bike stunt rider, Shin “Shinobi” Kinoshita – Street bike stunt rider, Nick “Apex” Brocha – Street bike stunt rider, Jason Britton – stunt bike rider, Jeremy Wright – professional body border, Joslyn Davis – Clevver TV host, Kyle Mohan – pro formula drift driver, Paul Luc Ronchetti – professional skateboarder, Pierre-Luc Gagnon (PLG) – professional skateboarder.
Celebrity Winners, Bragging Rights
Celebrity winners took home custom Monster trophies, bragging rights, and an invitation for next year´s fundraiser to defend their title.
1st Place: Nick “Apex” Brocha – Street bike stunt rider
2nd Place: Brandon Sheets – Storage Wars
3rd Place: Ernie “E-Dub” Vigil – Street bike stunt rider
Making Dreams Comes True
The event also made an eight-year old boy, Zack Wenner’s wish come true. Wenner who is suffering from Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis had a dream to meet the cast from Storage Wars (his favorite show) that has given him a way to escape his painful condition. His dream came true when he not only met the cast, but also actually got to bid in the live auction against them. The auction took a heartwarming turn when one of the cast members, Sheets actually bid on an autographed helmet on Wenner’s behalf. His mother, Tiffany Wenner said, “you guys made his night unforgettable and one of the of the happiest moments in his life.”
Sponsors included: Prodigy Entertainment, All Smiles Solutions, Evan’s Lager, Pabst Beer, Status Vodka, Karma Tequila, The Wine Artist, Night & Day Productions, Socially Sweet Events and Wee Man´s Chronic Taco´s.
Music Saves Lives (MSL) is a nonprofit organization that focuses its main efforts on blood donation and marrow registration, reaching out by sharing facts and educating young people on music tours nationwide. MSL began in 2006 and has reached over 2 million youth blood donors and registered over 20,000 for the marrow program saving as many as 15 people with leukemia. Their efforts have changed lives across the US and Canada.
For more information on Music Saves Lives visit: www.musicsaveslives.org. For more on Monster Energy Gives Back and our athletes visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MonsterEnergyGivesBack or check out www.monsterenergy.com.
Seeing an Endsession gets you up the noses of people who play music for a living and a once in a lifetime experience BUT it’s not like you can pop up and stage and out-perform the stinky band members at their own songs. We got out of bed extra early, 11a, on a Saturday and picked up bands Grouplove and Young The Giant for some crazy karting fun at K1 Speed in Redmond.It was an opportunity to be better than the band at something none of us had much experience doing…
There’s something about being poor, on the road and skinny and going super fast in a kart. When race driving something so light, potato chips and xbox doesn’t often equal a great training regiment! Evidently Young The Giant are staying thin on their tour bus as guitarist Eric managed to go fastest of all band members!
Grouplove’s Christian and Hannah seem so nice to one another off the track. Then you get them racing next to one another and the intensity shows its dark side!
Bands tour together for months without much break and become friends on the road. Our K1 experience took place on the final stop of a long tour and they couldn’t have been more ready to goof off together!
So fun! Thanks to K1 for having us and Mat Hayward for taking the best photos!
Music Saves Lives Celebrity Kart Race fueled by Monster Energy
Sponsors and Supporters will get a chance to kart race against celebrities in a fun, thrilling grand-prix-style competition.
Attendees will enjoy great food, drinks and can bet on celebrity kart racers.
This red carpet event will also have live entertainment, a silent auction. Many of the athletes will be displaying their racecars and motorcycles offering pictures and autographs.
Music Saves Lives is a nonprofit that has focused its main efforts on blood donation and marrow registration, reaching out by sharing facts and educating young people on music tours nationwide. MSL began in 2006 and has reach out to more than 2 million youth blood donors and registered over 20,000 for the marrow program saving as many as 15 people with leukemia. Their efforts have changed lives across the US and in Canada.
To find out more about www.MusicSavesLives.org
Information and tickets: http://msl.ticketleap.com/k1fun/
Facebook Event link: CLICK HERE
For Sponsorship Opportunities and In-kind Donations, please contact Mijanou@sociallysweetevents.com
Justin Allgaier, driver of the #31 Brandt Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series at K1 Speed Ontario. Justin posted a fast lap of 26.830…here he is next to his old #12 Verizon Dodge.
Jeremy Clements, driver of the #51 Clements Automotive Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series at K1 Speed Ontario. Jeremy posted a fast lap of 27.212. Here he is at the winners podium.