The two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion and driver of the #14 Office Depot, Mobil 1 Chevrolet – Tony Stewart visited K1 Speed in Hollywood, Florida on Monday for a media day and to do a meet and greet with fans. Tony was in town for the filming of upcoming commercials for the Miami/Homestead Speedway race this coming November, and to take a few laps on our latest indoor kart racing facility. Some lucky fans and Homestead Speedway President Matt Becherer got a chance to race with Tony at our latest indoor kart racing facility and put down some pretty impressive laps. Tony has visited K1 Speed before, as he will sometimes pop into our K1 Speed location in Ontario, California when he is in town for the NASCAR race during the start of the season that is held at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California located just down the street from the facility.
Stewart is currently sitting 9th in NASCAR Sprint Cup points just ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr., and will head to Chicagoland Speedway’s Tri-Oval this weekend for the kick-off of the Chase for the Sprint up Championship. Come out to any K1 Speed location this Sunday and check out all the race action on our multiple HD TV’s throughout the facility and watch Tony Stewart and his team make a run for the podium.
NASCAR & Off-Road Legend Robby Gordon stopped by the K1 Speed Anaheim location and gave a few young karters the thrill of a lifetime when he asked if he could race in their 12 lap junior final with them. Pole sitter Blake Jennison was confident in his skills and he let Robby know it as Gordon may feel less pressure from NASCAR competitors. Starting from the back in a group of 8, the Road-Race specialist was able to work through the pack with stiff challenges coming from many drivers. In the final laps the Speed Energy sponsored Gordon had to battle for 2nd with birthday boy Caden Cantor and finally leader Blake Jennison. They swapped positions multiple times and then Gordon crossed the line first. The “race stewards” announced a review of the race however and Gordon was moved to 3rd in final finishing position giving the win to Blake Jennison & 2nd place to birthday boy Caden Cantor. After receiving the “penalty” Gordon smiled and commented on the similarities to NASCAR at that point. All drivers and customers in the building were treated to free energy drinks courtesy of Gordon’s Speed Energy product available at K1 Speed and retailers nationwide. Come out to K1 Speed Anaheim to mingle with the most famous and fun racers around the country…
K1 Speed in Irvine, California – right in the heart of The OC was visited by members of the alternative rock band – Forever the Sickest Kids this week for some fast laps with our indoor electric racing karts. Members Jonathan Cook – lead vocals, Austin Bello – Bass/Vocals and Caleb Turman – Guitar/Vocals, took to our challenging course layouts, much like they take to the stage – and finished out their evening with big smiles on their faces.
Recently, their most recent forthcoming self-titled sophomore album almost happened by chance. The Texas five-some, who have toured with bands like All Time Low, Good Charlotte, Boys Like Girls, Third Eye Blind, 3OH!3, released their much-loved debut Underdog Alma Mater in April of 2008, following its success in November of 2009 with the release of their mini-LP, The Weekend: Friday. While in the studio with producer David Bendeth in early 2010, the band realized that the songs were just too good for another mini-LP.
“We felt like the music took such advancement for the better that we wanted to put it out on a full-length album,” said Jonathan.
Everyone at K1 would like to wish Forever the Sickest Kids good luck in their future music career’s, and we look forward to seeing them back again.
K1 Speed in Ontario, California played host to a number of participants as the Kyle Busch Foundation staged a celebrity event this past weekend while the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup series rolled into Auto Club Raceway just down the road in Fontana, California. Kyle teamed up with the 2009 Formula Drift Champion Chris Forsberg and their main sponsor NOS Energy Drink, who donated $10,000 to the charity, it would be an evening of kart racing that would be unforgettable for the lucky few that got to witness this special event.
Joining Kyle and Chris on track were, among others, William Fichtner (Actor-Prison Break), Kimberly Leemans (model), Holli Ugalde (winning chef from Hell’s Kitchen), Josh Barnett (MMA fighter), and Gilbert Gonzalez, Jr. (American Idol). Kyle would go on to win the race in commanding fashion, he followed up this event with a win on Saturday in the Nationwide series race and with a strong run and third place finish in the Sprint Cup Race on Sunday at California Speedway.
Everyone had a great time during this charity event and K1 Speed would like to thank Kyle Busch, Chris Forsberg and NOS for allowing the best indoor kart racing facility in the Inland Empire to host the night’s festivities for the Kyle Busch Foundation.
K1 Speed’s newest location in Phoenix, Arizona was recently visited by a number of celebrities, all taking a quick break from their day-to-day lives to try out the best in indoor kart racing in the Southwest. World Series Pitcher Colby Lewis of the Texas Rangers and his friend Burt Frisselle of the Grand-Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype team Frisselle Racing were joined by dirt track drivers Zack Forster and Sean Minor who all came in for some grudge match racing against each other. Each driver brought a unique talent to the etched concrete-surfaced track and after 4 races Burt was able to break the single lap track record by posting a 28.30 second fastest lap, edging out the previous track record by 4 hundredths of a second. Showing an impressive display of driving, it really showcased Burt’s abilities to be able to get into an unfamiliar kart at an unfamiliar track and beat the track record on his first visit to the facility.
With a great time had by all, they vowed to return for a rematch to see who could better the others next time. K1 Speed would like to wish Colby good luck has he returns to spring training this week along with Burt, Zack, and Sean for their 2011 race seasons.
If you haven’t been to the hottest in indoor kart racing in the area you need to visit K1 Speed in Phoenix, Arizona. Located just south of Glendale and Scottsdale – the best in indoor kart racing in the Southwest is open 7 days a week – come out and experience the excitement of indoor electric kart racing!