News and images of celebrity visits to K1 Speed, including visits from racecar drivers, athletes and entertainers.

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Current driver of BMW Team RBM and Sacramento native, Joey Hand, visits K1 Speed Sacramento with family.

“I think Joey Hand is the best young American sports car talent out there right now. What he has is a really good feel for a race car.”
- Boris Said

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ABOUT
Joey Hand made his move to sportscars after three seasons in Toyota Atlantic competition, and has been winning races and competing for titles ever since.
Motorsport is a family tradition in the Hand household. His father made a name for himself as a successful stock car driver. Soon after, Joey would launch his career in karting before taking a step up to single–seater racing.

2004 brought a new start for BMW on the GT racing scene. Hand ended his debut season in the Grand–Am Series with one win and six podium finishes. After a stint with Panoz, Hand returned to BMW in 2009. Together with Auberlen he helped the team to its first victory in the GT class, a pole position, and the fastest lap in Mid-Ohio.

Hand enjoyed a year of firsts in 2011. Starting with an overall win in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the 32-year old Californian added a 12 Hours of Sebring victory with BMW teammates Dirk Müller and Andy Priaulx. Hand and Müller would go on to two more GT wins and an additional three podiums, shared at the ALMS GT Driver’s championship. Hand also earned his first start at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing third with Müller and Priaulx.

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Mary Whipple (bottom right) conducts a coxswain (rowing) leadership camp at the University of Washington for high school coxswains. Mary brings the group into K1 Speed Seattle to teach them about how to race smoothly and how to anticipate lines.

ABOUT
Mary Whipple is an American coxswain. She competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics and at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She won a gold medal in women’s eight at both competitions. She also competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics where she won a silver medal. As a coxswain, Whipple stands 5’3″ and weighs in at 108 lbs.

As a freshman at the University of Washington, Mary coxed the women’s varsity four to a national title in 1999. She coxed the varsity eight to victory at the Royal Henley Regatta in 2000, taking home the first-ever Henley Prize, while also coxing them to a silver medal in the NCAA championships as part of a second place finish in the team standings that year. In 2001 and 2002, Mary coxed the varsity eight to back-to-back NCAA championships, and the Huskies also took home the team title in 2001.

Mary has an identical twin sister Sarah Jeanine Whipple. Sarah is an assistant coach for Women’s Crew at the University of California at Berkeley.

arrow Olympian Mary Whipple at K1 Speed Seattle! website – http://www.9thseat.com

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Mark Sanchez and teammates stopped by K1 Speed Irvine last night for some friendly competition. The players had a great time racing each other with Mark posting the results on his Twitter page.

Heat number 1:
1st place Stephen Hill
2nd place Mark Sanchez
3rd place: Jeremy Kerley

Heat number 2:
1st place Ryan Spadola
2nd place Chris Ivory
3rd place Jordan White

Sanchez has organized the informal workouts and team-bonding sessions, dubbed “Jets West,” for each of the last few summers at Mission Viejo High School, his alma mater.

Jets West camp includes running back Chris Ivory, tight end Jeff Cumberland and wide receivers Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley, Clyde Gates, Jordan White, Ryan Spadola and Vidal Hazelton.

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Sebastien Loeb, of France, powers his Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak across the finish line to set a record time of 8:13.87 in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

French rally star Sebastien Loeb has secured victory at the Pikes Peak hillclimb.

The nine-time World Rally Champion smashed the course record by more than a minute on his first attempt, recording an 8:13.878 time on the Colorado mountain.

Loeb’s car, a 650kW Peugeot 208 T16, had the measure of his rivals including defending champion, New Zealand’s Rhys Millen, who lowered his own personal best time in a Hyundai prototype by more than 30sec.

Millen told journalists at Pikes Peak that Loeb, who has semi-retired from the WRC ahead of a move into the World Touring Car Championship with Citroen in 2014, was ”unbeatable” in the outright class and that his Peugeot was one of the fastest cars the race had ever seen.

The Frenchman’s Peugeot was inspired by Ari Vatanen’s victorious 405 T16 coupe which won in 1988 and was made famous by the short film Climb Dance.

The Pikes Peak rally is motorsport’s own Mount Everest, a treacherous race to the sky with more than 150 turns.

Watch Sebastien Loeb race against Travis Pastrana at K1 Speed Torrance while shooting On Pace w/ Pastrana

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Houston Texans linebacker, Brooks Reed, racing with friends at K1 Speed Houston.

Reed played college football for the University of Arizona and was rated as one of the top outside linebacker prospects for the 2011 NFL Draft. Good luck this season!

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