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IMG 0163 Carlsbad Challenge GP Results for February 19th

K1 Speed in North San Diego County hosted their second round of their challenge GP race series this past weekend with a number of talented drivers on hand all chasing after a podium finish on the reverse-ran layout. Double qualifying rounds would set the pace for the mains with Justin Tolman taking the overall pole position for the night.

B-Main drivers would start off the night with Hector Cruz leading the field at the drop of the green flag on the rolling start, he would hold onto the lead for a majority of the race with 5 laps to go and the field all started to mix it up. Jeremy McGrath would make his way through the field forward up to the front on lap 9 but fall back a few positions to where he was unable to recover. Tyler Sterkel would take over the lead with Hector holding onto second with the rest of the field battling back and forth between 3rd 4th and 5th making for a great show for everyone on hand. The checkered flag came out with Tyler Sterkel taking the win, Hector Cruz Jr would hang onto second, and Christina Castro would wind up taking third.

The night would close out with the A-Main drivers taking the track with Justin Tolman on pole leading the field into turn one on the green flag rolling start. Justin’s Challenge GP experience allowed him to remain out front fir the entire race. Meanwhile the rest of the field remained pretty tight through out the duration of the event with a good battle mid-pack between Matt Merrill, Jon Simms, and Ian Enz who would all swap positions back and forth all looking for a way to put some distance on the rest of the field. With the checkered flag showing on the podium Justin Tolman would go on to take the win followed by Jared Buccola in second and Matt Merrill taking third to close out the top three.

With round two closed out drivers are looking to round three next month and a chance at a podium finish, along with a solid position in the overall points chase. This six race series will be at the half way point and the overall championship is going to heat up the closer we get to the final round of competition. Come out to K1 Speed in Carlsbad, California March 18 and check out the K1 Speed Challenge GP race series for the best in indoor kart racing.

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Challenge GP Header K1 Speed Torrance Challenge Grand Prix Sunday February 26th

K1 Speed in Los Angeles county is wrapping the Challenge GP race series second round of competition this weekend with K1 Speed in Torrance, California. The championship points chase is a tight battle for all drivers as everyone will be looking for a podium finish and a chance at a top spot in the points chase.

Come out this Sunday to the concrete surfaced race facility for sign-ups at 6:30 PM with qualifying beginning at 7:00 PM. Double qualifying rounds and corresponding main event rounds will place everyone according to their best single lap time. Entry fee is just $50 per driver – BE THERE!

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DSC00784 K1 Speed Santa Clara Challenge GP Results for February 19th

K1 Speed in Northern California is the place to race for indoor karting with the Santa Clara location hosting the second round of their Challenge GP Race Series this past Sunday to a packed house full of capable drivers all going after a podium finish and a shot at the over all points chase for the first half of the 2012 race series. Qualifying remained clean and straight for ward as drivers quickly found the fast line around the race surface. Local Ryan Cougill, would take the over all pole position with a single lap time of 21.661 and would set the pace for the fields to the nights main events as the other drivers fell in just behind Ryan’s lap times.

The C-Main would start off the night, With Luis Alvila leading the field into the first corner from pole, he was quickly passed by Jeremy Latrasse who would quickly put some distance between himself and the rest of the field. The two Jason’s – Jason Herrera and Jason Fong would put on a show for the crowd battling for second and third for the duration of the race, as both were after a podium finish. The checkered flag would come out and Jeremy had a comfortable lead from the rest of the field and would go on to take the win with Jason Herrera taking second and Jason Fong rounding out the top three on the podium.

Next group of drivers out was a mix of new and returning drivers. Resident drivers Elliot Lao and Rex Dwyer had a good back and forth battle for first and second place with Elliot eventually edging out Rex on each lap to maintain the lead from the start. Fifth and sixth place qualifiers Mark Johnson and Shawn Thompson both found there way up front after making a hard run through the field and putting on a great display of driving for those watching. With the checkered flag out on Elliot would go on to take the win having gone wire to wire to take the B-Main, with Rex Dwyer holding in second respectfully. Mark Johnson would round out the top three on the podium and Shawn Thompson hanging on in fourth.

A-Main drivers would close out the night with Ryan Cougill leading the field from pole heading into turn one and he would have a battle on his hands with Ethan Lau and Robert Nieves sticking to his back bumper giving chase and looking for a way around. Fourth place qualifier Rick Kane would stick his knose in the battle as well and make for a great race with the rest of the field quickly in tow. Everyone would stay in their qualifying positions till the last couple of laps when Ryan would unfortunately loose his lead to Robert Nieves who would maintain a quick enough pace to stay out in front. Rick Kane made his way into second with Ryan would stay in third. The checkered flag would come out and Robert would take the win with Rick Cane taking second and Ryan Cougill would round out the top three.

With the dust settled and round two in the books driver are looking to the next race in March which will be the half way point for the first half of the 2012 race season. The overall points chase is going to be battle with a number of the top drivers all capable of a podium finish making for a close race. Come out March 18th and check out the best in indoor kart racing int eh bay area with K1 Speed in Santa Clara!

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Pro West GP K1 Pro West GP Series by Patricio Jourdain   Presented by Skip Barber Racing School

K1 Speed, the largest indoor karting company in the United States, is teaming up with Skip Barber and professional racecar driver Patricio Jourdain for a challenging, rewarding, and completely unique racing series. The K1 ProWest GP series will provide amateurs and novices alike an opportunity to reach the next rung on the ladder of their racing careers. Many of the top drivers in the world began their careers in karts before stepping onto advanced driving schools and feeder racing leagues, and the ProWest GP series will provide just such an opportunity for three lucky and worthy participants.

K1 Speed hosts Challenge GP racing leagues at each of its indoor karting centers, located nationwide from California to Florida. These leagues typically consist of six local races run over the course of half a year, with prizes awarded to top drivers at the conclusion of the series. These racing leagues have proven extremely popular; so popular that K1 Speed decided to take the next step. Unlike the Challenge GP series, which is local and exclusive to each track, the ProWest GP series will take place at seven of K1 Speed’s indoor karting centers spanning a greater part of the Western United States, from Northern California to Phoenix, Arizona. Quite simply, the ProWest GP series is far grander in scale than anything ever offered by K1 Speed or any other indoor karting company in the United States!

A racing series that is larger in scale requires more skilled and experienced competitors and a truly grand, “grand” prize.

To reward the winners of the ProWest GP series, K1 Speed has teamed up with Skip Barber, the most reputable and well-respected racing school in the United States. The Top 3 finishers – first, second, and third place – in the ProWest GP series will each receive a three-day Formula racing school at Skip Barber, valued at $4,400! This school is not simply an incredible opportunity to drive open-wheel racecars on the track and enhance one’s skills with professional tutelage – it could have the potential to be a stepping stone to a permanent career in racing. For aspiring racecar drivers, the opportunity speaks for itself. The winners will also receive Nomex racing gloves and boots from K1 Race Gear, a GoPro camera and sunglasses by Gatorz. Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 finishers.

To ensure that the level of competition is befitting the quality and stature of the race series, K1 Speed is also teaming up with professional racecar driver Patricio Jourdain. At each of the eight events, Patricio Jourdain will be providing professional feedback so that the competitors can fine-tune their lines, braking points, and throttle inputs to maximize their lap times and defend their position while on track. Drivers will also be asked to pass certain basic criteria. As K1 Speed and Skip Barber are expecting the best of the best to participate – from veteran indoor karters to professional shifter kart racers – drivers are required to be 16 years of age or older, have previous racing experience, or have participated in the Challenge GP or a K1 Speed racing class. Races will be run with K1 Speed’s all-electric indoor karts.

K1 Pro West GP Series Event Details.

While the Challenge GP is run twice yearly and consists of six events, the K1 Speed ProWest GP by Patricio Jourdain will consist of eight events and be run alongside the Formula One season. The first event takes place in April, 2012 at K1 Speed Carlsbad in San Diego County, CA, and the season concludes at K1 Speed Irvine in Orange County, CA in November, 2012. At each event, a 105 percent rule will be in place, similar to that of the 107 percent rule in Formula One. If a driver fails to set a fast lap within 105 percent of the fastest lap during a race, he or she will be unable to continue at that event. However, only a participant’s top 6 events are counted, so if one (or even two) events are missed or a person performs poorly, there is still every chance of earning a season victory.

Each event will consist of four separate track sessions: a 14 lap practice session to aquaint oneself with the track, two 14 lap qualifying sessions, and a 16 lap final race with grid start based on qualifying results. As in Formula One, points will be awarded based on finishing position, and these points (excluding the worst two results) will be tallied up at the end of the season to determine the Top 3.

To register for this event, contact your local K1 Speed indoor karting center or you can secure your seat by registering on-line. Participants will receive exclusive K1 Speed ProWest GP-branded gloves, head sock, and t-shirt, as well as 16 race credits ($320 value) that can be used at any K1 Speed facility. At each of the eight race, lunch will be provided ($80 value). The events will take place at the following K1 Speed karting centers: Carlsbad, Anaheim, Torrance, Santa Clara, Irvine (twice), Ontario, and Phoenix. Racers are responsible for travel and accomodation expenses.

The K1 Speed ProWest GP Series by Patricio Jourdain is unlike any other indoor karting series in America. In association with GoPro Camera, Gatorz Sunglasses, K1 Race Gear, and Skip Barber Racing School, K1 Speed invites karters from across the country to compete to win a three-day Formula driving school and the title of ProWest GP champion!

Detailed information on the event can be downloaded here.

Series Fee Includes:

  • Entry to each race event, including lunch!
  • 16 Race Credits that may be used at any K1 facility.
  • Annual Pro License.
  • K1 Pro West GP branded gloves, head sock and t-shirt.
  • Grand Prix Format: Practice, Qual 1, Qual 2, Final.
  • 14 Lap Practice, 14 Lap Qual 1, 14 Lap Qual 2, 16 Lap Race.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the Top 10 points leaders at the end of the series.

Grand Prize:

  • A 3-day Formula Racing School at Skip Barber – a $4,400 retail value!
  • K1 Race Gear Equipment
  • Go Pro Camera
  • Gatorz Sunglasses

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Amain K1 Speed Irvine Challenge GP Results for February 12th

The best in indoor kart racing headed to K1 Speed in Irvine California this past weekend for the second round of the Challenge GP Race Series to be held on the well know Super-Track configuration which is being ran in reverse for the first half of the 2012 race series. With a packed house full of talented drivers from the OC this would be a great night of racing for all in attendance. Qualifying would place KC Cook at the top qualifier position and on pole for the start of the nights A-Main.

Dmain K1 Speed Irvine Challenge GP Results for February 12th

Main event rounds would start off the night with the D-Main drivers on the track with Stephanie Switzer on pole leading the field into turn one. Unfortunately cold tires would be her demise early in the race as she spun out and dropped all the way down to the back of the field on the first lap. She recovered well though and made a run for the front and would finish out the night in fourth. The rest of the field would play catch up with the front runners for the duration of the race. The checkered flag would come out and Douglas Young would take the win with Jeff Fuller taking second and Von Miller rounding out the top three. This was a great main event for all, as every driver in the main were first timers.

Cmain K1 Speed Irvine Challenge GP Results for February 12th

C Main drivers would be out on track next and this would be another good mix of new drivers to the series. The race would start with a green flag rolling start with Lance Henruchsen on pole. Lance would hold his position and run a smooth line to put some distance between himself and the rest of the field. The group would settle in and mostly all stay in their respective qualifying positions. Once the checkered flag came out Lance would go on to take the win with Brad Drew in second and Jacob Schulze closing out the top three in third.

Bmain K1 Speed Irvine Challenge GP Results for February 12th

The next main on track would be a mixed field full of talented drivers to make up the B-Main which proved to make for a great race. With some rookies to the series mixed in, the veteran drivers would quickly take advantage of their experience and the top three would run away from the rest of the field early on to take the top three spots once the checkered flag came out. Nicholas Rebeil would go on to take the win followed by Rob Drew, with Adam Akers rounding out the top three to close out the night.

A Main race action would finish out the evening with pole setter KC Cook taking the green flag rolling start. He got out into clean air early and put some distance on the rest of the field to give himself a comfortable lead for the majority of the race. Jason Foreman and Diego Morales would battle with each other for second and third with the rest of the field in tow looking to make a move to the front. With the top three covering the field by a couple of turns they would go on to take the checkers with KC Cook taking the win, followed by Jason Foreman in second and Diego Morales in third to close out the night. This is also Diego’s first podium finish int he A-Main at K1 Speed in Irvine and may be the sign of things to come in the future.

With the second round of racing completed at the OC location, drivers are all looking to the next rounds of racing and the overall points championship. Racing is going to get very competitive for this series and it will surely bring some of the best indoor kart racing talent to the Irvine location. Come out March 4th for round three of the Challenge GP Race Series and take on the best in indoor kart racing in the OC!

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ONT1 K1 Speed Ontario Challenge GP Results for February 12th

K1 Speed in Ontario, California held round II of its Challenge GP race series this past Sunday with a number of very capable drivers on hand all looking for a podium finish. Also on hand was the K.O.R.P.S. car show which put a number of people on hand to spectate the nights event. Qualifying would be fast, with Michael Chen taking the pole position on the reverse-direction Super-Track layout configuration with a 51.400 second lap time. The rest of the drivers would settle in just behind Michael to set the fields for the main events.

ONT2 K1 Speed Ontario Challenge GP Results for February 12th

B Main drivers would go out on track first with Bob Hyman leading the field into turn one from pole. He was quickly pressured by Wesley Thu who found his way around Bob by late braking into the hair pin corner on lap one. Wesley got it it stick and he ran away from the rest of the field who were left to battle for second and third. Alton Endenfield would also find his way around Bob to move up into second, following Wesley to the inside forcing Bob wide. Bob held onto third until Kyle Hisey found his way around as well taking over third. The field would see the checkered flag with Wesley Thu holding a 7.5 second lead over the rest of the field. Alton Endenfield would hang onto second with Kyle Hisey rounding out the top three on the podium.

The night would close with the A-Main drivers on track which put on a show for the packed house of spectators on hand to watch the action. Michael Chen would lead the field into turn one on the green-flag rolling start but he was pressured quickly by Chris Singleton who got right up on Michael’s back bumper down the long back stretch. Chris would try and inside move going into the hairpin which forced Michael out wide and allowed some other drivers move down low as well and get around Chen. Travis Yates was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time and go from 4th to second in the same corner following Chris through the corner. Bryce Raygor would have a front row seat for the action which put him up into third and dropper Michael Chen down to forth once he was able to get going. The rest of the field would freight train with each-other to the start/finish line and spread out a bit after a couple of laps. The checkered flag came out and Chris Singleton would be on top to take the win followed by Travis Yates in second and Bryce Raygor would hang onto third.

With the second round of racing in the books the season is in full swing as drivers all work for a podium finish and to gap as many points as possible in the championship points chase. Next month will mark the half way spot for the first half of the 2012 race season. The overall points chase will more than likely come down to the final couple of events and make for some exciting racing action. Come out the the best in indoor kart racing in San Bernardino with K1 Speed’s Inland Empire location in Ontario, California March 11th and try the Challenge GP race series!

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IMG 0038 K1 Speed Phoenix Challenge GP Results for February 12th

K1 Speed in Phoenix, Arizona hosted the second round of their Challenge GP Race Series this past Sunday with a field of all new drivers for the 1st half of the 2012 season. The group would have a mixed amount of talent, which put on a great race and showed there are plenty of indoor karter’s in the Southwest region that are all capable of making a run for the podium and take a shot at the overall points championship. After double qualifying rounds Chris Sheehan would take the pole position with a 27.886 second lap time.

IMG 0039 K1 Speed Phoenix Challenge GP Results for February 12th

Drivers would take to the track for the A-Main with Chris leading the field into turn one on the green flag rolling start. Chad Morely would get inside Chris on the first turn and quickly put some distance between himself and the rest of the field. The race to watch would be between second through fifth place as drivers seems to all swap positions with each lap. Gunnar Peterson would battle his way up to second for the majority of the race, which left pole setter Chris Sheehan working to keep Patrick Mellody and Andriy Sorokin from getting around him, but on lap four he would get loose and drop a couple of positions with Andriy moving in front of Patrick and Chris dropping in behind Patrick hoping not to loose any more ground. The checkered flag would come out and Chad Morely would go on to take the win Gunnar Peterson would hang onto second and third place would go to Andriy Sorokin to round out the top three on the podium.

With the second round of racing in the books and the month of March marking the half way point for drivers in the overall points chase, there is going to be a push to see who will make it to the front of the field in the points standings. Come out to our next event March 11th and race with the best indoor kart racers in the Southwest with K1 Speed in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Challenge GP Header K1 Speed Santa Clara Challenge GP Sunday February 19th

K1 Speed in Northern California has the best in indoor kart racing with the Challenge GP Race Series coming to the Santa Clara location for the second round of the first half of the 2012 race series. The all new facility hosts a number of talented drivers each week and the Challenge GP Race series gives you the best in kart racing competition all at one facility. The unique concrete surfaced facility is fast with some great technical sections to challenge drivers abilities. Double qualifying format combined with corresponding main event rounds will place drivers according to their best single lap time. Come out this Sunday at 6:30 PM for sign-ups with qualifying beginning at 7:00 PM. Entry fee is just $50 per person. See you there!

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Challenge GP Header K1 Speed Carlsbad Challenge GP Sunday February 19th

Calling all racers in So-Cal – K1 Speed in North San Diego County is hosting the second round of the Challenge GP race series this coming Sunday on the fastest single track layout in the region. The reverse-ran layout has been a challenge for drivers to find the fast line as the track has more technical features with this configuration. The overall points chase is starting to heat up as drivers will all be making a run for a podium finish. Come out this Sunday February 19th at 6:30 PM for sign-ups with qualifying beginning at 7:00 PM. Double qualifying format with corresponding main event rounds will place drivers by the single best lap time in the fields. Entry fee is just $50 per driver! See you Sunday!

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Challenge GP Header K1 Speed Phoenix Challenge Grand Prix this Sunday February 12th

The best indoor kart racing center in the Southwest is going to be the place to be this Sunday with K1 Speed in Phoenix, Arizona with round II of the Challenge GP Race series coming to the fastest concrete surfaced indoor kart facility in Arizona. The race for the points championship is in full swing with drivers all battling for a top spot on the podium.

Come in this Sunday February 12th for sign-ups at 6:30 PM with qualifying beginning at 7:00 PM. Entry fee is $50 per driver – BE THERE!

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