K1 Speed in Phoenix, Arizona hosted the first race of the 2012 Challenge GP race series bringing the best in indoor kart racing competition in the Southwest to the technical concrete race surface. The reverse ran layout for the first half of the season proved to be a challenging and fast layout as no one driver had more of an advantage than another. Double qualifying rounds would place Zach Sawyers in pole position, and set the pace for the field for the nights main event.
With the drivers set to go the main event would close out the nights race action with a green flag rolling start to get things going. Zach would lead the field into turn one and have a battle on his hands with second place qualifier Jye Barton who would find his way around Zach on lap 5 and never look back. Jye would take advantage of an open race track and run away from the rest of the drivers and hold a comfortable lead. Zach would end up dropping back to 4th place falling of the pace a bit allowing Matt Campbell to move into second and Riley Sawyers to move into third. With the checkered flag showing on the track marshals main podium, Jye would go onto to take the win with a 6 second lead over second place finisher Matt Campbell. Riley Sawyers would round out the top three from the main in third.
With the first round in the books the race is on for the points championship as drivers will have 5 more chances to make a run for a podium appearance and a shot at the overall championship. Come out to our next race happening February 12th for round II and take on the best indoor kart competition
The best indoor kart racing action in the Southwest can be found at K1 Speed in Phoenix Arizona this weekend with the kick off to the 2012 Challenge GP race series coming to the South Phoenix area K1 Speed location this Sunday January 15th. Driver will take to the unique concrete surfaced facility with will be RAN IN THE REVERSE CONFIGURATION for the start of the 2012 race series. Drivers will have double qualifying rounds and corresponding main event rounds to go after the top spots on the podium and the overall points championship. Come out this Sunday at 630PM for sign-ups with qualifying to begin at 7PM. Entry fee is just$50 per driver. SEE YOU SUNDAY!
The Inland Empire is the place to race this weekend with K1 Speed in Ontario California, right in the heart of San Bernardino county with the kick off to the 2012 Challenge GP Race this coming Sunday! The well know Super-Track configuration will be ran IN REVERSE for the first half of the 2012 race series which will give drivers an all new track layout to conquer. With double qualifying rounds, corresponding main event rounds and the points set back to 0 for all drivers, it will be a mad dash do run a fast lap and qualify for pole position on the technical course. Come out this Sunday January 15th at 630PM for sign-ups with qualifying beginning at 7PM. Entry fee is $50 per driver. BE THERE!
Southern California indoor kart racing kicked off the 2012 race season at K1 Speed in Irvine, California located right in the heart of the OC. The best in So-Cal indoor kart racing was in attendance to take on the well known Super-Track configuration which is set up to run in the reverse configuration for the start of the 2012 race series. After double qualifying rounds Nicholas Haye would come out with the top qualifier position with a fast lap of 42.269 seconds on the reverse configuration layout and setting the field for the nights main events.
The night would start off with the D-Main qualifiers out on track first which as made up of a group of alot of new people to the Challenge GP Race Series. The top three would be the battle to watch with Paul Dickerson, Joshua Shamassian, and Carl Walls who hosts the CIRKL series through multiple indoor kart racing locations in Southern California. With the rest of the field in tow, all they could do was watch as the top three pulled away from the field. When the checkered flag came out it would be Paul taking the win with Joshua in second and Carl rounding out the top three.
C-Main drivers were out on track next with a field of new drivers to the Challenge GP race series. A few veterans made up the front of the field and they were able to get out and away from traffic early on. The drivers would all remain in the respective qualifying positions, and when the checkered flag came out it would be Chris Wielogorski out front to take the win with Joe Xie in second and Andy Anderson closing out the top three on the podium.
The B-Main would be out on track next which was a good mix of returning drivers from previous years. With everyone swapping positions back and forth this ended up being a pretty exciting race. Jonathan Vitolo who was sporting a custom chrome painted helmet stood out nicely when he took the win, Trevor Buongiorno would take second place showing that even a younger driver can put the heat on some of the more veterans in the field. Royce Mohler would close out the top three in the main.
Finish out the night the A-Main drivers would take to the track with pole setter Nicholas Haye taking advantage of the clear track early on and go wire to wire for the win. Jason Foreman and Nicholas Rebeil would finish second and third to cap off the night and the top three on the podium.
With round one in the books, the race is on for the overall points championship at the top indoor kart racing facility in Orange County. Some of the best indoor kart racers are right here in so-cal and definitely put on an impressing driving display on track. Come out to our next event and see what its like to take on the best in indoor kart racing.
K1 Speed in South Florida began the 2012 Challenge GP race series season this past Sunday to a large crowd of drivers, which was a mix of veteran attendees and a number of first timers to the race series. The night would prove to be a great beginning to the 6 month long series as drivers took to the Super-Track configuration which is being ran in reverse for the series. After double qualifying rounds Dario Echeverry would be the one to grab the pole position besting 51 other drivers in attendance with a fast lap of 43.850 seconds. He was followed closely by another resident K1 Speed customer 11 year old Anthony Ospino who settled in with a 43.869 second lap time.
Main event rounds would close out the night with the D Main starting off the nights action. A full filed of 14 drivers would take the green flag rolling start with pole setter Phillip Riggs taking advantage of an empty track early on and running away from the field. Jessy Walker was a full 9 second behind in second place battling it out with Krysten Riordan who was less than five hundredths of a second off Jessy’s back bumper. When the checkered flag came out Phillip had maintained a comfortable lead to take the win with Jessy taking second and Krysten rounding out the top three in the field
C-Main drivers would be out on track next which stayed pretty mellow with the drivers staying in the qualifying positions for the duration of the race. Rubin Hernandez Jr would go wire to wire for the win followed by Nelso Silva in second and Marcus Motes would close out the top three on the podium respectfully.
The B-Main drivers would put on a bit more of a show as a number of the regulars were mixed in with some new talent in this field. Main event favored Michael Jacks was unfortunately wrapped up in a small race incident on track which dropped him out of the lead and allowed Jose Mendana Jr. to take the win. He was followed by Zach Hughes who took second and Quenni King would finish out the top three on the podium from the B-Main.
Closing out the night were the top qualifiers in the A-Main with every ones qualifying lap under 46 seconds – this would be a fast race. Local Super-Track guru Michael Apuzzo who won a majority of the races last season would work his way into first place after pole setter Dario Echeverry fell off the pace a bit from his pole position qualifying spot. Charles Abbott who took second place in the 2011 final race repeated his performance here to take second place again to start of his 2012 race season and Dario Echeverry round out his night in a respectable third place position to close out the podium.
This was a great kick off to the 2012 race season and with a number of race to go there is plenty of time for drivers to find them selves on the podium and score them selves the 2 extra top qualifying bonus points and make a run for the overall points championship.
Get ready South Florida, K1 Speed in Hollywood, Florida kicks off 2012 with the Challenge GP race season on their Super-Track Configuration IN REVERSE! The all new track configuration will create a new set of challenges for all drivers heading into the 2012 race season on the concrete surfaced facility. The points have been reset back to 0 and it will be a race to the finish with drivers all looking for the pole position bonus points and top spots on the podium to start off the new year. Come out this Sunday January 8th, for sign-ups starting at 6:30 PM and qualifying to begin at 7:00 PM. Entry fee is $55 per driver – see you there!
ATTENTION ALL RACERS! The start of the 2012 Challenge GP race series starts this coming weekend to K1 Speed in Irvine, California. The well known Super-Track configuration will be prepped and set up to run IN REVERSE! With the new course set-up, and the points reset back to 0 for all drivers, it will be a run for the front with everyone looking for the top spots on the podium. Its a race to the finish and everyone is invited – sign ups will begin at 6:30 PM this Sunday, January 8th with qualifying beginning at 7:00 PM. Entry fee is just $55 per driver. See you this Sunday at the best indoor kart racing facility in the OC!
This past Sunday K1 Speed in Los Angeles hosted their sixth and final round of their Challenge GP race series to a number of talented indoor kart drivers making up a field of the top indoor racers in So-Cal in 2011. With Points leader Robby Stanovich on hand to lock in his spot in the overall championship, all he had to do was qualify in a front running position and get out into clean air early to secure his spot. Double qualifying rounds had drivers battling back and forth as lap times dropped over time on the highly technical course layout. Jay Kubota would be the man of the evening edging out the pole position with a fast lap of 25.762 seconds setting the field for the main.
With the field back on track for the main event, Jay would lead the group into the first corner for the green-flag rolling start style format. The top three would battle back and forth with Jay Kubota holding off Robby Stanovich and KC Cook to maintain his position. The top three drivers got settled in and maintained their spots for the duration of the race leaving the rest of the field to battle it out among them selves. With the checkered flag showing on the race stewarts podium, Jay Kubota would end the night with the win, followed by Robby Stanovich in second and KC Cook would close out the top three.
With Stanovich’s second place finish in the main, he would earn enough points to maintain his position in the overall points standings to go on and take the championship win for K1 Speed in Torrance, California. KC Cook would take second followed by Jay Kubota in third to round out the top three championship points finishers.
With the 2011 season finished up, drivers are looking to the start of 2012, which sits just 2 weeks away at various K1 Locations.
K1 Speed in North San Diego wrapped up the final race of 2011 for their Challenge GP race league this past Sunday, with all eyes on the top drivers to see if anyone would be able to bump someone off the podium and take away and over all position in the points standings. With double qualifying rounds points leader Robby Stanovich would have to make a good clean run in order to stay out in front. Stanovich would set the pace for the final with a 26.802 second lap time giving himself a 2 tenths gap over the next driver.
With the main set drivers would head out for the sports-car style green flag rolling start, with Stanovich leading the field into turn one. Second place qualifier Olivia Ma would hang on for a solid 10 laps trying to keep pace with Stanovich and would eventually get passed by the late charging KC Cook. Olivia unfortunately dropped back a few positions and was unable to recover. Mid pack battles had veterans Jonathan Dimock, Justin Tolman and Ivan Maric giving chase trying to best one another on track. Back up front KC found his was around Robby to take the lead and go on for the win, Robby would hold onto second and Justin Tolman found his way into third to close out to top three on the podium.
The over all points championship would go to Robby Stanovich with a 50 point lead over second place finisher Justin Tolman. California Lightning Sprint car driver Jon Simms was able to take third over all in the points chase.
With the 2011 season now in the books, drivers are looking to 2012 and the all new race season which is just around the corner. With multiple race locations throughout Southern California, along with our Phoenix, Arizona, Hollywood Florida, and new Santa Clara location all hosting races starting this coming January, this wont be a season you will want to miss.
Coming this Sunday to K1 Speed in North San Diego – the final round for the second half of the Challenge GP race series at K1 Speed’s Carlsbad location! With the points chase on the line drivers will all be gunning for the top spot on the podium to try to win the over all points championship – which we will be crowning at this event! Known as one of the fastest indoor kart racing facilities in So-Cal this San Diego location guarantee’s the best in indoor kart racing will be here to finish out the 2011 race season. This race will be kicking off first thing in the morning with sign-ups beginning at 8:30 AM and qualifying to start at 9:00 AM – entry fee is just $50 per driver. See you Sunday!