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!
Get ready Los Angeles – K1 Speed in Torrance, California is hosting their 6th and final round of their Challenge GP Race Series this coming Sunday December 18th! The points championship is on the line and it will be a race to the finish as drivers battle for the top spot on the podium. The Carson, California area location offers some of the best indoor kart racing competition in Southern California with their technical track layout and challenging course design. Come out Sunday December 18th at 630PM for sign-ups with qualifying beginning at 7PM – entry fee is $50 per driver – be there!
The Southwest’s indoor kart racing action is happening at K1 Speed, in Phoenix Arizona with their final round of their 2011 Challenge GP race series wrapping up this past Sunday to a number of drivers that are all making a run at the overall championship points. Qualifying was a straight forward race with drivers making hard runs at finding a fast lap on the concrete course layout. Eric Kennel would take the pole position with a lap time of 28.109 seconds to set the field for the main.
With the final round of racing set to go Eric would lead the field for the green flag rolling start into turn one, but his lead would last long as Logan Swane would find his way to the inside of Eric coming out of the first corner to take the lead early in the race. Logan would take advantage of getting out into clean air early putting some distance between him and the field. Kennel would battle back and forth for 2nd and third position with former So-Cal Challenge GP competitor Krystal Wright, who at one point in the race had mad her way up into second before Eric found his way around her with just two laps to go. Mid-pack race action was a battle with Stenos Wijaya spinning out and dropping back to the back of the field mid way through the race but he was able to work his way back into 5th by the time the checkered flag came out. Keaton Swane found his way into fourth by the time the checkered flag came out. The field would finish with Logan Swane taking the win, with Eric Kennel in second, and Krystal Wright would round out the top three in the field.
The overall points championship would go to Keaton Swane with his fourth place finish earning him enough points to take the championship. His brother Logan Swane took second and John Madrigal rounded out the top three for the season in third. This was a great finish for the best indoor kart racing facility in the Southwest with K1 Speed in Phoenix, Arizona – keep an eye out for the 2012 schedule to be released within the next month!
K1 Speed’s Inland Empire location closed out their Challenge GP race season this past Sunday to a packed house of fully capable drivers all looking for a podium appearance, and to grab as many championship points as possible to take the K1 Speed Ontario Challenge GP Title. It would be a battle between Robby Stanovich and Bryce Raygor for the top qualifying spot, Robby would edge out Bryce for the pole position in the A-Main with a 51.375 second lap time, with Bryce close behind with a 51.498 second lap time.
With the fields set the B-Main drivers would be out on track first, with Michael Huynh leading the field from the pole position into turn one on the green flag rolling start. Jason Coble made a move early in the race and put a size-able lead on the rest of the field. The rest of the field remained pretty tight to their positions and the field would finish out with Jason Coble taking the win, followed by Michael Huynh in second and Ron Aguilar would round out the field.
A-Main drivers would be out on track to close out the night and this was one race not to miss. Robby Stanovich brought the field around for the rolling start and timed his start just right to get a jump on the field when the green flag dropped. Second and third place qualifiers Bryce Raygor and Chris Singleton could only watch as Robby pulled away and they would have their own battle going for position themselves, while fending off the rest of the field which had a number of first time A-Main drivers. Chris found his way around Bryce after a number of laps to move into second but he was unable to catch up to Stanovich who had a 8.341 second gap over Chris. The checkered flag would come out with Robby Stanovich taking the win followed by Chris Singleton and Bryce Raygor would round out the top three in the main.
The overall points championship for the Inland Empire location would go to Robby Stanovich, with Bryce Raygor taking second overall, and Gabriel Familathe would round out the top three in the overall points championship.
This was a great finish to the 2011 race season for K1 Speed in Ontario, California, as the best of the best came out in force to participate in the top indoor kart racing facility in San Bernadino. There are just a couple of locations left in the So-Cal region to host their finals round of the Challenge GP race series – don’t miss all the action this coming Sunday December 18th in Los Angeles and San Diego.
It was a big night of racing at K1 Speed in Irvine, California as the best in indoor kart racing came out for the final round of 2011 to see who would be crowded champion for the OC location. Multiple drivers were on hand of various driving skill, making for a very tight field of drivers that were all within a couple of seconds of each other during qualifying, making for some of the quickest racing to date on the Super-Track configuration. After double qualifying rounds for each driver, KC Cook would take the over all pole position for the A-Main with a 41.507 second lap time to set pace for the rest of the fields.
The main event rounds would kick off with the C-Main drivers out on track first, making for quite a show for everyone in attendance as the field comprised mostly of first timers. Everyone in this run group had an opportunity to make a podium appearance as no one driver seem to be overly better than another. After the dust settled and the checkered flag came out, it would be Scott Melgren taking the win followed by Scott Mutimer, and Chad Niernberg would round out the top three on the podium. Everyone in this group said they would be back in 2012 for the first race in January.
The B-Main drivers were out on track next with a mixed field of fully capable drivers that could very well make appearances in the A-Main next year. Veteran driver Michael Arnold would go on to take the win showing he is very capable of winning, in this talented line-up of drivers followed by Trevor Buongiorno in second and Brad Drew taking third. Michael spent the entire race fending off 11 other hard charging drivers to maintain his number one spot and should be a strong competitor in 2012
Capping off the night was the A-Main drivers, with every ones eyes on the top 5 in the field which were made up of KC Cook, Edward Bergenholtz, Robby Stanovich, Jason Foreman, and Tommy Parry. The rest of the field were made of of seasoned indoor kart racers which gave everyone a look at K1′s version of an Indy or Daytona 500 line-up. The green flag dropped on the rolling start with KC Cook leading into turn 1 with the rest of the field holding tight to each other like the 405 freeway on a Friday afternoon at rush hour. KC Cook was holding onto the lead for a number of laps when he made a slight error and entered a corner too wide leaving room for Robby Stanovich and Edward Bergenholtz to sneak underneath and forcing KC to the outside of the corner. KC recovered and dropped in behind Bergenholtz, but didn’t have enough momentum and Jason Foreman found his way around dropping KC to 4th. Stanovich took immediate advantage of the open track and started to make his run for the checkered flag. He didn’t realize that Bergenholtz was sitting in a position to make a move on him, and on the final turn, of the final lap Robby would come out of the corner a little wide, not taking a defensive line giving Edward just enough room to get along side of Robby. Stanovich would edge out the win by 4 hundredths of a second with Bergenholtz looking right at the side of Robby Kart as they crossed the finish line. Jason Foreman would remain in third and KC could only watch as he finished in fourth.
The season ending race also wrapped up its over all points championship, with Robby Stanovich taking the overall win for K1 Speed in Irvine, California. Edward Bergenholtz would take second overall and KC Cook had enough points to finish out in third in the championship.
This was a great end to the 2011 Challenge GP race series for the Orange County location. With just a few races left for the month of December, a number of drivers are talking about making the trips to the various So-Cal locations for their final Challenge GP races as well. These won’t be something you want to miss!
K1 Speed’s Southwest location in Phoenix Arizona is wrapping up their Challenge GP race series this weekend, on Sunday December 11th. The technical track layout has been a challenging race course all season long and drivers will have to be on their toes to maintain a fast line around the course. The overall points champion will be awarded at this event as well, and with double qualifying rounds and corresponding main event rounds there is plenty of race action on hand for people to participate in. Come out this Sunday December 11th for sign-ups at 630PM with qualifying starting at 7PM. Entry fee’s are $50 per driver.
The Inland Empire of Southern California is the place to be for all kart racing action as K1 Speed in Ontario, California will be wrapping up their Challenge GP Race Series this coming Sunday December 11th on the Super-Track configuration! Drivers will have double qualifying rounds to lay down a fast lap and try to grab pole position and the extra bonus points in the points chase. The over all champion for the second half of the race season will be awarded this Sunday as well. Sign-ups will begin at 630PM with qualifying starting at 7PM! Entry fee is $50 per driver.
K1 Speed in the heart of the OC is hosting the sixth and final round of their 2011 Challenge GP race series this Sunday December 4th! The championship points chase is on the line and it will be a battle to the end for the overall 2011 Champions for the second half of this race series. Come out this Sunday and take on the well known Super-Track configuration which is the largest indoor kart racing facility in Irvine, California. Sign-ups will begin at 630PM and qualifying will begin at 7PM. Entry fee is $55 per driver