Round 2 for the 2011 Challenge GP Race series will kick off this weekend at K1 Speed in Irvine California. The new Super Track configuration will be set up giving drivers a longer track layout to race on creating a unique set of corners for drivers to master. The overall points will be set back to 0 for everyone and an all new points championship is on the line as drivers from all over Orange County, Los Angeles, and the Inland Empire will be in attendance looking to find the fast lap around the new track layout and take that number 1 qualifying position. Entry fee is just $55 per driver, sign-ups will begin at 6:30 PM and racing will start at 7:00 PM
Get ready Florida – K1 Speed located in Hollywood, Florida presents the Challenge GP Race Series! Indoor kart racing at its finest comes to the largest K1 facility with a 6 month race series on their Super Track Configuration! The unique concrete surfaced layout will combine both tracks to create one large ‘Super Track’ giving drivers an all new technical layout and a new challenging course to race on. Utilizing european style indoor racing karts the newest K1 Speed facility will be the place to be this Sunday July 10th as drivers of all skill levels are encouraged to participate in what will quickly become the most popular karting facility in Florida.
Entry fee is just $55 per person for a Grand Prix format on the Super Track – sign-ups will begin at 6:30 PM and qualifying will start at 7:00 PM. Double qualifing rounds and corresponding main event rounds will place drivers according to their qualifying lap times.
K1 Speed in Torrance California closed out the first half of the Challenge GP race series this past Sunday to a large number of familiar faces along with a few new people all looking to take on the reverse ran configuration layout for the last time before the new track design goes in within the coming weeks. The over all points chase has been a battle back and forth between a number of drivers including young up and coming driver Robby Stanovich who has had a good presence at multiple K1 locations for the better part of 2011. Qualifying remained straight forward as drivers got the concrete surfaced track warmed up the lap times began to drop and everyone’s true skills would show. Matthew Widner would set a fast lap of 26.730 seconds to set the field for the A-Main on down.
The main events for the evening wold start of with B-Main drivers taking the green flag on the single file rolling start. Michael Arnold and Adam Akers would lead the field into turn one and have their own battle going for 1st and 2nd place with Andre Davillae and Emillio Garcia battling back and fourth for 3rd and 4th. The race remained relatively clean with drivers putting on a strong show until the 14th lap, when Michael and Adam would get a little too close to each-other going into a corner and giving up the positions to Emillio and Andre who were right behind them to take over the number 1 and 2 positions. The checkered flag came out 2 laps later with Emillio going on to take the win, Andre would take second and Michael would round out the top three on the podium with Andre right behind in 4th to finish out their nights. The rest of the field would fall in just a couple of seconds behind them.
A-Main race action would close out the night with Matthew Widner on pole to lead the field on the rolling start into turn one. Robby Stanovich would stick to his back bumper pressuring Widner to make a mistake but Matthew held his ground not giving up any ground to allow Robby to get a nose in on him and slip by. The rest of the field had their own battles going on as everyone seemed to be chasing Widner and Stanovich, when on lap 11 Robby found his way around Matthew and would get out into clean air and pull away. From there on, the field would be chasing Robby, the checkered flag came out and Stanovich went on to take the win with Widner taking a respectable second place finish. David Comstock would come across the line in third to take the final spot on the podium.
With the chase for the overall points champion coming down to the final race Robby Stanovich would edge out Matthew Widner by 8 points to take the overall series championship for the Los Angeles based K1 location. Widner took the second spot on the podium and thanks to his finish in this race Jay Kubota would earn enough points to take third over all beating out Paul Ciralli and David Comstock.
With the first half of 2011 in the books, everyone is looking to the rest of the 2011 season for the K1 Challenge GP race series. Each location is working on new track layouts in the coming weeks with the new season due to start in July, and the points going back to 0 anyone is welcome to come out and take on the best in indoor kart racing.
K1 Speed in Torrance, California wraps up their Challenge GP Race Series this Sunday with round 6 of the Los Angeles based indoor karting points championship. The over all championship is still up for grabs as drivers will be taking to the unique concrete surfaced facility for the final race for the 1st half of 2011. The technical course layout has brought some great competition to the season race series and this is one race you won’t want to miss. Come out Sunday June 26th for sign-ups at 630PM and qualifying to to start at 7PM, entry fee is just $50 per driver.
K1 Speed’s north San Diego location in Carlsbad California wrapped up their Challenge GP race season for the 1st half of 2011 this past Sunday with round 6 in the race series. Double qualifying rounds kept drivers on their toes and when the dust settled it was points leader Matt Merrill taking the overall pole position for the A-Main beating out up and comer Robby Stanovich and regulars Justin Tolman and Johnny Miller who are in a hard pressed battle for the overall points championship. K1 Speed sponsored California Lightning Sprint car driver and long time Challenge GP participant Jon Simms was in the mix as well making a run for the points chase and had a solid qualifying session to help set the field for the A-Main.
B-Main race action would kick off the main event rounds with a mix of new and old faces including Thomas Litton, Trevor King and long time resident customers Jason and Mattix McCormick making their Challenge GP debuts. The green flag rolling start got the field freight training down the main straight and into turn one with Jason out in clean air with his pole position start he would have a bit of a battle with Trevor and Thomas off his back bumper. Back of the pack race action with the other drivers saw Mattix McCormick make her way through the field to finish out her night in 4th. Jason would lead for a majority of the race but would fall of the pace and fall back to 3rd to finish out his night. Trevor King was on the move and found his way around Thomas to take the win in the B main and Thomas would hold onto second to finish out his night
The A-main would be the race to watch with the top 4 in the over all points spread out throughout the field. With the field set on the pace lap the field remained tight off the last corner for the green flag as pole setter Matt Merrill would lead the group down into turn one, everyone came out clean and the chase was on to run down Matt. Robby Stanovich who has been a strong contender in Challenge GP races at other K1 Speed locations found his way around Matt on the 3rd lap to take the lead away. Once he was out in clean air Matt held onto his solid second place position as Robby put distance on the rest of the field with an average lap of 29.00 seconds for the entire race. That would leave Johnny Miller and John Simms to battle it out for third and fourth. Johnny would find his was around Jon but was unable to catch Matt by the checkered flag. Robby would go on to take the win followed by Matt with Johnny rounding out the podium in third.
The overall points chase was close but Matt Merrill would go on to take the top spot on the podium with Johnny Miller taking second. Justin Tolman would take third overall after a hard charge to the front in this race coming from 9th to 5th and scoring enough points to maintain his third place position over Jon Simms who would finish in 4th just 4 points behind Justin.
This was a great season for all and the new season will begin next month with an all new track layout for drivers to race on.
This Sunday San Diego’s best indoor kart racers will be in attendance for round 6 of the Challenge GP race seires at K1 Speed in Carlsbad, California. The overall points battle is close with the top 3 drivers within 16 points of each-other making this final race for the first half of 2011 the one that will determine the overall points champion. This will also be the final race of the reverse ran track layout before they change up the overall layout at this location, so this will be everyones last chance to try this layout in reverse! Come out this Sunday June 19th for sign-ups at 6:30 PM with qualifying beginning at 7:00 PM. Entry fee is only $50 per driver.
K1 Speed in Ontario California hosted round 6 of their Challenge GP race series this previous Sunday to a field of fast and competitive Inland Empire kart racers. The reverse ran super-track layout has proven to be a fun challenging course for the 1st half of the 2011 season, with the points chase coming down to this final race for the 2nd and third place positions. Tyler Pope has been dominate all season and his top qualifying position to give him another pole position for the start of the main with a 54.198second lap time locked him in to the top overall spot.
Once the dust had settled from qualifying the race to watch would be between Ryan Rich, Justin Daughtery and Vincent Burke as they all were battling for position from the start. Pole setter Tyler was in a world of his own as he ran away from the other three, when Vincent went a little too hot into a corner on Justin causing both drivers to fall back. Vincent was moved to the back of the pack because of the move and Justin was moved back up. Ryan Rich would start to make a run on Tyler and caught his back bumper by the last lap, but ran out of time to put any sort of pressure on Tyler who would go on to take the win. Ryan would settle for a respectable second place and Justin rounded out the top three in third. Notable driver was 11 year old RJ Sterns who competes in the Bandelaro class at Irwindale Speedway came out and pulled off a very respectable 4th place finish for his first time out. He will definitely be one to watch in the 2nd half of 2011 if he returns to give some of these guys a run for their money.
The overall points chase would have Tyler Pope at the top of the podium, taking 1st overall, Ryan Rich would take second place overall, with Ron Rich taking the third overall spot on the podium to cap off the top three for the first half of 2011. The new season will be starting in June and with an all new track layout in the works, drivers will have a new set of challenges to conquer with an all new super-track layout to race on.
K1 Speed in Irvine, California wrapped up the first half of the 2011 Challenge GP race season this past Sunday to a packed house full of new and returning faces. Drivers in contention for the overall points championship put on quite a show as they all battled for that top qualifying spot to give them the best possible starting position for the main events. The super-track layout which was ran in the revers direction for this race series has proven to be a challenging course layout as drivers struggled a bit early on in the season to find the fast line around the extended course layout. Young up and coming driver Robby Stanovich has certainly given a lot of the more veteran drivers a good run for their money this season, as he would come out on top with a fast lap of 41.332 seconds to take the pole position in the A-Main, and break the Super-Track record at the same time. The rest of the drivers would fall in-line during qualifying sitting just a couple of tenths of a second off his lap time to set the field for the mains.
Out on track first to start off the nights main event were the C-Main drivers which was a divers group of newcomers to the Challenge GP Race series. The green flag rolling start for these new drivers would be a first for all of them but they were able to maintain clean driving lines and make the 7 lap main pretty straight forward. Mike Buongiorno would take the checkered flag for the win followed by Omid Tahami in second and Jessica Reed would round out the top 3 on the podium. The group was full of very capable drivers that with some more seat time should have a good shot at running up with some of the more veteran drivers in 2nd half of the season.
B-Main drivers took to the track next which had a good mix of the veteran drivers all looking to edge out one another for position. In a very competitive race it would be Mark Hornbeck on pole for the rolling start, but he would fall back early to John Perry and Michael Arnold putting Mark in 3rd for a couple of laps. Chris Akers would find a line just to the inside of Mark dropping him back to fourth where he would finish out his evening. With John Perry out in clean air he had plenty of breathing room to make a run for the finish line. Perry would go on to take the top spot on the podium, followed closely by Michael Arnold, with Chris Akers taking third.
The A-Main drivers would be on track next to finish out the evenings event with15 year old pole setter Robby Stanovich leading the field for the start. The green flag dropped and Robby would have his work cut out for him holding off the other drivers that were charging hard for the front. Points leader Toby Rodriguez would have an unfortunate race incident which put him to the back of the field early on, in which he was unable to recover in time to catch back up to the rest of the field. Stanovich would go on to take the win once the checkered flag was out, followed by Nicholas Rebeil in second and Steve Lattanzi to round out the top three.
The over all points championship would end up being a close battle, and even with his last place finish in the A-Main Toby Rodriguez would take the overall points championship spot for K1′s OC location. Robby Stanovich would take second place overall, but may have made it a closer battle if he hadn’t missed the season opener. Nicholas Rebeil would take the 3rd overall position thanks to his finish in this race which moved him up a few positions in the standings.
With the first half of the season in the books, the dust has yet to settle as the second half of the K1 Speed Challenge GP series will resume in July, which will include an all new track layout for drivers to compete on. Keep an eye on upcoming press releases for a full schedule to be released in the coming month for race dates for K1 Speed in Irvine, California
Get ready Inland Empire kart racers! The final round of the Challenge GP race series for K1 Speed in Ontario, California is coming this Sunday to the well known Super Track facility. The six race series will be wrapping up the first half of 2011 on the reverse run track layout which has been a challenging but fun layout for drivers this season. The over-all points champion will also be determined at this final race as the points battle between the top drivers has been close all season. Come out this Sunday June 12th to K1′s San Bernardino facility at 6:30 PM for sign-ups, with qualifying starting at 7:00 PM. Double qualifying rounds and corresponding main event round will determine the field for this weekends event – don’t miss it.
The best indoor kart racing facility in the Southwest is hosting the final round of its Challenge GP race series this coming Sunday at K1 Speed in Phoenix, Arizona. European style karting has taken the southwest by storm with the K1 Speed indoor electric race karts. The current track layout is ran in the reverse direction for this 4 race series, which an overall points champion will be announced after this weekends race, then we will move to a 6 race format for the second half of the 2011 race season. Sign-ups will begin at 6:30 PM and qualifying will start at 7:00 PM with double qualifying rounds and corresponding main event rounds giving drivers of all skill levels and abilities the chance to compete against one another. Come out this Sunday June 12th and check out the K1 Speed Challenge GP Race series in Phoenix, Arizona – located just south of Glendale and Scottsdale.