The second half of the 2011 Challenge GP Race Series is in full swing with K1 Speed in Carson, California hosting their first round of racing this Sunday July 31st on their unique concrete surfaced race facility. The technical race course has been redesigned, giving drivers an all new challenging race course to compete on! The points are back to 0, and this first race could set the pace for the rest of the season at the Torrance facility. Come out Sunday at 6:30 PM for sign-ups with qualifying beginning at 7:00 PM – entry fee is $50 per driver.
The Southwest is heating up with K1 Speed in Phoenix, Arizona kicking off the 2nd half of the 2011 Challenge GP race season this past Sunday to a packed house of new and familiar faces all looking to make a run at the points championship. Qualifying was a straight forward with Steve Lattanzi taking the pole position after double qualifying rounds on the unique concrete surfaced facility.
The main event hosted a large field of drivers that would take the green flag on a rolling start with Steve leading the field into turn one. The hard charging Logan Swayne, and Keaton Swayne who qualified in 2nd and 3rd followed closely behind. The rest of the field would fall behind and freight train with each-other for a couple of laps and eventually spread out mid way through the race. Keaton Swayne found his way around Logan and Steve to move into the lead, once he was out in clean air he would go on to take the win. Lattanzi would finish out in second, Logan unfortunately dropped back to 5th to finish out his night. John Madrigal would work his way up into third to round out the top three on the podium followed by Chris Wynne in fourth.
With the start of the second half of the 2011 race season in the books, the race for the overall points championship is in full swing and its any-ones ball game for who will come out on top. The European style indoor kart racing facility is the best of its kind in the Phoenix area. Come out to our next event August 14th for round II!
K1 Speed in North San Diego kicks off the second half of the 2011 Challenge GP Race Series this coming Sunday July 24th, with an all new track layout for racers to compete on! The Carlsbad facility has been known for having one of the more quicker track layouts, and the quickest indoor kart track in San Diego. The points battle will be up for grabs as reining champ Matt Merrill will have his work cut out for him with a number of very capable drivers all looking for that top podium spot early on in this series. Sign-ups will begin at 630PM and qualifying will start at 7PM with double qualifying rounds and corresponding main event rounds. Entry fee is $50 per driver.
K1 Speed in Ontario, California opened up their Challenge GP race series this past weekend to a number of returning drivers that are all heavy hitters in the So-Cal indoor kart scene. To kick off the second half of the 2011 series the Super-Track layout has been changed to give drivers an all new challenging race course and the largest indoor race facility in the Inland Empire area. Qualifying on the extended distance track remained close as drivers took a few laps to get used to the all new layout. Robby Stanovich found his quick way around early on, posting a 51.544 second lap time, landing him the pole position for the main and setting the pace for the rest of the field.
Even with double qualifying rounds, Stanovich remained on top and would lead the field for the green flag rolling start. Tyler Pope would follow closely in second from his qualifying position as he looked to be glued to Robbie’s back bumper and Gabriel Familathe would be sitting in third. Tyler did what he could to pressure Robby who was driving a good defensive line not allowing any room for Pope to find a way around. while Gabriel sat in a solid third place watching the action up front. The rest of the field would fall in line with RJ Sterns, Emillio Garcia III and John Tanaka falling in line in 4th, 5th, and 6th trying to find a better way around the course. By the time the checkered flag came out the top three drivers remained in their starting positions with Robby taking the win, Tyler in second and Gabriel rounding out the top three in third.
This was a great start to the season and with the points back to 0 for each location its anyone’s ball game for who will be at the top of the podium for the overall points champion. The question seems to be if anyone can catch the young Robby Stanovich and his dominating performance when he shows up to race.
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K1 Speed in Phoenix Arizona is kicking off the second half of the 2001 Challenge GP Race Series this coming Sunday hosting the best in indoor kart racing in the Southwest with their indoor concrete surfaced facility. The points have been set back to 0 and the race for the chase to the championship for the second half of the season will be in full swing. Come out this Sunday July 17th and see what the best in the Southwest has to offer with sign-ups at 630PM and qualifying to start at 7PM. Entry fee is $50 per driver with double qualifying rounds and corresponding main event rounds.
K1 Speed in Ontario California will kick off the second half of the Challenge GP race series for the San Bernardino K1 location this coming Sunday July 17th. The all new Super-Track layout will be ready to go for drivers to take on with a new challenging course design. The Super-Track configuration combines both Track 1 and Track 2 which have both been recently changed, creating the ultimate kart racing course in the Inland Empire. Come out this Sunday for sign-ups starting at 630PM with the first round of qualifying at 7PM entry fee is just $50 per driver – with double qualifying rounds and corresponding main event rounds
K1 Speed in Irvine, California kicked off the start of the 2nd half of the 2011 Challenge GP race season for the So-Cal region this past Sunday to a large group of racers, all in the hunt for the top spot on the podium. With the points reset back to 0 the chase for the overall points championship for the second half of the season is up in the air and this could be the event that sets the pace for the rest of the season for the Central Orange County location. The all new Super-Track configuration was set up just in time for this race as well, as drivers were experiencing the layout for the first time as both track 1 and track 2 are combined to create the all new layout.
Qualifying was a straight forward session, as drivers had double qualifying rounds to learn the all new layout and find the line that would produce a fast lap for the top qualifying position. Robby Stanovich who has been an up and coming driver was able to find the fast way around and grab the pole position for the A Main with a 42.223 second lap time. Robby would set the pace for the rest of the field in what would be some of the closest up front battles among the drivers.
C-Main race action would get the night going with a number of well known faces, along with some new ones in the field. Rob Drew who has been a long time attendee of the Challenge GP events would take the checkered flag for the win, giving him a first time, first place finish in a series race with K1 Speed. He was followed by Omid Tahami in second and Michael Gale would take third to round out the top three.
Next on track was the B-Main, with another group of well known drivers in the field. The relentless driving skills of Heath Sosa and Adam Akers made for an exciting race giving spectators a look at what could be an A-Main driving performance between the two. Adam would edge out Heath in the end by literally a few hundredths of a second. Chris Weiland would hang on to third place just barely, as Brad Drew and Michael Arnold, who made a great pass for position into 5th were charging hard at the end but were unable to catch up to Chris by the time the checkered flag came out.
Finishing out the night the A-Main was on track with the young Robby Stanovich leading the group on for the green flag rolling start. Robby would lead the field into turn one and it was quite a battle between him and long time Challenge GP driver Taylor Hays who is also an avid outdoor kart racer. Robby would take the win by 3 thousandths of a second probably creating one of the closest races at K1 Speed Irvine. Professional Formula Drift driver, and industry icon Edward Bergenholtz would take the final spot on the podium in third after a great battle with Khalifa Alasiri who finished out his night in 4th.
The level of competition between the drivers has certainly grown over the last year, with many drivers who should be A Main qualifiers finding themselves in the B and sometimes C mains due to the driving talent that has been brought to these events. K1 Speed’s next GP for the OC will be August 7th, and with the points chase up for grabs this will be an exciting race to the end for the overall championship points winner. Come out to our next event and check out the K1 Speed Challenge GP race Series!
In the largest Challenge GP to date, K1 Speed in South Florida hosted 86 drivers Sunday night to kick off their Challenge GP race season for the 2nd half of 2011. The Super-Track configuration which combines both tracks on the concrete surfaced race course, is the first of its kinda in the Ft. Lauderdale area as K1 Speed brings European style indoor kart racing to the region. Thanks to the large number that joined us at K1 Speed in South Florida, giving us the largest attendance ever in the history of K1 Speed for a Challenge GP event, this produced 7 Main events for the evening for spectators on hand with an A, B, C, D, E, F, and G mains.
Jason Drescher was the main man of the night qualifying for the pole position in the A main and going on to take the win over 85 other drivers. He was followed by Matthew Mccabe who took second and Michael Whipple in third to round out the top three. The race for the chase to the overall points championship is in full swing as well with Jason currently in the lead with 162 points. With all drivers just separated out by a couple of points it will be a close race to the finish!
Come out to the next event August 7th and take on the best kart racing facility in the Miami, Boca Raton, and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida area with K1 Speed!
K1 Speed in Hollywood, South Florida will be introducing the Junior indoor kart racing league August 2nd, to the South Florida kart racing community. The highly popular league on the west coast will now be available to our younger racers to participate in giving them the same racing format that is found with our adult Challenge GP race series. Registration and sign-ups will be at 7:00 PM on the night and qualifying will begin at 7:30 PM. Drivers will be separated by height to ensure safe and competitive racing, both the Junior karts and Adult karts will be utilized in separately run groups. Entry fee is only $40 per driver per event.
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