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
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.