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.
Round 6 is here for K1 Speed in Irvine, California wrapping up the first half of their 2011 race season. This 6 race series has had its share of ups and downs over the past 6 months as drivers have battled for the top podium spot with a select few coming out on top each time. The overall points champion will be determined at this final race at our central OC location, the top 5 drivers all have a shot at taking the championship trophy home this coming weekend. Come out this Sunday June 5th for the best indoor kart racing action in Southern California with our Super Track configuration being run in the reverse direction and see what the Challenge GP race series is all about.
Sign-up will begin at 6:30 PM and qualifying will begin at 7:00 PM. Entry fee is just $55 per driver.
Coming this Sunday to K1 Speed in Torrance, California – Round 5 of the Challenge GP Race series will be held at the best indoor kart racing facility in Los Angeles. The unique etched concrete racing surface is a real drivers’ track as it has a challenging course layout that is currently being run in the reverse configuration for this 6-race series. The overall points battle for the season championship is close with the top 10 drivers all in the hunt for a podium finish that will help them jump up the standings in the points chase.
Come out this Sunday, May 29th for sign-ups beginning at 6:30 PM with the first round of qualifying at 7:00 PM – entry fee is just $50 per driver. Cap off a full day of enjoying what promises to be fantastic F1, IRL & NASCAR racing with some track time of your own!
K1 Speed’s indoor electric karting center in San Bernardino wrapped up Round 5 of its Challenge GP race series this past weekend with a strong group of drivers all after the top podium spot. With the points chase for the overall championship still on the line, this 5th race surely set the pace for what’s to come in the final round next month. Qualifying remained straightforward as drivers have found the fast line around the exciting Super Track configuration that’s being run in the reverse direction for this series. Vincent Burke was the man of the evening taking the pole position for the main with a fast lap of 55.762 seconds. The rest of the group would follow in tow, just missing his quickest lap time by a few tenths of a second.
The drivers took to the track for the main event and Vincent would lead the pack into turn one for the rolling start in true freight train fashion. He quickly had everyone on his back bumper. Unfortunately for him, he wasn’t in the lead long as Ryan Rich found a way around him and took off with the lead. Out in clean air, Ryan would pull away from the pack as he had ample room to make clean laps. Vincent dropped back to second and then had a racing incident that got him tangled up in a corner and he dropped back a few more positions, leaving him to chase people down with only a small number of laps remaining. Ryan would go on to take the win, Vincent found his way back into second place and Ron Rich would round out the podium in 3rd.
With just one race left in the first half of 2011 Challenge GP schedule, it has shaped up to be a good challenge for the overall points championship that’s hanging on the outcome of the final race next month. So, come out to K1 Speed in Ontario, California on June 12th and take on the best indoor kart racers in the Inland Empire.
K1 Speed in Carlsbad, California looks to Round 5 this weekend for its Challenge GP Race series that’s moving towards wrapping up the first half of 2011. Our North San Diego location will offer a fun and challenging reverse-run track layout that is fast and technical. The course has been a blast for drivers of all skill levels and driving abilities that have attended previous events. The overall points championship is close and this Sunday could be the weekend that we see changes at the top of the series’ points standings. Sign-ups will begin at 6:30 PM on Sunday, May 22nd with qualifying starting at 7:00 PM. Entry fee is $50 per driver.