Round 4 is in the books as K1 Speed in Irvine, California looks to wind down the first half of its 2011 challenge GP race season. A packed house of indoor kart racers brought a new level of competition to the sport, as everyone in the large crowd was looking to take the top spot on the podium for the evening. The overall points battle is on the line and the top drivers are looking for ways to claim one of the top championship points spots. Qualifying was a battle of driving skill as the Super track configuration has proven to be a challenge for some drivers and especially for the new ones who were all looking for the clean way around the long course. Toby Rodriguez had his game face on, showing he was the man to beat at this track and taking the top qualifier spot with a fast lap of 41.758 seconds landing him on pole position for the A-Main. The other drivers would all fall in line creating a pretty tight field to set up the 3 mains.
C-Main race action would start off the night with a number of first time drivers with little to no experience on the Super track layout but they all proved they could handle the course. Keeping pace with each other throughout the entire race, Sam Sullivan would be the man of the hour by taking the win, followed by Jordan Petersen taking second and Matthew Vlahos rounding out the top three. Everyone from this group proved themselves to be very capable of making the A-Main and with more seat time on this layout should be up there in the future.
Next on track were the B-Main drivers who were a mix of veterans and a few first-timers all looking to challenge one another, some of whom are in the points chase and looking to score as many points as possible to remain on top of the ladder. This would be another good battle, with Royce Mohler coming out on top with the win, followed by Khalifa Alasiri in second. Heath Sosa showed he had the ability to make a run for the win, taking a third place finish to round out the podium. Heath has a long history of off-road racing which has given him a bit of an edge over other drivers and he has made appearances at other Challenge GP events and is quickly becoming a contender at these events.
Putting on a good show as usual, the A-Main drivers closed out the night with Toby Rodriguez on pole to take the green flag rolling start and lead everyone down into turn one. The group would follow closely in tow and the race was on. Toby ran away from the field to go wire to wire and take the win. Quickly becoming known as “The comeback kid”, Robby Stanovich made his was up into second place and was able to take a strong hold on the position and not allow anyone to get around him, giving him the second podium position. A newcomer to the GP series but seasoned K1 driver, Keene Purananda would round out the podium with a third place finish, showing that almost anyone can end up on the podium in the A-Main against even more seasoned drivers. The mid-pack battle had a good showing as well as the veterans all mixed it up, with many of the drivers deep in the hunt for the overall points championship.
This was a great night of racing for all and with just two races now left in the overall points chase, naming the champion is likely going to come down to the final round. Come out and watch all the action or come out and participate yourself within multiple qualifying rounds and corresponding main event rounds. There are plenty of opportunities to qualify for a main event and to get yourself into the action!
K1 Speed in Ontario, California is going strong with their Enduro Thursday’s program giving drivers 85 laps of karting competition, bringing not only race strategy but pit strategy as well into the mix creating an all new challenge for drivers to conquer. The well known San Bernardino location typically hosts a number of kart racing enthusiasts and last Thursday was no different, with drivers taking their shot at making an appearance on the podium in this fast-growing Enduro Challenge. The rolling start format, which is also used in our various K1 Speed Challenge GP events, seems to be a favored starting sequence and was used once again for this event. This past week’s race was a bit one-sided as Evan Sumpter made quick work of the field finishing ahead of second place finisher Tyler Brazeau, who was 3 laps down from the lead lap, and third place finisher Jacob Hornsby, who finished 4 laps down from the lead lap.
The Enduro Challenge is quickly becoming a popular event with drivers from all over the Inland Empire and beyond making the trip to compete in the best indoor kart racing in San Bernardino. This Thursday’s race will begin with sign-ups at 6:30 PM and racing will start at 7:00 PM. Drivers will have 85 laps to compete against each other and make a run for the checkered flag. Come out this Thursday and see if you can handle an hour of perpetual racing excitement at K1 Speed in Ontario, California. Make sure to get your laps and track time in now as this event will soon change to a monthly instead of weekly schedule.
Attention Junior and Teen racers! This Tuesday night at select K1 Speed locations throughout southern California – round 2 of the K1 Speed Junior Challenge GP race series will be taking place at K1 Speed Centers in Anaheim, Carlsbad, Ontario, and Torrance. Young racers between the ages of 5 and 13 who are at least 48″ tall are encouraged to come out and participate in the only indoor kart racing series that is geared specifically towards younger drivers.
Registration is at 7:00 PM and racing will begin at 7:30 PM at each location. Entry fee is just $40 per driver.
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Round 4 of the Challenge GP Race Series will be starting off April at K1 Speed in Irvine, California. With the points battle a tight race between the top 10 drivers for the overall championship, it will most likely come down to the final race in June before an overall champion will be determined.
Sign-ups will be at 6:30 PM and racing will begin at 7:00 PM, with double qualifying rounds and corresponding main event rounds for all drivers. This race series is running on the reverse run Super Track configuration which has shown to be a tough but fun course layout for drivers to compete on. If you haven’t raced on one of the K1 Super Track layouts, it’s the largest indoor track in OC at over 3,000 feet. Come out this Sunday and see what our Challenge GP Race Series is all about. Entry is just $55 per driver.
At the halfway point last Sunday for the K1 Speed in Los Angeles, California Challenge GP Race Series at the Torrance location, with its challenging etched concrete surfaced track which is being run in reverse for this race series, we’ve seen a good battle for the top positions on the podium. The drivers raced it out in double qualifying rounds for the top qualifier position and once again it was Matthew Widner that turned a fast lap of 26.945 second to land him on pole position for the A-Main.
Main events kicked off the night with the B-Main drivers taking to the track first for a relatively uneventful main event. Starting on pole for the green flag rolling start was Michael Arnold who would lead the field into turn one and remain out front on an open race track to go wire to wire and take the checkered flag for the win. He was followed by second place qualifier Korta-T Autrey, who finished in the same position he started, and John Perry would round out the top three on the podium.
Closing out the night were the A-Main drivers with all the race action happening in the first corner of the first lap as pole sitter Matthew Widner took the field into turn one and unfortunately spun out allowing second place qualifier Robby Stanovich to sneak by and run away from the field to take the win. Thankfully for Matthew he was able to recover quickly and hold second place to the checkered flag securing a position on the podium. Meanwhile, long time Challenge GP Participant Paul Ciralli made an appearance on the podium by finishing out his evening in third.
With just three races left in the first half of the 2011 Challenge GP race season, the points battle remains close at our Torrance, California location. K1′s indoor kart racing facility offers the best in karting competition in the Los Angeles area, giving drivers of all skill levels a chance to compete and win in true kart racing competition. Come out to our next race in Torrance or view the Challenge GP schedule below to see when the next event will be closest to you.
The midway point for the Challenge GP race series for K1 Speed in San Diego, California is in the books, as they hosted a full group of racers on Sunday, March 20th at the Carlsbad, California location. The points chase is looking like it’s going to come down to the final event in June, as the top 10 drivers are all within striking distance of each other for the overall championship. Smooth qualifying rounds for the drivers placed well known Challenge GP participant Khalifa Alasiri on pole over local favored driver Matt Merrill by just a slight margin for the A-Main. The rest of the qualified drivers would fall right in line and qualify within a few hundredths of each other to set the fields.
B-Main race action would start off the night with Nikko Sosa on pole for the green flag rolling start. The drivers would freight down down the straight and into turn one, coming out unscathed and would head into the next section when 3rd place qualifier Krystal Wright would get loose coming out of turn 5 and drop back a couple of positions to 5th. The drivers would then start to settle in and space themselves out by the 2nd lap and that’s where some drivers found holes to make position changes and a run to the front. Krystal, who was not going to allow herself to be outdone, started to find ways to get around John Rice and Ron Andrews to put herself into a position to make a run for the lead. At the halfway point she had worked her way into second, after Marty Miller got sideways out of a corner dropping him back a few positions. Nikko Sosa who was leading for most of the race, left a spot open for Krystal to take advantage and she would get around him which moved Nikko down to second and Krystal onto an open track where she would run away from the pack for the last 4 laps. Krystal would go on to win the B-main, making her the first female to not only make a podium appearance but to take a win in a Challenge GP event for K1 Speed. Nikko would hold his position in second place and John Rice held onto third to round out the top three on the podium.
Finishing out the night were the A-Main competitors who were looking to put on a show for everyone. With Khalifa Alasriri on the pole – having only raced on this track configuration twice (the 2 qualifying rounds previously held earlier in the evening), he had a good shot at making a run for the checkered flag. At the drop of the green flag for the start, the drivers all freight-trained in usual fashion into turn one, sitting bumper to bumper off each other and not giving anyone an inch of space. Close quarters racing resulted in Khalifa getting loose out of turn 1 on the very first lap and getting pin-balled off the outside wall with a few other drivers, which dropped him back to 6th and current overall points leader Matt Merrill who qualified in second down to 7th. This gave third place qualifier Johnny Miller and fourth place qualifier Justin Tolman a chance to move into first and second and left the rest of the pack scrambling to not hit one another in the chaos. Once the group got settled and a bit more spread out, it was a race to the checkered flag with Khalifa using his skills to move up through the pack. Matt ended up only being able to make his way into 5th to finish out his night. Ahmed Alasiri was able to take his 7th place starting position and capitalize on the early race spin-outs by the front runners to move into 4th place for the evening. Khalifa eventually worked his way up behind Johnny Miller, who on the white flag lap left the door open to the inside just enough that it gave Khalifa the room he needed to get his nose to the inside and make the pass to for the lead. Khalifa would go on to win by a slight margin and Johnny could only watch as he finished out his night in second. Justin Tolman rounded out the podium with a third place finish, giving himself a solid position in the ongoing overall points chase with Matt Merrill, Johnny Miller, and Jon Simms.
This was a great race as the drivers are all looking at the run to the final race in June, and placing in the top three positions for the overall points championship. Matt Merrill is still on top but it is a close battle with a lot of racing still to be run.
If you haven’t given the Challenge GP race series a try, then you need to come out and give it a shot. With multiple K1 Speed centers all hosting their own series once a month in various locations throughout Southern California and the Southwest, anyone has a chance at being able to compete and win! Check out the race schedule on-line to see when and where the next event will be held at a K1 Speed center near you.
Click here to view the ongoing race schedule and points battle between each center
Get ready Junior and Teen Racers! The second round of the K1 Speed Jr. race league is just 2 weeks away. K1 Speed Carlsbad, Ontario, Torrance, and Anaheim are all hosting this league event on April 5th for drivers in each area. Sign-ups will begin at 6:30 PM and racing will start at 7:00 PM, entry fee is just $40 per driver. All drivers will be matched against each other per the height requirements, meaning teen drivers will be in our adult karts and younger drivers will be in the junior sized karts in relation to the 48″ height rule.
Our Jr. Race League follows the same guidelines as our Challenge GP race series that happens weekly at various K1 Speed locations throughout So-Cal and the Southwest. Drivers are awarded points for their finishing position and an overall champion is announced at the end of the race series. The top three finishers are also awarded medals for their winning efforts.
Come out April 5th and see what the Junior Race League is all about. Ask you local K1 Speed location’s front counter staff for information
Get ready San Diego, it’s time for round 3 of the K1 Speed Challenge GP Race Series in Carlsbad, California this coming Sunday. The reverse run track is proving to be a challenge for some drivers as they look to find the fastest way around the high speed circuit with our electric race karts. The points battle between the top drivers has also started to come into play as the race for the championship is on for the first half of 2011! Come out this Sunday and compete against the best indoor kart racers in Southern California!
Sign-ups will begin at 6:30 PM and qualifying will begin at 7:00 PM. An entry fee of just $50 per driver gets you two qualifying rounds and a corresponding main event rounds. Drivers are awarded points based on their finishing order and an overall points champion will be determined at the end of June for this series.
The Inland Empire is where all the hot racing action was this past weekend with the Challenge GP race at K1 Speed in Ontario, California on Sunday. San Bernardino residents largely made up the group of indoor kart racers that took to the Super Track layout which is being run in reverse for this 6 race series. This being the halfway point in the series, many of the drivers have become acclimated to the track design and are quickly finding the fast way around the track. One such driver is Tyler Pope who put own a fast lap of 55.949 seconds to land him on the pole position for the main event.
With both rounds of qualifying in the books, drivers headed out on track for the night’s main event. Tyler would lead the group around for the green flag rolling start and get out into a comfortable lead early on. Jonathan Burke, who is usually a contender for the top fell, back early on and was unable to recover finishing out his night at the bottom of the field. Vincent Burke could only watch as Tyler pulled away and he would have his own battle with Cameron Glendenning, who was right on Vincent’s back bumper looking to make a move to get around him. The rest of the pack would file in behind them in freight train style for a few moments but would spread out a bit as the race got deeper into the laps. By the checkered flag, Tyler was sitting comfortably in front uncontested with over a 14 second lead over the other drivers to take the win. Vincent had held onto second place with a 4 second lead over third place finisher Cameron Glendenning who would round out the top 3 for the evening.
Next month’s Challenge GP race at K1 Speed in Ontario, California will find the drivers in a close chase for the overall points champion. The top drivers are all separated by just a few points and it is still anyone’s shot at who will be the overall winner. Come out next month and check out the best indoor kart racing in the Inland Empire and see what the Challenge GP series is all about.
K1 Speed in Phoenix, Arizona held its inaugural Challenge GP race this past Sunday to kick off its 2011 race series. The relatively new etched concrete surfaced track layout, which a lot of drivers are still learning, is giving Southwestern indoor kart racing enthusiasts something to talk about. Double qualifying rounds were smooth and easy with area resident Cole Loftsgard taking the pole position.
The A-Main would remain relatively simple, Cole would take the green flag rolling start and he was followed by well known Challenge GP participant from the So-Cal region Khalifa Alasiri. Cole having the advantage of the quicker driving line was able to make a run for the checkered flag while Khalifia tried to remain on pace. When the checkered flag dropped Cole would take the win and Khalifia would settle for second.
Race two in this four race series will be next month on April 10th. Come out to our exciting and conveniently located Phoenix, Arizona location and challenge yourself in the newest indoor kart racing facility in the Southwest.