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.
SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY – be part of the first K1 Challenge GP race in the Southwest at K1 Speed in Phoenix, Arizona! Our unique concrete etched track layout will be run in reverse! This will create an all new challenging course design for drivers to conquer. Drivers will be scored according to their finishing positions and the top qualifier will be awarded with 2 extra bonus points. Double qualifying rounds and corresponding main event rounds will give drivers of all skill levels the chance to compete for the win with fellow kart racers from the Southwest. Entry is just $50 per driver – sign-ups will start at 6:30 PM and racing will begin at 7:00 PM
Don’t miss the best indoor karting competition coming to San Bernardino this Sunday with the Challenge GP Race series at K1 Speed in Ontario, California. The Super Track layout is run in the reverse configuration for this 6-race series and this marks the halfway point for the Inland Empire competitors chasing the overall points championship. Sign-ups will begin at 6:30 PM and racing will begin at 7:00 PM. Double qualifying rounds and corresponding main event rounds give drivers of all skill levels a chance to compete for the win and valuable championship points. Come out this Sunday and see what the excitement is all about! Entry fee is just $50 per driver.
The best indoor kart racers in Los Angeles came together at K1 Speed’s Torrance, California location for round 2 of the Challenge GP series to make a run for the overall points championship. A number of drivers are in the hunt for the championship this year and several new drivers were on hand for this race to mix it up with the regulars. Qualifying on the concrete etched-surface track still proves to be a challenge as drivers only have two qualifying rounds to find the fast line on this season’s reverse-run layout, which many drivers are seeing for the first time. Matthew Widner had a strong showing and laid down a fast lap of 27.381 seconds to give him the pole position for the night’s A-Main.
B-Main qualifiers were first on track with Heath Sosa leading the group around for the rolling start. Calculating the start just right, Heath was able to pull away from the group early and go relatively unchallenged for a majority of the race. Working to chase down Heath was second place qualifier Zachary Shewendenman and third place qualifier Andre Davillae, who had their own battle back and forth for position. Heath would take the checkered flag for the win and Zachary and Andre would finish in the same positions they qualified in, 2nd place for Zachary and 3rd place for Andre. The rest of the B main would finish out the same way they qualified as well.
The race to watch was the A-Main which had a good battle between the top five drivers. Pole sitter Matthew Widner would take the green flag rolling start but it wouldn’t be long before he found himself having to work to hold his position. He was able to keep the other drivers from getting around him until just before the white flag when he took a corner a bit too wide and second place qualifier Robby Stanovich got underneath him, and unfortunately spun Matthew out. Robby would go on for the win and third place qualifier John Tanaka would move into second while fourth place qualifier Darin Nishimura would round out the top three. Matthew was able get his kart pointed in the right direction and finish out the night in fourth place.
The midway point for the Challenge GP series for K1 Speed in Torrance is March 27th and there is quite a battle for the overall points championship going on between the top 10 drivers. The overall battle will probably come down to the final race before we can determine a champion. Come out and race in the best indoor kart series in LA with K1 Speed in Torrance, California.
The 2011 Jr Challenge GP Race series is in full swing at K1 Speed in Anaheim, California as the series had its first round last the week. Young drivers of all skill levels were grouped according to height, pitting the Junior sized drivers against other juniors and the taller teen drivers, in our adult karts, with other teens. Qualifying was straightforward as the drivers remained grouped together for the qualifying rounds not giving eachother much room for error and making for tight racing all around. Gary Howard laid down the fast time of the night for the Junior drivers with a 33.069 second lap giving him the pole position for the main. Henry Morse for the teens got out in clean air early and was able to post the fast lap of 29.040 for the pole position for their corresponding main event.
The younger drivers would start off the night with the B-Main for the Jr. group with Aiden Kelly leading at the start of the race, taking advantage early of the open track and not looking back. He was followed by Michael Roy in second and Elija Ramirez who started off his night in third. Aiden would go on to take the checkered flag for the win and Michael Roy would follow in second. Elija dropped back one position to fourth, allowing fourth place qualifier Rami Elghossaini to take third to round out the top three.
Junior group A-main drivers were out on track next with pole sitter Gary Howard out in front followed by Parker Cadacio who qualified second and Tyler Thayer who qualified in third. Gary held onto his place for a short while but would be passed by Christian Timple, who started out in fourth and was able to work his way up to the front. Parker met the same fate, falling back a few positions and giving up his spot to Tyler Thayer. Christian would take the win for the night, followed by Tyler in second and Gary finished out his evening in third.
The teens rounded out the night with Henry taking the green flag for the start followed closely by second place qualifier Dan Bailey and third place qualifier Trevor Buongiorno. Henry would go on to take the win in a clean, incident-free race and assumed the points lead for the series. Dan and Trevor swapped positions about halfway through the race with Dan dropping to third and Trevor moving into second and they would both finish out their night in those positions giving them spots on the podium for the evening.
This was a great start to the season for K1 Speed in Anaheim and the next round of racing should prove to be just as exciting for all participants. If you aren’t close the the Anaheim location, be sure to check out the Junior Challenge GP Series at the K1 Speed locations in Ontario, Torrance and Carlsbad as each location is offering the same series in their respective areas so come out for some junior and teen racing fun!
Get ready Southwestern residents – the best indoor kart racing competition is coming to K1 Speed in Phoenix, Arizona! Our Challenge GP series is looking to start off the 2011 race season on Sunday, March 13th! Our uniquely designed facility features over 1,200 feet of etched concrete racing surface for drivers to conquer, including a European-style 56 foot long tunnel and overhead mezzanine for spectator viewing. There is no other place like K1 Speed in Phoenix. To sweeten this deal, this race series will be running the course in the reverse configuration! Just when you thought you had the track figured out, we are creating an all new challenging experience for you racers.
Our racing format for the Challenge GP race series will include 2 rounds of qualifying and corresponding main event rounds giving drivers of all skill levels a chance at competing and winning. Cost per driver is just $50 with sign-ups beginning at 6:30 PM and racing at 7:00 PM. The top three drivers from each main event will be awarded trophies and all drivers will be scored based on their finishing position, so an overall champion can be determined in June.
Don’t miss your opportunity to come out and compete in the best indoor kart racing series – located just 20 minutes outside of Glendale, Scottsdale and Mesa, Arizona. The first round of Challenge GP racing is just the beginning, come out and see what K1 Speed in Phoenix, Arizona is all about!
Coming this Sunday to K1 Speed in Irvine, California – round 3 of the Challenge GP Race Series which marks the halfway point for this 6-race series. The overall points championship is up for grabs as the race for the series podium spots heats up with the top 10 drivers all in the hunt. Come out this Sunday and race on our reverse Super Track layout and take on the best indoor kart racers in OC.
Signs-ups begin at 6:30 PM with the first round of qualifying to begin at 7:00 PM. Just $55 per driver gets you double qualifying rounds and main event round giving drivers of all skill levels and abilities an equal opportunity to challenge fellow competitors for a win!
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The second round of the Challenge GP series is rounding the corner to the half way point for the 6 month race for the chase to the championship. K1 Speed in Irvine, California held their second race this previous Sunday, hosting to a packed house full of racers all going after that top podium spot. Double qualifying rounds stayed smooth and consistent as drivers have started to get used to the reverse Super-Track layout and become accustomed to where the fast line is and what it takes to post a fast lap. After a dominating performance at K1 Speed in Torrance, Robby Stanovich made an appearance for this GP, and ran away from the pack taking the top qualifier position with a single lap time of 41.986 seconds to take the pole position for the A Main.
B main competitors would start off the main event rounds for the night, with a number of new faces taking to the track. In a clean race with 0 incidents Ernie Fixmer would be the the driver to catch, as he was able to get out to the front early and pull away from everyone in tow. Jason Foreman and Zachary Schwendenman would make a hard charge for the front but were unable to catch Ernie and would finish in 2nd and 3rd to round out the top three on the podium.
Making for an impressive race, the A Main was one to watch as pole sitter Robby Stanovich would take the green flag and run away from everyone but the second lap. With over a 1/2 track lead come lap five over the entire field this young driver is definitely one to keep an eye out for in upcoming GP’s. Veteran GP participants Edward Bergenholtz and David Messimer would battle back and forth with each-other, but Ed would edge out David for second, and Messimer would take third respectively.
With round II in the books and the half way mark for the season next month the overall points battle is starting the spread out a bit with new drivers giving chase to the veterans of the Irvine GP series. There is still a chance for anyone at make a run at the points championship with the top 5 drivers just separated out by a few points making an exciting chase for the overall points leader.
Keep an eye out for upcoming Challenge GP’s as our events are open to drivers of all skill levels and gives people the chance to participate int he best indoor kart racing in the OC with K1 Speed in Irvine California.
Are you ready So. Cal. Junior and Teen racers? With just a week to go before the start of the Junior race league there is no better way to become involved with youth kart racing than with K1 Speed! Affordable indoor electric kart racing is a safe way for future racers to experience the thrill of auto racing and take that first step towards outdoor kart racing and future racing endeavors. With two 4-race seasons for 2011, this points series is set up just like our adult Challenge GP series that is held at various K1 Speed locations.
Get ready racers! K1 Speed in Ontario California is hosting round 2 of their first 2011 Challenge GP race series this coming Sunday on their Super Track layout. This fun and high-speed track design combines both track 1 and track 2 configurations to create the largest indoor race track in the Inland Empire. The points chase is just heating up as drivers are all within 2 points of each other.
Come out Sunday evening February 13th at 6:30pm for sign-ups. Cost is just $50 per driver which gives you 2 qualifying rounds and a main event round. Everyone is grouped according to their best single qualifying lap time giving drivers of all abilities the chance to race with others of similar skill levels. Join in to see why the best in indoor kart racing in San Bernardino can only be found at K1 Speed!