We held our first Challenge GP event at K1 Speed Torrance this weekend, and couldn’t be happier with how the event turned out! With our Torrance indoor karting center, we have been able to introduce our popular go kart racing league to the Los Angeles area, and judging by the turnout for the first event, the wait was long overdue! For our inaugural K1 Speed Torrance Challenge GP race, we had no fewer than 21 competitors come out to try their hand at indoor karting! Among the familiar faces, there were some new racers as well who put up a good fight against the more season veterans. Everyone had a great time, and we can’t wait to see how the rest of the season pans out!
In the B-Main event (which was determined based on qualifying times in the previous heats), there were several position changes throughout the race and the racing action was intense. As our new competitors got the hang of the track layout and learned where best to pass, the field started to thin out, but not before the spectators witnessed some exciting racing! The winner of the B-Main was Brandon Cruz, followed by Dylan Payette in 2nd and Jason Lucas in 3rd place. We expect to see these competitors hone their skills even more in the following races and make their way up to the A-Main!
The final event, the A-Main race, saw John Tanaka jump several positions from the grid and claw his way back up to 2nd place, but he could not muster the speed to pass Paul Ciralli, who would end up finishing the race in 1st place. Both were able to dispatch several competitors though to earn their positions, including Michael Martin, who started the race on the pole position after setting the fast lap (and then track record) during qualifying. Following Paul and John was a new competitor to the Challenge GP series, Josh Langsdale, who was able to finish in front of veteran racer Alton Arnold III to take the final place on the podium. All-in-all, it was a spectacular weekend of racing, and we can’t wait for the next event on August 23rd – join us at our Torrance location if you think you’re up for it!
The first round of the new 2009 Carlsbad Challenge GP season, run on our recently reconfigured track layout, took place this past weekend on July 18th and the action was fantastic! We were pleased to see that the field was diverse and large, with 11 competitors, but Jared Buccola, who finished in 3rd place overall in our Carlsbad Challenge GP last season, was able to walk away with the pole position and start the race from the front row.
Jared’s dominance in qualifying was no mistake, as he quickly put distance between his kart and the rest of the field once the green flag was dropped, setting the fast lap of the race in the process. Despite Jared conquering the track and his competition with what appeared to be little difficulty though, the performance of the day had to go to Paul Ciralli, who started the race in 5th place and was able to make his way up to 2nd with clean, unchallenged passes. Such was Paul’s efficiency at passing that he could be seen waving his hand at competitors as he overtook them, as if to say “Thanks for making that easy!” Julio Rodelo was able to finish the race in 3rd place, taking the last spot on the podium after a solid drive which saw him hold off every driver except for Paul.
The first round of our new Challenge GP season at K1 Speed Carlsbad was a fantastic race with clean driving and some great overtaking. We look forward to seeing Round 2, which takes place August 16th and hope to see you there as well! If you want to compete against the very best drivers at K1 Speed, our Challenge GP is for you!
The first race of the second K1 Speed Seattle 2009 Challenge GP series was – in a word – amazing! From the number of participants, to the individual driving styles seen on the track, and the camaraderie amongst the competitors seen off of the track – the drivers were closely analyzing each other’s races – this past weekend’s Challenge GP race at K1 Speed Seattle was quite simply one of our best to date!
The final race of the event started out like many races have in the past; Sean Naslund took the pole position ahead of Randy Olivarez in second, followed closely by Javier Cantu-Lucero who started on the second row from the third position. This starting order was reminiscent of last season’s starts, but the field was larger and more diverse than others have been in the past. Polo Carpio, a new face and welcome addition to the Challenge GP series, started from the fourth position on the grid ahead of David Freiboth, a veteran from the first series, who qualified in the fifth spot.
In past events at our Seattle / Redmond indoor track, most of the position battles took place between 2nd and 3rd or 3rd and 4th place
There was great turnout for the first race of the new Challenge GP season on the reconfigured Super Track at K1 Speed Ontario! We were pleasantly surprised to see that roughly half of the racers were newcomers to the Super Track format, and those competitors introduced an element of uncertainty to the event! There is no room for mistakes on the newly configured tracks at Ontario, which feature a host of technical turns, so all of the competitors, experienced and novice alike, were on a level playing field! After the qualifying sessions, John Tanaka, who qualified on pole and is a Challenge GP champion, described the new track layout best when he said “there’s no time to relax out there, you’re constantly doing something, always setting yourself up for the next turn.”
The B Main race, which is determined by the final qualifying positions, was very competitive, though there were a few collisions that prompted some drivers to resort to retaliation. Admittedly, the action made for a very exciting race to watch! The winner of the B main went to Devin Lindsey, beating second place Chris Weaver by a dominating 6.89 seconds! Michael Byrne finished in third place to take the final position on the podium. All three drivers performed well, and we expect to see them compete in some A Main events in the future.
The A Main had a lot of new faces in it, but the fastest driver was able to rise to the top, and John Tanaka did just that. John started on pole and never looked back, beating the field by 6.45 seconds and setting the fastest lap of the session at 53.16 seconds! Finishing in second place was Garrett Regan, who tried his best on the first lap to pressure John into making a mistake, but was unable to make a pass. Brody Roa was able to take third place, ahead of Russ McGrane in fourth and Frank Hsu in fifth. John continues to impress with his driving and has started off the season on strong footing against some very competent newcomers. We look forward to seeing more new faces for the next Ontario Super Track Challenge GP race on August 9th – it looks like it will be a great race if this weekend’s event is any indication!
This past weekend on July 5th, our second Challenge GP season of 2009 was kicked off at K1 Speed Irvine on the brand new Super Track configuration! There were many familiar faces, including John Tanaka who dominated last season, as well as some faces that we haven’t seen in awhile like long time racer Robert Dlugos. Needless to say, everyone had a great time and the event was a fantastic start to the season!
The qualifying session was clean, providing everyone with the opportunity to lay down some fast laps to determine the running order of the races. In the B Main race, Bill Kreig was able to finish the race in 1st place, ahead of Jordan Robertson and Steven Bordeaux, who finished in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Jordan Robertson and his father are regular racers and we were impressed to see Jordan finish on the podium amongst such experienced competition. We anticipate that all of our B Main podium finishers will improve their skills even further by the end of the season.
The A Main race was fast and exciting, with Toby Rodriguez, John Tanaka and Robert Dlugos leading the pack from the start. John and Robert both gained positions going into Turn 1, with John moving up one spot from 3rd place to 2nd and Robert gaining two positions from the competition by moving up from 5th place to 3rd! Both men were able to capitalize on having the inside line into the first turn, and once they made their passes, John and Robert never looked back! Toby Rodriquez wound up taking the win ahead of John, who got off to a strong start defending last season’s championship with a 2nd place finish on the podium, and Robert Dlugos who finished in 3rd despite taking a hiatus from our Challenge GP race league.
We would like to congratulate all of our racers and invite you to compete at our next K1 Speed Irvine Challenge GP race on August 2nd! We look forward to seeing you there!
The sixth and final race of the K1 Speed Seattle 2009 Challenge GP season on our current track configuration took place this weekend, and Sean Naslund was able to bring home the Championship. Though with a points lead almost double that of the next highest racer, all Sean needed to do was finish! Despite having the series all but under wraps, Sean walked away from the qualifying session with the pole position, and was able to lead the entire race to finish on top of the podium. It goes without saying that Sean’s championship is well-earned, as he has been a dominant figure all season long.
Regular competitors Randy Olivarez and Javier Cantu-Lucero finished the race and the season in Second place and Third place respectively, after putting up a good fight all season long. Our top competitors walked away with gift bags from Meguiar’s Car Care products as well as K1 karting gloves for their accomplishments, as well as the satisfaction that they have what it takes to compete against the best of the best at K1 Speed!
If you are interested in competing in our Challenge GP series, our next season of competition in Seattle starts July 12th 2009 on our brand new track configuration! We invite you to come out and see if you have what it takes to win!
The final round of the 2009 Ontario Reverse Challenge GP season was held this past Sunday, and there was a tight battle for the championship! Going into the race, John Tanaka led Taylor Hays by only 3 points, so the outcome would determine the entire championship. After the qualifying rounds were complete, Taylor ended up with the pole position after setting an impressive lap time of 54.95 seconds, followed closely by John Tanaka with a lap time of 55.06 seconds. Needless to say, everyone had their eyes on John and Taylor to see who would come out on top!
The B main event race was held prior to the Final, and the competitors put on a great show; in fact, many of the racers were newcomers to the super track format! Despite the efforts of our new racers, nobody could match the performance of John Carroll, who dominated the event and pulled away from the competition by almost 5 seconds! Chris Weaver finished in Second place and Travis Silvester brought home the bronze in Third. We were impressed by John Carroll’s performance, and expect to see him compete in some A main races in the future!
The A main event turned out to be a spectacular race with wheel-to-wheel action throughout. Everyone got off to a great start and the race was incident-free through to the checkered flag, despite each competitor driving with an intensity that was worthy of the season’s final event!
Taylor Hays never looked back after starting on pole, and was able to take the win without any real challenges by John Tanaka, who finished in Second ahead of Alton Arnold III. Taylor started out the final event behind Tanaka in points though, so even though John finished behind Taylor (by only 0.8 seconds), he was able to take home the Ontario championship trophy with a points total of 125. Taylor Hays finished the season in Second with 123 points, and Alton Arnold III and Paul Ciralli tied for Third, with 108 points each.
If you would like to compete in our K1 Speed Challenge GP competition, our new season will be on the 2nd Sunday of every month, starting July 12th, and will feature a brand new track layout! We look forward to seeing new faces!
After an exciting battle on our Irvine Super Track, John Tanaka has walked away with the series championship (his second thus far this year, after also winning our Carlsbad GP series!). Starting the race with a lead of 6 points over second-place Toby Rodriguez and 7 points over third-place Taylor Hays, all Tanaka had to do to win the overall title was finish within the Top 5, and he did just that. Taylor Hays started from Pole Position and led from the start – clearly demonstrating that he has the speed to win in upcoming seasons – just ahead of John Tanaka in second. After an exciting battle for second place which saw John being pressured from behind, Toby Rodriguez was able to make the pass, dropping Tanaka back to third. The three drivers finished the race in that order, giving John Tanaka 141 total points for the season and Taylor Hays and Toby Rodriguez 136 each. However, because Taylor Hays won more races throughout the season, he took home the silver medal for the season!
We would like to congratulate the Top 3 finishers in our 2009 K1 Speed Carlsbad Reverse Challenge GP season! John Tanaka, who has been a dominant force all season long, not only at our Carlsbad location but throughout our Southern California indoor karting centers, was able to walk away with the championship after finishing the final race in 2nd place behind Toby Robles. Paul Ciralli, who finished the race on the podium in 3rd place, was the season runner-up, finishing just 8 points shy of John’s total. Jared Buccola, despite not being able to attend the final race of the season, was able to take home the 3rd place finish for the season after a strong showing in the other rounds. Among the prizes that our Top 3 finishers were able to walk away with were gift bags from Meguiar’s Car Care products and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro!
This weekend saw John Tanaka, Taylor Hays and Paul Ciralli extend their lead over the competition, as they were able to finish on the podium together for the second time in a row after a solid race. Though John Tanaka was able to hold off Taylor for the race win, Taylor continued to impress by setting the fastest lap of the race with a time of 54.90 seconds around our reverse super track. With only one round left in the first season of the 2009 K1 Speed Ontario Challenge GP, the battle for 1st place has yet to be decided! John Tanaka and Taylor Hays are separated by a mere 3 points, and we expect an exciting fight for the championship at the final round on June 28th! If you would like to compete head-to-head against some of the very best K1 Speed racers, join us then!