K1 Speed partner Boris Said will be piloting the Phoenix Racing entry – “Thank A Teacher Today” Chevrolet this weekend at Infineon Raceway in the Toyota/Save Mart 350. Boris’ long standing career as a road race driver for select NASCAR teams has given him a strong presence at the famed racing facility over the years, with 11 starts on the 1.99 mile road coarse. He has grabbed one pole position start (2003) and has driven to five top-ten finishes, with his two best finishes being in 6th place both in 2003 and 2004. Said has also has had multiple starts here with the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car series three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts and four NASCAR K&N Pro Series West starts.
Boris went on to comment –
“I’ve known James [Finch] for a long time. He’s one of the most fun guys in racing and puts great equipment on the track. I really like the guy. To be able to go run a Cup race with him, I feel like I hit the lottery.
“I race at Infineon and Watkins Glen every year. That’s just my two races. I haven’t been in a car since Watkins Glen last year, so I’m just amped up and ready to go. I got a lot of friends coming. It’s always one of the most exciting races of the year in NASCAR. There’s lots of passing, lots of action. I can’t wait to get back on the track. I want to thank Security Benefit for giving me the opportunity to go out and race.
“There are only 43 people that get to go Cup racing each weekend. For me to get this opportunity, especially being more of a road racer, it’s a real honor. I’m looking forward to it and cherish the chance to get in one of the cars. We’ll go out and do our best. Hopefully our performance will give teachers a reason to celebrate.”
K1 Speed in Carlsbad, California is hosting kids camp this week in association with the YMCA to kick off the summer of 2011. All week long kids from various local YMCA centers will be in attendance in the early morning driving both our adult and junior sized electric racing karts on our indoor track and expirencing competitive kart racing action, as they learn about how to make a fast lap or two in the various driving sessions.
If you are intrested in having your kid join the fun this summer contact you local area YMCA and inquire how they can get involved with the K1 Speed program.
Come out to David Wilsons Ford and Mazda of Orange, California Thursday June 23rd to participate in Parent/Teen driving safety awareness. This special event will be going over the importance of proper safe driving techniques to young and existing drivers on the road. The evening will include food and beverages, and guest speakers from the California Highway Patrol to speak on specific highway and state safety. The Orange and Anaheim police departments will also dicuss local city and traffic laws regarding teens and a new enviroment. Memebers of the Department of Motor Vehicles will be in attendance as well to dicuss the Teen Road to Safety driving schools and the training process. This is a free event, as guests will occupy a booth for parents and teens to ask questions and receive handouts.
Come out to K1 Speed in Torrance, California June 18th and 19th to race and help the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. K1 Speed will be donating $5 for every race purchased to help the foundation. K1 Speed’s Torrance facility features a unique concrete etched race surface and K1 Speeds european-style electric indoor racing karts that give people of all skill levels and experience the thrill of indoor kart racing. Our Los Angeles based facility will be open both days from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm giving fans of K1 Speed plenty of time to come out and race on our challenging race course. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to come out and participate and help the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.
K1 Speed in Ontario, California held its monthly Enduro Challenge race last Thursday (6/2/11) giving drivers roughly 85 laps of competition to battle it out with one another for the top spot on the podium. With an hour of on-track time, drivers not only need on-track race strategy, but a successful pit stop strategy as well in order to come out on top. At the start of the race Michael Eshleman II got out into the lead early and was able to make use of an clean track making a strong run on everyone, leading for the entire duration of the race Michael actually lapped the entire field after his 5th pit stop to change into a freshly charged kart. That would leave second place finisher Alec Bauer, and third place finished Michael Eshleman, to battle back and forth with each other, which went on for the duration of the race untill the checkered flag. The rest of the field had their own battles going as they would work to gain positions on one another. Twelve-year old McKenzie Eshleman made a great debut as she was able to hang with the adults in her first competitive kart race and will be one to watch in the coming months as she gets more accustom to kart racing.
San Bernardino’s top indoor kart racing facility hosts the Enduro Challenge race once a month on the first Thursday of each month giving kart racers in the Inland Empire, a unique enduro racing experience. There are no driver changes in this form of enduro racing only kart changes, creating a great racing format for all that are involved. Come out next month to the next event and see take on the K1 Speed Enduro Challenge Race.