Mazfest returned to Autoclub Raceway this year to a number of Mazda Motorsports and Tuner enthusiasts and K1 Speed was on hand for all the fun. K1 Speed teamed up with Kevin Madsen our K1 Speed Anaheim Facility Manager and of Madsen Motorsports with a large booth presentation and discount coupons throughout the day. Madsen Motorsports gave ride-a-longs throughout the day to a number of people on California Speedways “Roval” which is a combination of the NASCAR Oval and the interior road-coarse of the facility. Check out the photo from the day courtesy of Madsen Motorsports on their FaceBook Page.
After winning the challenge in the July 26, 2011 episode of Hell’s Kitchen, the FOX reality series, the Red Team spent the day indoor go-kart racing at K1 Speed. It was a thrilling experience for both, the Red Team from Hell’s Kitchen and K1 Speed. Instead of leaving the challenges in the kitchen, Carrie, Elizabeth, Jaime and Elise, of the Red Team, continued showing their competitiveness on the racetrack. At one point the racing became personal between Elise and Carrie, as they decided to get the best of K1 Speed’s 20hp electric karts. Jaime however, must have reached a full 45mph on the racetrack since she ended up defeating both of them. Minus the minor bumping and hitting, it was an adrenaline worth venturing for these Hell’s Kitchen television stars. K1 Speed, the nation’s electric indoor kart racing leader, enjoyed hosting a day full of entertainment for Hell’s Kitchen’s Red Team. K1 Speed hopes to have the winning team from next challenge of Hell’s Kitchen and welcomes them to visit any of their various nationwide locations!
K1 Speed has partnered with Bergenholtz Racing to bring the next K1 Speed RS Score competition for August and September. Starting August 1st K1 Speed drivers will have 2 months (till September 30th) to accumulate the most RS points possible and get a chance to be a honorary crew member with the Bergenholtz Racing Formula Drift team for two days. The winning driver will be an honorary crew member during the Formula D Title Fight finals in Irwindale California October 7-8 which includes getting to do a ride-a-long with team driver Joon Maeng, an official crew jersey, hat, shirt and dinner with team.
This contest applies to all Southern California location participants – so get to your favorite center starting August 1st and start racking up those RS points – remember the more racers in a lapping session the more points you can collect!
The K1 Jr Challenge GP Race league got underway this past week With K1 Speed in Anaheim helping kick off the second half of the season. Qualifying between both groups remained straight forward with both the Junior drivers (under 4’10″) and the Youth drivers (4’10″ and up) taking to the highly technical track like veterans. For the Jr. group Parker Cadacio would take the pole position with a fast lap of 33.692 seconds – and the only driver to break the 33 second barrier. Bryce Raygor would lead the pace early on and take the pole position for the Youth group main event with a 28.871 second lap time, rivaling some adult racers that particpate in lapping session at the Anaheim facility.
The Junior group would kick off the nights main events with Parker leading down into turn one for the start of the race, setting a fast pace early on Parker would pull away with each lap from the rest of the drivers. Many participants in this group were first timers and would have their own separate battles going. Bently Adams who started further back in the field as the start worked up to a 3rd place finish by the time the checkered flag came out. Another first time driver Jimmy Serpa worked his way into a 4th place finishing position giving himself a respectable spot for his first time out.
Rounding out the night would be the Youth driving group with Bryce on pole leading into turn one with Alizae Arbona sticking to his back bumper and putting on quite a battle for spectators. Bryce would eventually find some faster lines and start to put some distance on Alizae and take the win. Lauran Adams worked into third to take the final podium spot behind Alizae. There was a great battle for fourth and fifth as well with Daniel Caro just edging past Kyle Maher to finish 4th and 5th respectfully.
This was a great event for all and really gives the younger racers a chance to compete in indoor kart racing competition. Various K1 Speed locations throughout Southern California and Arizona participate in the Jr/Youth Challenge GP race series – check with your favorite location about the next upcoming race date – OR-
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.”