It was a NASCAR race weekend in Southern California this past weekend, as the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series returned to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana California for the running of the Nationwide CampingWorld.com 300 Saturday, and the Sprint Cup Pepsi Max 400 Sunday. Before drivers took to qualifying Friday on the famed 2 mile “D” shaped oval, a number of them found their way to K1 Speed in Ontario California, located just 20 minutes west of California Speedway. Kart racing is were many drivers first start their careers at a young age, and professionals use kart racing throughout their careers as a way to keep their reactions and skills sharp and get that added edge over the competition. Nationwide Series drivers Justin Allgaier driver of the #12 Verizon Dodge Charger, and James Buescher driver of the #11 Toyota Camry Nationwide car, along with Sprint Cup Series drivers Paul Menard driver of the #98 Menard Ford Fusion, and David Ragan driver of the #6 UPS Ford Fusion, took time out of their busy schedules and visited our Inland Empire location looking to lay down a fast lap or two before the weekends festivities.
James Buescher would set the quickest lap time with a 28.272 second lap time. Justin Allgaier would follow closely with a 28.693 second lap time. David Ragan set his best lap time of 29.073 seconds and Paul Menard posted a 29.237 second lap time for his personal best of the day. Not allowing himself to be outdone, Justin returned back to K1 after qualifying Friday, and set a 27.75 second lap time just 3 tenths of a second from the lap record.
Drivers of all levels are welcome to come out and experience K1′s indoor electric racing karts, and the high speed fun at any of our 6 locations. Come out to K1 Speed in Ontario, and see if you can beat the lap times of James, Justin, Paul or David on our technical asphalt layouts as our Inland Empire location has 2 different courses to choose from for your racing enjoyment.
ATTENTION NASCAR RACE FANS! Come in and visit Boris Said Indoor Karting Center at K1 Speed in Ontario California all this week and during this race weekend and have your own race battle with you friends. K1 Speed in Ontario offers the best in indoor kart racing in the Inland Empire area located just west on the 10 freeway minutes from Auto Club Speedway located in Fontana, California. Come in and enjoy discounted race rates when purchasing multiple races at a time.
For directions and location info, follow this link
Come join the party on Friday nights at K1 Speed in Ontario, California with DJ Ski-Rock of International Allstars from 7:30pm till 10:30pm. The best indoor kart racing facility in the Inland Empire just got that much more cooler, with live music being played all night from the latest club hits, and top 40 music on the west coast. With two asphalt tracks to choose from in our huge indoor facility there isn’t a better place to be on Friday night.
K1 Speed in Ontario, California was visited from the new (as of September 30th) world record holder for top speed on a skateboard. Mischo Erban who is a world renoun downhill skateboard competitor, recently set the new record of 80.83 MPH ON A SKATEBOARD! Where does he take his friends and family after completing such a momentous event? He drives them straight down from Colorado to race at K1 Speed in Ontario. He must know that “speed” goes together whether it be on a skateboard or in a go kart. He set some pretty fast times on both of our indoor asphalt tracks, laying down a fast lap of 28.61 seconds on Track 2, and backed it up with with a fast lap of 28.75 seconds on Track 1. Can you beat the fastest skateboarder at karting? Come to K1 Speed located right int he heart of the Inland Empire and find out.
Professional Surfer from the ASP World Tour Rob Machado along with family and friends, visited K1 Speed in Carlsbad California earlier this week. This was his first visit to K1 and he certainly enjoyed his time with us. Rob is known for his Zen-like flow both on land and in the water, Machado was consistently seeded at the top of the rankings as a competitor on the ASP World Tour. His world-title-deciding heat at Pipeline against close friend Kelly Slater in 1995 remains perhaps the most dramatic – and uplifting – showdowns in competitive surfing history. With 12 career WCT victories, Machado was ranked among the top ten surfers for eleven straight years and was inducted into the Surfers Hall of Fame in 2000 and re-inducted in 2006.
You can see from the smile Rob and his group have on their face they really enjoyed the North San Diego location, as they raced out high speed indoor electric karts and learning what it takes to post a fast lap time on our technical layout. We look forward to seeing Rob back in house and wish him luck on the 2011 ASP Pro Tour.
Keep up with Rob and everything he is doing on his official web-page
CONGRATULATIONS to Kevin Higa for winning the two tickets to the NASCAR Pepsi 400 race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California October 10th. Kevin posted the quickest time for the month of September at K1 Speed in Anaheim while racing with groups of 8 or more drivers uing our indoor electric racing karts. The month long contest put drivers abilities to the test, as racers fast lap times could only count if they were racing with groups of 8 or more people.
Stayed tuned to our Facebook page and see what Novembers prize of the month will be for the quickest lap time posted in groups of 8 or more drivers.
World GT Challenge Driver and Huntington Beach resident Brandon Davis made a rescent trip into K1 Speed in Irvine California to try out our indoor electric racing karts. His career has really been on a roll, as just last year he scored the 2009 World Challenge GT Championship title, by earning points in every race he competed in, driving the #10 Ford Mustang GT sponsored by Applied Computer Solutions.
Before moving into the Mustang, he drove for Real Time Racing from 2004-07 piloting their Acura TSX World Challenge Touring Car. In 2005 he captured the Rookie of the Year Honors, got his first pole position, and also drove to an impressive eight top ten finishes out of eleven events.
Brandon started his racing career with go-karts at the age of seven and still races shifter karts to this day to keep his skills sharp. He has recently started to make his way into driving stock cars, learning at Danny McKeever’s Fast Lane Racing School and with coaching from K1 partner Boris Said.
You can see more on Brandon and his racing career on the ACS Express Racing website
K1 Speed in Irvine California was visited by Indy Car driver Townsend Bell this past weekend. Bell began racing go-karts at the age of 12 and spent 6 years racing in regional and national events. After college he went to the Skip Barber driving school in 1996 and decided racing would be his career. After working to capture the funds to get a ride in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Western series, his driving efforts would reward him with the opportunity to drive in the the Barber Dodge Pro Series. He began to climb up the racing ladder and make headway, making the move to Indy Lites, finishing second in 2000 and winning the overall championship in 2001 over Dan Wheldon. The same year he made his debut in the CART FedEx Championship series driving for Patrick Racing in Germany and England.
In 2003 he took his talents overseas driving in the Formula 3000 series finishing second in the rookie standings, becoming the first American to score an F3000 podium. His talents were rewarded with limited roles as a test driver for the BAR/Honda and Jaguar Formula 1 teams, and a commentating role for Speed TV during Formula 1 races. In 2004, Bell made the return to the states as an Indy Car driver where he competes now, and in 2010 he entered his fourth Indianapolis 500 start, driving for Sam Schmidt Motorsports as a co-entry for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
You can see more on Townsend Bell and his racing efforts on his website
K1 Speed in Irvine was visited this week by multiple motorcross celebrities after their race at Pala Raceway for the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motorcross Championship. Chad Reed, Jeff Emig, Michael Byrne, and Brett Metcalfe were all on hand participating in their own celebrity LeMans style race, along with other friends of theirs using their motorcross racing skills on our technical asphalt layout.
Chad Reed who is a multi-time supercross and motocross champion from Australia, was taught at a young age how to be capable of competing at the sports most elite level on either side of the Pacific Ocean. He has proven to be the most consistent supercross/motocross racer in the 2000-2009 decade, and has since ascended to the international ranks of the sport to become one of Australia’s best, and most successful motocross racers.
Jeff Emig was one of the top AMA Motocross and Supercross riders of the 1990s. In all, Emig has won four AMA national championships, an FIM World Supercross title and was a six-time member of the U.S. Motocross des Nations team. Emig helped mold the MX lifestyle that came to prominence in the 1990s, and was probably the toughest rival for Jeremy McGrath. Characterized by a style of dress, music and a love for the sport of motocross, he earned a fanatical following of fans who wore giant fake afros in honor of Emig’s popular nickname “Fro.”
Michael Byrne, a pro rider since 1997, had three championships in Australia, before coming to the United States in 2001. He started his US career racing for former SX and MX champion Jeff Emig on his TheEdgeSports.com Kawasaki team. He moved permanently to the U.S. the following year to race the full AMA schedule. The 2002 and 2003 seasons for Byrne were solid learning seasons for him in the U.S., and he piloted his Amsoil Honda to fifth in the final standings in the 2003 AMA 125cc National Motocross Championship.
Brett Metcalfe is one of the most seasoned veterans in the Lites class. The Australian born racer began his pro racing career in his home country by racing in the Australian Supercross series in 2001. In 2002, Metcalfe ventured overseas to compete in the World Motocross GP series within the MX2 class and its been full throttle ahead ever since.
All riders, turned into kart racers for the afternoon, really took to our electric racing karts enjoying the challenges they faced around each corner. Chad Reed ended up coming out on top by the drop of the checkered flag for LeMans race which gives drivers a 12 lap practice, two 14 lap qualifying rounds and one 16 lap main event round.
Want to come in and have your own LeMans style race with your friends – visit any of the six K1 Speed locations and check with the counter staff to see what all is involved.