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.
A K1 Speed milestone was hit this past weekend as Carlsbad local Jon Simms hit 10,000 race points on Saturday, locking in his overall points lead and rankings by almost 700 points over Emilio Garcia. Jon who just turned 51 on Monday, said he wanted to hit 10,000 points before his birthday and did it quite successfully on his home track. Jon also currently holds the single lap record on Carlsbad’s newest layout with a 27.820 lap time.
Congratulations to Jon for his racing efforts. With just three months left to go in the year, the overall points rankings could change at any time. The question is – who is going to be the one to catch Jon?
Come check out the new display car at our Ontario Location! This Mazda MX-5 drift car is on hand courtesy of new marketing partner International Allstars which is a nation-wide youth automotive marketing and promotions company that provides services to every major market in the US.
Our Ontario location is located right in the heart of the Inland Empire and offers the best in indoor kart racing in the area. Come in and check our this new ride and enjoy racing on our two technical layouts!
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K1 Speed in Torrance California, was recently visited by the original Brady Bunch actor Barry Williams, who played Greg Brady during the 1969-1974 seasons. Barry grew up in Santa Monica, California, down the street and around the corner from actor Peter Graves. As a grade schooler, Williams began pestering Graves for show biz advice, and at 11 the youngster had an agent and began appearing in TV commercials, the rest was history as he played in roles in the Mod-Squad, Adam 12 and The Invaders, long with a slew of others before being cast for the role as Greg Brady.
Barry took to our technical concrete layout and really enjoyed our fast paced electric karts. K1 Speed offers the best in indoor kart racing action in the Los Angeles area and the smile on Barry’s face proved so.
We look forward to seeing Barry back again soon!
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Come join us at K1 Speed in Anaheim California on August 21st for our NASCAR “Race to the Chase” viewing party from 3 to 8pm. Come in and watch the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Bristol Motor Speedway on our jumbo screen along with our other TVs around the building. There will also be multiple display cars on hand including the Auto Club Speedway show car, the NASCAR Tire Changing Experience will be set up as well for participants to see what its like to perform a tire change during a pit stop. There will be multiple chances at prizes and radio station give aways and kart racing all afternoon and into the evening. There will also be tickets on sale for the Pepsi Max 400 coming to Auto Club Speedway in October.
With summer winding down this is a great way for the hole family to enjoy a day, not to mention the chance for you to have some kart racing fun with our indoor electric racing karts with your friends and fellow NASCAR fans.
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K1 Speed in Torrance, California was visited by professional race car driver, actor, and model Danny Bopp who had the opportunity to take some time off from his busy schedule and take on our challenging concrete surfaced race course.
Danny, who has been a professional race car driver since the age of 11, started his racing career competing in WKA go-karts. His racing career over the years landed him in the winners circle over 75 times and for the 2010 season has given him the opportunity to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series of events.
When he is not racing, he spends him time modeling and doing various television commercials that can be seen nation wide.
Danny brought his driving skills to our technical course, and laid down a very fast 27.539 second lap with our fast paced electric racing karts in his recent visit.
Check out everything that is going on with Danny and his career by checking out his website