K1 Speed wanted to share with you some of the video footage that was captured throughout the day at 2010 Ken Block GYMKHANA Grid Invitational at the Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, California.

When all the smoke cleared the man standing on top of the podium with a 1st place finish was driver, racer, and TV host Tanner Foust. Mr. Foust, left Race designer Ken Block AKA. Mr. GYMKHANA to drive home with a second place trophy. The final in the all wheel drive class was very interesting with the head to head format. These two competitors, justifiably the most recognized names in the sport, faced each other in identical specially built, all wheel drive Ford Festiva’s, on a mirrored course. These two drivers put on a clinic in driving ability and showmanship.

Next was the Rear wheel drive class featuring a head to head battle between Daijiro Yoshihara and John Rusakoff. These two guys battled it out on the grid with Daijiro taking the first place trophy and podium stand. The rear wheel drive class is really fun to watch and these guys where really throwing it out there, to the enjoyment of the crowd.

Congratulations to all the winners and competitors on such a great event. The 2010 Ken Block GYMKHANA Grid Invitational was a blast for all that attended and K1 Speed is looking forward to next year.

kds ATTENTION RACERS! K1 Speed is Looking For You

ATTENTION RACERS! K1 Speed is looking for you – the next driver to represent K1 Speed in 2011 at the SKUSA Supernats in Las Vega, Nevada. K1 Speed has put together the ultimate kart racing contest to determine who will be representing K1 Speed in a Rotax/CRG Kart with this awesome contest taking place at our Carlsbad and Ontario locations.

Starting in the month of January 2011 through September 2011 qualifying rounds will give drivers 8 laps to lay down the fastest average lap times to qualify in the final selection process that will take place at Grange’ Motor Circuit in a Rotax/CRG kart. The winner at Grange’ will go on to represent K1 Speed with a full ride to the SKUSA Super Nats in Las Vegas in 2011

Everyone over the age of 16 can qualify with NO other restrictions. Doesn’t matter how much karting experience you have, you don’t need a top of the line kart with factory support to compete or a high end blue printed motor. K1 Speed will have you covered! You must be a K1 Speed member to participate.

Check out www.k1kartingdriversearch.com for more details. And for the qualifying rounds schedule.

If you need gear – check out www.k1racegear.com for all your kart racing and auto racing needs.

Check out Grange’ Motor Circuit here

LogoRS K1 Speed RS Score Champion Battle

The overall K1 Speed RS score champion will be determined by the end of this month. It has been a battle as the top 5 drivers all seem to have their own battles between each other for that top spot on the leader board. Currently, Emilio Garcia is sitting in the top spot with 13729 points, and he is followed closely by Jon Simms with 13033 points, who has been charging hard to grab as many points as possible and hopefully take back the number one spot he held onto during the summer. Jesse Silva with 8233 points has recently made the move into third over Orlando Rodrigues who has 7636 points, and Barry Wright is sitting in 5th with 6874 points.

K1 Speed has teamed up with Bergenholtz Racing to reward their top 3 RS Score racers with some awesome prizes!

The number one RS Score winner will receive a free trip to the Long Beach Grand Prix in 2011 and get to go for a full speed ride in The Bergenholtz Racing professional Formula Drift Racecar, and be an honarary pit crew member for three days with the Tilt Poker Mazda Nitto Drift Team.

YOU’RE INVITED! The top 50 K1 RS drivers are invited to a special VIP party January 2nd at our Anaheim Facility. The unique layout features club like lighting, a one of a kind mezenie overlooking the track, and a 2 way tunnel for drivers to race under creating the ultimate indoor kart racing experience. There will be food and drinks on hand courtesy of K1 Speed for our top 50 drivers.

Want to be part of the fun? Go to your favorite K1 Speed facility and race as much as possible to raise your RS score within the top 50 ranks. The more drivers you race against the more points you can collect! Come out before the year is over and take your shot at getting to be part of the top 50 indoor kart racers with K1 Speed.

catalinagp2 Catalina Island Grand Prix 2010

Throughout the 1950s, the Catalina Grand Prix was one of the premier motorcycle races in the United States. Every year, boats loaded with motorcycles crossed the channel from the mainland. The races usually consisted of more than 206 bikers competing in a mad scramble over a 10-mile course that ran through city streets and up into the hills above Avalon, through the golf course and then back into the city streets.Last run in 1958, the race was inspired by the Isle of Man TT, which has been held on the Isle of Man 70 miles off the coast of England since its inception in 1907.

K1 Speed being in the racing business and loving all things fast will be contributing some rider support to , Roland Sands, Jamie Robinson, Cameron Brewer, and Andy Bell. Each of these participants has excelled in their own discipline of motorcycle riding.

Cameron Brewer has achieved a National championship in the Hare Hound Expert Class in 2001.Roland Sands was the AMA 1998 250 cc GP Champion and now a well know designer and custom bike builder.

Jamie Robinson comes to us from across the pond in England were he has participate in many GP and Isle of Mann Races.  Andy Bell is probably best know for his antics on Nitro Circus but has a deep bag of tricks in Freestyle moto. These guys are proud to be apart of the tradition of motorcycle racing and will be riders to watch in the 2010 Catalina Grand Prix.

After the turkey has all been eaten and the pumpkin pie is all gone, K1 Speed is going to be the place to be for Black Friday this year. We are going to be open from 11am to 11pm for all K1 Speed fans to come in and drive our indoor electric racing karts. Our Special Black Friday pricing will be 3 races for $39! Whether you’re a new, or returning customer this is one of the best deals K1 Speed has ever offered. Come in and join in on the fun and see if you can lay down a fast lap or two.

Black Friday K1 Black Friday Specials at K1 Speed & K1 RaceGear

The holiday season is here and K1 Race Gear has all the right holiday gift items you need for the karting or auto racing enthusiast in your life. Specializing in safety equipment for road racing, drag racing and karting, not to mention kart racing support equipment for track days, auto racing support equipment, various types of auto art, and other accessories, K1 Race Gear is your one stop shop for this holiday season.

Black Friday RG Black Friday Specials at K1 Speed & K1 RaceGear

Check out the special Black Friday sale, coming this Friday November 26th, with ALL ITEMS priced at 15% off to help in your shopping needs. This sale is good on-line as well, just use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY when you check out to receive your discount on your purchases! Stop by their retail location located inside K1 Speed in Carlsbad, California and view their new show room or check them out on-line at www.k1racegear.com
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gt packaging Grand Turismo 5 K1 Speed Buy 1 Get 1 Free Offer!

ITS FINALLY HERE! Just in time for the holidays Sony PlayStation is releasing Grand Turismo 5 for the PlayStation 3 game console on Wednesday November 24th. With over 1,000 cars, 26 track locations with 71 layouts to conquer, and amazing new features including NASCAR racing, and a worldwide on-line community, this latest release far exceeds previous versions. This Wednesday, K1 Speed wants to celebrate by giving you this offer -

gt 1 Grand Turismo 5 K1 Speed Buy 1 Get 1 Free Offer!

Bring in your receipt showing your proof of purchase of GT5 from any retail outlet to your favorite K1 Speed location, and receive a special Buy One race Get One race free deal for just $20!

Hurry – this is a one day one deal on Wednesday November 24th!

Check out the Trailer
Check out the official GT5 website and see all the new features

vet Military and Veterans Day Special Offer

K1 Speed Would Like on this day November 10th, 2010 To Wish the United States Marine Corps a Happy 235th Birthday!

We Would also Like to Show Our Appreciation to All Military Personal on Veterans Day. November 11th, 2010
In Honor of These Days of Celebration and Reflection We Would Like to Extend a Buy 1 Race Get 1 free to Any Active Duty Military Personal. K1 Speed Appreciates You and Your Service.

Offer good November 11, 2010 – November 12, 2010

This offer is per person and is non-transferable. Not valid with any other offers.
Good for our Standard Arrive and Drive Races. 14 Lap Race $20 value. Must present Valid Military ID.
Offer expires 11/12/2010.

K1 Speed in Torrance California was visited by Jr Indy Car Driver Zach Veach this past week to shoot footage for an upcoming TV show highlighting his life balancing his racing career and is full childhood, just before heading out to Las Vegas for the SEMA Show.

zach Zach Veach visits K1 Speed Torrance

zach2 Zach Veach visits K1 Speed Torrance

Zach’s racing really started to show promise when he was 12 racing karts competing in national events around the Midwest. In just 19 months Veach had gone from go-karts to the cockpit of an open-wheel Formula BMW machine. Near the end of 2009, while testing a BMW, Veach continued to turn heads, when Atlantic’s team owner Eric Jensen, the 2009 Atlantic Championship Series “Team Owner of the Year”, took notice of his talents. Jensen then signed Veach to his team for the 2010 Atlantic’s season, the Series known as the launching pad for Danica Patrick.

Check out Zach’s web page here

hooters Qualify to Race the Hooters Way

Qualify to Race the Hooters Way

Step 1:
Customer must purchase a Calender to participate in “Racing the Hooters Way”.

Step 2:
Customer will receive one “Qualifying Entry Form” from Hooters management team.

Step 3:
Customer will take “Qualifying Entry Form” to K1 Speed Anaheim (1000 N. Edward Crt 92806) and purchase a race, and try to post the fastest time on the track and submit their race result with their “Qualifying Entry Form” (One race result per Entry Form)

* Customer can enter as many times as possible with the purchase of selected item.

* The top ten customers with the fastest lap times posted will be invited December 4, 2010 to participate in a qualifying round. The top 5 drivers from that qualifying round will race against the top Five Hooter girls for the month of November .

*Qualifying race and final race with the Hooter girls will take place Saturday December 4 at 6:30pm at K1 Speed Anaheim.

Professional Skateboarder and Encinitas, California resident Buckey Lasek visited K1 Speed in Irvine California this week to take on the two best indoor kart racing layouts in the OC. Buckey is not just a pro skateboarder, he is an avid automotive enthusiast as well, as over the years he has tuned and modified many European cars to suit his own personality, along with raced in many celebrity race events including a recent Dodge Viper Cup race.

His skateboarding career began in 1987 where after entering many amateur events he was noticed by Powell Peralta talent scouts which got him into his first video in 1988 call Public Domain. Turning pro in 1990 vert skating began to take a downfall in popularity and his career waned. ESPN brought a new level of competition to professional action sports with the X-Games in the mid 90′s giving Buckey’s career a comeback along with many others.

buckey Buckey Lasek visits K1 Speed Irvine

Buckey’s career has been in overdrive winning multiple X-Games medals over the years – 6 of which are gold, and has scored the highest points in X-Games Skateboarding Vert History with a 98.50. He has also won multiple titles including The Vans Tripple Crown, Gravity Games titles. The Slam City Jam title, and he is currently in contention for another Dew Tour Title. Buckey also has one of the most unique backyard concrete bowls, that was completed with the backing of his sponsors and the design team from California Skateparks, which he holds his yearly Buckeys Backyard Bash where he opens up his home to the skating community and invites other professionals for an afternoon jam session. Buckey calls it “Heaven.”

Check out this video of Buckey Lasek’s Labor Day BBQ Jam session

You can see Buckey Lasek racing in the Dodge Viper ACR-X Cup Race here

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