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
K1 Speed in the middle of Irvine, California was visited by professional stunt rider Tony Carbajal. Tony is one of the well known stunt riders from the TV Show “Superbikes” which is featured on the Speed Channel, and he is also on a new show dedicated to motorcycle riders called “Stealth Riders” which is also featured on the Speed Channel.
His stunt riding profession got started at the age of 9 when he got his first dirt bike, and his off road adventurers would continue for 8 years, up to when he got his license and bought his first street bike at age 17. After meeting others that had a strong passion for riding, and taking what he learned from his off road adventures, and applying it to the street, his hobby would turn into a profession. After multiple years of hard work and dedication Tony left the normal day to day grind to pursue riding, and traveling to various events and shows as a full time gig.
Tony’s riding abilities have given him a chance to work with the No Limit Stunt team riding with Jason Britton and Eric Hoenshell, who recently were performing in between events at X Games 16.
Want to follow Tony and see where he will be performing next – check out his web page
K1 Speed partner Boris Said will be making the trip to New York this weekend to participate in the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen International Raceway. The famed road course plays host to one of the few road racing events each season for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. Boris will be driving the #83 Red Bull Car that Mattias Ekstrom drove in the Sonoma race. He will be up against some tough competition, including Tony Stewart who will be going after his 6th win at The Glen.
Catch all the action Sunday 1PM Eastern Time on ESPN.
K1 Speed in Torrance California was visited by X Games Gold Medallist, and Number 1 Professional Women’s Motorcross Association rider Ashey Fiolek last week before her X Games competition. Accompanied by her family, she used her motocross skills to take on the challenging concrete racing surface with the same passion that she uses during her motocross racing.
Ashley, who is just 19 years old, developed her love for riding at a young age and there was no stopping her from there. Her racing career began young at the age of 7, and at 16 got the opportunity to meet action sports athlete Travis Pastrana and other professional riders at events she was riding in. She became the 2008 WMA Pro National champion after her first professional win at the WMA Pro National Hangtown. In 2009 she won her first X Games Gold Medal in Women’s Moto X Super X at X Games 15, and she just won her second consecutive X-Games Gold Medal in Super X Women’s on July 31, 2010 at X-Games 16.
Everyone at K1 would like to wish Ashley good luck for the rest of her racing season and we look forward to seeing her back our way again the next time she is in town.
If you would like to keep on top of Ashley and what she’s up to – check out her website
And away they go….K1 Speed in Carlsbad, was visited by professional horse racing jockey Michael Baze and friends, during a recent break from the horse racing excitement that is currently going on at the famed Del Mar race track.
Baze, shown here riding Mi Sueno at Del Mar in 2009, has had a long standing career with horse racing spanning over the past 7 years. Coming from a horse racing family, his efforts and determination have made him well known in the Southern California region, and earned him the title of most winning-est jockey at Del Mar and Hollywood park in 2007.
Giving our electric racing karts a solid run, Michael really enjoys racing with a different kind of horse power on our technical layout. His racing abilities, and focused mind, rewarded him with some very quick and competitive lap times as he held the quickest lap times over his other friends that came along to enjoy the racing experience.
K1 Speed wishes Michael good luck this racing season and look forward to seeing him back again soon.
Orange county saw some tough competition last Sunday as K1 Speed in Irvine hosted its 1st round, of the second half of the Challenge GP race series for 2010. A large number of competitors came out to take on the newly designed Super-Track configuration, which brings some newly technical corners and an all new high speed section to give drivers an all new challenging course to take on. With the points all back at 0 it was anyone’s race to jump on top of the overall points lead.
Qualifying would see the usual suspects battling it out for the top spot, with Toby Rodriguez taking the overall pole position with a 41.517 second lap time. New comer Chris Akers would start in second place with a 41.919 second lap time. John Tanaka came on strong to qualify in third with a 42.042 second lap time.
The mains were broken up into three groups, the C main qualifiers would kick things off with John Perry sitting on pole with a 42.031 second lap time, he was followed by Sergei Maffei with a 42.269 second lap and Steven Jasinki qualified third with a 42.273 second lap. JP would lead the drivers around for the green flag start only to have jumped the gun a bit and false started. On the restart John would lead the drivers around for a cleaner run into turn one with multiple drivers in tow including some new faces vying for the top spot – AJ Cook and Jeff Martin. Everyone was battling back and forth with no one willing to give up an inch to allow another driver around them. John would lead the group wire to wire and take the win followed by Sergei remaining in second for the entire race and Steven Jasinski would remain in third.
The B main drivers would be up next with long time K1 competitor Emilio Garcia sitting on pole with a 41.981 second lap from his qualifying run. He was followed by professional drift racer Joon Maeng, who qualified second with a 42.777 second lap. Taylor Hays, who also frequents the Challenge GP events, qualified third with a 42.920 second lap creating a very tight group that were all going after the top spot on the podium. This was the closest race of the night, even though the drivers would finish on the podium in the same spots they qualified in – the top three were only separated by a few 100th’s of each other. So that put Emilio as the winner for the B Main followed by Joon and Taylor sitting right off his back bumper to finish in third.
Racers finish off the night with the A Main drivers battling it out. Toby would lead the group around for the green flag rolling start and he would immediately run away from the pack after just a few corners. Chris fought off the rest of the group to stay in second, keeping veteran John Tanaka at bay who would round out the top three. The race remained very clean and consistent as he drivers worked their way around the new course.
This was a great turn out for the first round and the pace has been set for the overall points leaders. There are still plenty of races left in the season so the overall points leaders could change at any time.
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