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phoenix K1 Speed Launches Eighth Center in Phoenix, Arizona

K1 Speed introduces zero-emission, European electric go karts to the Greater Phoenix, Arizona area with the opening of its Eighth public indoor karting center.

Irvine, CA January 3rd, 2011 — After years of success in the Southern California and Pacific Northwest markets, K1 Speed – the nation’s largest indoor go kart racing company – is launching its newest location in Phoenix, Arizona, bringing the thrill and excitement of electric indoor karting to a whole new group of enthusiasts. The 50,000 sq. ft. indoor kart racing facility – which is the company’s first in Arizona – features a professionally designed racetrack, high performance electric karts that are capable of 45mph, and a large collection of authentic racing memorabilia. Adhering to the same standards that the previous six centers have been built to, K1 Speed Phoenix is intended to be a world-class entertainment venue.

Like K1 Speed’s facilities in Southern California and Washington State, K1 Speed Phoenix will allow novice and veteran drivers alike (as well as children who meet the 48″ height requirement) to experience an authentic racing atmosphere. The center’s large indoor kart track features a challenging combination of long straights and hairpin turns, providing racers with a variety of opportunities to test their mettle. When not on the track, racers can take advantage of the spacious lobby, which features a video game area, Pit Cafe, official racing memorabilia (such as race suits, helmets and race cars), and comfortable seating areas with club-like lighting, large projection screens and plasma televisions.

New racers to the Phoenix location will have their performance analyzed by the live K1 Speed Race Scoring timing system, which is integrated with every K1 Speed location. Racers will be able to see first-hand how their performance stacks up against the more than 1000,000 racers who have competed at other K1 Speed locations. The scoring system provides valuable data on lap times and overall rank, and is a great tool for individuals who want to track their performance and progress on return visits.

In addition to indoor kart racing, K1 Speed Phoenix also has on-site meeting rooms, which can be rented for corporate events, team building exercises, product launches, private parties or seminars. Featuring state-of-the-art audio / visual systems which include 110″ projection screens, DVD players, and Wi-Fi Internet access, the meeting rooms have everything that a company would need to host a business meeting or presentation, making K1 Speed a unique alternative to traditional meeting venues. Catering services are also available and race packages can be included with room rentals for an unforgettable, morale-building experience.

Susan Danglard, co-owner and Marketing Director for K1 Speed, believes that the company provides a unique experience in the marketplace because it is the eco-friendly AND user-friendly choice for indoor entertainment. “Our European race karts perform solely on electricity, which eliminates the toxic emissions produced by gas-powered engines,” Susan states. She feels this technology is good not only for the environment, but also for the customer, as the centers do not have to vent exhaust gases out of the building. K1 Speed Phoenix incorporates energy efficient lighting and more sustainable business practices as well to help eliminate waste and reduce costs.

K1 Speed Phoenix is conveniently located for residents of the Greater Phoenix area, including those living in Phoenix, Glendale, Tempe, Scottsdale, Peoria, Mesa, Chandler, Buckeye and Avondale. For more information, visit

About K1 Speed:

K1 Speed was founded in 2003 and is the nation’s largest indoor kart racing chain. Each K1 Speed facility boasts 50,000-90,000 sq. ft. of space, and features real road courses, meeting rooms, snack bars and spacious lobbies with genuine racing memorabilia. Visitors can take advantage of a variety of different race packages to race against their friends or the clock. K1 Speed can accommodate 10 to 500 guests and offers a unique venue for corporate functions, team building events, birthday parties, bachelor parties or other private ceremonies.

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holiday K1 Speed and K1 RaceGear for That Perfect Holiday Gift!

FREE Ground Shipping at K1 Racegear!

To help celebrate the Holiday Season we’re offering FREE GROUND SHIPPING on all products storewide at K1 RaceGear for a limited time only*, so hurry and secure those holiday gifts and save. Just enter the coupon code ‘FREESHIP’ at checkout or mention it to our sales staff if ordering by phone.

Looking for that perfect gift this holiday season for the race fan, or automotive enthusiast in your family? K1 Speed and K1 Race Gear is your one stop shop for all your holiday needs. Each K1 Speed location has an assortment of karting and auto racing accessories, along with various types of auto art, that will fulfill that holiday wish list this season.

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for that racing enthusiast – get them a K1 Gift Card! They are available in various dollar amounts, giving racers a chance to come in and race in our high speed indoor electric racing karts, which can be purchased at any K1 Speed location at our front counter.

Want to beat the holiday traffic, shop online at With a full listing of items, accessories, art, and racing support equipment for that perfect holiday gift. Order online before December 17th, and if its in stock you should have it by Christmas.

Hurry, the holiday season will be over before you know it.

Click here for a list of each K1 Speed locations
*Offer expires 12/20/10

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Levi LaVallee K1 Speed Levi Lavallee RedBulls No Limit 2010 athelete races at K1 Speed Ontario

Redbull No Limit bus Levi LeVallee Wrap 3 K1 Speed Levi Lavallee RedBulls No Limit 2010 athelete races at K1 Speed Ontario

RedBull is at it again for the New Year. Their No Limits 2010 Show will feature seven time winter X Game medalist and champion snocross racer, Levi Levallee. RedBull and Levi are planning on making his polaris snowmobile grow wings for this record breaking attempt. The event is to be held at the Embarcadero Marina Park in the port of San Diego Bay. Levi’s jump will take him over a 300-foot water gap to a landing ramp located on small island at the entrance to the marina. K1 Speed was stoked to have this extraordinary athlete come in and participate at our K1 Speed Ontario location to race some karts and blow off some steam before his upcoming jump. Levi joins a short list of athletes (Robbie Maddison 2007, Rys Milen 2008, Travis Pastrana 2009) who have been asked by RedBull to join in their No Limits new years eve show on ESPN. They have all pushed their mental, physical, and technical limits in order to break records. We wish Levi all the luck for his upcoming endeavor.

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cruise night med K1 Speed Torrance final Cruize Night this Sunday December 19th

Come out for the final cruize night at K1 Speed in Torrance California this Sunday December 19th put on in part by the California Cruizers Car Club of Los Angeles. This holiday inspired event will help benefit Rady’s Children’s Hospital with a Toys-for-Tots toy drive. Everyone is encouraged to bring out an unwrapped toy which will be donated to children that won’t be able to be at home for the holidays.

Roll in time is 3pm, as auto enthusiasts are encouraged to bring out their custom car, truck, low-rider or hot rod and have it on display for everyone to enjoy.

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K1 Speed was at the 2010 Redbull Catalina GP to help celebrate the return of a legendary race. The race had not been run since 1958 and this years participants were chomping at the bit to get out there and race on Catalina Island. We were glad to to get interviews from Andy Bell, Joanna Kaczmarek, Cameron Brewer, and Jamie Robinson all respected riders in their riding classes. We would like to congratulate all participants and winners of this event. With any luck this race will be brought back as a yearly event restoring the magic that was the Catalina GP. Another interesting bit of information; legendary filmmaker Dana Brown was on the Island shooting scenes for his upcoming Film, Any Given Sunday 3. All in all a great event. We can’t wait til’ next year.

The Results of the event are as follows:
Classic A
1. Cory Conner
2. Kurt Hintz
3. Wade Boyd
4. Mike Garrett
5. Rudy Abele

Classic B:
1. Garry Conner
2. Brian Butler
3. Phil Stocker
4. Ted Tweet
5. Daniel Perez

Vintage A:
1. Jim Gibson
2. Jamie Robinson
3. Dwayne Scrivnor
4. Harvey Boham
5. John Hateley

Vintage B:
1. Casey McIntosh
2. Brian Mussetter
3. Jeff Jackson
4. Michael Fontanarosa
5. Greg Watkins

Evolution A:

Fred Hatch won the Evolution A division with style.
1. Fred Hatch
2. Jim Jackson
3. Chip Howell
4. Dustin Dailey
5. Brian Nasif

Evolution B:
1. Scott McMillian
2. James Shultz
3. Mark Slater
4. Mark Reeder
5. Andrew Reid

Premier LWT A:
1. John Stein

Premier LWT B:
1. Mitsuhiro Kiyonaga

Premier 500 A:
1. David Miller
2. Terry Pratt

Premier 500 B:
1. James Kohls

Premier Open Twin A:
1. Thad Wolff
2. Bob Bailey

Premier Open Twin B:
1. Dimitri Coste
2. Dave Terrell
3. John Langford

Race 2
Magnum 50+ LWT B:
1. Guy Travis
2. Erik Schaffer
3. Shawn McConnell
4. Kevin Kleinsmith
5. Tim Tarry

Magnum 50+ HWT B:
1. Robert Wershey
2. Garry Conner
3. Tom Schroeder
4. Bengt Luotonen
5. Fred Gill

Race 3
Magnum 50+ LWT A:
1. Randy McIntyre
2. David Wells
3. Keevan Acevado
4. Phil Gorgone
5. Steve Lawler

Magnum 50+ HWT A:
1. Jeff Kaplan
2. Larry Gross
3. Colin MacDonald
4. Mike Garrett
5. Gil Grieve

Race 4
Senior LWT B:
1. Ed Paulsen
2. Mark Cernicky
3. Robert Burns
4. Lance Nicholls
5. Chris Bergstrom

Senior HWT B:
1. Jay Sexton
2. Robert Wershey
3. Scott Hoffman
4. Ken Reid
5. Chris Giordano

Race 5
Senior 40+ LWT A:
1. Mike Martin
2. Tracy McIntyre
3. John Rudder
4. Kent Pfeiffer
5. Craig Hunter

Senior 40+ HWT A:
1. Kurt Nicoll
2. Tod Sciacqua
3. Fred Hatch
4. Greg Fountain
5. Paul Krause

Race 6
Veteran 30+ LWT A:
1. Paul Barns
2. Cole Townsend
3. Jeff Meek
4. Mike Thompson

Veteran 30+ HWT A
1. Ryan Dudek
2. Oakley Lehman
3. Daron Rahlves
4. Graham Gustin
5. Ronnie Renner

Veteran 30+ LWT B:
1. Brett Basarich
2. Nick McCabe
3. Joseph Pearson
4. Mike Vinson
5. Christopher Deans

Veteran 30+ HWT B:
1. Robie Peterson
2. Andrew Dickson
3. David Stupin
4. Ryan Johnson
5. Dustin Hiniker

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K1 Speed Partner and NASCAR racer Boris Said with Actress Tara Radcliffe Black Dodge Challenger Boris Said at Grangé Motor Circuit

Boris Said, Partner in the K1 Speed Indoor Karting Centers and of NASCAR fame is giving driving instructions to actress Tara Radcliffe. She is about to step into the Dodge Challenger in the background and do a couple of hot laps around the Grange’ Motor Circuit road course for a upcoming television show about drifting. Even with his generosity with his racing insight and knowledge, If you are lucky enough to get some tips from him before getting behind the wheel consider yourself blessed. Besides the numerous victories and records that Boris has set. He has mentored the best. He was brought in to tutor Dale Earnhardt Senior “the Intimidator” as well as his son Dale Jr. on road course racing.

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junior kart K1 Speed Youth Racing League   Anaheim, Carlsbad & Ontario for 2011

Coming in 2011 – K1 Speed in expanding its Youth Racing League from our Anaheim location, and including our Carlsbad and Ontario Locations. We’ve had great success with our Jr Race league at K1 Speed in Anaheim over the last year, and we are expanding to include the other locations that currently have the Jr Karts in house.

junior1 K1 Speed Youth Racing League   Anaheim, Carlsbad & Ontario for 2011

The league is geared towards drivers at least 48″ in height, and up to the age of 13 years old giving kids the opportunity to participate in a full race series just like our Challenge GP race series offered at multiple K1 Speed locations. K1 Speed’s indoor electric kart racing offers a chance for young racers to experience the thrill of competition and take that first step into motorsports that many professionals have done over the years have taken them to the top ranks of racing including NASCAR, American Le Mans competition and Sports Car Club of America (SCCA).

junior kart1 K1 Speed Youth Racing League   Anaheim, Carlsbad & Ontario for 2011

K1 Speed’s Jr League will begin in March of 2011, once a month, on the first Tuesday of every month ending in October 2011. The cost is $40 per driver per race to enter and it gives Jr drivers a single 14 lap qualifying round and a 16 lap main event round, giving participants of all skills levels a chance at making an appearance on the podium. The final race of the season will be a 12 lap practice race, a 14 lap qualifying race and a 16 lap main event round.

Ask the front counter staff at Anaheim, Ontario, or the Carlsbad locations for details, or check out the Junior League page on our website for more information.

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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.

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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 for more details. And for the qualifying rounds schedule.

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

Check out Grange’ Motor Circuit here

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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.

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