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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K1 Speed Ontario kicked off the second half of its Challenge GP series for 2010 last Sunday with an all new Super-Track layout that created new challenges for drivers as they took on the technical layout. Everyone also starts fresh with 0 points at the start of this race so this is going to get interesting. Qualifying would run pretty straight forward with 15 year old Tyler Pope taking the overall pole and setting the track record with a 54.01 second lap time. Ronald Nault qualified second and he was followed by Matt Shane in third.
The main would start with Tyler bringing the group around on a rolling start for the green flag, and they would all freight train into turn one together. The group would come out unscathed and follow each-other around for a couple of laps with Tyler eventually pulling away from the group and he would go wire to wire unchallenged by the other drivers to take the win. Ronald battled back and forth with Matt for second and third till mid race when Matt came out of a corner a bit too hot, and had to work to collect the kart and keep it from coming around on him, and all e could do was watch as Ronald pulled away. Ronald would hold onto second place on the podium and Matt would stay in third to round out the top three finishers.
This was a great start to the season and its only the start – don’t miss out on round II next month on August 15th. Come in and race in the best indoor kart racing facility in the Inland Empire.
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K1 Speed Carlsbad has completely changed its track layout! The entirely new design is very fast paced, and this set up is going to create new challenges and new lap times to beat. Who will be the first to give our great new layout a try with our indoor electric racing karts and the best competition offered in San Diego.
Come in between now and July 31st and take a shot at posting the quickest lap time – the winner will receive 5 free races for their racing efforts.
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K1 Speed Ontario was visited by US Soccer Team Captain Carlos Bocanegra, and friends on a recent trip back home to where he grew up in Rancho Cucamonga. His professional career began after playing college soccer at the University of California, Los Angeles(UCLA), Bocanegra signed a Project-40 contract with Major League Soccer (MLS) and was drafted by the Chicago Fire with the fourth overall pick in the 2000 MLS Super Draft. He spent most of the year with the Fire, playing only two games on loan with Project 40. He won the MLS Rookie of the Year Award for a team that made it to the MLS Championship match and won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. He became one of the top defenders in MLS, becoming the first player to win the MLS Defender of the Year Award twice, in 2002 and 2003. Bocanegra scored five goals and had eight assists in his four years in MLS.
Bocanegra was signed by Fulham in January 2004. With Fulham, Bocanegra played primarily as a centre back, but also as a left back and briefly as a holding midfielder. During the 2006-07 Premier League season, he was Fulham’s second leading scorer with five goals, behind fellow American Brian McBride. On September 1, 2007, Bocanegra captained Fulham for the first time in a Premier League match, a come from behind 3-3 draw with Tottenham Hotspur. On September 15, 2007, he made his 100th appearance in the Premier League, all for Fulham, against Wigan Athletic. He was released by Fulham on May 23, 2008.
Bocanegra was signed by Stade Rennais in June 2008. He received the number 3 shirt, which is his number for the United States. Bocanegra performed well in his first season in France, appearing in all 38 league matches. He scored his first league goal on March 8, 2009, in Stade Rennais’s 2-0 victory over Auxerre. He also scored a goal in a UEFA Cup match and started all the club’s Coupe deFrance matches. These include the final at the Stade deFrance on May 9, 2009, where he scored Stade Rennais’ first goal against Guingamp, in the 69th minute.
During his trip to K1 Speed, he and a number of friends competed against each other in a Mini Gran-Prix. During the 16 lap main event, he posted a 29.37 second lap time, posting the quickest overall single lap time. Carlos would finish in second place at the drop of the checkered flag on the new technical track layout. Carlos really got a kick out of our fast paced indoor electric karts, and really had a great expirence with us at K1 Speed.
Everyone at K1 would like to wish Carlos Bocanegra and the rest of the USA international soccer team good luck in the future.
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