We had a great turnout at the Special Event hosted at K1 Speed San Diego on Sunday, Feb. 9th.
Thank you to all of our partners, vendors, friends and racers that enjoyed the day with us.
Below are a few images from the event including Boris Said and Bucky Lasek testing their skills on our track and the Red Bull F1 race simulator.
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1709 Main St
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 241-4740
California, Colorado and Florida will join more than 30 countries in the largest simultaneous running event ever staged as part of the ‘Wings for Life World Run’ to find a cure for spinal cord injury.
SANTA MONICA, Calif., November 5, 2013 – Along with more than 30 countries on six continents, the USA will host three simultaneous races as part of the ‘Wings for Life World Run’ on May 4, 2014. Runners around the globe will participate together in support of bringing awareness to spinal cord injury and to fund research for finding a cure.
Unlike any other race ever, this global event has no fixed distance or finish line and every runner around the world, from part-time joggers to top professional runners, will start at the exact same time.
Thousands of runners will set off on May 4, 2014 at 10 AM UTC (6 AM ET/3 AM PT) along routes in varying daylight and weather conditions. While it will be early morning in the three USA locations – Santa Clarita, Calif.; Sunrise, Fla.; and Denver, Col. – competitors in Germany will set off at midday while those in Taiwan will start at 6 PM local time.
Never has the sporting world seen a race format like this.
With no set distance or finish line, participants are pursued by a moving finish line known as the ‘catcher car.’ Thirty minutes following the start of the race, all catcher cars globally will begin advancing through the racecourse at the same pace. A participant’s race ends once the catcher car overtakes the individual runner. Results will be based on distance rather than time. The male and female runners in each race who cover the most distance before being overtaken by the catcher car will be crowned as local champions of the Wings for Life World Run. The final male and female runners across all runs will be the global champions. This will be the inaugural race with plans to host future runs around the world to find a cure for spinal cord injury.
Among those taking part will be ski racing champion Lindsey Vonn, windsurfing icon Robby Naish, ex-Formula One driver David Coulthard, world class ultrarunner Karl Meltzer, and many other sporting heroes who have all volunteered as event ambassadors.
“I’m inspired by the Wings for Life World Run and what they are trying to accomplish, which is finding a cure for spinal cord injuries,” said Vonn. “This is an opportunity for everyone to be part of a global race – and run for those who can’t.”
It is estimated that 3,000,000 people worldwide are living with a spinal cord injury. Every year 130,000 more sustain a spinal cord injury, followed by paralysis – the main cause being traffic accidents. The advances in research are largely based on private initiatives. Being a non-profit organization based in Austria, the Wings for Life Foundation relies on support and donations to help fund this research. Wings for Life is set up to ensure that a guaranteed 100% of all donations it receives are used exclusively for promising research projects. The mission is clear: to find a cure for spinal cord injury.
The United States will host three races in the following locations:
Denver, Col. – Often referred to as the fittest city in the USA, it will host some of America’s best endurance athletes as they compete in the first-ever global head-to-head run. Denver’s athletes are not only challenged with mile high elevation, they will also be beginning their race at 4 AM Mountain Time. The Denver race will begin in the heart of downtown Denver. Runners will then head east out of the city center.
Sunrise, Fla. – This run will take place among palm tree-lined streets in the scenic South Florida community of Sunrise. Runners can expect moderate temperatures and flat terrain leading through
suburban landscapes. The Sunrise race will begin at 6 AM Eastern Time at the BB&T Center and wind through the beautiful cities of Sunrise and Weston before making a northwesterly turn along U.S. 27, which leads runners northwest into the Florida Everglades.
Santa Clarita, Calif. – The third largest city in Los Angeles County, Santa Clarita is the only west coast city in the U.S. participating in this global event. Santa Clarita is known for its outdoor lifestyle amenities including more than 70 miles of trails and ample open space, which provides a picturesque course for competitors. At 3 AM Pacific Time, the Santa Clarita race will begin on Magic Mountain Parkway near the roller coaster capital of the world.
Registration is Open
Those wanting to take part on May 4, 2014 have until midnight (UTC) on Sunday, April 20, 2014 to register for one of the runs via www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com. However, participation per race is limited so interested entrants will want to register soon.
As the official global producer of the Wings for Life World Run, Red Bull ensures all money collected by the runs and via the European Merchant Services (EMS) payment systems will go to the Wings for Life foundation.
To download television news and web-quality video, photos and infographic assets for editorial use, please visit http://www.wingsforlifeworldrunnewsroom.com/.
By running you will not only be part of a truly revolutionary global sporting event, but you will join the race to find a cure for spinal cord injury.
We are open an hour early today so grab the kids or you buds and get racing!
First open public Super Track night is being held Thursday, Feb. 20th from 5pm-10pm!
Walk-ins and seasoned Challenge GP veterans alike will test their skills on the Super Track at K1 Speed Irvine.
You don’t want to miss out!
*junior racing will not be available this night during 5pm-10pm
17221 Von Karman Ave,
Irvine, CA 92614
Phone: (949) 250-0242
Have more fun this Valentine’s Day by giving the gift of speed! K1 Speed gift cards make it easier than ever to get your racing sweetie what they really want. Gift cards are available in several denominations and are good at all locations nationwide!
February, 5, 2014, Irvine, CA, USA – K1 Speed is proud to announce, Bucky Lasek, as a K1 Speed ambassador. Fans and racers alike will have an exclusive opportunity to meet and race with Bucky Lasek, currently racing in Global RallyCross and competing in X Games, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 at K1 Speed San Diego. Bucky will also be making appearances throughout the year including the 2014 X Games in Austin, Texas.
The Special Event, hosted at the K1 Speed in San Diego, is free of charge to the public and will begin at 12pm PST – Bucky will be accompanied by local professional skateboarders; Jamie Thomas, Joey Brezinski and Josh Kalis and race legend Boris Said. Watch them take on our newest track to see who the best racer in San Diego is. Driver slots will be available on a first come first served basis, and are booked upon arriving at the center the day of.
Race enthusiasts will have the opportunity to test their skills against Bucky Lasek and friends throughout 2014. Bucky will post on social media which K1 Speed center he is racing nationwide.
David and Susan Danglard, K1 Speed owners: “Bucky has been our customer for years at our first center in Carlsbad, California. He is an exceptional driver and races often at our Southern California centers with friends and family. We’ve had the pleasure of hosting his birthday parties and MAN-datory nights with fellow professional drivers like Top Gear USA host and K1 Speed friend, Tanner Foust.”
“As an ambassador for K1 Speed, we feel Bucky is a true representation of our core values. Bucky has shown that hard work and dedication can put you in the position to excel not only in actions sports but motorsports as well. We’re very excited to host Bucky at our special event at K1 Speed San Diego on February 9th; race fans will have a very unique opportunity to meet and race with a professional driver – an experience that doesn’t come around often.”
Bucky Lasek, (professional driver and skateboarder): “I can’t tell you how stoked I am to be recognized as a brand ambassador for K1 Speed. I’ve been an avid fan and racer outside of the skateboard world for some time now. K1 is where I go to stay polished and fulfil my adrenaline needs.”
NOTES FOR EDITORS
About K1 Speed
Founded in 2003, K1 Speed America’s Premier Kart Racing company. With kart racing centers in California, Washington, Arizona, Texas, Illinois, Florida and several more facilities planned for the near future, K1 Speed brings the thrill and excitement of indoor karting to a large audience.
Indoor karting has grown into a large industry over the last several years, not only within California, but across the nation. K1 Speed was one of the first companies to bring electric karts and indoor go kart tracks to Southern California, and since the first location opened in Carlsbad in 2003, there has been an explosion in the market.
The premise behind the creation of K1 Speed was to offer enthusiasts and amateurs alike an authentic and genuine racing experience in a safe, comfortable, accessible and perhaps most importantly, unique environment. Utilizing advanced European electric karts and indoor asphalt tracks, K1 Speed quickly developed a reputation as being fun and exciting, and growth has been continuous since the doors were first opened. 2014 K1 Speed is celebrating 10 years of karting excitement.
For more information on K1 Speed visit www.k1speed.com.
About Bucky Lasek
Bucky Lasek had a dazzling year on his skateboard, winning a staggering four X Games gold medals — one at each of the 2013 X Games Venues including international stops in Brazil, Barcelona and Munich. The 19-time X Games Skateboard Vert medalist (including 10 gold) began his journey into racing on a shifter kart at his local track. Bucky was also awarded the 2013 Global RallyCross (GRC) Sportsmanship Award at the season finale in Las Vegas.
He began his private and competitive driving training at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, and continued perfecting his technique at the prestigious Skip Barber Racing and Tim O’Neil’s Rally schools. In 2009, he began competing in the MMRP Mustang Challenge Series where he consistently placed in the top two in every race. Bucky also recently competed in a handful of Porsche Cup races, winning his class on multiple occasions. He also began an intensive rally training regimen at the Dirt Fish Rally School in Snoqualmie, Washington, where he honed his all-wheel-drive skills at the wheel of Subaru WRX STI rally cars.
Bucky’s legendary status as a professional athlete in action sports mixed with his passion and driving skills behind the wheel continue to keep him hungry for competition; moving forward, Bucky is fully committed to both skateboarding and competitive RallyCross driving in the coming years.
For more information on Bucky Lasek visit www.buckylasek81.com.
(February 2, 2014) At 7:30am today, two Tesla Model S sedans rolled quietly to a stop outside New York’s City Hall to set a record speed time for an electric vehicle crossing the United States. The team had just driven the two cars across the U.S. while relying only on Superchargers for energy. Not only did the Cross Country Rally team manage the trip from Los Angeles to New York City in just 76 and a half hours, it also recorded the lowest charge time for an electric vehicle traveling across the country – a feat that is now being assessed for recognition as a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS achievement.
After three days of enduring blizzards, a blinding sand storm, freezing temperatures, and driving rain, the Cross Country Rally came to its conclusion on a surprisingly mild New York morning. The crew of 15 drivers, many of whom had seldom slept over the past few days, was treated to the sight of Manhattan’s skyscrapers slowly emerging through the fog as the two Model S sedans crossed the Brooklyn Bridge. The cars were driven over the finish line by Tesla staffers Sara Eslinger and Jalpa Patel. Tesla CTO JB Straubel was on board for the final leg from Newark, Delaware, to New York City, where the team was greeted by CEO Elon Musk after crossing the finish line.
Superchargers, which are free to use for Model S owners, are situated in more than 85 locations worldwide, with many more due to come online in the next couple of years. Aside from not costing users a cent, Superchargers are also faster than regular charging: they replenish half a charge in as little as 20 minutes. Father-daughter combination John and Jill Glenney were quick to claim the mantle of “first electric car drive across America using only Superchargers,” completing the cross country drive last week as Tesla energized the final stations along the route.
Throughout the journey, Tesla’s rally team was privileged to meet fans from around the country at Superchargers in Worthington, MN, Macedonia, OH, and Newark, DE, among others. These fans brought firm handshakes, warm smiles, hot coffee, and a fierce pride in their vehicles. The team reciprocated by handing out T-shirts and mingling with each crowd. The Tesla team was comprised of Tesla employees who were directly involved with the construction, operation, and deployment of the Superchargers – a rapidly expanding network that is a crucial part of the company’s mission to accelerate the transition to sustainable transportation.
Trip meter per car: 3,464.5 miles
Total energy: 1,197.8 kWh
By Hamish McKenzie, Lead Writer
Irvine, CA January 17, 2014 – The nation’s largest go-kart company, K1 Speed, will cut the ribbon to their second San Diego facility Monday January 27th at 5pm, and celebrate a special event Sunday February 9th from 12pm-5pm. This location pays a special homage to the karting chain, which opened with their first facility in nearby Carlsbad 10 years ago.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to kick off 2014, and our 10th year of business, with a trip back to San Diego County,” says Susan Danglard, co-founder of K1 Speed, “We’ve opened 18 centers since first breaking ground in Carlsbad, and it’s been a wonderful journey. We look forward to many more facilities and years of K1 to come.”
Residents of “America’s Finest City” will now be able to enjoy the thrill of indoor karting closer to the city center. The company’s new downtown location in Barrio Logan—situated near the historic Gaslamp Quarter and the bustling East Village—will be uniquely equipped, unlike any in the company’s history, to accommodate walk-in guests and groups looking to spend a night out on the town.
Ribbon Cutting – San Diego Chamber of Commerce
Monday, January 27th at 4:30pm
Sunday, February 9th from 12pm-5pm
1709 Main St.
San Diego, CA 92107
About K1 Speed:
Founded in 2003, K1 Speed is the premier karting company in America. With kart racing centers in San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, the Inland Empire, Fort Lauderdale, Phoenix, Austin, Houston and several more facilities planned for the near future, K1 Speed brings the thrill and excitement of indoor karting to a large audience. Offering highly-advanced and environmentally-friendly electric karts as well as large indoor entertainment venues that feature authentic racing memorabilia, pit cafes, meeting rooms and pool tables, K1 Speed is a great place to visit with family and friends or to host a corporate event or party.
On Friday, January 24, Red Bull will be hosting a social screening of Nitro Circus: The Movie at iconic concert and event venue, The Yost Theater to kick off the final leg of The Nitro Circus Live North American Tour, ending at the Honda Center on Sunday, January 26. Nitro Circus: The Movie is an action-packed film featuring the world’s greatest freestyle motocross rider, Travis Pastrana, and his crew of highly skilled and adrenaline-addicted athlete buddies. Pastrana and his friends push the limits with the most dangerous stunts in the world of action sports. Whether they are trying to back flip a bike over a 60 story-high-building or land a death-defying jump while playing Angry Birds, Travis and his gang are going for it. High Risk. High Octane. No Safety Nets Allowed.
The event is complimentary and is open to adults 18 and over. To RSVP, please email EventRSVP8@gmail.com. A confirmation email will be returned to those that RSVP.
Special Screening of Nitro Circus: The Movie
307 N Spurgeon St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Friday, January 24 from 6pm – 10pm
Kick off the New Year with a rally from Orange County to Santa Barbara. Join Life In Sixth Gear (LSG) crew for the Northern Invasion on January 18th. Don’t get left in the dust.