K1 Speed in Los Angeles, California wrapped up its Junior League Challenge GP Race Series last week with a number of young drivers in both the Jr. (4′-4’10″) and Teen (4’10″ and up) race groups. The Jr. group would see a great final race with Max Marnett taking the win, followed by Nigel Fuentes, and Thomas Mathew taking third. The teen group of drivers put on a great display of competitive racing as well with Henry Morse taking the top spot on the podium, followed by Kristen Sos, and Michael Tomota taking the final spot on the podium in third.
With the season in the books, be on the look out for new thing to come for the 2012 Junior/Teen Challenge GP race series. The new race schedule and participating area locations can be found here.
In an unprecedented night of racing K1 Speed’s Southwest location in Phoenix, Arizona wrapped up their Junior and Teen Challenge GP Race league this past week with a growing number of participants on hand to take a shot at the podium. The Junior group which consists of drivers in the smaller kid friendly karts (4′ 10″ and under) saw Alexander Lynch grab the pole position after qualifying with a 32.509 second lap he was just able to edge out Wil Bowker who qualified in second with a 32.538 second lap. The teen group which races in the larger adult sized karts (kids 4′ 10″ and taller) had a great qualifying round with Drew Anderson on pole with a single fast lap of 31.607 seconds, which put him almost half a second faster over the the rest of the field.
The Jr. finalists would be out on track first for the evenings main event with Alexander on pole and tracking the Formula 1 style standing start and leading the field into turn one. Alexander would get out into clean air early on and go unchallenged for the duration of the race. The put second place qualifier Wil Bowker in a position battle with Parker Dahlgren who qualified third. Parker found a way around Wil and moved up a spot which dropped Wil back to third where he would stay on Parker’s back bumper. The rest of the field would not make any position changes and finish out their night in their respective qualifying positions. Alexander would go on to take the win, followed by Parker with Wil rounding out the top three on the podium for the class.
The evening would finish out with the taller kids taking to the track with Drew sitting on pole and leading the field into turn one for the Formula-1 style standing start. Drew front running position wouldn’t last very long as he gave up a few spots to some other hard charging drivers and was unable to recover any positions back. The driver to watch was Cahlei Schildts, who came from a 5th place starting position to move into the first place position an lead the entire field for the finale laps. Second place qualifier Thein Duong, would hang onto his second place qualifying position only allowing one driver to get by – Cahlei Schildts. Third place qualifier Jory Boon dropped back a couple of positions as well giving up the spot to Kenneth Tobler who worked his way up from a sixth place starting position. The field would come to the checkered flag with Cahlei taking the win, Thein in second and Kenneth rounding out the top three.
This was a great final for K1 Speed in Phoenix, Arizona for the 2011 Junior League Challenge GP race series for the our Southwest location. Be on the lookout for the 2012 race season schedule to be announce in the coming months!
Attention all Junior and Teen Racers! The K1 Speed Junior League wraps up its final race of the 2011 season Tuesday Night at select K1 Speed locations throughout the Southwest and Florida. With various locations available for drivers to participate at, this gives our younger racers a chance to compete in all out indoor kart racing competition. The final will be a full Gran-Prix style format with a 12 lap practice race, 14 lap qualifier and a 16 lap final main event! Entry fee is just $40 per driver – sign-ups will begin at 630PM and the practice rounds/qualifying rounds will begin at 7PM. Come out this Tuesday night and check out the Junior Race league!
K1 Speed in Anaheim,California – the origionators of the Junior Challenge GP race league, kicked off round III earlier this week with a number of returning faces all looking for some close racing action. The young talented racers that come out for this premier event once a month put on quite a show for all involved.
In the Youth league (in the adult karts) Bryce Raygor has become quaite well known in the series and put a stong qualifying lap together, giving him the pole postion with a 28.858 second lap time. In the race he matched this blistering pace but so did his competitors. While there wasn’t much passing, all racers showed great technique and patience in looking for their opportunities. Bryce Raygor took the win with Trevor Buongiorno taking 2nd and Blake Haupt exhibiting a great drive to put him on the podium in 3rd and even further up the points ladder.
The Junior league drivers (in the jr. karts) saw Christian Timple take the pole position with a fast lap of 34.213 single lap pace, which also set the field for the main, and just edging out Tyler Thayer-Pham with a 34.288. Durning the main, there were a number of heated battles but ultimately Christian held onto the win with Tyler attempting a pass on the last turn. The podium was rounded up with Grant Michael moving up a position to 3rd.
With just one race left for the Junior/Teen Challenge GP race league the race for the overall points championship is going to be close between the carious centers. Come out the first week in October and come see what this highly regarding race series is all about
K1 Speed in North San Diego hosted a number of young drivers this past week in their third round of the Junior League Challenge GP Race series. The popularity of the dedicated Jr. race league, has gained momentum in the past month with more talented young drivers coming out to make a run for a podium appearance. Qualifying would be straight forward with everyone showing their skills early in the heats.
With the fields set drivers would come out on track for their mains with the B-Main group starting first. Drivers were lined up in a Formula 1 style format and given the green flag to drag race each-other into turn one. Everyone would come out unscathed and the race to the checkered flag was on. With some position changes back and forth between the drivers the exciting race would finish out with Dylan Pierce taking the win, followed by Aidan Middleton in second and Gavin Solarez taking third.
A-Main drivers would close out the night with another group of talented young drivers that would take the green flag in another Formula-1 style start. Drivers would battle back and forth for the duration of the race, and when the checkered flag came out it would be David Ireland in the lead followed by Julian Gray, and Michael Lischin to round out the top three.
With the dust settled and the last Junior League Challenge GP Race set for the first week of October, there is still plenty of chances for any capable driver to come out and make a run for the checkered flag with K1 Speed!
K1 Speed in Phoenix Arizona hosted its third round of its Junior Challenge GP Race League this past Tuesday night to a number of young racers all capable of making a podium appearance. The Junior group of drivers (ages 5-8 in the Jr. Karts) saw top qualifier Alexander Lynch set the pace for the rest of the field, taking the pole position with a 32.262 single lap time. The older group of drivers (ages 9-13) saw a great performance by Drew Anderson winning the pole position for the main with a 31.47 single lap time.
Main event action would put the younger Junior drivers out on track first with, with a number of position changes throughout the race making for an exciting race. Pole setter Alexander would fall back a couple of positions giving up his position to hard charger Wil Bowker who would take the checkered flag to win the race Jarrett Anderson would take second and Kelly Kazmiercak would round out the top three on the podium in the class
The older group of drivers would take the track next with Drew Anderson on pole for the start. He was able to hang on to the lead position for the first few laps but would eventually be passed by Chris Tabares who came from a 4th place starting position and worked his way through the field. The rest of the field would battle back and forth for position and by the time the checkered flag came out Chris Tabares was still out in front to take the win. Drew Anderson would finish out his night in second and Cahlei Schildts would finish out the night in third.
This was a great showing for all drivers involved and the final race for the 2011 Jr. and Teen Challenge GP race season is coming in October where drivers will be in a 3 – race format with a practice round, qualifying round and main event round to set the pace. Come out and see the best in indoor kart racing in the Southwest with K1 Speed in Phoenix, Arizona.
The K1 Speed Junior and Teen Challenge GP Race League is gearing up for round three this coming Tuesday, September 6th. With the series at the half way point for all participating locations, the on-track position battles have become a lot of fun to watch as the younger drivers have become more accustom to competitive driving. Come out to one of the many participating K1 Speed locations – Anaheim, Carlsbad, Ontario, Torrance, Phoenix, or South Florida with your young racer and see what the Junior league is all about.
Six year old Alex Lynch set a K1 Speed Record last week by setting the quickest lap times at all but one K1 Speed Location that offers Kid Kart racing. “Operation K1 Domination” began at one of the latest locations in the Southwest at K1 Speed in Phoenix, Arizona, and made its way west to Southern California to dominate the area locations. Along the way Alex set 3 new overall track records in a kid kart, and broke the 6-year-old record at each location he visited, all in just 7 days!
Alex’s next trip will hopefully be to the K1 Speed in South Florida to attempt to break the lap record in the South East. Congrats to Alex and his accomplishment – look out for this kid at future Challenge GP Race events and Junior/ Teen Challenge GP race events.
If you have a young racer, bring them out to one of the many K1 Speed locations that offer arrive and drive racing for kids and teens.
K1 Speed’s Inland Empire location hosted their Junior league Challenge GP race last week to a number of local racers from the San Bernardino area. Qualifying was a close battle between a number of drivers with Garrison Calkins coming out on top, grabbing the pole position with a 31.88 second lap. He was followed by Billy Piper who qualified second with a fast lap of 33.22 seconds. Jordan Brown and Ryan Villega would battle back and forth in qualifying as well for starting positions in the main making for some great spectator action.
With the field set Garrison would take the green flag on pole in Formula 1 fashion and lead the racers into the first turn. The group would come out all pointed in the right direction and everyone would find themselves chasing Garrison has he put down laps slowly pulling away from the rest of the field. Billy Piper would have to defend his position against the hard charging Jordan Brown and Ryan Villega. Billy was able to hold him off, and the field would finish in the same positions they qualified in with Garrison taking the win, Billy in Second and Jordan rounding out the top three in third.
With just 2 more rounds left in the Junior league competition the race for the overall points champion is going to come down to the wire and create some great racing action for everyone involved. Come out in September and check out the Junior league Challenge GP race series at the best indoor kart racing facility in San Bernardino with K1 Speed in Ontario California.
With the K1 Speed Junior and Teen Challenge GP race league under way for the second half of 2011, K1 Speed’s San Diego location is one of the hosting facilities in the Southern California Region giving younger racers the chance to compete in competitive kart racing. The well known Carlsbad facility has one of the faster track designs which drivers really enjoy as they turn a fast lap or two in the electric race karts.
This past Tuesday evening, a number of young drivers participated in the popular series, as the field of Jr. drivers (4′-4’10″) would be in attendance and being the main show for the night. The field would have a smooth qualifying session which lead into the Formula 1 style main event start. Brayden Stansel would go on to take the win by the time the checkered flag came out with Daniel Shifron taking second and Kelly Chau rounding out the top three.
This was a great night of participation for all, and the growing popularity of the this series fills up the fields quickly with a number of very capable young racers. Come out and participate in the next event which is scheduled for September 6th at various locations.