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December 12, 2012 (San Clemente, CA) – This holiday season, Ryan Sheckler’s Foundation is bringing people together to build a skatepark on the Port Gamble S’klallam reservation in Washington state, and they would like your help. Everyone that donates can enter to win a Ryan Sheckler prize pack, and any donation larger than $10 automatically gets a gift. Give and get: The gifts that donors automatically get include Be the Change Tech decks, the Plan B Sheckler Foundation collaboration skateboard deck or a limited-edition Ryan Sheckler Be the Change New Era hat.
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The National Hockey League is still locked out and cancelling its regular-season schedule through Dec. 30th. But the American Hockey League, serving as the primary developmental circuit for the NHL, is in full force playing out their regular season despite the NHL’s lockout.
The Texas Stars Hockey Team chose K1 Speed Austin for their annual “Rookie Day” outing yesterday, Sunday, December 9th. The whole team participated in some fun competitive racing on the track. The veterans made the rookies dress up in crazy costumes for the day and took a group photo on our winners podium. Looking good guys!
The Texas Stars are the top affiliate of the NHL Dallas Stars and play in Cedar Park, Texas, near Austin.
The last GP of the season was just a technicality, as Ignacio Martinez had the overall season points all wrapped up after last weeks 4th consecutive win. Still, Ignacio felt he still had something to prove and he blew away the field once again. Ignacio lapped several in the GP 6 Main Event and beat 2nd place finisher Aaron Smith by 12.33 seconds. Rounding out the top 3 was Chris Splendoria. With the top 3 finish, Chris Splendoria took 2nd place in the overall season points standings. Aaron Smith was “Mr Consistent” all season and took 3rd in the overall points. It was a great 1st season in Austin and we are looking forward to a bigger and better season starting in January.
The B Main Event had a lot of good racing once again. Timmy Palmer held off a strong field of first time racers to the GP to take 1st position on the podium. Darrin Wicken had a great race to take 2nd place, while relative new comer Sarin Kodappully held on for 3rd place.
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This spring the Sheckler Foundation launched the Be The Change project. The social network was activated, hundreds of people submitted their plans to Be The Change in their community and they nominated four causes to be voted on by you. The Native American Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe won the 1st Be The Change online call to action, and received the most votes for their plans to build a skatepark on their reservation in Washington State.
Join us and watch the S’Klallam Tribe BTC Skatepark Episode 1 as we document the journey on how the Sheckler Foundation is partnering with the S’Klallam tribe and members of their community to see this skatepark built!!!
“MY BEST WIN”, SAYS HAMILTON AT CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS™
TITLE FIGHT CONTINUES TO BRAZIL WITH VETTEL, ALONSO ON AUSTIN PODIUM
AUSTIN, Texas (Nov. 18, 2012) – Lewis Hamilton has won back-to-back races in the United States – but they came five years apart after the Englishman took victory for McLaren Mercedes in the inaugural United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas™.
Hamilton, race winner at Indianapolis in 2007 for the same team, said: “What a great feeling to win the first Grand Prix here back in the States! I won last time here as well so I’m massively proud.”
Starting from the front row of the 24-car grid, Hamilton, 27, passed polewinner Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull on lap 42 of 56 with a clean move at the end of the DRS zone into Turn 12.
It was his fourth win of 2012, the 21st of his Formula 1 career – and a highlight in his own eyes. “That was my best win, guys!” yelled a delighted Hamilton to his pit crew, whom he leaves at the end of this season. “That was wicked!”
With Vettel second, the title fight continues to the last race in Brazil as Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari again fought through the field for the final podium position. Vettel now leads by 13 points with 25 more on offer next Sunday. While the German grumbled about traffic in the crucial moments of his fight with Hamilton, he was quick to see the positives.
“All weekend has been incredible for the whole Formula 1 paddock,” he said. “As Lewis said, the last race here, he won it; it was my first race in Formula 1 here in the United States and to come back and have so much support – so many fans at the signing session yesterday, it was absolutely crazy! – and a full house, it was really nice today to race in front of the fans.”
Alonso started seventh after teammate Felipe Massa took a late five-place penalty but the Spaniard rocketed through to fourth by the end of the opening lap. His race then ebbed and flowed with the pit stops, finally sealing third place when Jenson Button’s McLaren pitted on lap 35 after an extended first stint on Pirelli’s hard compound tires.
“Losing three points maybe was not in our thoughts Friday night after practice,” said Alonso, “so we are really happy again to have a very good Sunday and be still in the championship.”
Earlier Button, who started from 12th position, refused to yield when Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes squeezed him into Turn 1 on lap 10, the Englishman competing a clean overtake to launch a fine drive through the field that ended with fifth position behind Massa.
Next up were the Lotus Renaults of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean, who recovered from an early spin, with the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg in 8th. The last two points-scoring places went to Williams pair Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna, who almost took each other out with just four laps to go.
In a clean, absorbing race there were only two retirements. The first was Jean-Eric Vergne in the Toro Rosso, the second was Vettel’s Red Bull teammate Mark Webber. The Australian was running third when he fell victim to another apparent alternator failure, a gremlin that has plagued the Renault-engined team this season.
Despite that, Vettel’s 18 points were more than enough to secure a third straight constructors’ title for Red Bull, who now have 440 points to Ferrari’s 367 and cannot be caught in Brazil.
article via Circuit of the Americas
Formula 1 Driver Marussia Team, Timo Glock visited K1 Speed Austin Sunday night after the big race.
One of the success stories from qualifying was the performance of Marussia as they held off the Caterham F1 team to take 19th and 20th on the grid. The race for the coveted 10th position in the World Constructor’s Championship means millions and Timo Glock, along with his teammate Charles Pic, did their best to keep Caterham on their heels for Sunday’s race.
“Another good day today. I think we concentrated on the right things, although it was a challenge through FP3 to get to that point as it is hard to put a good single lap together here. In qualifying I thought I had a strong lap and the tyres were really coming in, but towards the end I had a bit of wheel lift and the rear felt a bit strange.”
“I think we could have gone quicker because the tyres were improving so much lap by lap, but because of the yellow flags there was no chance for more improvement. However, we are almost 0.8s ahead of the Caterhams and we have to be very pleased with that. This is great development from the team and although it seems like we remind everyone every race just now, we’ve managed all that without the advantage of KERS and that is a significant point. I’m very excited for the race and I hope we can continue the good work.”
The other good news is that Timo was just over 0.9s behind the Toro Rosso of Daniel Ricciardo. That’s quite a performance from Marussia and my hunch is, the efforts of the entire team coupled with the consultative work of Pat Symonds is starting to pay dividends.
Many believed Caterham F1 were the team to watching in 2012 as the first “new team” to make the jump to the midfield instead of being permanent back-markers. Armed with KERS and a Renault engine, the team were supposed to make a big leap but that hasn’t happened. Could Marussia be a team that does the impossible?
A Cosworth engine and lack of KERS surely couldn’t beat Caterham could they? Actually, yes they can and they will reap big dividends in doing so.
article via Formua1Blog.com
Thank you to all that came out to the official F1B Tweetup on Saturday evening from 7-10PM at the K1 Speed Austin.
We were joined by America’s GP3 driver, Conor Daly, to find out more about his 2012 season. We found out what he’s been up to and why he’s been in 9 countries in just 19 days. There was an open session which allowed fans to ask Conor questions about his year and future aspirations…they include Formula One.
Would you like to know what it’s like being an American driver in a European racing series? How difficult it is to race against the world’s finest young drivers and win? Saturday was your chance to meet one of America’s best talent in years.
Derek Daly personifies what it is to persevere from iron ore mining to Formula One racer. Derek is an inspiration to all of us and has written the definitive book on what it means to race and to win. If you’ve never had the opportunity to hear Derek speak, he is a must see/hear. Derek joined us for a very special engagement and I know you will love hearing his take on F1 and racing.
Go to Formula1Blog.com for more
Sebastien Buemi arrived at K1 Speed Austin on Thursday smiling. Smiling because he knew that he would meeting his fans and racing electric go karts at K1 Speed. The Valero Leadership & Red Bull Augmented Racing Winners received a chance to meet and talk with Buemi in an intimate setting. They asked him questions about his karting and racing experience in Formula 1.
Once the meet & greet was over they headed over to register and started getting ready to go on the track. A crowd gathered around the pit to watch Buemi go through the rules and step into the kart. Buemi then proceeded to hit the track. After a couple laps he got acclimated to the layout and starting clocking some good times. He set the fastest lap of the week. Buemi turned into the pits smiling and then headed over to the Red Bull Augmented Racing Winners to give them some race tips. The guys took their knowledge and raced well. The public then was greeted by Buemi and he started signing autographs and taking photos.
All in all a great event and we thank Red Bull Racing on making this happen. Good luck to everyone heading to the races at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend. K1 Speed will have a booth at the Fan Fest downtown on 4th and Lavaca street in the Kids Zone.
Sebastien Buemi – 26.210
Come into K1 Speed Austin and try to beat Buemi’s fast lap!