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!
FINISH FIRST AND YOU COULD END UP ON THE FRONT ROW.
Whether on two wheels or four, we are as fanatical about motor sports as our fans. In 2005, the Red Bull Racing team was founded, bringing the Red Bull spirit to the racing sport. Current drivers Sebastian Vettel (two-time world champion) and Mark Webber have each earned multiple victories throughout their time on the team, demonstrating focus and agile thinking while maneuvering cars at nearly 200 mph. We invite you to start driving on the Red Bull Augmented Racing app you can download from October 2 through November 5 at participating Valero Corner Stores. If you’re a top scorer on the Valero Corner Store Track, you could earn special access and an exclusive racing experience in Austin, November 16-18. Return to Valero Corner Store weekly for other Red Bull rewards.
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Thursday, November 15th – K1 Speed Austin
Scuderia Toro Rosso Driver – Sebastian Buemi
4pm – 4:30pm Interview begins – Sebastien Buemi arrives in media room with Valero Leadership & Red Bull Augmented Racing Winner.
4:30pm – 5pm – Buemi and Augmented Racing Winner race on track. Buemi will post a hot lap for public to try and beat.
5pm – close – Public has a chance to beat Buemi’s hot lap.
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K1 Speed is giving you the opportunity to prove you are the fastest racer. The top 3 finishers could win tickets to the 2012 Austin GP, or a grand prize of a ride in a Formula GP Experience Jordan F1™ 3-seat race car – a $999.00 Value!
We have our Austin #2 WINNERS!!!
FORMULA GP EXPERIENCE GP PACKAGE – A thrilling ride in a Jordan F1, 3-seat formula race car at Austin Driveway, November 12, 2012.
2 TICKETS TO THE AUSTIN FORMULA 1 GP, NOV. 16-18, 2012. Tickets are for Turn 1 Grand Stands, and are good Saturday.
1 TICKET TO THE AUSTIN FORMULA 1 GP, NOV. 16-18, 2012. Ticket is for Turn 1 Grand Stands, and is good for Saturday.
*For drivers 16 years of age or older. Parent or guardian to sign waiver for first place winner if under the age of 18. First place winners to be maximum height 6’-4”, 250 lbs in order to receive free Formula GP Experience ride package. For more information on grand prize package, please visit www.formulagpexperience.com.
Congrats to Tucker Klein for winning the K1 Speed Austin Jr. League!
We’re looking forward to a bigger and better 2013 season! We hope to see all of you at K1 Speed Austin next week to meet Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Sebastian Buemi.
If you can’t go to the Austin Grand Prix come watch the race and race with us at K1 Speed Austin.
Everyone in college football is talking about the “Luck of the Irish”. In Austin they are talking about the luck of Ignacio Martinez and how he used it to win his 4th consectutive Challenge GP. Ignacio spent well over half the race in 4th position and then capitolized on a timely crash involving leaders Chris Splendoria and Matt Hammock to all but lock up the points race for the season. Jason Young had another strong outing collecting 2nd place hardware and youngster Bray Munroe battled from last position all the way up to 3rd place.
The B main was dominated by several new GP Challenge racers. Sarin Kodappully raced hard and won the B main in his first outting of the season. Another first timer, Adam Fujawa, finished in 2nd place. Donald Munroe, who is #5 in the national K1RS overall points standings, finished in 3rd place.
Join us next month for the final GP of the season!
Halloween is just around the corner! Win a FREE RACE by being the best dressed at K1 Speed on Halloween! Put on your best costume, come in to any of our locations between Noon and 10PM on October 31st and ask to sign in at the front desk for our Halloween contest. You will be notified by email if you won!*
*Please no masks are allowed on the track during your race.
Here’s a great example! Donkey Kong, Mario, Luigi and Peach made an appearance at K1 Speed Carlsbad.
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