Anyone familiar with contemporary motor racing, of nearly any kind, knows the name Boris Said. His shock of curly dark brown hair, signature goatee and his success in so many forms of motorsport have made him a household name in households where racing is spoken.
In his 25-year career as a race car driver, Said has competed in the United States, Europe and Australia in everything from off road races to stock cars, prototypes and sports sedans in sprint and endurance racing. Beginning in 1988 as the Sports Car Club of America’s Rookie of the Year, Said went on to win Showroom Stock GT at the Runoffs for three consecutive years. Those successes led him from the ranks of amateur to professional racing driver, and to this day, Said is the only American driver to have won the 24 Hours of the Nurburgring.
In addition to his successes in Europe, Said has competed in the SCCA Trans Am series, IMSA in which he won 15 races, including the 1997 and 1998 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and the 1998 12 Hours of Sebring. Said also began racing in the NASCAR series in 1997 with the then-titled Craftsman Truck Series. His experience in sports racing led other NASCAR teams to employ him as a driving coach to other Sprint Cup drivers when the tour visited road courses such as Infineon and Watkins Glen.
In addition to co-owning K1 Speed karting centers and running his BMW dealership in Murrieta, Calif., Said still maintains a racing schedule on three continents. Clearly, he isn’t slowing down.
TrackHQ.com caught up with him by phone.
The best in indoor kart racing in Northern California are coming together this Sunday for round four of the K1 Speed Challenge GP Race Series at the Santa Clara location to battle it out for a spot on the podium and a shot at the overall points series championship. The top drivers in the series are all in a close battle for the overall winner for the first half of the 2012 race series, and it will be a race to the finish on the reverse-ran course layout. Come out this Sunday for sign-ups at 6:30 PM with qualifying at 7:00 PM, entry fee is just $50.00 per driver – SEE YOU THIS SUNDAY!
The place to race in Nor-Cal is K1 Speed in Santa Clara, California as the Junior/Youth Challenge GP race league headed into the fourth race of the season this past Tuesday, with a packed house of young drivers all very capable of taking a spot on the podium. Qualifying remained straight forward with two groups of drivers making up the Junior class of drivers (kids 4′-4’10″). A single race format gave competitors just 12 laps to post their quickest single lap time in order to grab the pole position for the nights main events. Jovy Levin would be the one to beat, posting the quickest overall lap time and setting the pace for the fields.
B-Main race action would start off the night and right from the drop of the green flag drivers would drag race into turn one. Everyone came out of the corner clean, making for a tight field and very competitive driving. Joey Iest would make the biggest move having come from his fourth place qualifying position up the the front to take over the lead 4 laps into the main, he would put some distance between him self on and the rest of the field at that point and never look back. The checkered flag would come out with Joey Iest taking the win, Mateusz Pabis dropped back to second after being passed by Joey for a respectable finish, and Devin Sivira would round out the top three on the podium.
Closing out the night would be the A-Main drivers and it would be another drag race into turn one, led by pole setter Jovy Levin. Levin would take advantage of an open track early on and find himself putting distance on the rest of the field as each lap counted down to give himself a comfortable lead. Second place qualifier Famous Rhodes II would be were all the action was, as he would lead a tight group of 5 other drivers that would freight train around the race track for a good duration of the race, with the rest of the field in tow trying to make up as much track position as possible to catch the leaders. The field would stay pretty consistent for the entire race, Jovy Levin would be shown the checkered flag first to take the win, followed by Famous Rhodes II taking second and Peyton Sias would make the right moves to land himself a third place finish.
Just two more races to go in the Junior/Youth Challenge GP Race series for the Santa Clara location, and a number of the top drivers in the overall points chase are looking to see who will come out on top. It will be a race to the finish to determine the overall winner. Join us on May 1st for the fifth race of the season and come out to the best indoor kart racing facility in Northern California with K1 Speed in Santa Clara!
The Junior/Youth league is heads into round three next week April 3rd, for all young racers out there looking for a competitive indoor race series. K1 Speed offers the best in indoor kart racing and is one of the only indoor kart racing facilities that offers a full indoor championship race series for young drivers. Kids will be grouped according to height as all young racers that are between 4′ and 4’10″ will be in kid karts and all kids 4’10″ and taller will be in the adult karts. The run groups are not run together, only with other karts from the same class of drivers. With multiple locations offering a chance to compete in this highly sought after race series there is most likely a K1 Speed location near year that will be hosting a race. Come out to your favorite K1 Speed location April 3rd at 530PM for sign ups with qualifying beginning at 6PM. Entry fee is just $40 per driver! Dont miss your chance to come race with the best in indoor kart racing in Southern and Northern California, Phoenix Arizona, or in South Florida – SEE YOU THERE!
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The best in indoor kart racing for young racers can be found in the bay-area with K1 Speed located in Santa Clara, California. A large number of young drivers were on hand this past Tuesday to fill up the Junior league run group with just a small number of drivers making up the youth division. Qualifying would be quick with the single race format setting up drivers for their main events by their single best lap time and set the fields for each class. In the Junior division (drivers 4′-4’10″) Jovy Levin would take the pole position over the rest of the field, while Tommy McCarthy would take the pole position in the youth league (drivers 4’10″ and bigger).
With the fields set the youth drivers would be out on track first for their main event to start off the evenings racing. With Tommy on pole he would lead the field into turn one at the drop of the green flag on the Formula-1 style standing start Curtis Reitmeir would be on Tommy’s back bumper quickly and would pressure McCarthy for the duration of the race. Both drivers put on a great battle back and forth and a slight wiggle coming out of a corner forced Tommy to lose momentum and allowed Curtis to find his way around. Curtis would hold off Tommy and go on to take the win with Curtis having to settle for second place.
The Junior division would close out the night with a bit large field of drivers on hand. Top qualifier Jovy Levin would get a great jump on the start and take advantage of getting into clean air early, but a couple of mishaps allowed a few drivers to get around him and he was moved back a few positions. Current points leader for the class Famous II Rhodes would make a great run coming from a sixth place starting position and working his way through the field to the front to take the lead. Peyton Sias and Wesley Cole had a great battle back and forth in the second and third place positions for the entire race putting on a great show for the spectators on hand. With the checkered flag coming out drivers made a push for a better position but would close out the night with where they stood. Famous II Rhodes would go on to take the win for the night with Peyton Sias in second and Wesley Cole would round out the top three on the podium.
With a great closing to the second round of the of the Junior/Youth Challenge GP Race league young racers will be looking to the last two races in the series and to make a run on the overall championship points standings. come out to our next race April 3rd and come race in the best indoor kart racing series for young drivers in Nor-Cal with K1 Speed in Santa Clara!
Its that time again as the K1 Speed Junior League Race Series will be heading to round two next week March 6th at multiple K1 Speed locations. The very popular Junior/Youth league is geared towards the younger generation of indoor kart racers and preps them for the next step heading into the world of competitive kart racing. Entry fee is just $40.00 per driver per event and races are ran with the Mini GP style format with a single qualifying race that will place drivers in their starting positions according to their best single lap time. Drivers will be placed by height requirements in either the Junior or Adult karts. This is an all run event and open to all skill levels and experiences, some come out to your favorite K1 Speed location March 6th and see what the Junior/Youth race league is all about!
K1 Speed in Northern California is the place to race for indoor karting with the Santa Clara location hosting the second round of their Challenge GP Race Series this past Sunday to a packed house full of capable drivers all going after a podium finish and a shot at the over all points chase for the first half of the 2012 race series. Qualifying remained clean and straight for ward as drivers quickly found the fast line around the race surface. Local Ryan Cougill, would take the over all pole position with a single lap time of 21.661 and would set the pace for the fields to the nights main events as the other drivers fell in just behind Ryan’s lap times.
The C-Main would start off the night, With Luis Alvila leading the field into the first corner from pole, he was quickly passed by Jeremy Latrasse who would quickly put some distance between himself and the rest of the field. The two Jason’s – Jason Herrera and Jason Fong would put on a show for the crowd battling for second and third for the duration of the race, as both were after a podium finish. The checkered flag would come out and Jeremy had a comfortable lead from the rest of the field and would go on to take the win with Jason Herrera taking second and Jason Fong rounding out the top three on the podium.
Next group of drivers out was a mix of new and returning drivers. Resident drivers Elliot Lao and Rex Dwyer had a good back and forth battle for first and second place with Elliot eventually edging out Rex on each lap to maintain the lead from the start. Fifth and sixth place qualifiers Mark Johnson and Shawn Thompson both found there way up front after making a hard run through the field and putting on a great display of driving for those watching. With the checkered flag out on Elliot would go on to take the win having gone wire to wire to take the B-Main, with Rex Dwyer holding in second respectfully. Mark Johnson would round out the top three on the podium and Shawn Thompson hanging on in fourth.
A-Main drivers would close out the night with Ryan Cougill leading the field from pole heading into turn one and he would have a battle on his hands with Ethan Lau and Robert Nieves sticking to his back bumper giving chase and looking for a way around. Fourth place qualifier Rick Kane would stick his knose in the battle as well and make for a great race with the rest of the field quickly in tow. Everyone would stay in their qualifying positions till the last couple of laps when Ryan would unfortunately loose his lead to Robert Nieves who would maintain a quick enough pace to stay out in front. Rick Kane made his way into second with Ryan would stay in third. The checkered flag would come out and Robert would take the win with Rick Cane taking second and Ryan Cougill would round out the top three.
With the dust settled and round two in the books driver are looking to the next race in March which will be the half way point for the first half of the 2012 race season. The overall points chase is going to be battle with a number of the top drivers all capable of a podium finish making for a close race. Come out March 18th and check out the best in indoor kart racing int eh bay area with K1 Speed in Santa Clara!
K1 Speed, the largest indoor karting company in the United States, is teaming up with Skip Barber and professional racecar driver Patricio Jourdain for a challenging, rewarding, and completely unique racing series. The K1 ProWest GP series will provide amateurs and novices alike an opportunity to reach the next rung on the ladder of their racing careers. Many of the top drivers in the world began their careers in karts before stepping onto advanced driving schools and feeder racing leagues, and the ProWest GP series will provide just such an opportunity for three lucky and worthy participants.
K1 Speed hosts Challenge GP racing leagues at each of its indoor karting centers, located nationwide from California to Florida. These leagues typically consist of six local races run over the course of half a year, with prizes awarded to top drivers at the conclusion of the series. These racing leagues have proven extremely popular; so popular that K1 Speed decided to take the next step. Unlike the Challenge GP series, which is local and exclusive to each track, the ProWest GP series will take place at seven of K1 Speed’s indoor karting centers spanning a greater part of the Western United States, from Northern California to Phoenix, Arizona. Quite simply, the ProWest GP series is far grander in scale than anything ever offered by K1 Speed or any other indoor karting company in the United States!
A racing series that is larger in scale requires more skilled and experienced competitors and a truly grand, “grand” prize.
To reward the winners of the ProWest GP series, K1 Speed has teamed up with Skip Barber, the most reputable and well-respected racing school in the United States. The Top 3 finishers – first, second, and third place – in the ProWest GP series will each receive a three-day Formula racing school at Skip Barber, valued at $4,400! This school is not simply an incredible opportunity to drive open-wheel racecars on the track and enhance one’s skills with professional tutelage – it could have the potential to be a stepping stone to a permanent career in racing. For aspiring racecar drivers, the opportunity speaks for itself. The winners will also receive Nomex racing gloves and boots from K1 Race Gear, a GoPro camera and sunglasses by Gatorz. Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 finishers.
To ensure that the level of competition is befitting the quality and stature of the race series, K1 Speed is also teaming up with professional racecar driver Patricio Jourdain. At each of the eight events, Patricio Jourdain will be providing professional feedback so that the competitors can fine-tune their lines, braking points, and throttle inputs to maximize their lap times and defend their position while on track. Drivers will also be asked to pass certain basic criteria. As K1 Speed and Skip Barber are expecting the best of the best to participate – from veteran indoor karters to professional shifter kart racers – drivers are required to be 16 years of age or older, have previous racing experience, or have participated in the Challenge GP or a K1 Speed racing class. Races will be run with K1 Speed’s all-electric indoor karts.
K1 Pro West GP Series Event Details.
While the Challenge GP is run twice yearly and consists of six events, the K1 Speed ProWest GP by Patricio Jourdain will consist of eight events and be run alongside the Formula One season. The first event takes place in April, 2012 at K1 Speed Carlsbad in San Diego County, CA, and the season concludes at K1 Speed Irvine in Orange County, CA in November, 2012. At each event, a 105 percent rule will be in place, similar to that of the 107 percent rule in Formula One. If a driver fails to set a fast lap within 105 percent of the fastest lap during a race, he or she will be unable to continue at that event. However, only a participant’s top 6 events are counted, so if one (or even two) events are missed or a person performs poorly, there is still every chance of earning a season victory.
Each event will consist of four separate track sessions: a 14 lap practice session to aquaint oneself with the track, two 14 lap qualifying sessions, and a 16 lap final race with grid start based on qualifying results. As in Formula One, points will be awarded based on finishing position, and these points (excluding the worst two results) will be tallied up at the end of the season to determine the Top 3.
To register for this event, contact your local K1 Speed indoor karting center or you can secure your seat by registering on-line. Participants will receive exclusive K1 Speed ProWest GP-branded gloves, head sock, and t-shirt, as well as 16 race credits ($320 value) that can be used at any K1 Speed facility. At each of the eight race, lunch will be provided ($80 value). The events will take place at the following K1 Speed karting centers: Carlsbad, Anaheim, Torrance, Santa Clara, Irvine (twice), Ontario, and Phoenix. Racers are responsible for travel and accomodation expenses.
The K1 Speed ProWest GP Series by Patricio Jourdain is unlike any other indoor karting series in America. In association with GoPro Camera, Gatorz Sunglasses, K1 Race Gear, and Skip Barber Racing School, K1 Speed invites karters from across the country to compete to win a three-day Formula driving school and the title of ProWest GP champion!
Series Fee Includes:
- Entry to each race event, including lunch!
- 16 Race Credits that may be used at any K1 facility.
- Annual Pro License.
- K1 Pro West GP branded gloves, head sock and t-shirt.
- Grand Prix Format: Practice, Qual 1, Qual 2, Final.
- 14 Lap Practice, 14 Lap Qual 1, 14 Lap Qual 2, 16 Lap Race.
- Prizes will be awarded to the Top 10 points leaders at the end of the series.
- A 3-day Formula Racing School at Skip Barber – a $4,400 retail value!
- K1 Race Gear Equipment
- Go Pro Camera
- Gatorz Sunglasses
K1 Speed in Northern California has the best in indoor kart racing with the Challenge GP Race Series coming to the Santa Clara location for the second round of the first half of the 2012 race series. The all new facility hosts a number of talented drivers each week and the Challenge GP Race series gives you the best in kart racing competition all at one facility. The unique concrete surfaced facility is fast with some great technical sections to challenge drivers abilities. Double qualifying format combined with corresponding main event rounds will place drivers according to their best single lap time. Come out this Sunday at 6:30 PM for sign-ups with qualifying beginning at 7:00 PM. Entry fee is just $50 per person. See you there!
Bay Area road trips are easy to come up with in dry, sunny months, but what about in the rainy chill of winter? Brian and Thuy motor around the bay to uncover cozy locales revolving around food and indoor activities featuring K1 Speed Santa Clara.
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