A new track layout welcomed the drivers back to Seattle for season two Challenge GP round one, and after qualifying was all said and done the times were very close. However, it was past season champ Garrett Foss securing the pole position, followed closely by surprisingly fast newcomer Michael Perkins sitting 2nd and RJ Napitupulu would finish 3rd fastest. It was very interesting to watch how many different lines drivers would take as they worked to figure out the new track.
As the A-main went green, Foss lead the pack in to turn one and through the chicane and immediately battles began all throughout. Foss however got a very good run out of turn two and pulled a slight lead. Napitpulu went to work trying to pass Perkins, but was having no luck in the early stages as he just couldnt seem to find the run he needed to make a pass stick. Directly behind Rj was the very fast pair of Paul Zhao and Carter Harris who were back and forth in a race of their own for 4th. Down the stretch Zhao eventually got the upper hand and would make his final move securing 4th for the finish. Meanwhile, perhaps the most exciting racing to watch was between positions 6th through 9th between Chris Holt, Peter Callender , Adrian Corona and Jie Jake. These 4 were absolutely going at it. Not one of them had a clear advantage at any point on the track. However, a costly late race mistakey J. Jake would cause him to lose the pack and drift back, eventually losing the lead lap to Foss. Holt, Corona and Callender were literally inches apart the from green to checkers.
At the end, it was however young Chris Holt who would hold on to win the fight and bring home 6th in his first race. Very impressive, considering he is only 13, racing in our adult league and battling with the best drivers we have here. In fact, all of the new drivers tonight were very impressive and showed some real speed. As the laps wound down, Napitupulu would finally get the run he’d been working all race for on Michael Perkins out of the chicane on to the straight and would take over 2nd place where he would stay for the final 4 laps. As the race came to a close, Garrett Foss would grab another win, RJ Napitupulu 2nd, Michael Perkins 3rd, Paul Zhao 4th, Carter Harris 5th, Chris Holt 6th, Adrian Corona 7th, Peter Callender 8th and Jie Jake 9th. As close as the racing was, anyone could easily win at some point. It will be fun to watch this one play out.
Mary Whipple (bottom right) conducts a coxswain (rowing) leadership camp at the University of Washington for high school coxswains. Mary brings the group into K1 Speed Seattle to teach them about how to race smoothly and how to anticipate lines.
Mary Whipple is an American coxswain. She competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics and at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She won a gold medal in women’s eight at both competitions. She also competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics where she won a silver medal. As a coxswain, Whipple stands 5’3″ and weighs in at 108 lbs.
As a freshman at the University of Washington, Mary coxed the women’s varsity four to a national title in 1999. She coxed the varsity eight to victory at the Royal Henley Regatta in 2000, taking home the first-ever Henley Prize, while also coxing them to a silver medal in the NCAA championships as part of a second place finish in the team standings that year. In 2001 and 2002, Mary coxed the varsity eight to back-to-back NCAA championships, and the Huskies also took home the team title in 2001.
Mary has an identical twin sister Sarah Jeanine Whipple. Sarah is an assistant coach for Women’s Crew at the University of California at Berkeley.
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Race over to K1 Speed Seattle and try our new track layout today!
The track record prior to the change was 16.26 and the fastest time on the new track layout is 17.12. We believe racers will enjoy the challenging aspects of the track but with some places where you can get the karts to top speed.
K1 Speed Seattle
2207 NE Bel-Red Rd,
Redmond, WA 98052
Phone: (425) 455-9999
We have a new track record in Seattle. Javier Cantu-Lucero with a 16.252, edging out Jeremy Keeley’s previous 16.280 which stood for 6 months!
Congratulations to Javier and we look forward to next racer who can break this new record.
Theo Mechain and Garrett Foss came in to the final round seperated by just four points, and as the two had traded wins all season no one really knew what would happen. When it came time to race, mainly those who were fighting for points and prizes had shown, and as qualifying came to a close it was actually RJ Napitupulu who would come away with the fastest time of 16.704 and take the bonus points. The main event however, was surprisingly mellow considering. The main event win would go to Garrett Foss who led from wire to wire, Napitupulu was on his bumper and applying pressure for the duration of the race, but was never quite able to find the room to get by and would take home 2nd. Behind them, Dana Glenn and Theo Mechain battled back and forth late with Mechain eventually able to edge out Dana for 3rd. The win would give Garrett Foss the championship, but it was not without a season long fight. Theo Mechain would snag 2nd overall in points, coming from a rather large gap at one point, to nearly being able to win it all. Surely he will be a contender in the coming seasons. Last years champ, Dana Glenn would take 3rd overall in points after missing a couple rounds due to other commitments, which is still a great finish. Thanks to everyone who came out and raced with us for season one of 2013. It was a good one!