Isabella Garcia spent her 12th birthday racing her brother, Jorge Garcia Jr., 10, and her cousin, Leila Rodriguez, 9, down the tracks at the new K-1 Speed in Miami. She chose to spend her birthday racing after her brother told her about a birthday party he went to at the K-1 Speed in Hollywood.
“It was really fun,” said Isabella. “This place is awesome.”
The Miami K-1 Speed, which opened last month, is the 22nd facility nationwide for the indoor go-kart racing company. The first one opened in Carlsbad, California, in 2003. The company wants to grow to 40 locations nationwide.
“The idea of opening a location in Miami was thought of by the owners in 2011,” said Ken Allday, general manager of K-1 Speed Miami. “It took time to find the right location.”
After three years of searching, K-1 Speed Miami has a home at 8600 NW South River Dr. in Medley.
Allday hopes the 41,000-square-foot warehouse will soon steal the title as K-1’s No. 1 location in the nation.
“The one in [Hollywood] is the No. 1 location in the nation for K-1 Speed,” he said. “About 70 percent of the customers that go to that location are from Miami.”
First-time racers must register, sign a safety waiver and pay a $6 annual license fee, along with paying the racing costs.
Each race around the tracks is 14 laps for adults and 12 laps for junior racers. One 14-lap race costs $19.99. There are different deals for the number of races you buy. Racers drive 20-horsepower electric carts that can reach speeds approaching 45 mph.
Before racers step into a go-kart, they are briefed on the rules of the track. Since safety is the main concern, every racer needs to know how to operate the vehicle and what each flag means when it is waved, said Allday.
One flag indicates when the race is done, another that a racer is bumping the gutters too much, and another for when a racer isn’t following the rules and must stop.
When racers don’t follow the rules after a warning, they will not be allowed to continue racing.
Christopher Carricaburu, 23, and Alexander Tarin, 24, heard about the Miami location through word of mouth from friends almost two months ago. They knew about the Hollywood location, on Stirling Road just west of Interstate 95, but never visited because they didn’t want to drive that far.
Their trip to K-1 Speed Miami was the first time either had raced go-karts.
“I can’t say anything else but the adrenaline,” said Tarin. “It is relaxing after.”
BY EMILY LLERENA
SOUTH FLORIDA NEWS SERVICE
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K1 Speed, the largest go-kart racing company in the United States, set to open newest location in Denver, Colorado.
Irvine, CA July 1, 2014 – K1 Speed is the largest karting company in the country, with dozens of locations throughout the United States, from South Florida to the Pacific Northwest. Since its founding in 2003, K1 Speed has hosted hundreds of thousands of racers at its karting centers. This success has helped drive unprecedented growth in the last two years, and the company shows no signs of slowing down. The latest K1 Speed facility will be opened in the Mile-High City, situated in Highlands Ranch and Littleton – Denver, Colorado.
Karting Uniquely Suited for Denver’s Climate
K1 Speed and Denver make such a great pair that it’s a wonder Denver wasn’t host to the first K1 Speed location! Why? Well, it comes down to a couple of factors:
• Weather – Denver is known for weather that runs the gamut of conditions, from searing heat to blistering cold. There’s a saying in Colorado; “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” And yet, for individuals eager to race at K1 Speed, the weather will be the last of their concerns, as each and every K1 Speed facility in entirely enclosed.
• Altitude – Anyone who has ever been to the Mile High City knows that the altitude can play tricks on your body. Even walking up a flight of stairs can leave you out of breath.
This same lack of oxygen that affects people also affects engines, especially small engines like those used in go-karts. At K1 Speed, however, this altitude won’t play a role, as the company exclusively uses all-electric go-karts for superior performance.
Put simply, the elements at play that make go-kart racing and Denver strange bedfellows have been accounted for. In fact, K1 Speed Denver will be open seven days a week, 364 days a year, regardless of weather conditions. And racers will never experience a lack of power due to altitude! The karts at K1 Speed Denver – a mile up – are just as quick as they are at K1 Speed Miami!
Race Day or Night, Rain or Shine – No Reservations Required
Racers at K1 Speed have a number of options. One of the most popular is K1 Speed’s Arrive & Drive races. Individuals can join an Arrive & Drive race on a first-come, first-served basis, no reservation required. Up to 12 competitors at a time – friends, family and strangers alike – compete in a 14-lap race against the clock. The winner of the race is not who crosses the finish line first, but rather who manages to set the fastest lap within the allotted number of laps. By crowning a winner based on time rather than position, the Arrive & Drive race eliminates variables which could work in one person’s favor at the cost of another’s, such as starting position or defensive driving from other competitors.
The company also offers a number of race packages which can be reserved, perfect for parties of 8 or more people. These packages, which include reserved race times and exclusive use of the track during heats, are great for birthday and bachelor parties, corporate events, team building exercises, and special occasions. To further tailor these events around each party’s needs, K1 Speed also offers private room rentals and catering options. No matter a group’s needs or wishes, K1 Speed will work tirelessly to help make sure the experience is a pleasant and memorable one.
A New Standard for Karting in the Mile-High City
With electric karts and professionally designed indoor go-kart tracks, K1 Speed Denver will set the new standard for karting in the Mile-High City. Residents who are interested in racing at K1 Speed Denver can visit the Highlands Ranch location between 11AM and 10PM, Monday through Saturday, and until 8PM on Sundays. Adult drivers must be at least 58” tall while junior racers must be at least 48” tall.
8034 Midway Dr.
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Do you have the skills to compete against the best, most experienced K1 Speed racers? Participate in our Challenge GP go kart race league to find out! The Challenge GP Grand Prix league is a fun, unique, and competitive series that is held at our indoor karting facilities throughout California, Illinois, Florida, Arizona, Washington and Texas. If you are interested in competing in our go kart race league our locations each holds its own season consisting of six races, at the end of which rewards and prizes are given to the Top 3 finishers for their accomplishments!
If you want to experience the thrill and excitement of head-to-head racing, then our Challenge GP go kart race league is for you! Our Grand Prix league is an affordable, accessible, fun and safe way to compete in motorsport and enjoy the thrilling competition of racing; though our Arrive and Drive race package is a great way to enjoy the thrills of indoor karting, our Challenge GP go kart race league brings the experience to the next level by incorporating qualifying sessions, standing-starts from a race grid, podium finishes and trophies for the winners! Rest assured, your adrenaline and competitive juices will be flowing! If you are interested in competing in our Grand Prix league, feel free to check the schedules below or contact your local K1 Speed indoor karting center! Click HERE to view all our locations.
Junior Qualification for Super Track and Challenge GP Races
Racers between the ages of 14 and 18, who may be too old or too experienced for our Junior Karting League, can now qualify to participate in Challenge GP and Super Track races. In order to have the opportunity to race with the best, individuals need to show us that they can hang with the best! Any racer between the ages of 14 and 18 who has a Racing Score (K1RS) at or above 1,400 points can participate in Super Track and Challenge GP go kart race league events (driver must be approved for top speed in the adult karts). We have created this new rule due to the high demand from teen drivers (and their parents) who have shown that they have the skills to compete. Our Challenge GP and Super Track races are fun and unique events, but are also highly competitive; it takes a certain amount of track experience and maturity to race against the top K1 Speed racers, thus our qualifying system to ensure that the environment is safe for everyone on the track. If you have any questions about our go kart race league, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call your local center.
It took 16 Red Bull Global Rallycross starts, but Bucky Lasek finally cracked the podium for Subaru Rally Team USA at X Games Austin on Saturday. Red Bull GRC’s Kristen Kenney caught up with the skateboarding legend, now only the second driver to win both motorized and non-motorized event medals at X Games.
Bucky Lasek, Driver, #81 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI: “It was intense. That was the hardest fought medal that I’ve ever had to work for—I had a lot of bad luck in the first heat, I went from second to fifth because of a bad racing incident from behind. I fought from the back of the pack for the rest of the day, and I don’t know how many hours I was in the car—I think I stepped out once just to get in front of a fan. I got back in the car, started the first final, and I didn’t have a clutch. So I pumped my clutch, got a good start, and when the red flag came I had no clutch for the second restart. So I just pushed launch control, put it in neutral, dumped it in first gear and it was on from there. Then I just started reeling people in.”
GRC – X Games Austin Results
1. Scott Speed, #77 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Polo
2. Bucky Lasek, #81 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
3. Nelson Piquet Jr., #07 SH Racing Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST
Bucky Lasek earned the first podium finish of his Red Bull GRC career at X Games Austin, as well as the 20th medal of his X Games career. He is now only the second athlete in X Games history to have won medals in both motorized and non-motorized events, after Dave Mirra did so in 2008. Lasek’s runner-up finish also marked the third medal for Subaru Rally Team USA in the Red Bull GRC era (2011-present). via Chris Leone