Get ready Phoenix, Arizona – K1 Speed Phoenix has opened its doors and is ready for you to come in to enjoy our newest state-of-the-art indoor kart racing center! You’ll love our largest single track design with a 1,200 foot long layout and this new facility also features a 56 foot long tunnel and a mezzanine overlooking the challenging course for drivers of all skill levels to conquer. Located just 30 minutes from Glendale and Scottsdale Arizona, southern Arizona residents will benefit from our brand new location which features cutting edge racing decor and authentic racing memorabilia! K1 Speed’s well known fleet of high performance electric karts, with instant torque give racers the feel of driving a real race car because of their “instant acceleration” abilities. Junior racers are invited to come out as well to experience our fleet of junior electric race karts which allow us to cater to younger racers who meet our 4 foot minimum height requirement.
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K1 Speed Phoenix
2425 South 21st Street,
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Phone: (602) 275-5278
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The 2011 Grand-Am Series 24 hours of Daytona dropped the green flag on the 49th anniversary of the famed race this past Saturday. K1 Speed partner Boris Said and his teammates in the Turner Motorsport no. 94 Northwest BMW M3 looked to be the team to beat early on. Boris drove the first stint of the 24 hour enduro race, started in 8th in the 48 car GT class field but impressively and sucessfully moved into first place by lap 43.
“The team has learned a lot from last year, and the car on these Continentals is just a lot more consistent through the run,” commented Said after his first stint of the race. “It’s really good. I just saved the tires better. I could watch those guys run their tires out and I just waited – just was really patient on the gas and was able to keep moving up.”
Teammates Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana kept the car up in the front of the pack until 4 hours into the race when a scoring mistake took the lead away from the team. Matt Plumb climbed into the cockpit and going into the 6th hour of the race the car started to see problems. Unfortunately, around 10:15 that night the transmission suffered major damage and they were forced to make an extended pit stop.
“On the lap before, I felt the gearbox stiffen up and then it was just a ‘bang!’ and grinding sound, which turned out to be the parts of the gearbox scraping along the track,” Plumb described.
Once the car returned to the garage, the pit crew was able to inspect the damage more carefully and found that a tooth was completely sheared off on one of the main gears in the transmission. Unfortunately, the team went down 135 laps while the car sat in the garage as the crew fully disassembled and rebuilt the tranny and got the BMW M3 back on track around 2:15am Sunday morning.
The Turner Motorsports drivers would push hard for the rest of the night trying to regain some ground but an extensive caution period caused by early morning fog, kept them in their current position. They finished 17th in the GT class, in a full field of various Porsche 911′s, Mazda RX8′s, and Chevrolet Camaro’s, and 32nd in the 50 car field overall.
Team owner Will Turner noted the positives – “We’re ready to go again. Let’s clean up the car, put some fuel in it and do this one more time. It’d have no problem going the distance. The car and the drivers just ran so well and we’ve learned so much that we are eager to do it all over again,” he stated. “If we could take out the laps that we missed and add up all the rest, we’d be right there fighting for the lead. But it wasn’t to be this time. Nevertheless, the guys are excited to have finished. They’ve all put in such a wonderful effort and it makes me proud. Now we’ll just try to build from here and really try to be a factor in the championship this year.”
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fter their recent 5th place finish at the 24 hours of Dubai, K1 Speed partner Boris Said and his teammates with Turner Motorsport have their sights on the Rolex 24 hours of Daytona this weekend. This past week of testing at the famed Daytona International Speedway found the Turner Motorsport Team working on getting 3 new cars ready to compete in the various classes. Boris will be racing with Bill Auberlen, Paul Dalla Lana, and Matt Plumb in the #94 GT Class BMW M3, which is the only M3 to be campaigned in the 32 car field that is dominated by Porsche GT3′s and Mazda RX8′s.(more...)
K1 Speed’s factory kart team cracked into the top 10 this past weekend at Auto Club Raceway in CalSpeed Karting’s first 4 hour enduro of 2011. The team which consisted of K1 employees Brad Harvey, Amanda Bryant, Ben Swanson and K1 Race Gear-backed driver, who also competed at the Machismo 500 in Las Vegas last year, Jacob Pearlman. The team had been training and getting seat time for the previous 2 months between various K1 Speed centers and at Adam’s Motorsport Park to become more familiar with competing on an outdoor circuit in karts utilizing 4 stroke engines.
Practice came early Saturday morning and the team got used to making driver changes and pit stops, along with getting a feel for the kart and the 3/4 mile long asphalt track. Lap times between everyone varied a bit and we were running about mid-pack during practice. As the morning pressed on the track warmed up a bit and the lap times came down. Heading into qualifying Jacob Pearlman was put into the kart for the 10 minute session qualifying the team in 6th for the start of the race with a lap time of 1:03.46. Overall the entire field qualified within half a second of each other with the top 5 teams within 1 thousandth of a second – this was closest qualifying group to ever race in an enduro at CalSpeed.
Before the start of the main, the team got together with the aid of Jacob’s Dad Richard, who had been helping with timing for the team during practice and qualifying, to put a strategy together for making the mandatory 11 driver changes and 1 fuel stop during the 4 hour race. Richard’s years of karting experience with Jacob added some good inside perspective and the team was set to go. The Lemans style start was fun to watch as drivers had to run to their karts where they sat idling and the drivers would jump in and go for the start of the race. The tight field freight trained around for the first few laps and pit strategy already came into play as teams gambled with making early pit stops. The K1 Factory Team had dropped off the lead lap and fell back a bit, but as the race went on and the other teams began to make their pit stops they began to move back up the field. As the day went on and especially by the final hour, the team got progressively faster. The final splash-and-go fuel stop combined with a driver change put the team just 1 lap behind 4th -8th positions and it was a race to the finish to move up in the field. When the checkered flag came down the team sat in 9th overall for the day.
Team member Brad Harvey went on to say “This was a great day of racing for us, and there is definitely a lot of thanks to go around to the people that helped make this happen. Jacob and Richard’s years of karting experience really helped out with their driver coaching and on-track position information. We are only going to go faster from here and I’m looking forward to the next event which is an 8 hour enduro in April. I want to thank the CalSpeed staff for putting on a great event, along with K1 Speed and K1 Race Gear for the custom suits for the team and for their support coming into this event”
From Jacob Pearlman “I really had a lot of fun today, its been a while since I have gotten to compete out here at CalSpeed, the track layout was fast and consistency played an important role for the teams to perform well. I want to thank the K1 Speed Factory Team for letting me drive with them and I am looking forward to racing with these guys again.”
Said Amanda Bryant “This was awesome, I’m really happy to be given the opportunity to come out and drive for K1 Speed and K1 Race Gear. We were all able to get progressively quicker throughout the day and having it come down to the last 30 minutes really showed that we have great potential here with this organization to be up there in the top 5. I want to thank K1 Speed and K1 Race Gear for all their support.”
“We had our work cut out for us today,” stated team member Ben Swanson “The 4 stroke engine and Sodi Chassis gave us a bit of a learning curve to overcome, but I am happy with how we performed. We are hopefully going to train a bit more before the next event and come out to the 8 hour enduro in April and be a stronger team. I can’t thank K1 Speed and K1 Race Gear enough for their support, I’m looking forward to seeing what this team will do going into the rest of the 2011 race season.”
Richard Pearlman added, “These guys ran great today for a first time out, their professionalism, supporting each other, and their ability to adapt to changing track conditions and find a faster way around the circuit along with staying consistent was definitely the key with today’s race. These guys are going to only get faster from here and possibly become a good contender for future events.”
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