K1 Speed in Carson California, held round 5 of its Challenge GP race series this past Sunday, hosting the quickest indoor kart racers in Los Angeles. With the over all points championship on the line it was a tight race for the top qualifying spot in the A Main. Matthew Widner put down the fast lap of the night that would give him the top honors of the overall pole position by the second round of qualifying, earning the 2 bonus points to keep him in the overall points championship hunt.
B main racing action would get the main events of the night going with Michael Arnold on pole for the green flag rolling start. He was followed closely by Tyler Bryant qualified in second place, but was able to run away from the field on the technical concrete surfaced track and go wire to wire taking the checkered flag. Tyler dropped back to 3rd overall to finish out his night. Fourth place qualifier David Messimer worked is way up two spots by the time the checkered flag dropped to take second place to finish out his evening respectively.
Finishing out the night was the A Main drivers with Matthew Widner leading the group for the rolling start. He was untouchable as he ran away from the group and lapped some of the other drivers in the field, going completely unchallenged, this was a well deserved win and helped him out a bit in the overall points chase. The battle to watch was between 2nd, 3rd, and 4th with drivers swapping positions back and fourth. Current points leader John Tanaka, who qualified 4th was able to work his way up to second place by the time the checkered flag came out giving helping him maintain his overall points lead. KC Cook, who started off the race in second dropped back a position to third, to round out the top three on the podium for the night.
There is just one round of racing left for the Torrance Challenge GP Race series, coming December 19th to the technical concrete surfaced layout. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to race with the best indoor kart racers in the LA area, as the track offers a unique driving experience with our indoor electric racing karts.
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Round five of the Challenge GP Race series at K1 Speed in Carlsbad, California was hosted this past Sunday, with a group of new and returning racers all going after the top spot on the podium. With double qualifying rounds for the drivers, the over all pole position was up for grabs for practically anyone. The lottery pick that has been implemented to determine which karts drivers will be using during their qualifying rounds has created a more even playing field for the second half of the 2010 race season.
Justin Tolman was very deserving as he has worked over the past few months to figure our fast paced layout, his hard work rewarded him with the overall pole position, by posting a fast lap time of 28.70 seconds in our electric racing karts. Current overall points leader Matt Merrill would qualify into second overall position, with a lap time of 28.868 seconds. Overall third place qualifier Johnny Miller would be right behind Matt with a 28.957 second lap time.
The B main would start off the nights main events, with E. Tyruz on pole for the rolling start followed by Chip Graham, and John Gray with the rest of the field following tightly behind them when the green flag dropped. The field would freight-train down the front straight and into turn one, with no one allowing themselves to be passed by another driver. It wouldn’t take long before the group would start swapping positions back and forth as the divers were all looking to find a quick way around the track for this 16 lap main event. Tyruz would go wire to wire taking the win when the checkered flag came out. Chip Graham unfortunately wasn’t very lucky as he got tangled up with another driver in the far end of the course and dropped back to 7th position to finish out his evening. That gave 5th place starter Kirk Messe a chance to move up a few spots giving him the 2nd place finish for the B main and a slight move up in the overall points. John Gray was able to old his position in third, as he was unable to catch up with Kirk as the field had spread out quite a bit once the checkered flag came out.
Finishing out the nights racing action would be the A Main, with pole sitter Justin Tolman bringing the group around for the rolling start with Matt Merrill literally sitting off his back bumper, making use of his racing skills he gained from years of tack days he has from other racing venues. Johnny Miller who started off in third would hold back for a couple of laps and watch the action that was about to ensue, as Matt got spun out and was unable to get himself pointed in the right direction before being passed by the entire field. Matt would drop down the 8th for the night but still remains a heavy hitter in the overall points championship. Johnny Miller and Justin Tolman would end up putting on a show as they battled back and forth with each other as these two off track friends knew something would have to eventually give and and someone would end up going home with the 1st place trophy. Johnny gave Justin the over-under maneuver that allowed him to sneak to the inside of Justin with just a couple of laps, and take the main event win for the night with Justin sitting just off his rear tires. Justin Davenport who started off the night in 6th made his way though the pack to take the final podium spot rounding out the top three drivers for the A Main.
The competition in the last two Challenge GP Races at K1 Speed in Carlsbad, California has offered the best in indoor kart racing in San Diego. Qualifying is a real battle with drivers keeping within less than 1 second of each other creating some of the toughest competition around. Bring your A-Game on December 19th to the final round of the Challenge GP Race Series for this high speed venue and come race with the best in indoor kart racing with our high speed electric karts.
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For the second consecutive year, NASCAR race fans will join drivers, team owners and industry leaders in celebrating the Cup Series champion at the end of the season awards ceremony. Approximately 300 tickets are available to fans, which are being distributed by tracks, NASCAR partners, and teams through various fan promotions. The Cup Series will honor its champion at Wynn Las Vegas. This year, the awards ceremony is set for Friday, Dec. 3 and will feature the top 10 drivers in the final series standings. The event will culminate Cup Series Champion’s Week in Las Vegas.
Its that time of year again. It’s the LA Autoshow. Located at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Show runs from November 19-28, 2010, This is where Automobile Manufacturers give us a glimpse into their worlds of design and creation.
These elite manufacturers come to Los Angeles to showcase their newest visions of what automobiles are, can, and should be. Anything you can think of will be there from Karts to Concepts.
This is like Christmas come early to any car enthusiast.
K1 Speed partner Boris Said and driving partner Eric Curran, qualified Friday for the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve capturing respective poles for Saturday’s Montreal 200, Round 11 of 12 in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16. Boris drove the GT class Corvette of Marsh racing to the pole position with a 1:38.895 second single lap time with an average speed of 98.613 mph.
On Saturday luck would run out for the Marsh racing team, as Paul Edwards, who came from being nearly a lap down, would take the overall win in the GT Class with the Banner Racing Corvette along with co-driver Scott Russel. Boris and his co-driver would finish 9th overall in the GT class, after a hard fought battle with the full class of participants all gunning for the top spot on the podium.
In the recent weeks a new bar has been set, with the latest in challenging track layouts at the K1 Speed Carlsbad location in North San Diego. With a new set of turns, longer straights, and tight corners creating a more technical course, drivers have been battling back and forth to set the quickest lap time by the end of the July for our Lap Time Contest that began after the layout change a few weeks ago. Relatively new-comer Thomas Litton, has really advanced his driving abilities over the past couple of months to come out on top on the new layout. Thomas’ lap time of 27.921, has set the standard so far for others to shoot for, which seems to be a daily occurrence.
Congratulations to Thomas and his driving achievements which grabbed him 5 free races for his efforts.
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A new set of track layouts have created a higher level of challenges at K1 Speed Irvine in the heart of the OC in the past few weeks. With two all new track designs for drivers to choose from, anyone had a shot at posting the quickest overall time on either track to become the winner of the quickest lap challenge. Kevin Keliipio, who is a veteran motorcycle racer, and Orange County resident, used his years of racing experience to work the tight lines on both layouts to post the quickest times for other drivers to shoot for.
On track one, he posted a 21.406 second single lap time, only to run just a tenth of a second quicker on track two with a single lap time of 21.391 setting the quick pace for other drivers to try to beat. Kevin’s smooth driving abilities has won him 10 free races for his efforts.
Think you can best Kevin’s lap times? Come out and give our new track layouts a try and put your driving skills to the test.
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Don’t miss out on the party – K1 Speed Anaheim is hosting the pre-party for the RPM Car show that is going down Saturday August 6th at K1 Speed’s Anaheim indoor kart racing facility – featuring the Koji Food truck, a number of show cars that will also be on display the next day during the RPM car show not to mention the fun and excitement of racing at Anaheim’s best indoor kart racing facility with other car show enthusiasts. The party will go till 10pm so don’t miss out!
The next day at the RPM show located at Hidden Valley Event Park in Irvine, California – stop by the K1 Speed booth and take advantage of our discount coupon offers only available at the show. The show will go all day till 5pm but the fun won’t stop there as K1 Speed in Anaheim will be hosting the after party that evening mixed with the Volkswagen Jamboree pre-party. The VW Jamboree is a long time running show that will be back at Hidden Valley Event park the next day August 8th.
Its going to be a solid weekend of cars, racing, food, and fun for the hole family. With the fast technical layout at K1 Speed Anaheim the racing action will be non stop.
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K1 Speed in Irvine has changed up their track layouts just in time for the start of the second half of the Challenge GP Race Series. The new technical challenging courses will be combined to make one Super-Track design, giving drivers one of the most intense karting and racing experiences in the Orange County area. Come in and give our electric racing karts a try and see what the fun is all about.
Between now and July 31st the driver that posts the quickest lap time on either track configuration will win 5 free races for his/her racing efforts.
Don’t miss out the start of the second half of the Challenge GP race series starting this coming Sunday July 18th at K1 Speed Irvine.
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Coming this Sunday to K1 Speed in Torrance California, Cruise Night hosted by the California Cruizers car club. Open to all car enthusiasts, there will be a wide variety cars on display from mini trucks, to low-riders, to customs and classics. Come out and bring your street machine or custom car and join in on the fun. Roll in is around 3pm and the day will go till 8pm. K1 Speed will be hosting various races inside for fellow auto enthusiasts to battle it out with each other.
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