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Enter the Hot Wheels IndyCar Junior Grand Prix

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Do you know a kid who’s got some serious speed behind the wheel of our go-karts? Do they love IndyCar and/or Hot Wheels? Or maybe they’ve just dreamed of visiting California? Boy, have we got a contest for you. Introducing the Hot Wheels™ IndyCar Junior Grand Prix Powered by K1 Speed!


We’re hosting an open karting competition at three K1 Speed centers (Indianapolis, Arlington, and Toronto) to determine the fastest junior racer. Three finalists from each location will win an all-expense paid trip to Northern California where they’ll be mentored by an IndyCar driver before entering the championship race at our San Francisco location. All finalists will then travel to Sonoma to catch the IndyCar season finale!


Here’s How It Works


Each location will host a qualifying round to determine the fastest three racers. It begins with a practice race, before each kid enters a 10-lap qualifying race. Your junior racer will need to set one of the two fastest times in the qualifying race in order to advance. The 12 fastest juniors will then enter the 12-lap final race – a race for position on the track! The junior racers that finish in the top three of the final race will become a finalist and will then compete in the championship race in San Francisco! There’s a one in 20 chance they’ll be walking away with a trip to California they’ll never forget!


When are the Qualifying Rounds?


The qualifying rounds will take place right before the respective IndyCar races in that city:


  • Indianapolis: May 24th (before the Indy 500)
  • Arlington: June 7th (before the weekend of the Texas Motor Speedway race)
  • Toronto: July 13th (Before the Indy Toronto race)



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What Do the Finalists Win?


You’re going to be blown away by everything these three finalists receive at each location! First, the finalist will receive some pretty cool goodies: a trophy and a killer swag bag! Then, each finalist and a parent/guardian will win a roundtrip flight to San Francisco, where they’ll enjoy a two-night stay in the area for the Championship Race. After the championship race, the finalist and their parent/guardian will spend three nights in the Sonoma area, and will receive two tickets to the IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma. Oh, and we’re also going to be giving the finalist $900 in spending money to enjoy on the trip! It’s a total prize package worth close to $5,000! Wowza!


What’s the Championship Race?


The championship race at K1 Speed, San Francisco will be held the evening of September 13th, 2018. The three finalists from each location will have an IndyCar mentor to help guide them to success: Indy’s finalists will have fan favorite James Hinchcliffe, Arlington’s finalists will have reigning IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden, and Toronto’s finalists will have the exciting Canadian rookie Robert Wickens!


The nine finalists will start with six practice laps before the 12-lap final championship race to determine the champion of the 2018 Hot Wheels IndyCar Junior Grand Prix Powered by K1 Speed! The winner will receive the championship trophy, while second and third place finishers will receive a plaque – all will be incredibly impressive to have in their trophy case!


Who Can Enter?


Sorry, adults/parents: this one’s for the kids only. As a result, they’ll need to meet the requirements of our junior karts: kids will need to be between 8 to 14 years of age, and less than 150 pounds. Their height will need to meet the minimum requirement of 48” (four feet), and the maximum height cut-off is 65” (five feet, five inches).


I’ve Got Just the Kid! How Can They Enter?


Registration for these events starts today, May 11, and closes the day of the qualifying round. A parent or guardian will need to stop by the participating K1 Speed location to sign up and register their child. The price is only $50 USD ($65 CND in Toronto) for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! But hurry! THERE ARE ONLY 60 SPOTS PER LOCATION. Spots are first-come, first-served, so make sure you enter your junior racer as soon as possible since we expect some pretty fast sell-outs at these locations.


So, if you’ve got a kid who has a love for racing, you’ve got to enter them in this amazing opportunity! Hurry in to Indy, Arlington, or Toronto today to sign up and start practicing!


Complete rules of the competition


More information about K1 Speed Indianapolis


More information about K1 Speed Arlington


More information about K1 Speed Toronto


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