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K1 Speed Austin Now Open!

The home of Formula One racing in America is now home to the country’s largest indoor karting company – K1 Speed.

Irvine, CA May 2, 2012 – K1 Speed Austin – the first K1 Speed indoor karting center in the great state of Texas – is now open! With the launch of its Austin location, K1 Speed is introducing the thrills of all-electric indoor karting to a whole new group of enthusiasts. The fully air-conditioned track and lobby with over 60,000 sq. ft. features a professionally designed racetrack; high-performance, zero-emission electric karts capable of speeds approaching 45mph; authentic racing memorabilia, including signed helmets, race suits, racecars, and artwork; a snack bar stocked with beverages and other refreshments; and spacious lobbies with plasma televisions, club-like lighting, and leather couches. K1 Speed’s indoor karting centers are built to be world-class entertainment venues and K1 Speed Austin is no exception. And for those Texas race fans outside of Austin, K1 Speed Houston is currently under construction and is scheduled to be launched in June 2012!

K1 Speed has expanded rapidly over the last several years because of one simple premise – providing almost anyone with the chance to experience authentic, wheel-to-wheel racing action. The track is designed so that both kids and adults alike can race head-to-head in a controlled environment. The karts feature remote shutoff in the event on an on-track incident and the track is lined with energy-absorbing safety barriers to prevent injury. Though safety is our first priority, we also place an emphasis on fun. K1 Speed Austin features a large indoor kart track that allows individuals to wring out our electric karts. With instant torque and ample power available from the 20hp electric motors, incredible handling, and powerful brakes, navigating our karts around the various corners and straights of our ¼ mile track is an absolute thrill. In-between races, our competitors can enjoy a snack or refreshment at our Pit Cafe, relax on our leather couches while monitoring the lap times of their friends on the track, check out our collection of historical racecars, or unwind with a video game or air hockey match. Our high-performance karts can provide quite a workout for first time races, so competitors often find a break welcome!

So how does one race at K1 Speed Austin?

First-time racers to K1 Speed Austin can race anytime without a reservation, thanks to our popular Arrive & Drive program. Consisting of a race against the clock, it demands consistency and skill for best results, and allows participants to measure their performance against our database of more than 1.5 million K1 Speed competitors. Individuals at K1 Speed Austin can not only see how they compare to the fastest lap of the week or month at their location, but can rate their overall Race Performance Measurement (K1RS) against the entire database of K1 Speed racers. This is made possible through a unique scoring system which tracks overall performance based on a number of factors, including total races driven and performance against other competitors. So that racers can track their progress during races, live telemetry is also offered, allowing individuals to keep track of their lap times while on track, and later analyze their performance against other competitors.

K1 Speed Austin also offers reservations for special events, birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and team-building exercises. The facility has on-site meeting rooms featuring the entire amenities one would expect, including state-of-the-art audio/visual systems, projection screens, DVD players, televisions, and Wi-Fi Internet access. If you are looking to feed your group, there are a range of catering options that can also be selected from. For the ultimate experience, K1 Speed recommends that a race packages be combined with a room rental and catering.

Mindful of the impact that racing can have on the environment, K1 Speed takes active steps to minimize its carbon footprint, not least of which is its use of all-electric, zero-emitting go karts. Susan Graver, co-owner and marketing director for K1 Speed, states “Our company is constantly searching for new and innovative ways to implement a more energy efficient footprint while implementing ‘greener’ business practices.” Incorporating energy efficient lighting and more sustainable business practices helps eliminate waste and reduce costs.

K1 Speed Austin is conveniently located for residents of the Greater Austin area, including Round Rock and San Marcos metropolitan area.

For more information, visit www.K1Speed.com

About K1 Speed:

K1 Speed was founded in 2003 and is the nation’s largest indoor kart racing chain. Each facility boasts 50,000-90,000 sq. ft. of space which feature real road courses, meeting rooms, snack bars and spacious lobbies with genuine racing memorabilia. Visitors can take advantage of a variety of different race packages to race against their friends or the clock. K1 Speed can accommodate 10 to 800 guests and offers a unique venue for corporate functions, team building events, birthday parties, bachelor parties or other private ceremonies.

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