King of Speed: Try This Exciting Knockout Competition!
Will You Be King of Speed?
So, you think you’re the fastest driver at your local center? Well now is the time to prove it in equal machinery. There won’t be any excuses – just go as fast as you can.
We’re bringing back our King of Speed tournament this fall at most locations in the US.
2023 King of Speed Event Dates
MONDAY, May 22nd
MONDAY, November 20th
Registration starts at 7:00pm | Racing begins promptly at 7:30pm
Here’s how this unique competition works:
FIRST ROUND: 16 Drivers, Two 12-Lap Races
The tournament begins with a maximum of 16 drivers. These drivers are then randomly placed into eight different pairs of two that will compete against each other in two 12-lap heats.
After the end of the first heat, the paired drivers will swap go-karts with each other. Then they’ll go out for their second heat of 12 laps in their rival’s kart.
We’ll then take your single fastest lap time from both sessions and determine your average fastest lap. The driver with the fastest average lap time from the two heats and two karts will advance to the next round.
As you can see, it’ll be the driver that really makes the difference since you’ll be driving the same equipment.
ROUND TWO: 8 Drivers, Two 10-Lap Races
The next round includes the 8 remaining drivers, who will be paired up once more to compete in two 10-lap heats utilizing the same elimination format as the first round.
ROUND THREE: 4 Drivers, Two 8-Lap Races
From there, the remaining four drivers will compete in two 8-lap races to determine the top-two drivers.
ROUND FOUR: 2 Drivers, Two 8-Lap Races
Those top-two drivers will then compete for maximum bragging rights in two 8-lap heats. The driver with the fastest average of those two heats will be the King of Speed!
As you see, each driver will run at least two 12-lap races. If you’re fast enough, you’ll enjoy even more racing for the same price! The top two will get EIGHT races!
And get this: the K1NG of Speed at each center will receive a FIVE-RACE PACKAGE valued at over $100! Wow!
The buy-in is just $55, and with only 16 spots available, we expect these events to fill up sooner rather than later. So, make sure you arrive ON TIME at 7:00pm for registration!
Sorry kids, this competition is just for racers 4’10” or taller.
**NOTE: King of Speed requires at least 8 racers for the tournament to operate smoothly. If less than 8 racers have entered, this event may be canceled at your local track. Additionally, if we have more than 8 racers but less than 16, we will only run the first 8 drivers who signed up and will refund the rest.**
Already signed up and ready to go
That’s great to hear, Martin! Thanks for signing up, and best of luck in the competition!
I won last time and I cant wait to do it again!
Why is it on a Monday when during the day- not cool
Should be on a weekend day
Hey Chase, sorry if you can’t make it out for this one. We chose a weekday evening like our last K1NG of SPEED since it had a great turn out, as most people can make it after work. Our weekends are just too busy to try to incorporate any special race formats – so we just stick to Arrive & Drive racing and events on the weekend. Hope this clears things up for you!
Here we go again #ftlauderdale #florida #kingofspeed
Is there a limit on how many racers registered so that the event is not canceled?
Sherwin – as long as there’s two racers, there’s a competition! See ya at the track!
Jon W Katayanagi
Question — Do you average the two average race times print on the results page or the two Best Lap time printed on the result sheet? I’ve heard it done both ways at different tracks.
“The driver with the best average time from the two heats and two karts will advance to the next round.”
Hey, Jon! We should be taking the average of the two best lap times. So just your fastest lap time from each session. Thanks for pointing that out – we’re going to specify that in the blog post now.
How about adding weight to make the drivers the same?
Kdog is ready to go
What is age requirement? Height requirement?
Hey Linda! The height requirement is 4’10” for this event. No age requirement. Let us know if you have any other questions!
I will plan to attend.
What if im the only one that signed up at my local track?
Hey Joe! In that rare instance, the event will be cancelled at that location. We recommend calling the day of and double-checking if it’s still running.
I’ve claimed my spot
Woo hoo! Go get ’em, Tyler!
Are drivers grouped by age
Hello, Tina! Drivers will not be grouped by age. Thanks for your interest!
Will the power on the karts be turned up a notch? I’ve noticed some karts were faster than others in some races.
The karts will be on full power. Some karts may be faster than others during our Arrive & Drive racing, as there may be a mix of more experienced racers and beginners. If it’s someone’s first time, it may take a race or two for us to see the driver can handle full power. That would be the only reason you’d see different speeds on track.
Does the tournament happen all in one day or is it spread out into multiple days?
Hey Tony! It ALL goes down the night of Monday, June 24. Hope to see you there!
Participated in this at the Dallas location last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. Love this format of racing and hope K1 does this more often!
Happy to hear, Justin! We love it too. We’re planning on doing it one more time before the year is over – check this page/read our emails/follow social media so you don’t miss it. Thanks for stopping by!
what’s the age for this?
No age requirement, Vivian! Just a height requirement of 58″ for the adult karts that are used. Hope we see you there!
Bam! Signed up for Ft Lauderdale already! Coming for you Martin J!
I raced the November KING OF SPEED at the ft. Lauderdale location. It was very fun, with lot’s of competition, and surprises. I am looking forward to the next KING OF SPEED.
Happy to hear, Tom! Thanks for sharing your experience!
When will the K1NG of Speed competition be rescheduled for, since K1 is closed on the 23rd due to Covid-19?
Hey Nandini! We’re hoping to reschedule that in the very near future. Stay tuned!
Alllllllllllright, let’s do it! I might be able to make this one!
So 16 year olds can compete as long as they meet the minimum height requirement, correct?
Thanks for the interest, Robert! Yes, 16 year olds can participate as long as they can safely operate our adult karts. See you at the track!
already signed up see yall at the anaheim location be safe everyone no hard feelings
How do I register
Hey Jeremy! You can register inside your local K1 Speed. Just let our front desk know you want to sign up for it. See you soon!
What about ballast to balance against tiny little dudes (or dudettes)? I get it’s not practical to balance everybody, but it’d be easy to have a reasonable target, and everyone under a certain weight gets ballast.
I’d even be happy with a target weight of 200lbs — anyone under gets XXlbs ballast; anyone over has to deal (and that’d be me). I’m 225lbs, and fine giving away 25 or even 50 pounds, but I have no chance against a decent driver who’s 100lbs lighter.
Thanks for at least considering it…
Hey Greg! Thanks for the suggestion. We’ll keep that in mind. In the meantime, you might find some interest in this experiment we did: does weight affect go kart lap times?
Hey Samuel, check with your local K1 Speed to find out! Hope we’ll see you there.
Are spectators allowed? – Austin, TX
We always love having spectators, Tami! Hope we see you there!
I can’t wait for the this to actually run at our k1. Last 4 times the haven’t had enough drivers but it will be fun.
I am game to be in it.
Looking to be a part of this race. Hope to win!!!!
I am signed up at SAT 410..Can’t wait…
Sounds great! I might sign up my slow teenagers. Only driven there at parties.
A couple suggestions. Have a Novice and an Open KOS Champ. Kick the top two up to Open for future races. To truly be even there needs to be a weight penalty. 210lb vs 140lbs isn’t a race. Either turn down the car with the light guy or add weight.
Henri B Najem Jr
There is not a sign up for Indianapolis
Hi Henri! There actually is! Just use the drop down menu at the bottom of this blog, select Indianapolis, and then click the button to add the King of Speed race to your cart. Easy as that! We’ll see you at the track!
If there isn’t an option to add to cart does that mean that my location is full?
Let us check for you, David. What is your location?
Did this get moved to an April date?
Hello, Anna! We’re actually moving it to October – date to be announced!
Sadly I missed this K.O.S event, when will the next one be?
Hey Logan! Don’t worry. We’re bringing it back in October – date to be confirmed!
How long is a heat? a Race
What comes with the purchase of a race. ($64.xx) Head gear, Head glove & Hand gloves etc?
Hi Evelyn! Heats are 12 laps until we get down to the final four, then it becomes 10-lap heats. Once we get to the final two, you’re looking at 8-lap heats. The buy-in is to participate in the racing. The required annual membership ($7.95 extra) provides you with free use of our helmets and a reusable headsock in addition to other goodies like a free race on your birthday.
Just to be clear, your combined average lap time decides whether or not your team moves on, not your individual times?
Correct, Braden. We take the average of the fastest lap from each kart you and your rival share. See you soon!
Drivers should be placed in weight classes to be fair…
Hi Kelly! Thanks for your suggestion. While we won’t be running weight classes for this event, this is something we’ll keep in mind.
Is this race 18 years and older?
What is eve age group?
Hi, Dolo! This is for anyone 58″ or taller who can safely fit in/operate our adult karts.
How do I register?
Hello, Luke! Registration begins at 7pm the night of the event at the center.
where do I sign up?
Hello, Eloy! You sign up at the center at 7pm the night of the event.
Phillip A Olive
do you do this for teens?
Hey, Phillip! If a teen meets our height requirements for our adult kart (4’10”) then they can enter this competition!
If you have to sign up at the center, how’d Martin J already sign up??
Hey, Chuck! Sorry for the confusion – some of these comments are old (earlier this year) when we had offered online pre-purchase for the event. Sign ups will be at the center only for the November 14th event.
Looking For Son to have some fun
Then you’ve come to the right place!
You need to create some type of equalizer for weight. Something that brings people within 10 lbs of each other.
And how do I get on the email list to be notified when this is going to happen again?
Hi, Len! Thanks for your suggestion. We’ll be sure to keep that in mind! Also, we went to add your email to the list but you’re already in there! Our emails can end up junk/spam folders or promotional folders, so I’d take a look in there and see if you can find our old emails. Thanks!
Can anyone tell me how to register for the Concord, North Carolina k1
Hi, Shawn! To register, arrive at Concord by 7pm on May 22nd and speak with the front desk. Racing begins at 7:30pm. See you at the track!