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Race for Position During Grid Night at K1 Speed

Everybody loves the excitement of our traditional Arrive & Drive racing, where you race for the fastest lap time against friends, families, colleagues, and complete strangers. However, we also know that many of our racers wish to race not just for best lap time, but for track position, where the first racer to finish wins the race. We also know that not all of you can make it to Challenge GP/Teen/Junior League or have the money for its 3-race format.

 

Well, racers’ wishes are about to be granted: introducing Grid Night at K1 Speed!

What is Grid Night at K1 Speed?

Grid Night places an importance on racecraft rather than outright speed. You may be able to put together a hot lap out of the 14 laps you get, but are you consistent enough to pull away from your competition? Can you handle the pressure of somebody racing right behind you, lap after lap? Can you study your opponent for their slow spots and set up an overtaking move without bumping? This what Grid Night is going expose from our racers.

The Grid Night Format

3-Lap Qualifying Session

11-Lap Final Race

 

Before we grid you up for the race, we need to know who from your group can go around our track the fastest – in order. So we’re going to host a 3-lap mini-qualifying session that’ll run like our usual Arrive & Drive races – you’re just trying to set the fastest lap you can.

 

Once everyone gets their 3 laps in, we’re going to stop everyone and then grid you up on our front straight by how fast you went – fastest racer will be in the front, slowest racer in the back.

 

Now it’s time to RACE. When the green flag drops, you’re going to want to pass anyone that’s in front of you. If you are in the racer in front, you’re going to want to keep everyone behind you. The entire race for position will be 11 laps, so passing will be of importance right from the start.

What is the Price to Race During Grid Night?

The cost for Grid Night will be exactly the same as our regular Arrive & Drive races. If you have races in your account, you can certainly use those towards your Grid Night races.

I’m Ready to Beat my Friends! When is Grid Night at my Local K1 Speed?

Grid Night will be held the THIRD Monday of every month at every United States K1 Speed location, from Hawaii to Boston from 5pm to closing time (10pm). The very first Grid Night will take place on January 28, 2019 (yes, we know this one isn’t the third Monday, this will be the only exception).

The 2019 Grid Night Schedule

**Subject to Change – Call Your Nearest Location to confirm**

January 28

February 18

March 18

April 15

May 20

June 17

July 15

August 19

September 16

October 21

November 18

December 16

Racing Tips to Get the Most from Grid Night

  • Try to give yourself some space during the qualifying session when you can. There’s no point in racing other karts during this time. Even if you have to sacrifice two of your three laps for that one without traffic, your lap time will be better than 3 laps stuck behind other karts. This can be applied to our traditional Arrive & Drive races as well.
  • During the race, remember you’re going for position – not lap times. If need be, take a racing line that’s more defensive than fast and make sure you keep that racer behind you.
  • If you can’t get around a driver because they keep protecting the inside line, try to find a way around the outside. This will mean finding a corner that you can carry much greater speed out of, allowing you get alongside, brake late, and go for the outside move around your opponent by the next turn.
  • If you’ve got two turns that switch from left/right or right/left then get on the outside of your opponent for the first turn, so that you’re lined up perfectly in the inside for the second turn and make that pass.
  • Can’t find a way around a driver? Don’t get frustrated and start bumping them, or even worse, dive-bomb into a gap that’s rapidly closing. That’s sloppy and lacks skill. Play the smart game instead and make them nervous. Fill their peripheral vision by moving to the left and right behind them. This kind of pressure can force a mistake and allow an opportunity for you to pass cleanly.

Want More?

If you come out for Grid Night and are hungry for more races of its kind, then start racing in our Challenge GP and Junior League championships!

 

These championship races are held once a month and gives you more qualifying laps and more race laps for position. Points are tallied up as the season progresses, and our top three winners receive some great prizes! Plus, it’s a great chance for you to meet other dedicated and passionate K1 Speed racers – like yourself!

 

For more information, click one of the buttons below!

Will YOU Win the Race?

So who’s excited for some Grid Night racing? Are you going to race wheel-to-wheel against your friends and see who can finish first? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Comments
  • Zahdul Amin

    I am going 2 DOMINATE!!

  • Jessie Sito

    So it’s like the GP/Junior GP format except within one session! Sounds like FUN!!!

  • Greg Bergman

    Like it used to be 15 years ago!

  • Jarid Shumway

    Does anyone know if there are any age requirements? Thanks

    • Staff Writer

      Jarid, there’s no age requirement, but there is a height requirement of 4’10” for this kind of racing. Otherwise, our traditional Arrive & Drive races for fast lap can accommodate racers as small as 4′. Thanks for your interest!

  • Fast steve

    Are we allowed gopros for grid night?

    • Staff Writer

      Unfortunately not, Steve. Our GoPro policy applies to all public racing.

  • Steven johnsin

    Well this sucks k1speed I was hoping to be at grid night but it starts at 5 why so Dang early people do have to work us now…

    • Staff Writer

      Steven, while it starts at 5pm it goes until we close at 10pm. So stop in anytime between those hours to get your Grid Night fix! We’ll keep the track warm.

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