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Race for Position at K1 Speed During Grid Night

image for k1 speed's grid night featuring karts lining up for position on the starting grid

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 all of you can’t make it to Challenge GP , Teen Cup, or Junior League – or don’t have the money for its 2-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, 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

9-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 9 laps, so passing will be very important 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.

So When is Grid Night at my Local K1 Speed?

Monday, October 18


Grid Night takes place from 5pm to close. 

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 Races for Position?

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


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!

  • 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.

  • M.R marwan

    Bonjour k1 speed san Francisco, mon fils va y participer le 19 août, il participera aussi à la junior league san Francisco le 6 août.

    Il est connu pour sa vitesse en ayant fait de bons chronos en janvier dernier.

    Nous venons de France ?? spécialement pour ces événements.

    Good bye.

  • Brian Calvery

    Are teenagers allowed after 9pm on a Friday night if they are with there parents?

    • Staff Writer

      Hello Brian, yes they are. We just stop our Junior kart races at 8pm is all. Hope this clears up any confusion!

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