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Win Tickets to the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona

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We’re just weeks away from hearing the roar of racing cars when this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona (also known as the 24 Hours of Daytona) ushers in the start of the 2019 IMSA World Championship and brings together some of the finest drivers and cars from around the world. This internationally-acclaimed race is held from Saturday, January 26 until Sunday, January 27 and gives fans in attendance plenty of entertainment and always presents some of the best racing drama.


And once again, we’re giving away tickets and garage passes to the race – all you have to do is win the 2nd Annual Endurance Race to Daytona at K1 Speed Orlando on Sunday, January 20 starting 7pm ET!


Race Format and Rules


Teams will consist of two or three people, who will alternate responsibilities throughout the course of the 2- hour race: Driver, Lap Counter, and Driver-on-Deck. Open rotation order is allowed.


When the race begins, the Lap Counter will begin tracking the laps using a clipboard, and will be responsible for pitting their Driver between laps 10 and 16 by displaying a “Pit Now” sign prior to their pit entrance. Pit road will be open to a max of two karts at a time, and once full, will remain closed until a spot reopens. If the Driver does not pit during this window, a penalty of 2 laps will be deducted from the team’s final result.


When the Driver enters the pits, they must wait for a K1 Speed staff member to assist them in getting up from the kart. The driver will then quickly walk to the Driver-on-Deck and will pass them a bandana that will allow them to enter the pits. Any driver caught running in the pits will be assessed a two-lap penalty for safety violation.


Up to two karts may park in pit lane to wait for a spot to open up, however it is recommended that Lap Counters plan ahead for the optimal time to pit. How you manage your team’s pit stops will affect the outcome of your race.  At no time are Drivers allowed to hit any of the track gates or team members. Hitting a gate while racing will incur a 2-lap penalty for unsafe driving.


Upon receiving the bandana from the exiting Driver, the Driver-on-Deck will then receive their kart number and must tie the bandana on the kart prior to leaving the pit road. It’s essential that the new Driver secures their bandana properly as a two-lap penalty will be handed out if the bandana has to be retrieved on the track. Drivers may not hold the bandana while racing, it must be tied to the kart body or wheel. Drivers will be given race speed when leaving the pit,  please drive accordingly knowing your tires may need to warm up.



The former Driver will then become the Lap Counter, and the former Lap Counter will become the Driver-on-Deck. This format will continue until the race time expires. Again, in case a team member becomes unavailable to drive,  an open rotation will be allowed as long as there is always a Driver on the track and a Driver-on-Deck (counting laps as well). No Driver is permitted to race back to back consecutive runs.  The team with the most laps completed minus penalties will win the competition.


The team with the most laps completed will win the competition and the tickets to the Rolex 24!


So, get your quickest friends together and enter our endurance race today!


The Cost


Prices to participate are:

  • Driver – $50
  • Team (2 or 3 people) – $150


Drivers and Teams will need to sign up at the Orlando center.


Trivia About This Year’s 24 Hours of Daytona


  • Former F1 driver Fernando Alonso is returning to the race after making his debut in the event last year. This year he stands a significantly higher chance of winning overall as he joins Wayne Taylor Racing – the overall winners in 2017.
  • Alonso’s World Endurance Championship (WEC) teammate at Toyota (and fellow former F1 driver) Kamui Kobayashi will be following Alonso to Wayne Taylor Racing as well. Alonso and Kobayashi won last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans together, making them a favorite to watch during the race.
  • Former F1 and IndyCar driver Alex Zanardi will be contesting the 24 with BMW Rahal Letterman Lanigan. Zanardi, a two-time CART champion, lost his legs in a 2001 crash, so he’ll be contesting the race in a specially prepared M8 GTE that features hand controls, including a brake lever system that Zanardi helped develop with BMW over the past year.
  • 5 full-time IndyCar drivers will be contesting this year’s race: Simon Pagenaud and Alexander Rossi will race for Penske in the Daytona Prototype International (DPI) class, rookie Colton Herta will race for BMW Rahal Letterman Lanigan in the GTLM class, and Sebastien Bourdais and Scott Dixon will race for Ford Chip Ganassi in GTLM.
  • Matt McMurry, the youngest driver to ever compete at Le Mans, will be returning yet again. This year he’ll be in the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) class with PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports. When not racing, McMurry is an undergrad at UC Irvine – just 10 minutes from K1 Speed’s headquarters.
  • Allie McAtee

    Hi! This isn’t the endurance races that every center will be doing, is it? If not, is there an endurance races schedule? I keep looking and all I can seem to find is the drift night along with the leagues. Thanks!

    • Staff Writer

      Hello, Allie! This is an endurance race that’s only being hosted at our Orlando location. At this time, we don’t have anything in place for an endurance race that’s held at every location, however we are hoping to host more of these kinds of events at different locations throughout 2019. Stay tuned to our blog!

  • K1 Coach & Track Supervisor

    We need “Endurance Event” at K1 Santa Clara. I have the drivers to fill this up. I currently run a Pro League Series (30 drivers) at this location, weekly league nights.

    • Staff Writer

      Great to hear! This all starts with management. Talk with your manager(s) and have them get in touch with Orlando or Salt Lake City to see how they’ve run theirs!

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