Grand Prix New York Donates Holiday Meal to Stamford Abuse Prevention Center
Last month employees and volunteers from Grand Prix New York/Spins Bowl (Mount Kisco, NY) served dinner to 225 children and adults at The Child Abuse Prevention Center and Shelter in Stamford, CT. RBS was a sponsor of the bottled water and juice. The center serves at-risk children and families in crisis to prevent and break the generational cycle of child abuse. The center is located at 141 Franklin Street Stamford, CT 06901-1014 Telephone- (203) 327-9419.
Grand Prix New York Racing (GPNY) is the only large indoor racing, social entertainment, and corporate event venue in the New York City-metro area. Centrally located in the village of Mount Kisco New York, GPNY is a unique 118,000-square-foot facility that offers a quarter-mile-long, state-of-the-art racetrack for all ages; Spins Bowl (a 19-lane bowling center and special events services); Fuel restaurant and bar, with award-winning catering; an arcade, carnival room, banquet facility, conference rooms, and more. GPNY is actively involved in community outreach and fundraising efforts. Since its inception in 2008, GPNY has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities by hosting high-profile fundraising events. For more information about GPNY, visit their website at www.gpny.com
Accelerate their winter with Octane's Junior Kart Driving Class for kids ages 8 and up!
Raceology 101 is a fun-filled two hour beginner's kart driving course for 8+ year old drivers to race a junior kart at Octane Raceway.
The class is mandatory for all 8 and 9 year old's, but is also available for juniors up to age 15 who want to learn the basics of indoor kart racing. Sessions will be held on select Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Check in between 8:30 & 8:45 a.m.
Flags and what they mean
Kart operation and control
Hand placement on the steering wheel
Proper use of gas and break pedals
How to improve your times while being smooth
Instruction time 40%/ Track 60%
COST AND SCHEDULE
$49 .95 per student (plus tax) per session. Includes lunch, annual membership, and Octane Raceway t-shirt. Sessions will be held on select Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by lunch with the instructor. Available dates listed on this page.
A minimum of 4 pre-registered students is required for each class session to be held. Minor waivers must be signed by a parent or legal guardian and submitted prior to class.
For more information please contact lead instructor Steve Lattanzi @ 602-427-4416 email@example.com
Tim Nye Cashes In At The Gauntlet; Takes Points Lead
The 1st edition of The Gauntlet Challenge is in the books, and it was Tim Nye who came out the race winner and points leader after 1 of the 10 Gauntlet Challenge Races.
From the first green flag dropping to the checkered flag, the racing was intense and drama filled. Justin Boston started the first heat race on point, and was eventually overtaken by Tim Nye then Bob Baker. Baker had Nye in his sights until motor failure issues took him out of the heat. After a great demonstration of sportsmanship, Baker was back out on track for the main event with one of Nye’s backup motors.
The main event was all Tim Nye as he led every single lap(35) start to finish and took home the $500.00 Check as well as the Inaugural Trophy. Bob Baker finished second and Justin Boston rounded out the top 3.
“The Gauntlet is where its at,” said Tim Nye. “Everyone should be coming out to this racetrack its wicked fast, and one of most fun tracks that i’ve been at on coke syrup. You can bet ill be back.”
Finishing Order (Clone Class):
The Next Gauntlet Challenge Event is slated for Saturday, January 26th.
Description – -The Gauntlet with nearly 25,000 square feet of racetrack and staging areas is not for your average Joe. The Gauntlet is specifically designed to be a practice, training and racing facility where drivers of all levels can have fun and race while at the same, time hone their craft.
For more information on The Gauntlet including its membership cost and benefits, please visit www.thegauntletkarting.com
Front Tire Changer Clay Robinson Talks About His Other Business - Victory Lane Indoor Charlotte, NC
Clay Robinson is the front tire changer on the #88 of Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Hendrick Motorsports. Over the last few years he has not only been proving to be one of the best tire changers on pit road, but also a pretty crafty business man as well. Clay is part owner of Victory Lane Karting in Charlotte, NC. Along with some other family members, Clay has helped grow VLK into a house hold name when it comes to indoor karting. We were able to catch up with Clay and talk racing and karting. Hope you enjoy.
How did you get your start in racing?
I grew up watching my dad race at a local short track in California called Saugus Speedway. So I’ve been around racing all my life.
What made you want to become a pit crew member?
I guess you could say I just fell into it. I was a tire changer on a southwest tour team before I made the move to the east coast. I was hired on at SBIII as a fabricator. They needed a pit crew and anybody in the shop could try out. So I did and I got the job.
What is the most exciting part about pitting?
Winning! When you have great stops all race long and don’t win, you’re like “ok I did my job and I did it well”. But at the end of the race when you win it’s “Hell Yeah! What I was able to do today helped get us here to victory lane.”
Just recently you came out of the shop and went into another business, why don’t you tell u about your new venture?
Six years ago the opportunity to purchase Victory Lane Indoor Karting (VLK) was presented to me by my brother-in-law Fred Ogrim. I had been going there as a customer from the first day it opened in 2000, so I thought it sounded great. I could race whenever I wanted to! Then I thought it might be a good retirement option when I am done changing tires as well… My Father-in-law Ed Bradford, Fred and myself partnered together to purchase VLK.
What do you like most about the Karting business?
It’s still about racing. That’s all I’ve ever been a part of my whole life. We get to meet people who love to race from all over the world, we get to mentor kids who want to be the next NASCAR star, and we host special events that help raise money for great charities. When a customer that has never experienced any type of racing gets off the track with a smile from ear to ear, you know that the racing bug has bitten them. The people who come to Victory Lane Indoor Karting leave happy and I am a part of that. It’s very cool.
You have special leagues for pit crew guys as well don’t you, can you tell us about that?
We have done them for the entire NASCAR community and had a blast, but it can be very challenging to get guys who are sometimes gone from home for 4 days a week to be able to commit to a weekly league. I continue to host the Hendrick League, which includes all departments of HMS and would like to expand that to any and all teams who are looking to start a league of their own. With the race shops being so big, it’s a great way to get to know who your coworkers are.
How has your involvement on Nascars pit road helped in your business with VLK?
Articles like this help but honestly, most people don’t even know I am a part of VLK!
What does the future hold for you as a tire changer and also as a partner in VLK?
As long as I work hard, stay injury free and perform at a competitive level I will continue on pit road for many years to come. I look forward to being a more hands on partner at VLK, to watch our business thrive and see what comes of our hard work and passion for karting.
So for anyone who wants a summary of what VKL offers, could you give us a little sales pitch?
I’ll do my best. Victory Lane Indoor Karting is an indoor conference center, race facility, and entertainment venue located in the heart of Charlotte, NC. Our 1/3 mile road course is the fastest in the Carolinas and one of the fastest in the nation. Victory Lane Karting can host any type of event you are looking for, from a small group of 8 to a large group of 1000. If it’s a teambuilding exercise for your company, a children’s birthday party, a product launch or just some friends looking for something exciting and different to do, VLK is YOUR PLACE TO RACE as well as a top-notch facility for any kind of event. Please check our website www.victorylanekarting.com or call us at 704-377-FAST (3278) with any questions.
Thanks for taking time out to talk with us and introduce us to life as a business owner and tire changer. Good luck with this year with changing and VLK!
For more info on Victory Lane visit www.victorylanekarting.com
Grand Prix New York Makes Significant Economic Impact
Region’s Premier Racertainment Venue Creates Jobs, Supports Local Vendors
Since its inception in 2007, Grand Prix New York (GPNY) has grown from an indoor go-karting facility to the area’s leading indoor entertainment and team-building venue, and its positive economic impact has soared along with its reputation.
Grand Prix draws both fun-seekers and corporate professionals to Westchester and Mt. Kisco. Of the 200,000 customers who visited the facility in 2011, 60% came from outside the county, including Fairfield County, CT and New York City.
As GPNY has increased its offerings, adding a Simulated Racing Room and expanding to a full state-of-the-art Arcade in the last year, its workforce has also grown. The company, which started out with 40 employees when it opened its doors, now employees 80 people, with an annual payroll of $1.8 million. Most GPNY workers live within 20 miles of Mt. Kisco.
In addition to creating new jobs and adding to the city and state tax bases, GPNY’s growth is also good news for its vendors, 98% of which are in Westchester County. The company bought more than $3.8 million worth of supplies and services in the last 12 months.
“From businesses such as Grand Prix, you get a double booster rocket of economic activity,” stated Laurence Gottlieb, Westchester County’s Director of Economic Development. “The first stage of the rocket comes from the job creation and capital investment. However, you get an additional boost from Grand Prix because it’s also a year-round regional tourist and corporate retreat destination, which means visitors from outside the county come into Westchester to spend their dollars.”
GPNY hosts more than 50 charitable events each year, and has raised thousands of dollars for not-for-profits in Westchester. GPNY has also donated $200,000 worth of products and services to charities and fundraisers since 2007.
“We’ve shown consistent growth each year so far and we hope to continue on this path, creating more jobs, patronizing our local suppliers, and supporting area not-for-profits,” said GPNY Vice President and Co-founder Nat Mundy. “Even when we were just starting out, we felt it was important to give back; it’s very rewarding to do so in a more significant way as we grow.”
About Grand Prix New York:
Grand Prix New York Racing (GPNY) is the only large indoor racing, social entertainment, and corporate event venue in the New York City-metro area. Centrally located in the village of Mount Kisco, New York, GPNY is a unique 118,000-square-foot facility that offers a quarter-mile-long, state-of-the-art racetrack for all ages; Spins Bowl (a 19-lane bowling center and special events services); Fuel restaurant and bar, with award-winning catering; an arcade, carnival room, banquet facility, conference rooms, and more. GPNY is actively involved in community outreach and fundraising efforts. Since its inception in 2008, GPNY has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities by hosting high-profile fundraising events.
For more information about GPNY, visit their website at www.gpny.com.
Improve your times with Patricio Jourdain at K1 Speed's Racing School!
K1 Speed offers a race class for beginners and a racing class for advanced competitors – they are a great way to learn more about karting and motorsport. If you would like to get involved with the sport of karting or are interested in improving your lap times with more advanced racing techniques, we would be happy to help. Karting is our passion at K1 Speed, and we are intimately familiar with the workings of our 20hp electric karts and the ins-and-outs of proper racing technique. If you are looking for an affordable race class, then our go kart racing class is for you! Please feel free to contact K1 Speed today for more information or to schedule a reservation.
Racing School Details
The Racing School is split in to 2 categories based on age and height requirements. The JUNIOR CLASS is for kids 6 to 11 years of age with a minimum height of 48″ and must have some karting experience. 10 seats available per class. The ADULT CLASS is for adults age 12 and up with a minimum height requirement of 4′ 10″ (58″), 20 seats available per class.
About Patricio Jourdain Professional Racing Career:
Stock Car National Champion Mexico
Formula Renault USA
Formula BMW Europe
Ford Trailer Truck Series
Formula Barber Dodge Series USA
Training & Coaching:
Toyota Driving School
Porsche Driving Experience
Pirelli Driving School
Ford Motor Company
Police Car Testing for Mexican Government
Patricio Jourdain Race Classes
K1 Speed Racing School Includes:
Racing Concepts Theory
Track Walk Through with Coach
Track Session with Apex Cones on track
Improvement Tips / Q&A Session
Track Session without Apex Cones on track
Improvement Tips / Q&A Session 2
Track Session Race Mode
Snack, K1 T-shirt and Awards
All for just $99.99
2013 Racing School Schedule:
Juniors Class – January 12th 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Adult Class – January 13th 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Juniors Class – January 19th 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Adult Class – January 20th 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
San Francisco Location
Juniors Class – February 9th 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Adult Class – February 10th 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Juniors Class – February 23rd 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Adult Class – February 24th 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Juniors Class – March 9th 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Adult Class – March 10th 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Juniors Class – March 23rd 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Adult Class – March 24th 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Juniors Class – April 13th 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Adult Class – April 14th 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Adult Class – April 27th 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Adult Class – April 28th 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Juniors Class – May 4th 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Adult Class – May 5th 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Santa Clara Location
Juniors Class – May 18th 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Adult Class – May 19th 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Ft. Lauderdale Location
Juniors Class – June 8th 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Adult Class – June 9th 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Juniors Class – June 22nd8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Adult Class – June 23rd 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Adult Class – July 13th 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Adult Class – July 14th 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
A World-Class Chicago Go-Karting & Racing Facility
Chicago Race Factory is a privately owned and operated Chicago go-kart facility featuring the city’s only quarter-mile track in a 40,000-square-foot facility. We use top-of-the-line go karts including custom-modified and meticulously maintained Sodi GT2s that go up to 45 MPH. Our goal is to give racers a true Chicago go-karting experience while adhering to the highest standards in driver safety.
Since our opening, we’ve helped thousands of Chicago go-karting enthusiasts fulfill their need for speed through our arrive-and-drive model. Simply stop in and we’ll book you in the next available heat. Our go-karting prices are highly affordable and our attention to detail – from our racer-designed track to our comprehensive competition leagues – is truly world-class.
A sophisticated go-kart racing facility that pulls no punches, Chicago Race Factory is a definite "must do" for anyone visiting or residing in the Windy City.
For more info on Chicago Race Factory visit www.chicagoracefactory.com
POLE POSITION RACEWAY TO DONATE $5.00 FOR EVERY RACE COMPLETED IN JANUARY TO JERSEY CITY SANDY RECOVERY
Proceeds to Help Provide Supplies, Financial and Agency Assistance to Many Still Struggling in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
Pole Position Raceway, America’s number one chain of state-of-the-art indoor motorsports entertainment facilities, featuring the fastest electric karts on the east coast, has announced today that it will donate $5.00 from every race completed during the month of January to the Jersey City Sandy Recovery to support local hurricane relief efforts.
Jersey City Sandy Recovery is a city-wide organization comprised of neighbors and volunteers who identify post-Sandy needs and connects them to the appropriate resources. By forming face-to-face personal connections, through scouting and relationships with neighborhood organizations, Jersey City Sandy Recovery works to match cases, volunteers and resources to provide supplies as well as financial and agency assistance.
“We are proud to partner with Jersey City Sandy Recovery to benefit local Hurricane Sandy relief efforts,” said Karen-Davis Farage, president and co-owner, Pole Position Raceway. “Jersey City and its surrounding communities have been very supportive of us since we have been open, so nothing would make us happier than to help our neighbors get back on their feet. Jersey City Sandy Recovery has done amazing work in such a short period of time and we’re excited to help support their efforts.”
Like many businesses, Pole Position Raceway suffered the loss of business for 12 days as its facility was closed due to power outages and flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. As part of its ongoing giveback charter, CAReS (Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Recover and thoSe in need), Pole Position Raceway prides itself on providing aid to charities and organizations in need through the area. This fundraiser with Jersey City Sandy Recovery is a perfect fit and encourages support of others by racing at its Jersey City facility throughout the month of January.
"We're excited to be working with community-minded people like the folks at Pole Position Raceway. Though their generosity, racers get to have a lot of fun and help the many people in Jersey City who are still recovering from Sandy," said Tiby Kantrowitz, co-founder of Jersey City Sandy Recovery.
As the relief effort will continue long into 2013 and beyond, those interested in donating to Jersey City Sandy Recovery can do so online by visiting www.jcnjrecovery.org/donate.
Located just minutes from Manhattan, next to Liberty State Park, Pole Position Raceway’s 80,000 square foot, state-of-the-art-facility features two quarter-mile tracks, the latest in high-performance, all-electric, emission-free indoor karts capable of speeds of 45 MPH, arcade games and space for private parties or corporate events.
Now with seven locations, Pole Position Raceway is America’s #1 chain of indoor kart tracks created for racers, by racers. The overall experience was developed with such well-known names in the racing world including 2004 NASCAR champion Kurt Busch, 7-time AMA Supercross champion Jeremy McGrath and X-Games freestyle gold medalist Mike Metzger. Located just minutes from Manhattan, next to Liberty State Park, Pole Position Raceway’s state-of-the-art-facility features two quarter-mile tracks, the latest in high-performance, all-electric, emission-free indoor karts capable of speeds of 45 MPH+, arcade games and space for private parties or corporate events and more. For more information, visit www.polepositionraceway.com or call 201-333-RACE (7223).
About Pole Position Raceway
Pole Position Raceway is America’s #1 chain of indoor kart tracks created for racers, by racers. The overall experience was developed with such well-known names in the racing world including 2004 NASCAR champion Kurt Busch, 7-time AMA Supercross champion Jeremy McGrath and X-Games freestyle gold medalist Mike Metzger. Located just minutes from Manhattan, next to Liberty State Park, and the newly opened Syracuse, NY located at Destiny USA, Pole Position Raceway’s state-of-the-art-facilities each feature two quarter-mile tracks, the latest in high-performance, all-electric, emission-free indoor karts capable of speeds of 45 MPH+, arcade games and space for private parties or corporate events and more.
For more information, visit www.polepositionraceway.com or
call 201-333-RACE (7223).
TREY SHANNON ESTABLISHES NEW KARTING WORLD RECORD AT THE PIT INDOOR KART TRACK MOORESVILLE, NC
The United States is now home to another world record thanks to the efforts of Virginia’s Trey Shannon. The Racing for Tourettes 24 Hour Challenge Guinness World Record attempt for driving a kart solo for 24 hours on an indoor circuit took place over the weekend at The Pit Indoor Kart Racing in Mooresville, NC. Circulating around a 0.3327-mile course, Shannon completed a total of 939 laps, setting a new record of 312.4 miles. More importantly, Shannon was able to raise money and awareness for Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA).
The oddesy began just before 10:45 am Friday morning as Trey set off aboard The Pit’s Sodi RX7 machine. Shannon started off strong, laying down some fairly aggressive lap times during the first 6 hours. During each stop he’d work with his physiotherapist and close friend Mat Harrell to keep his muscles loose, his body warm, and his hand eye coordination sharp. With the absence of mechanical gremlins to worry about, the team kept focused on logging laps and steadily building up Trey’s mileage count. After a few adjustments to his pace and driving line, Trey settled into a solid pace for the overnight hours.
The major challenge, aside from driving a kart for 24 hours, arrived around the 19th hour. By 6:00am the temperature inside the building had dropped to an unexpected 24 degrees, and was beginning to cause problems. When Trey came in for a scheduled stop just after 7:30, his body temperature had dropped and hypothermia was starting to set in. The team did what they could to get him warmed up, and after an extended break, sent him back out for the closing laps of the 24 hours. Followed by a spectacular two row formation of the 16 drivers in attendance for the Pro Challenge All Star Kart Race, Trey crossed the line at 10:43am Saturday to complete his 939th lap, establishing a new Guinness World Record of 312.4 miles.
In addition to Shannon’s Guinness World Record attempt, Racing for Tourettes also hosted the Pro Challenge All Star Kart Race as part of the weekend’s festivities. Racing for Tourettes and Raceland Indy Motorsports Development Group put together a great line up, with drivers like Jonathan Summerton, Mike Skeen, John-Hunter Nemechek, and Cody McMahan being a few that were in attendance. The young guns set the stage for the event, with Gray Gaulding and John-Hunter Nemechek each laying down a blistering lap in Friday night qualifying to put themselves on pole for Saturday’s two heat races.
Australian Brad Cox and UARA-Stars racer Devin Jones were victorious in the heats and would make up the front row for the 15 lap main event. Jones shot out of a cannon at the start and quickly pulled out to a 10 kart length lead early. Cox maintained second off the start and began hunting down his fellow front row starter. Unfortunately for Cox, 15 laps wasn’t enough. He managed to pull to Jones’ rear bumper coming to the finish, but was unable to make a move, with Jones crossing the stripe first for the win. The standout of the show was 15 year old Legends racer Trey Jarrell. Starting deep in the field after a disappointing heat race, Jarrell put on a passing clinic to put himself in the fight for a podium spot late in the race, battling hard with factory BMW driver Jonathan Summerton. Summerton put the youngster’s skills to the test, making his kart very wide down the stretch. Jarrell, however, was not to be denied, orchestrating a brilliant pass on the final lap with only a handful of turns left to put himself on the podium in third place. Summerton would hold on for fourth, while CJ Faison recovered nicely from a late spin to round out the top 5.
1. Devin Jones
2. Brad Cox
3. Trey Jarrell
4. Jonathan Summerton
5. CJ Faison
6. Gray Gaulding
7. John-Hunter Nemechek
8. Austin Osborne
9. Brad Lloyd
10. Tyson Catron
11. Jared Marks
12. Andrew Burton
13. Tyler Young
14. Mike Skeen
15. Cody McMahan
16. Mike Senica
Xtreme Indoor Ft.Lauderdale, FL Holds Junior Race Academy
Junior Racers, Need more Practice?
Join Xtreme Indoor one Sunday each month at 4:00pm for Junior Race Academy! Junior Race Academy is available for junior racers ages 8-16 years old and 54" Tall. They will learn the skills needed to pass our required Race Evaluation level and receive their Race License to Xtreme Indoor Karting.
For only $25, Junior Race Academy includes a five minute practice session, an instructional class, a junior race evaluation, a slice of pizza and a fountain soda and, when they pass, an annual membership. Visit our website to look up dates and pre-register for the Next Class.
Either way, we're hosting another one on Tuesday, January 22nd, so join us for the race!
This will be our first attempt at a weeknight endurance race and we are confident it will be successful.
Race day schedule:
Registration and team weigh-in: 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Practice on the track: ALL-DAY!
Driver's Meeting: 6:30 PM
Race starts: 7:00 PM
Race finishes: 10:00 PM
RACE WILL START PROMPTLY AT 7 PM, please plan accordingly.
Grid positions will be set using team average weight with the heaviest teams starting first.
Since this is an ENDURANCE race, there will be SEVEN (7) pitstops which provides for EIGHT (8) driving stints. Teams will be REQUIRED to complete all seven stops, but the stops can occur at ANY point during the race. The intention is to stretch the driver stints (22.5 minutes if divided evenly) and let teams use their own strategy for the timing of their pitstops.
The chart below is an example of how the performance between the teams will be adjusted based on team average weight (TAW) at the START of the race. Each weight bracket has a minimum and maxinum weight as well as a corresponding bonus or penalty lap adjustment. For example, a TAW of 173 lbs would be in the C bracket and receive two (2) penalty laps. Another example would be a TAW of 228 lbs, bracket H, and two (2) bonus laps. Any TAW exactly equal to a weight bracket minimum will default to the lower weight bracket (e.g. - TAW of 170 lbs puts the team into the B weight bracket). All drivers will be weighed before, after, and at a random point DURING the race to guarantee compliance. Each driver will have a 4 lbs allowance on weight for any variation during the race (e.g. - Driver weighing 187 lbs is allowed to weigh between 183 and 191 lbs).
SIGN UP EARLY TO SAVE MONEY!
$250 before January 11th
$300 after January 11th
$350 the day of the event
Race will be limited to only 12 teams, so sign up early!
Call Rush Hour Karting at 919.662.9101 to reserve your spot.