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Octane Raceway Scottsdale,AZ 2014 Winter League Final
Racing NewsTwenty Eight out of a possible 36 racers braved the early morn of Sunday March 9th to compete in the 8 race Winter league series Final put together by Octane Raceway’s James Gibbins who was the Competition/Race Director understudy at the former F1 Race Factory/Octane Raceway when the gas powered karts were still in play. The present and future of Indoor karting now stands at the threshold of being solely powered by battery and I must admit I do not miss the fumes given off by the fossil fueled karts. Low end torque has become the great equalizer but raw talent and skill still brings the best to the front of the pack.

Not much has changed even though there were some new faces able to step onto the elusive 3 step podium stand throughout the season. Ariel Rubio and Jessie Nino got to visit the podium and yours truly made a 2nd place appearance the first week and got to stand on nosebleed step numero uno for race #7. Of course the regular owners of that real estate, Chaz Baca Jr, Kyler Repella and Jason Burstein took possession on any given week more often than not. With 8 total races and 2 drops allowed, (not the Final) the points battle was far from settled. Sure, Chaz owned the most points but Kyler was only 3 points off the mark and Steve Lattanzi was only 10 points off Kyler and 13 points off the coveted sure road to fame and fortune. Lattanzi could not relax too much as he had Ariel Rubio sitting 15 points off the 3rd step and Jessie Nino only 19 points away from stealing the 3rd and final step. Jason Burstein was a long shot at 21 points off 3rd but never count him out till the fat lady sings. Jason had a plan, he misses two races, scores zero’s and gets to drop no points. Great plan until he incurred the dreaded Black Flag, during a qualifier in a previous race date, for blocking the King of Speed, Chaz Baca Jr and fell deeper into the points battle abyss. If it wasn’t for the black flag thrown Jason’s way during a qualifier???? for blocking Chaz he would have been a much bigger threat to one of the top 3 spots overall. Of course Jason saw the incident(s) from another perspective but was overruled and the penalty stood. We witnessed another Jason incident but denial has become his mantra. Hmmm, maybe he could run for office and become a career politician. He would fit right in.

Back to the Final action. Chaz B Jr takes his heats, Kyler R takes his even though during one of the heat qualifiers he complained of his kart losing power but still managed to put it on pole with a fast time in 4 laps. Steve L takes 2nd in both his qualifiers and is chasing Jason B and has Charlie Ohnstad glued to his rear bumper for both 10 lap Heats. Thank You Charlie for not taking any unnecessary risks to move up one spot. If it wasn’t the Finals I would have let you have the spot…yeah right. The Mains are set and the “A” Main has most of the heavy hitters. Baca on pole, Burstein,Repella,Lattanzi, Jessie Nino,Don Angel,Charlie Ohnstad and Travis Parry. The pressure is off Lattanzi as he now has wrapped up 3rd overall and can finish no lower than 8th place inn the Main. Chaz & Kyler can still trade places but Chaz does what Chaz does and stays out front to become the 2014 Winter League Champion for the 11th consecutive time. Kyler once again takes his rightful place in 2nd and Steve Lattanzi is thrilled to be back on the podium even though the age disparity is huge.

Trophy’s awarded, gift cards handed out, pictures taken, handshakes exchanged and promises of next time are heard from all that will return to the best electric kart indoor competition in AZ. See you all when the 2014 Spring League returns to Octane Raceway.

Keep The Rubberside Down,
and The Sunnyside Up!

Steve "Kandyman" Lattanzi
The Subtle Differences in Go Kart Racing Make All the Difference
Racing NewsDifferences between Electric and Gas Powered Gokarts

When it comes to go kart racing, you really only have two options for the actual karts; electric or gas powered. Gas powered karts can boast higher speeds if properly tuned while fans of these cars also swear by their handling compared to electric, but in reality that also comes down to the upkeep and use of properly equipped karts. Electric powered karts are best known for their faster acceleration, more environmentally friendly power and a lack of exhaust allowing them to be driven on indoor tracks without causing drivers and spectators to grow nauseous from fumes.

Differences between Tracks

A major topic of discussion whenever NASCAR and Formula1 fans get together, different tracks mean very different things when it comes to racing. In our opinion, there’s really only 3 different kind of tracks for auto and go kart racing; a straight line drag race style, the oval and the road course. Each have their own unique attributes and style of racing necessary to succeed on them and each have very loyal fan-bases backing them.

Straight line

Known best for drag racing and The Fast and Furious, the straight line track is meant to showcase pure acceleration and speed in a car while neglecting the handling and overall turning abilities of the car. Fans of these types of tracks will tell you that it requires the drivers reactions at the start of the race to be incredibly fast and their shifting to be smooth and perfectly timed.


Almost every weekend you can turn on your television to find tens of thousands of fans crowded around an oval track to watch cars continuously make left turns, so it’s safe to say that there are a few fans of NASCAR’s oval track. While it may seem like these drivers are just keeping their steering wheels turned slightly to the left, there’s actually quite a lot more to it if you want to make a successful lap around one of these tracks. High speeds and bald racing tires lead to very little grip for drivers, forcing them to constantly be making minor corrections and maneuvers to not only gain positioning but also to avoid collisions on the track. Combine that with the constant decisions on when to pull into the pit for refueling and fresh tires during the hundred+ lap races and you have a very technical race on your hand.

Road Course

Made famous by Formula1 and utilized in most racing venues, the road course takes a long track and condenses it by mixing in tight turns with straight-aways. Cars need not only great acceleration but also strong handling and better gripping tires to be successful on these tracks while drivers must be able to hit the apex of turns perfectly and understand when to brake and accelerate at the right time in order to walk away with the best lap times.

Differences between Surfaces

No matter if you’re a World Rally Cross fan talking to a Formula1 fanatic or you’re just a big time racing enthusiast arguing over asphalt versus slick tracks, the surface definitely makes a difference when you’re racing.


The most commonly used surface for any type of racing, asphalt provides better grip for the wheels leading to tighter turns, faster races and more precise maneuvers during the race. NASCAR, Formula1 and most outdoor go kart racing tracks utilize this surface.

Slick Track

This style of track is most often used for indoor tracks and requires much more attention be given to tight turns as the wheels have much less to grip, leading to the act of drifting or just plain spinning out. Starting from a dead stop leads to less than stellar speeds initially while warm tires and continuous acceleration provide better speeds and times, again due to the lack of grip.


World Rally Cross is best known for its off-road tracks made up of mostly dirt and gravel with the occasional puddle thrown in the mix. These tracks provide little traction for regular tires, are ever changing and require the attention and improvisation of the driver. No lap is truly the same and the right and speed coming into a turn is much more important than hitting the apex.

As you can see, there are many variations of car styles, track styles and even their surface. Each has their own specific fan-base that believes it’s the best way to race while each also has its skeptics pointing out their faults
Driven Raceway Rohnert Park, CA Moves Race Night
Racing NewsHold the Date for RACE NIGHT! Wednesday March 26th starting at 7 PM.. That's right, we moved it to Wednesday and made it later in the evening for those of you that work a bit later...

3 Race Event - Two 17 lap qualifiers and One 20 lap final.

Prizes to the top racers.. Come check it out $45 if you pre-pay or $55 the night of racing.

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Joe's Karting Council Bluffs, IA Announces Car Show
Facility News
The Holiday Horsepower Drive Car Show is proud to announce a FREE car show April 6th 2014 from 12PM-4PM.

Once your vehicle is on display you MUST put something that will collect money in your assigned spot such as a bucket. If someone “likes” your display nicely ask them to “donate” to your bucket. The person with the most $$$ raised in each class will be “Peoples Choice Award” All money raised will go towards the Holiday Horsepower Drive. There WILL be a “Peoples Choice Award” for each class and one “Peoples Choice Award” for OVERALL.

- April 6th 12-4pm’ish
- No entry fee
- No admission fee
- Pit gates open at 9AM SHARP
- Pit meeting at 1130AM SHARP
- Vehicles would be show by classes.
- Vehicles shown will be displayed in their respective group (s)
- In an event of a rain out there will be NO makeup/rain date.
- Entrants must have something that would allow people to donate money in.
- All money(s) received in a catch can of some sorts will be donated to the Holiday Horsepower Drive in that contestants name.

- Classes are:
1. Buddy Ray Jones - IMCA/NASCAR 2009 DW-11 Sportmod
2. Buddy Ray Jones - IMCA/NASCAR 2011 Prowler Sportmod
3. Nate Hernandez - dirt flat kart
4. Josh Blumer - IMCA Skyrocket Sportmod
5. Eric Mcmillian - IMCA Bms Mid America Modifieds.
6. Jeremie Densberger - Sprint ?
7. Jason Kohl - 2014 Penatrator IMCA Hobbystock

1. Dan Kenkel - 1999 Peterbuilt


1. Kenny Randolph - 1985 Mustang
2. Kurt Bonner - 1956 Nomad
3. Randy Poldberg - 1975 Vega Pro
4. Jimmy Briggs - 2005 Mazda 3

1. Jordan MudDigger Hamilton - 1991 Dodge Dakota
2. Thomas Anderson - 2007 Ford F150
3. Seth Buchholz - 1997 2500 chevy
4. Drew Porter - 2004 Chevy Silverado SS and
5. Steven Porter 2013 Ram R/T

1. Tim Pritchett Jr. - 1957 REO rat rod pickup
2. Hatch Rat Rod


1. Jimmy Briggs - 1987 GMC S-15

Ugly duckling vehicles MUST be driven in not pulled, pushed or brought in on a trailer. Must email a picture of vehicle to Pic must be submitted by 12pm March 31st.

At 330PM a show volunteer will come around and count how much money is in each bucket. The person with the most $$$ raised in each bucket in each class will be “Peoples Choice Award” All money raised will go towards the Holiday Horsepower Drive.

There WILL be a “Peoples Choice Award” for each class and one “Peoples Choice Award” for OVERALL.

Party Pals will now be on hand to do face painting and will also have inflatable R/C Cars.

Any question comments or concerns please email Buddy Ray at or call Buddy Ray at 402-517-8144
Customer Feels Like Indoor Karting Saved His Life
Racing NewsPlease check out this YouTube video of a Pole Position customer who feels like indoor karting saved his life.
Speed Secret: Know Your Tires
Racing NewsSpeed Secret: Tire temperature. Many race cars at the highest forms of motorsport will swerve back and forth on caution or formation laps, sometimes violently, in an effort to put heat into the tires. This is because tire temperature has a huge effect on a car’s grip. But is it a factor in karting as well? Absolutely! In an hour-long endurance race on our Mega Track, it is very common to see lap times fall by as much as a second or more.

When racing for position, it’s important to get the most out of your kart on every single lap. Developing a sense for the amount of grip you have at any given point in the race will allow you to be on the edge all the way to the finish. The best way to develop this skill? Seat time. But if you’re just getting started, you can use the first lap or two of qualifying to drive a bit beyond where you think the limits of the kart are. Taking the approach of “throw away” laps will allow you to concentrate on driving up to the limits you’ve found without having to waste time working up to them bit by bit. If you have a break in between qualifying and the race, use the formation lap to get a sense of where your limits are. But gently, please – you’re under caution conditions!

Tires will cool rather quickly, so keep this in mind when going out for a new session. Know that, in general, you can continue to push a bit harder each lap as tire temperature increases.
Rush Hour Indoor Karting Endurance Leagues Tighten
Racing NewsCompetition Heats Up In Endurance League
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Nationally-Recognized Driving School coming to GPNY in Mount Kisco, NY
Facility NewsFresh Green Light to offer area teens quality driving lessons and experiential classes at Grand Prix New York in Mt. Kisco
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MB2 Raceway To Open Des Moines, IA Track
Facility NewsMB2 Raceway will open its new location serving Des Moines and the neighboring cities. Our fun track is conveniently located in Grimes next to the 35 and 80 freeways. Our location is the perfect spot to kick back and enjoy a high octane, energy pumping pure fun. Our location will also accommodate for corporate events, team building events, annual parties, product launches, business launches, staff appreciation, birthday parties, and other special events.

For more information follow their Facebook page at :
Facility NewsThe only permanent indoor and outdoor kart racing venue in the United States has just expanded their facility to include a semi-private outdoor patio aptly dubbed ‘The Brickyard’. Octane Raceway extends the spring training experience for fans with their new 5,000 square foot outdoor patio. To celebrate the new space, Octane is hosting a Spring Training Kick-Off Party in ‘The
Brickyard’ Friday, February 28 directly following the afternoon Rockies vs. Diamondbacks game.

Baseball fans can enjoy free kart racing, drink specials and take part in a Cornhole tournament with the champion winning free kart racing for one year.

“Although we’ve been in the Valley for ten years, we opened Octane Raceway in the Pavilions last July. Since this is our first spring training season at our new location, we want to make it memorable,” says Scott Sanders, president of Octane Raceway. “With 15 teams now playing in the Cactus League, there is so much energy and anticipation in the Valley each spring. We are tapping into that excitement with our Spring Training Kick-Off Party. We have many post-game activities planned – both on the racetrack and on the patio, that will top off a great afternoon at the ballpark.”

The Brickyard at Octane Raceway gives Arizona sports enthusiasts another way to enjoy the
entertainment venue. Approximately half of the extended patio is covered in pavers, allowing for casual seating that can easily be converted for an outdoor dinner party or event space for up to 50 guests. The other half of the patio is grass with redwood picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, lounge furniture and three Cornhole sets ready for action. The grass area accommodates up to 50 people and can easily be combined with the paved section of the patio for larger parties.

The patio is open to the public but can also be exclusively reserved for social or corporate events.
The patio moniker, The Brickyard, pays homage to the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Originally created in 1909 using a mixture of tar and crushed stone, the IMS racetrack surface was quickly improved using more than 3.2 million bricks throughout the two and a half mile course. As new materials became available, the track was eventually covered with asphalt although a one-yard section of brick remains at the Start/Finish line commemorating the time-tested surface.

The Brickyard Spring Training Kick-Off Party festivities take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday,
February 28. For baseball fans with ticket stubs from that day’s Rockies vs. Diamondbacks game, Octane is offering free racing from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Guests can also compete in a Cornhole tournament with the champion receiving one year of free kart racing. The tournament will begin at 4:30 p.m. with brackets assigned at that time. Drink specials will run throughout the party featuring two dollar domestic and import draughts. The Spring Training Kick-Off Party is open to the public.

More About Octane

Since 2003 Octane Raceway has been thrilling guests with high-speed kart racing. Travelling at up to 45 miles per hour, guests navigate through a series of straight-aways and switchbacks. The only permanent indoor and outdoor kart racing venue in the United States, Octane boasts many activities where guests can drive, dine, meet, relax and enjoy. Open 364 days a year to the general public, the venue is located in Scottsdale at the Pavilions at Talking Stick, 9119 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85250.

For more information, please visit or call (602) 302-7223.
Rush Hour Ganer, NC Endurance League Results
Racing NewsThe cold temperatures turned into some hot racing last Tuesday night with the top three teams finishing within 13 seconds of each other after the hour long race. Also, every team turned in a fastest lap in the 29 second range! 2Wide2Pass took the victory with only one driver, a departure from the team's normal two-man formula. Will this cause strife within the team as to who is the lead driver? Well, probably not... GM Racing ran their usual two-man team setting the fastest lap of 29.060 seconds and the fastest pitstop of 39.657 seconds. Team Castrol made up for last week's kart troubles with a solid finish and Brew Crew putting down the third fastest lap of 29.349 seconds. Unfortunately for the Brew Crew, they did not complete the required three pitstops and in addition to a 15 second penalty, they will be subjected to a lashing with the proverbial wet noodle before the next race. RGP2 Racing also suffered on Tuesday night and their lap adjustment was not entered, so they did not finish in last place. Our apologies to RGP2 and for this, RGP2 will be administering the aforementioned wet noodle lashing on us!

Before Tuesday's race, the group had an excellent discussion about possible new formats for the next season of racing. We will put these ideas into a formal proposal in the next few months and get everyone's feedback before finalizing the decision.

Thanks again for a great race and we'll see you on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 for the next race.
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