With the Sprint Cup Pepsi 500 NASCAR race taking place at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California this weekend, drivers had an opportunity to meet their fans and enjoy indoor karting at K1 Speed Ontario whilst taking breaks from practice, qualifying and the Sunday race. Our indoor karting center in Ontario – conveniently located for Inland Empire, San Bernardino and Riverside residents – is located in close proximity to the 2-mile track, and is a popular stop-off for drivers and teams anytime the track is holding an event. We were pleased to see that with the Sprint Cup NASCAR season winding down and teams vying for all of the points that they could this weekend, this still proved to be the case.
On Thursday, October 8th, K1 Speed Ontario had a visit from Matt Kenseth, driver of the #17 DeWalt car and winner of the 2009 Daytona 500! Local racer Kevin had the opportunity to compete against Matt head-to-head in our high-performance electric karts after winning a contest sponsored by Del Taco and the San Manuel Indian Casino, and was eager to put his skills to the test. With Matt Kenseth opting for kart #17, Kevin and Matt hit the track for a pitched battle! Despite Kevin's best efforts though, Matt Kenseth was able to take home the win with a best lap time of 27.31 seconds around Track 1 of our indoor kart racing center. Perhaps not surprisingly, Matt was able to leave K1 that day with another notch on his “win” belt.
Kurt Busch, winner of the 2004 Sprint Cup NASCAR Championship and current driver of the #2 Miller Lite car, paid a visit to K1 Speed Ontario on Friday, October 9th. During a brief reprieve from the activities of the race weekend, Kurt was able to meet with fans and enjoy the amenities of our indoor karting center. Our manager Ian was able to chat with Kurt during his visit and made sure to wish him the best of luck for the Sunday race! It was a pleasure having Kurt Busch at our Ontario indoor go kart track and we look forward to seeing him again in the future.
Qualifying day, Saturday, October 10th, brought another big name from the Sprint Cup NASCAR world to K1 Speed Ontario. After setting the fast lap during qualifying to claim the pole position, Denny Hamlin visited our indoor kart racing center with his entire pit crew! Driver of the #11 FedEx car and winner of the 2006 Raybestos Rookie of the Year award, Denny decided to celebrate his success on Saturday with a grand prix race with some of his closest friends! Though Denny was unable to take home the victory on Sunday (thanks to a restart incident with Juan Pablo Montoya on Lap 190), he easily claimed 1st place on Saturday at K1 Speed Ontario after beating his friends and setting a fast lap of 26.11 seconds!
It was an honor hosting some of NASCAR's top drivers this weekend; we strive to provide our customers with an authentic racing experience at K1 Speed and feel vindicated when racecar drivers from the professional ranks tell us how much they enjoy our centers! If you would like to experience the thrill of wheel-to-wheel racing in a unique and safe environment, or would like to meet some of your favorite drivers from the world of auto and motorcycle racing, visit K1 Speed Ontario.
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