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In the first day of Team AR1 Racing’s crowdfund campaign, we have met 7% of our goal. Not bad for the first day! Teamed up with K1 Racegear, we are excited to be getting on the track with all of our loyal subscribers. Click this link to jump to our page and become part of the team!

Scott Morris Suit

Special AR1 race suit Scott Morris will wear

Many of you might have seen our initial venture onto the track in various racing schools and most recently in our dominating kart team at the Honda GP of St Pete Pro-Am Media Karting event the last few years.

Well, we think it’s time to hit the track in earnest and report from behind the wheel and give some of our dedicated staff members a chance to contest some real pro events and maybe take AR1 to the victory lane.

We have had a lot of loyal supporters over the years, and would like to include you all in this ongoing effort that will see some of our staff members paired with pro and celebrity drivers, and young guns we find along the way. With support from K1 Race Gear and various AR1 advertisers, we are working to scrape together a small budget for our first professional on-track debut at the Mid-Ohio IndyCar event and the Pirelli World Challenge. He will be in a Fiat 500 TCB class car.


Our first staff member we will put in the car will be Scott Morris. Many of you have some to know him over the years, but very few may know about his racing career being cut short by a drunk driver and nearly costing him his life, and ending his early racing aspirations. Well, he is fully capable and has anchored some karting events we have won largely due to his skills. So we would very much like to help him live his dream of racing professionally, and get him in a car, and ultimately field him along with a group of others in the Daytona 24 or Sebring 12 hour race.

But first things first. We only need to raise about another $3500 to get him all set for Mid Ohio, and we only have about three weeks to do it. Any extra dollars raised will go toward our next event.

We have setup a crowdfunding page on Guy Cosmos First Gear Project site. Guy has come up with a really cool way for funding racing projects. It’s just like any crowdfunding site, but targeted to the racing community.

Click the link here to check it out! “If you are already a member, please sign in to fund the project. If not, please create an account first.” Please spread the word to your friends!

 

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USPKS         

K1 Racegear driver, Ryan Norberg had a great performance at Rounds 3 and 4 of the United States Pro Kart Series, at Michiana Raceway Park. It did not take long for Ryan to adjust to a track he had never driven before because, throughout practice, he showed speed on his Super Strillo PCR kart. Session after session, Norberg would consistently run times to compete in the top five. Ryan stated, “I feel very confident for Saturday’s race. My Woltjer Racing motor and PCR kart are running great!”

Saturday’s qualifying did not go as planned. Due to a misjudged chassis adjustment, Norberg had to start heat 1 and 2 in the 9th position. Unfortunately, in heat 1, Ryan suffered a DNS. In heat 2, Norberg dropped four spots on the start and was only able to move up two positions to 7th. After the points were added, Ryan started Saturday’s final in 14th place. On the opening lap, Norberg was involved in an accident, causing him to drop to the rear of the field. Ryan drove an incredible race. He drove from 23rd to 9th and set a lap time only a tenth off the fastest lap.

Sunday’s qualifying saw Ryan starting on the outside of row one, only a half-tenth off the fastest lap. In heat 1, Norberg had an amazing start, from the outside, and moved into 1st positon by the first corner. He then lost one position and finished heat 1 in 2nd place. In heat 2, Ryan fell back to 5th position on the start. Norberg raced back to 2nd place but was penalized three positions for an incident that happened on the start. After the heats, Norberg was set to start the final in 2nd position. Once again, Ryan had an amazing start. He managed to gain the lead again in turn one. Ryan led lap after lap, but with one lap to go was passed on the straight away. Norberg and the leader battled for the last lap. Unfortunately, Ryan was not able to pass for the lead and finished 2nd.

Ryan would like to thank Checkered Motorsports, Kyle Knectch, Kyle Smith (K2), Casaba Bujdoso, Razor Image, and K1 Racegear for all of the support!

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ROK Cup USA Round II

6/2/14 11:45 AM

ROK Cup

The weekend started out with Friday practice being a huge challenge for K1 Racegear driver Ryan Norberg who once again was teamed up with his Rotax and USPKS mechanic Robert Bujdoso.  After bolting down their new ROK Jr. engine and taking to the circuit, it was a real struggle to find speed.  It wasn’t until the end of the day that the team decided to make the change and go with the back-up engine.   “We lost the full day of practice chasing after what basically turned out to be a bad engine,” reported Norberg.  As soon as the team switched to a backup motor, they immediately found the speed to compete for the front row.      

Saturday started very well for Ryan. After qualifying, Ryan posted the 4th fastest lap of the field and would start 4th for the three ROK Cup heats. In heat 1, Ryan managed to move up one position and finished third. In heat 2, Ryan had a great start and lead for four laps but due to some experimental changes to the kart ended up on the second row for the start of Heat 3.   In the final heat of the day the team changed a lot of the chassis setup which gave Ryan the speed to catch the leader but ran out of laps and finished 2nd

After the points were added up for the three heats, Ryan would start Sunday’s pre-final on the outside front row.  Once the green flag dropped for the pre-final, Ryan quickly charged to the lead and fought hard during the entire race.  At the end of the race Ryan finished 3rd.  With the final set to go Ryan was confident with his starting position.  As the laps winded down Ryan and the leader checked out. Unfortunately, the two karts were too evenly matched and Ryan was not able to pass the leader.

Ryan would like to thank Robert Bujdoso, Razor Image, ROK USA, and K1 Racegear!   

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Driver Field

"Back on board with the MAXSpeed Group and Team USA for the RMCGF"

 
May 13, 2014 – Always showing their support to Team USA for the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals (RMCGF), K1 RaceGear will again supply the American squad with shoes, gloves, and driving suits for the upcoming international event. Marking their fourth consecutive year as the official supplier of the MAXSpeed Group and Team USA, K1 RaceGear did not hesitate to get back on board and has quickly become a fixture with Team USA.
 
“We are pleased to welcome K1 RaceGear back as the official supplier of Team USA for the 2014 Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals,” explained MAXSpeed Group’s Richard Boisclair. “K1 RaceGear and General Manager Richard Zimmermann have been a great supporter of our program from day one and every year they increase their support in the team. This year we will be flying the Team USA colors and K1 branded suits in Valencia, Spain.”
 
“We are very excited to continue supporting Team USA for the Grand Finals,” noted K1 RaceGear’s Richard Zimmermann. “Last year Team USA showed the world that Americans can compete and win against the best in the world. Being the official safety gear provider of Team USA proves that K1 RaceGear’s products can also compete and win against the best manufacturers in the world.”
 
Boisclair added, “We are very proud and honored to be associated with such a professional organization. K1 RaceGear’s approach to business is second to none in the industry, and that is proven by their continued growth and success. They have been with us from the beginning and their logo was on Juan Manuel Correa’s Grand Finals winning suit, a first for Team USA. It was awesome to see the photos of a great suit on karting media outlets around the world.”
 
With members of the karting industry already punching their tickets to the Grand Finals later this year, they will now have this to look forward to. K1 RaceGear will finish the product as they have done in the past to provide the 2014 Team USA members with a suit that they can cherish for a lifetime.
 
More information on K1 RaceGear and their entire line of products can be found on their website at www.K1RaceGear.com or by visiting their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/K1RaceGear.

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Ryan Norberg USPKSAn impressive run for K1 driver Ryan Norberg and Checkered Motorsports in the first round of USPKS at Gopro Motorplex. Friday’s practice started off very rough for Ryan and his Super Strillo PCR Chassis. In the first three practice sessions, Ryan had an extreme loss of power in his Woljter leopard 125 Jr. Motor due to a significant sized hole found in the engine reeds. After the repair, Ryan was off and immediately went to the top of the time charts for Friday’s practice sessions.   

            On Saturday, Ryan qualified in 6th place. Leading into the heats, Ryan was very confident that he would be able to place his PCR kart up front. In heat one, Ryan lost one position on the start, but he was able to recover and move to 3rd place with fastest lap. In heat two, Ryan once again finished in the top three with fastest lap. His two 3rd place finishes placed Ryan on the outside of the front row for the final. The final was very close. Ryan battled with the leaders for the majority of the race but when the checkered was thrown, Ryan finished second out of the 23 field of Jr. drives.

            On Sunday, the team missed the set up for qualifying and ended up 12th on the grid for the heat races. This gave him a disadvantage going into the heat because he had to come through the field. In heat one, Ryan managed to drive to a top five finish with one of the fastest laps. In heat two, Ryan was only able to finish in 7th due to contact on the start.  With these combined finishes Ryan started Sunday’s final in the 6th position. In the final, Ryan managed to pass two karts in the first couple of laps, and moved all the way up to 3rd. Unfortunately, in lap five Ryan was taken out and was not able to finish Sunday’s final.

            Ryan would like to thank sponsors K1 Racegear, Razor Image, Casaba Bujdoso, and the whole Checkered Motorsports racing team.   

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