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Rotax Grand Finals LogoCarlsbad, CA – K1 RaceGear, considered one of the industry’s top custom safety apparel companies, is now the official safety gear supplier for the 2014 Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals (RMCGF). K1 RaceGear will offer three different packages to the 288 drivers and their teams for the more than 50 countries competing in this year’s RMCGF.

In years passed, the packages consisted of custom suits, stock gloves, a shirt, and a hat. K1 RaceGear wanted to do something special by offering three packages with a variety of products. “We wanted to add more value to the drivers and teams and make it more about them and their sponsors,” commented Richard Zimmermann, manager of K1 RaceGear. “Once we presented the packages to BRP for the RMCGF, they instantly liked the idea.” BRP’s supervisor for Rotax Kart Engines Helmut Voglsamstated “As organizer of an international event like the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals we think it is important to give new partners the opportunity to present their products and services to a broad audience and the RMCGF is a perfect platform.”

Along with the custom suits, in which there will be four different designs to choose from, custom gloves and balaclavas to match the suit will be included along with the popular K1 Pilot shoe. This will be included for all packages. “We decided to go beyond the driver and include products for the team members and mechanics, so we added team jackets and shirts that will be customized to match the suit designs. It is Spain in November, so the temperature can get a little chilly,” Zimmermann added. The suits have also been designed to maximize the space on the front and back in order to better promote the country and sponsors for each team.

Going into its fourth year of its relationship with Team USA, K1 RaceGear will again produce the safety apparel for the team, as well as producing the safety apparel for Team Mexico for the second year running. With the announcement of the official supplier for the Grand Finals, K1 RaceGear makes a major step into the European karting scene.

About the Rotax MAX Challenge

The Rotax MAX Challenge (RMC) is a professional kart racing series established, owned and organized by BRP and its Rotax kart engine distributors. For more information please visit


About K1 RaceGear

K1 RaceGear was born in 2003 with the philosophy of offering cost affective, yet high end, products and friendly time sensitive service to our customers.  Its product line features racing shoes, suits, driving gloves, helmets, and more - to racers of all ages. With a worldwide dealer network, finding K1 RaceGear products is simple and convenient. For more information please visit K1 RaceGear at or contact us via email at or you may also call 760-268-0710 or 1-888-514-3277

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  Ryan Norberg had a great weekend at the Coldstone Creamery Rotax Grand Nationals!

            Four weeks ago, Ryan Norberg and mechanic, Robert Bujdoso, tackled the challenging karting course of Miller Motorsports Park.  Norberg’s week did not start the way he had planned. Throughout practice, Norberg and Bujdoso could not find the setup for the Ocala Gran Prix Tony Kart. By the last session of Thursday’s practice, Ryan was .90 of a second of the fastest time.

            Unfortunately, Norberg was placed in the slow group for qualifying. This put him at a huge disadvantage for qualifying. Because of the slower traffic, Ryan was not able to get a clean lap and qualified 18th. Norberg was set to start the three heats in 9th position.

            In heat 1, Norberg held his starting position in the first lap. Ryan was able to move up in position and finish in the 2nd position. In heat 2, Ryan was spun out in front of the whole field, and was involved in a wreck. He fell all the way back to the 24th position, but Norberg did not give up. He drove into the 13th position and set fast lap of the race. In heat 3, Norberg drove into the 2nd position and, once again, set fastest lap of the race but was later penalized for unvoidable contact and finished 7th. After the points were added up, Norberg was set to start the pre-final in 11th position.

            On the start, Norberg was pushed wide and lost three positions. He drove into the 7th position by lap eight. There was a 1.5 second gap between Ryan and 6th positions. Norberg closed the gap and on the last lap made the pass for 6th. Ryan, again set the fastest lap of the race. On the start of the final, Norberg held the outside for the first corner. He moved up two positions but was pushed off of the racing line and fell back to 7th. Norberg then moved back into the 6th position and set fastest lap. By the half-way point, Norberg had passed 5th and made the pass for the 4th. Ryan started closing on the 2nd and 3rd place drivers. With five to go, Norberg passed 3rd place in the last corner. Ryan caught 2nd position on the last lap. He dove to the inside in turn two and made the pass for the final transfer spot for Team USA.

            Ryan would like to thank Robert Bujdoso, Mike Speed, Victor Norberg, Waterline Pools, Ocala Gran Prix, Razor Image, and K1 Racegear!

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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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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


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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