Roar Before the 24

Demaras Racing partnered with Racing to End Alzheimer’s in 2019 to help raise funds and raise awareness of the need to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. As the R2ENDALZ racing team moves up to GS class in 2020, it presents an even greater opportunity to get their message out.

For R2ENDALZ the 2020 season began with an official pre-season testing session known as the Roar Before the 24. This event traditionally kicks off the sports car racing season at Daytona International Speedway, as the three-day test is a dress rehearsal before the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Finishing up day two of practice under the lights at Daytona International Speedway. Gaining speed each session. Two more tests today and then we begin the race for real on Friday, January 24, 2020.

No. 80 R2ENDALZ Bimmerworld BMW M4 GT4 

With a two car team, and a shot at the IMSA Michelin Pilot series championship, R2ENDALZ will have an excellent opportunity to spread the word this year!

KartStars Game

~ by Chris ‘#16’ Demaras ~

How did I never notice this before! The newly re-branded KartStars series from Goodwood Kartways shares a name with a racing game!

I’m old school. I don’t play games on my phone. I make phone calls. But my one exception is this kart racing game which has helped me kill time in waiting rooms and bank lines too many times to count. It’s available for download on the Google Play store.

KartStars Canada Announces 2020 National Number Registry and Protocols

With the impending withdrawal of ASN Canada from the kart racing scene across the country and the sport seemingly in a state of flux, KartStars Canada has been working diligently behind the scenes and is now coming forward with a plan to preserve the systems and processes that Canadian kart racers have grown accustomed to.

“Karting in Canada has definitely entered another transition period, that’s no secret. Yet with that in mind and as discussions relating to how our sport will be governed in the future continue in earnest, we need to be proactive to ensure karting in Canada continues moving forward and drivers are able to prepare for the season ahead.

“Many in our community are definitely unsure, as since the ASN announcement we have received numerous calls from karters with a variety of questions: How will licensing work? When will the 2020 regulations be posted? How do I secure my racing number for the upcoming season? And the latter is definitely an issue we can address immediately.”

KartStars Canada Principal, Daniel Di Leo.

KartStars Canada is creating a number registry that all clubs and regions can rely on. For karters that strictly race in local club competitions, a race number will still be reserved by your home club with no further action necessary. For those looking to compete outside of their home club and in larger provincial and national events, KartStars Canada will implement the following:

2020 National Number Registry:

For drivers looking to secure a National number for the upcoming season, the following process has been put in place. Please note; your selected number should match your Club number when possible.

Fill out the 2020 Number Registry Form. The form must be completed in full.

The Number ranges from 2019 will remain the same. See below.

  • Briggs Cadet: Choose between (#2 – #99)
  • Briggs Jr Lite and Mini Rok: Choose between (#102 – #199)
  • Briggs Jr and Rok Junior: Choose between (#202 – #299)
  • Briggs Sr and Rok Senior: Choose between (#302 – #399)
  • Briggs Masters and Rok Masters: Choose between (#402 – #499)
  • Rok Shifter and Shifter Masters: Choose between (#502 – #599)

Numbers will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

The number registry will be updated regularly and posted at Click the ‘KartSport Canada’ button in the top right corner of the home page.

For those who secured a 2020 National number with ASN previously, the data has been acquired and those reservations remain and should appear listed.

Please note 2019 ASN National numbers will be reserved until January 31st, 2020 giving the drivers who held those numbers in 2019 the first right of refusal.

2020 Kart Licencing:

A 2020 club license will be required to participate in all events. That License must be valid and have come from a club previously recognised by ASN Canada FIA. If you are looking for a 2020 license, click this link:

2020 Rules and Regulations:

Industry leaders are currently hard at work creating a National Rule Set. Once confirmed, these rules will be published at

PRO at Formula Kartways

Sunday, January 5 2020, was the annual Indoor Karting Day at Formula Kartways for the racers and mechanics from team PRO. Everyone on the team knows Darryl Timmers was Canadian Karting Champion in Briggs Masters not long ago, and Curtis Fox took a win at Grand Nationals in Newcastle last year against top-tier talent. But those new to the team may never have seen experienced and decorated racers like Eric Gerrits, Chris Proietto, Spencer Todd and Andrew Waring on track…ever. Those guys didn’t disappoint. Their battle was ferocious!

Daniel had a chance to continue the year long competition against fellow Briggs Sr drivers Chad Webster and Logan Ploder, while PRO Jr and cadet racers showed their skills on the slippery indoor circuit.

Chris Demaras even strapped on his helmet to compete against other dads like Tony Ploder and Stephan Maskovskis as they tried to keep up with Briggs Masters standout Kevin Adams.

When the racing was complete, a team meeting outlining plans for the 2020 racing season took up several hours, and many racers were interested in developments between ASN Canada, Goodwood and Mosport. Exciting details will become public in the next few weeks … just wait for the press release!

FastMD Racing

The spirit of ‘Violet’ lives on in the No.23 FastMD Racing / Speed Syndicate Motorsports / Audi RS3 LMS that will compete full time in the TCR category of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series. Team leader James Vance will be partnered up with Max Faulkner.

“I cannot thank the FastMD brand enough for bringing me on board for our second season of IMSA TCR competition, it is an honor to be trusted in this role and I am very grateful for the opportunity.”

James Vance, Professional Race Car Driver

Racing To End Alzheimer’s again in 2020!

Presenting the No. 80 R2ENDALZ BMW M4 GT4!

BimmerWorld has confirmed its 2020 plans for the IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge season with a pair of BMW M4 GT4 race cars and fast and familiar faces at the controls. The BMW specialists return for their third season with the F82 M4 platform in GT4 trim and 11th straight IMSA endurance season. The team has committed to the full 10-race MICHELIN Pilot Challenge schedule with the traditional opening round at Daytona taking place January 23-26, 2020.

Behind the controls of the No. 80 Racing to End Alzheimer’s BMW M4 GT4 will be Nick Galante and Dillon Machavern. Galante and Machavern are past teammates with strong chemistry. Galante, a two-time Champion in the IMSA Street Tuner class (2016 and 2018), claimed his last title behind the wheel of a BimmerWorld BMW F30 328i. In 2019, he finished in the top ten of the intensely competitive TCR series. Machavern has won races in just about every form of GT motorsport and earned the 2017 IMSA GS Championship and multiple SCCA club championships. He finished the 2019 season with the GTD victory at the Petit LeMans in a BMW M6 GT3 and was runner-up in the TransAm championship.

In a second M4 GT4, team owner James Clay, of Blacksburg, Va. will again pair up with Devin Jones of Mooresville, N.C. in the No. 82 OPTIMA Batteries/Veristor BMW M4 GT4. The pair earned third place in the GS standings in 2019 with three podiums and eight top-ten finishes which also landed the duo top-finishing BMW team honors in the GS class. This will be Clay’s 11th straight season of IMSA endurance racing. Jones is the 2018 ST-class driver champion with a BimmerWorld F30 328i. The No. 82 BMW will carry the OPTIMA and Veristor livery.

The No. 80 BMW will carry the livery for Racing to End Alzheimer’s with a focus on raising both awareness of the disease and money to fund the cure. Throughout the season, donors will add names to the living livery to honor friends, family, and loved ones affected by this debilitating disease.

The 2020 MICHELIN Pilot Challenge will be a 10-round series at race tracks across the U.S. The season kicks off with the BMW Endurance Challenge 4-hour race at Daytona International Speedway in Florida on January 23-26. Other rounds will take place at Sebring, Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen, Mosport, Lime Rock, Road America, VIR, Laguna Seca, and Road Atlanta.

Golden Ticket

In early 2020, the 2nd annual K1 Speed electric kart World Championship will take place in Irvine, California. With 40+ K1 Speed locations locations around the world including Canada, Mexico, South Korea, China, Panama and Kuwait, each country is entitled to send a representative to the World Championship to fight for glory.

How does one become a national representative?

“Each K1 Speed center will determine their “Center Champion” which will be determined by an elimination-style tournament called “The K1NG of Speed”. To qualify, each racer will need to be a minimum of 14 years of age and to possess at least 4,000 K1RS points by the end of the year. Each Center Champion will then be invited to participate at the K1 Speed World Championship finale hosted by the all-new K1 Circuit in Southern California.”

Excluding junior racers under 14 who cannot qualify for the World Championship, Daniel Demaras was the only Canadian racer to surpass 4,000 K1RS points in 2018, and he reached that same plateau in October 2019.

But Daniel is going to face tough competition this year … from his father! In the final weekend of the year, Chris Demaras reached 4,434 K1RS points, setting up a battle between father and son for the golden ticket to California in 2020!

GoPro Challenge GP

On December 30th, 2019, K1 Speed’s head office announced a partnership with GoPro. Apparently, the cameras are banned at all the US locations (not sure why) but they’ll now be the title sponsor of the monthly racing series (similar to the 130R Racing Series running in Toronto). Looks like 3 lucky Canadians will be getting a new GoPro!

Introducing the 2020 GoPro Challenge GP! During the GoPro Challenge GP, you will be able to film your races! Not only can you use your GoPro, but we will also be giving away 160 GoPro Hero 8s globally! 4 cameras per center in the US and 3 cameras per center internationally.

K1 Speed

This exciting new chapter of our ultra-popular Challenge GP racing series grants racers the exclusive right to use GoPro cameras to record their racing experience. Capture your pole-setting lap and study how you did it. Document your rise through the field and share it with the world. In this series, we actually encourage you to film.

The “Championship Within a Championship”
All-new for 2020, there will be a quarterly championship within the championship. Racers who score the most points every 3 rounds will win a brand-new GoPro Hero8 Black camera (a USD$399 value) – the latest and greatest from the action camera manufacturer we love the most. And this isn’t limited to select locations – every United States location (including Bend, Oregon) will give away 4 cameras per year.

The GoPro Hero8 Black
Super smooth image stabilization, 4k video, four different digital lenses, in-app horizon leveling, high-fidelity audio, waterproof, and so much more. This is the GoPro Hero8 Black. You don’t have to imagine how your go-kart racing footage will look – just take a look at some of the onboard footage we’ve shot for our Instagram since start of December 2019. It’s phenomenal. Trust us – you’re going to want to win one of these amazing cameras.

4 Opportunities to Win a GoPro
Got someone unbeatable in your series? Don’t worry, racers can only win the camera once per year. For example, if Racer A won after the first 3 rounds, then scores the most points the next 3 rounds, they won’t win a second camera. Instead, we’ll give it to whoever scored the next-highest points from those last 3 rounds. With 4 different winners, there’ll be 4 solid opportunities for you to win.

But you can’t win unless you race. So, don’t miss out. Enroll at your local K1 Speed track for the next Challenge GP.

NEW FOR 2020: GoPro Challenge GP participants must be 18 years or older to compete. We also offer a Teen/Junior League for racers not meeting the age requirement.

Challenge Yourself and Join the Ultimate Kart Racing League.
Do you think you have what it takes to go wheel-to-wheel with the best drivers at your local K1 Speed? Then participate in our GoPro Challenge GP racing series – a competitive league that is easy to join, affordable to join, and non-committal. Pick the race or races you want to join at your nearest track and pit yourself against K1 Speed’s fastest kart racers.

Happy New Year

Demaras Racing had some great results last year, competing in TRAK, MIKA, MRFKC, CRKC and K1 Speed events in Canada and the U.S. The team is looking forward to 2020 where Chris will challenge in CRKC, while Daniel will begin the transition from karts to cars under the guidance of Team PRO. 2020 is looking bright!

Indoor Karting Day

With only a day left in 2019, Demaras Racing was happy to receive an email from team PRO about their upcoming kickoff to the 2020 karting season. There will be a private session at an indoor kart track just outside of Toronto this weekend, giving Daniel and Chris a chance to compete against old friends.

Hello Everyone!

We are excited to get everyone together for our annual Indoor Karting Day at Formula Kartways in Brampton ON.

Location: Formula Kartways
Date: Sunday, January 5, 2020
Time: 9:00 am

We are looking to get everyone together for 9:00 am at the event room upstairs for some coffee and pastries before we hit the track to have some fun in karts. We will set up a few different sessions so some of the drivers and even the parents can get out in karts and have some fun if they wish to do so.

After the on track action we will be having a meeting upstairs in the event room with lunch provided. We would like the chance to introduce a plan of action for the PRO team operation for the 2020 Season. We have some new and exciting opportunities and plans for the year and want to share that with all of you. This meeting is meant to educate any new customers on our core values here at PRO, but also a chance for our current customers to ask questions, and provide positive and constructive feedback on how our operation is run.

We will hopefully have on January 5th a better look at what racing schedules (Club, Regional, National) will look like. See you all soon!

Darryl Timmers | Curtis Fox
PRO Professional Racing Ontario