Leclerc at K1 Speed

Charles Leclerc really is living the dream. After one season with Alfa Romeo, he was signed to the red team; Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team. He’s an F1 race winner, famous around the world, and even has his own line of go-karts!

Late last week, sometime after the US Grand Prix, Scuderia Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc (and his buddy Alex Albon) strolled into the K1 Speed indoor electric kart track in Burbank, California.

Leclerc live-streamed his laps, and posted them on YouTube.

It must have been a real thrill for the locals to race against a legit Ferrari F1 driver, but at the same time, it must have crushed their spirits to know he was that much faster…with only one hand on the wheel!

Power Trio

~ by Michelle #29 Demaras ~

Yesterday I went to K1 Speed for the first time in I don’t know HOW long with my two best friends Mia and Angeline. It was a total blast! We arrived and I decided to walk them around the place. I showed them everything from paddock to the bathrooms, but the real treat was the arcade. There was going to be a long wait before we raced, so we blew a ton of cash on arcade tokens for the claw machine! We got too many stuffies to count, and spent at least an hour over there.

The next while was pretty boring, since it was just waiting for our turn on the track, but we made the moment fun by making games with our new stuffies! My dad and his friend Max got their chance to go race while the rest of us got some food. Soon enough it was finally OUR turn to race!

We did a total of two drift races. Before the first one, I was actually getting a little anxious. I’m not Daniel, I have almost no race experience! But once we got going, I had a blast. From speeding past my friends who got stuck, to forgetting how to reverse, all of it was really exciting. I even finished first place!

The real fun happened in our second drift race. This time it was my friends, my dad and me! We were all spinning out at every corner, and I kept getting accidentally bumped into (dad!) which made it much harder. But it was super fun. The whole idea of Drift Night sounded great to me, and I’m really happy I went!

Another great thing about going to K1 is finally getting to present my kart-art project.

A few months ago, I crafted and spray-painted a cardboard go-kart as part of K1 Speed’s “Build Your Own Kart” contest. It featured a steering wheel held up by a pencil, tires made of DVDs, and two teddies inside! We bought new teddies, because I’m not letting go of my own teddy, Bamse! I worked super hard on it and I was ecstatic when I found out that I won the contest and was finally going to deliver it into the track!

That cardboard go-kart is now to be staying at K1 Speed PERMANENTLY!

Yes…my little spray-painted, teddy-bear driving go-kart is going to be on display at the front counter K1 Speed where everyone can see it. I’m so happy that we were able to display the project at the track, where it was meant to be. I hope that people who visit K1 Speed like it as much as I do!

Max Fun

~ by Chris #16 Demaras ~

Rolling into Downsview Park, you just knew something was different last night. The parking lot of the K1 Speed looked like a car show, and I lined up the WRX next to a pair of Subaru BRZs, one of them with Drift Queen decal in the window. I was definitely in the right place.

Drift Night at K1 Speed is zero competition but maximum enjoyment. It’s style points, like figure skating or monster trucks. Nobody cares about lap times on this night.

The ‘Clubspeed’ live timing app says my last visit to K1 Speed was September 28, 2020. Two weeks short of a year! Between CRKC and TRAK, I feel like I’m at a race track every weekend, but it’s usually Goodwood. Indoor karting is more something we do in the fall and winter. But I just couldn’t miss Drift Night. It’s too much fun.

My daughter Michelle, plus her friends Angeline and Mia, decided to take the plunge and try drifting. Michelle has raced at K1 before, but for her rookie-racer pals, it would be trial by tire!

The only member of the Demaras Racing family who wasn’t at the track was Daniel. He’s a serious student now that he’s at U of T. But, man, was he jealous when he found out New Speed Motorsports co-owner Max Preston was there! Max heard about the fun, grabbed his helmet, and drove down to the track to meet up.

Max is a championship-winning Shifter Kart driver who takes great joy in helping the next generation, like my son Daniel, become better racers. While this might seem odd, I actually have a poster of Max in my garage.

Lining up in front of Preston, I actually felt nervous. He said he hadn’t been to K1 Speed since the old days (when the track was called Grand Prix Kartways) and by comparison, I’ve raced at K1 681 times since they opened in Canada. I tried to look relaxed, but inside…I knew I was chum in the water for this shark.

Even in the drift race, Max gapped me by 3.128 seconds, but like I said nobody is keeping score! This night is just for fun.

On to the main event of the evening, the Power Trio of Angeline, Mia and Michelle. K1 Speed’s own Anthony R. took special care of the youngsters, making sure they were properly belted in, booster seats installed, with helmets that didn’t make the girls feel like bobbleheads.

When these young ladies attacked the track, it was scary. All the warnings about the lack of grip didn’t dissuade them from going flat-out right away. It didn’t take long for one of them to find the wall (not naming names here) and the crash sound reverberated deep into the girls ears.

K1 was really busy, and those that didn’t arrive early were faced with long delays. That’s what scarcity is all about Charlie Brown! It was great to see Dale and Logan (from 130R) and Christian and Sherri (from KGR) but I’m not sure if any of them got to drift race. Even Max had to call it a night. But not the East York Crew. Nope. They were ready for one more race, and I was lucky enough to drift against them.

All the hesitancy of the first session was gone, and when Michelle, Mia and Angeline got out on track after 9:00 pm (on a school night!) there was nothing I could do to keep up with them.

But nobody was keeping score, right?

TONIGHT: Drift Night at K1 Speed

It’s today! Monday September 13th 2021, the drift karts will once again take to the track at K1 Speed at Downsview Park in Toronto. It’s been months since racers had a chance to try out this unique twist on traditional karting. It’s all slip and no grip!

The electric karts are modified with the addition of “drift slicks” that sends those rear wheels sliding all across the track. Racers looking to channel Han Seoul-Oh will enjoy throwing the car sideways into the turns.

Make sure to visit K1 Speed Toronto at 75 Carl Hall Rd inside Downsview Park. No reservations needed, as the drift karts are first-come first-serve basis from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm only.

The Road to the K1 Speed Canadian Championship Begins Now

So you think you’re the fastest racer on the track? Now is your time to prove it. We’re looking to crown our first-ever Canadian karting champion, and qualification for the inaugural K1 Speed Canadian Championship begins now!

What is the K1 Speed Canadian Championship?
This is a one-day tournament to be held in January 2022, where the winner will move on as Canada’s representative for the K1 Speed World Championships. The Tournament will follow our popular K1NG of Speed tournament format to ensure a completely equal playing field for all participants.

How Can I Qualify?
The only way to qualify is to come out and race! The top 16 racers with the highest K1RS points by the end of the year will be invited to compete in the K1 Speed Canadian Championship tournament, where the winner will be crowned our national champion. You have until December 31th 2021 to collect as many K1RS points as you can to make it into the Top 16 and secure your spot in the championship tournament, which will be held in January 2022.

Racers must collect a minimum of 2500 K1RS points by December 31th 2021 to qualify for the championship tournament!

What’s The Prize?
The K1 Speed Canadian Champion will win the grand prize of $3000, and some serious bragging rights of being the BEST racer in Canada!

  • First Place: $3000
  • Second Place: $1500
  • Third Place: $500

The first-place winner also qualifies to compete at the K1 Speed World Championships in 2022 against the best K1 Speed racers in the world for a chance to win even more great prizing!

How do you collect K1RS points?
Show up and race! Every new racer starts with 1200 points, you get 2 points for racing in a race, and 2 points for every racer that you beat in that race. In addition, you get 2 bonus points if you have the single best lap time and 2 bonus points for having the best average lap time.

What location is this event being held at?
This is a Canada-wide championship, you can qualify for the championship at both the Toronto and Montreal location. The location and date of the final championship race will be announced at the end of the qualifying round and held in January 2022.

How old do you need to be to compete?
All racers must be 14 years of age or older to compete.

K1 Speed: Customer Appreciation Day


We know there hasn’t been much to celebrate so far this year, but we have something special for you all! We’ve made July 2nd 2021 our K1 Speed Customer Appreciation Day! 

We would like to thank you all for hanging in there with us during these difficult times, and for supporting the track now that we have reopened, and for that…we are offering every racer a free K1 Speed Canada T-shirt with the purchase of a 3-race package!

Come celebrate with us! We are so grateful to have you all back and so excited to continue racing with you!

F1 and K1

This is actually kind of cool. On Friday, June 11th, 2021, Alex Albon, the recent F1 pilot for Red Bull Racing, visited the K1 Speed location in Burbank, California. Rumours have it that he may have set a new lap record.

K1 SPEED: Opening This Week!

K1 Speed Canada, longtime sponsor of Demaras Racing, has announced their re-opening this week. There will be limited capacity and masks will be required…but who cares!

We finally get to race again!

No more lockdown, no wait, no crowds – no problem! Now that K1 Speed Toronto is reopening on June 10th, you can book your race times online in a few simple steps and speed safely through to the starting line in record time: 

  • Choose a K1 Speed Canada location and Arrive & Drive or Event Package
  • Choose from our popular race packages and tell us more about your party  (membership status, age, date, occasion)
  • Confirm & submit payment
  • Arrive & Drive! 

We’ve been apart for far too long, so we’ve got even more new stuff, free goodies, and special offers on the way! 

*Race times for Arrive & Drive racing are available for reservation through our new online  booking portal 7 days in advance and up to 24 hours prior to the date of your visit. Same-day  bookings are not available.

With the racing season on the back burner for so many months, there’s plenty of pent-up demand for high-speed action. Take the opportunity to get back out to K1 Speed as soon as possible.