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.

K1: Getting Ready

As Ontario prepares to re-open, racing facilities are ready. K1 Speed will have a soft opening on Thursday, June 10th with a full re-opening on Monday, June 14th … the official day that Step 1 of Ontario’s Road to Reopening takes effect.

UPDATE: K1 Speed World Championships

In 2019, Daniel Demaras qualified for the inaugural K1 Speed World Championships. Competing against some of the world’s best electric kart racers, Daniel finished on the podium. Daniel punched his ticked to California again when he qualified for the 2020 K1 Speed World Championships, aiming for the top step of the podium, The Demaras family had their flights booked for California in March 2020. Then ‘the virus’ hit and everything stopped.

This week, communication from K1 Speed arrived, confirming that the organization is still planning on running the event as soon as international travel restrictions are lifted.

Hello Racer,

First off, we have not forgotten about you and we apologize for the silence on our end regarding the E-World Championship. The pandemic has thrown K1 Speed some unique challenges when it has come to planning this major event. Rest assured, anyone who qualified for the World Championship in the years prior, (from 2019 on) will be invited when we host our next event.

The biggest reason for the delay is that this is an international competition – not just national. While the United States appears to be rounding the corner of this pandemic, unfortunately, the same cannot be said for some of our fellow countries that take part in the championship. As a result, there are still many restrictions when it comes to international travel. Until it’s safe for everyone to travel to the event – including our international competitors – the E-World Championship dates are pending.

Thank you for your understanding. And again, you have not lost your place for a chance at winning some big bucks. We just need to be a patient for a little while longer. If you have any questions, definitely feel free to reach out to me at any time.

Best,

K1 Speed

17221 Von Karman Ave.

Irvine, California, 92614

Homemade Kart

Michelle Demaras is more than just the youngest member of the Demaras Racing team. As head of the team’s art department, she is clearly the most talented.

With help from her family, Michelle designed and built the No. 29 kart for competition in K1 Speed’s “Build Your Own Kart” contest. Starting with a cardboard box, Michelle cut and shaped it into a wedge-shaped racer, spray painted the box silver, and glued the race-themed K1 Speed livery with precision.

The whole Demaras Racing family is proud of Michelle’s creation…and her smile says it all.

Out on the driveway, two teddy bear took turns behind the wheel, imagining themselves racing around the local K1 Speed indoor track!

Very Industrial

~ by Michelle #29 Demaras ~

I didn’t really know what to expect today. Since it’s March Break, I woke up late, and my brother told me dad called; we’d be going to the shop to work on something.

I was aware that we would be spray painting a miniature cardboard go-kart we had been working on for a K1 Speed contest, but I wasn’t sure of how it would work. I’ve never spray painted before, so I had no idea what it would be like. But the result of doing it was actually a lot more fun than I expected.

For one, simply preparing the cans of the paint was such a pain, having to vigorously shake it for around five minutes. Not exactly difficult, but not fun either. Once we started using it, the stink was absolutely horrendous. In fact, the mix of the nasty toxins and even nastier scent, lead to me wearing what I can only describe as the most heavy-duty mask I’ve worn. It was annoying to breathe in the gas mask, but at the same time I couldn’t smell anything, so it was fully worth it.

Painting it was fun, it was very simple, considering the fact that it’s nothing but spraying. We painted the kart chrome with some sides a light grey, and it ended up looking quite metallic, despite not being the optimal surface for the spray paint. It was overall a very fun experience, and the go-kart itself looks amazing.

We plan on adding even more things to the kart, such as K1 Speed decals, which will make the already “out-there” kart more original.

10/10 day!, Excited for what’s coming next!

Carboard Car

Once K1 Speed’s contest was announced, there was a flurry of activity at Demaras Racing HQ. A big brainstorming session brought about some lofty goals. A full-scale cardboard F1 car would definitely win the contest. But according to the YouTube video, it takes 500 hours and detailed schematics.

On to plan B!

Since the K1 Speed contest did not require a human-sized kart, the decision was made to bring in Bamse and TV Bamse, the official mascots of Demaras Racing. After considering cardboard cars of various sizes, the decision was made to create a big-winged, high downforce, two-seat sportscar in honor of Denmark’s long history at Le Mans. Plus, it’ll be cute to have two teddys in there.

K1 Speed Contest

K1 Speed Canada has a special relationship with Demaras Racing. Some of Michelle’s first ever laps at the wheel of a racing kart were at Downsview Park, Daniel represented Team Canada at the K1 Speed e-World Championships, and K1 Speed even awarded Chris his first trophy since high school.

While the track has been closed for a long time due to ‘the virus’ K1 Speed has been able to keep in touch with race fans through social media. They’ve announced a fun, creative, artistic contest:


Are you missing K1 Speed as much as we miss you? While we patiently await your return – we want to give you the opportunity to race at home.

Get creative and you could win a $75 gift card redeemable at any of our K1 Speed Canada Locations.

In 8 easy steps, you can build your own K1 Speed Go Kart at Home.

Use those old boxes, coloured pencils, markers, and paints to create your custom kart. Your imagination is endless, creating so many possibilities using our K1 Speed Printable Decals.

This Guide can work with any size box – build a Kart for yourself, your favourite stuffed animal – even your pet!

K1 Speed Canada

There’s 8 easy steps to follow to make your own cardboard kart.

That line “…build a Kart for yourself, your favourite stuffed animal…” makes this project very appealing.

K1 Speed Toronto Temporary Closure

Despite what has been a very difficult year for us all, our unwavering commitment to the community and the general welfare of our guests and team members continues to be our top priority.  In the interest of preserving and protecting public health and safety, and in response to the latest public health measures announced by local and provincial authorities, K1 Speed Toronto will be temporarily suspending operations and will be closed beginning Monday November 23rd, 2020.

We will be monitoring this developing situation closely, and will provide updates to our valued guests as soon as they become available, including rescheduling any existing party bookings or events.

With everybody’s cooperation in following the recommendations of Public Health and taking the prescribed precautions, we are hopeful that this will just be a short pause, and we will be back on track before you know it.  Until then, we wish good health to you and your loved ones, and look forward to seeing you at the track soon!


K1 Closing Again

2020 has been a tough year for K1 Speed Canada. Initial plans to launch a second GTA location in Mississauga did not materialize. The worldwide impact of ‘the virus’ resulted in their Toronto facility closing on March 17 for nearly 5 months before re-opening in August.

With the Ontario government announcing on Friday that certain types of businesses in Toronto would go into lockdown, the writing was on the wall. K1 Speed is a non-essential business where large numbers of people gather in an indoor setting. A phone call to K1 Speed tonight confirmed that the facility will close on Sunday 22 November at 9:00 pm. Although the government mandated closure is set for four weeks, the representative on the phone hinted that K1 Speed could be closed for much longer.

A press release is expected on Monday to confirm the closure.