If ‘Romeo’ is part of your name, you have to do something special on February 14th. So when the recently re-named Alfa Romeo F1 team brought out their 2019 challenger for pre-season testing, love was in the air. The special livery used Alfa’s quadrifoglio shamrocks, and hearts…in honour of Valentine’s Day!
Kimi Raikkonen, who parted ways with the Scuderia at the end of 2018, was behind the wheel for Alfa Romeo at Fiorano Circuit, Ferrari’s private test track in Maranello.
With 2018 in the books, the list of qualifiers for the first K1 Speed E-World Championship is complete! A total of 71 racers qualified for the inaugural championship.
All State Champions will be invited to represent their state in the US Championship race on Friday, March 22 at 5pm at K1 Speed Irvine. The winner of this important race will become the United States representative in the K1 Speed World Championship finals the following day, Saturday, March 23.
But what about the “K1 Circuit” outdoor electric karting facility the World Championships were supposed to be run at? Well, it’s just not ready yet. Here’s K1 Speed’s statement…
While we tried our best to get K1 Circuit up and running by the time of this competition, the sheer size of the property has meant that zoning and permitting has taken a lot longer than anticipated. As a result, we’re throwing together an alternative that’s going to be a great challenge for all participants. All we can say is that everyone will meet at our Irvine headquarters at 9am that Saturday morning when the day’s itinerary will be announced.
The World Championship finals will see the US representative race wheel-to-wheel with the fastest international racers from Mexico, South Korea, China, Puerto Rico and Canada’s own Daniel Demaras for the title of K1 Speed’s first World Champion. The winner will receive the $15,000 Grand Prize – the biggest award of its kind! Second place receives an impressive $7,500, and third place will receive $3,500 – plenty of big money up for grabs!
The newly renamed Rich Energy Haas F1 team showed the new livery on their 2019 challenger. Nobody can deny the appeal of black and gold. The look just ‘works’. It’s elegant and refined. But it’s just not original. For younger race fans, the Haas will remind them of Kimi Raikkonen’s 2012 Lotus.
To the older generation, the Haas bears a strong resemblance to the Lotus 72 ‘John Player Special.
Derivative or a rip-off…call it whatever you want. But everyone should be thankful that Haas didn’t use the same creative geniuses at Go Fas Racing who came up with this nightmare for this year’s Daytona 500 car.
In building upon the success of the 2018 Battle at the Brickyard, USAC sees more growth for one of the largest events of karting in the Midwest. Eighteen classes are now set to compete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 4-7, 2019.
The Battle at the Brickyard has become an event for all of karting that welcomes both the casual club karter, the more serious drivers that travel the country, as well as the road racing enthusiasts. The first two installments of USAC’s karting Battle of the Brickyard have been an overwhelming success. The unique event has become a staple of karting in the Midwest and globally as entrants have traveled from around the world to race at the famed Yard of Bricks. Last year’s installment presented every entrant with a free drive around the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Along with the lap across the bricks on Friday, the fast qualifiers and front row were invited to take part in a traditional Speedway photo as well as a cookout. Saturday evening, complete with band, and the traditional pre-race opening ceremonies on Sunday that make everything leading up to any event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway special. After the checkered flags had flown, the winners were given the ceremonial bottle of milk as long as the photo with the winner’s wreath.
Drinking the ceremonial milk and photo with the winner’s wreath will return in 2019.
The ever-popular Briggs and Stratton 206 class will make its return with the 206 Junior, Medium, Heavy, and Masters all doing battle on the 1-mile circuit inside of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The CIK 206 class has produced some of the closest finishes in the history of the Battle at the Brickyard.