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04 January 2018

endurance race to daytona
Winter is typically a depressing time for racing fans as most racing series are enjoying their off-season. That’s why we love it when the 24 Hours of Daytona awakes us from our racing hibernation and provides us thrilling motorsport action at the start of the year.


If you’re not familiar, the Rolex 24 At Daytona (as the race is known these days) is one of the most prestigious races in the world, joining the Indy 500, 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Monaco GP. Held at the combined oval-road course at Daytona International Speedway since the 1960s, the 24-hour sports car endurance race pits teams, drivers, and the best manufacturers against each other in a battle royale for top bragging rights and a strong start to the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship.


We’re excited to offer tickets and garage access to this historic race weekend, but you’ll have to prove yourself worthy. So, we’re hosting a team endurance race of our own K1 Speed in Orlando (9550 Parksouth Ct #400, Orlando, FL 32837) on Thursday, January 25th starting at 8pm ET!


Teams will consist of three people, who will alternate responsibilities throughout the course of the event: driver, lap counter, and driver-on-deck.


The group will then pick one person to represent the team in a 10-lap qualifying session to determine the starting grid for the endurance race.


When the race begins, the lap counter will begin tracking the laps using a notebook, and will be responsible for pitting their driver between laps 10 and 16 by displaying a “Pit Now” sign prior to their pit entrance. Pit road will be open to a max of two karts at a time, and once full, will remain closed until a spot reopens. If the driver does not pit during this window, a penalty of 2 laps will be deducted from the team’s final result.


When the driver enters the pits, they must wait for a K1 Speed staff member to assist them in getting up from the kart. The driver will then quickly walk to the driver-on-deck and will pass them a bandana that will allow them to enter the pits. Any driver caught running in the pits will be assessed a two-lap penalty.


The driver-on-deck will then receive their kart number and must tie the bandana on the kart prior to leaving the pit road. It’s essential that the new driver secures their bandana properly as a two-lap penalty will be handed out if the bandana has to be retrieved on the track.


The former driver will then become the lap counter, and the lap counter will become the driver-on-deck. This format will continue until the race time expires. The team with the most laps completed will win the competition and the tickets to the Rolex 24!


So, get your quickest friends together and enter our endurance race today! Drivers and Teams will need to sign up at the Orlando center. Prices to participate are; Driver – $50 or Team – $150.



• When the race initially began in 1962, it started as a three-hour race known as the Daytona Continental. This was famously (and controversially) won by Dan Gurney driving a 2.7L Coventry-Climax powered Lotus 19 that had to be pushed across the finish line when the engine failed in the final minutes of the race.


• Ken Miles and Llyod Ruby won the inaugural 24-hour event in 1966 in a Ford GT40 Mk II, with Ford claiming the top three positions over the Ferrari 365 P2/3 of Mario Andretti and Pedro Rodriguez. The following year, Ferrari struck back and claimed their own 1-2-3 finish with Lorenzo Bandini and Chris Amon the victors in their 330 P4.


• Sports car racing legends Hurley Haywood and Scott Pruett are tied for most driver wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona, while Chip Ganassi Racing has the most wins as a team (6), while Porsche is the most winning manufacturer of the race (18).


• 2018’s Rolex 24 will feature two active Formula One drivers – two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso (with United Autosports) and Williams teen racer Lance Stroll (with Jackie Chan DC Racing).

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  • John Harrison

    I might have overlooked it in the write up above but will this be a 24 hour kart race? This definitely sounds awesome regardless of the overall time.

    • Staff Writer

      The endurance race will start at 8pm until close. Non-stop racing for 2-hours with up to 11-12 teams.

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