Daily Archive for July 10th, 2010

“Joz can race!” (insert Asian female driver joke here… or is this picture it?!)

An old friend from college invited me to an amazing event that I
couldn’t say no to.  His company organized "GIRLS CAN RACE: Ladies
Night at K1" and featured professional racers as our coaches in a
night that was centered around fun, learning, and improving (instead
of competing and winning). The guys who came out to support their
girlfriends/wives had their own activity for the evening: an arts and
crafts table where they were given the task of making signs to cheer
us on.

I was in a group that was coached by Craig Stanton– 2005 GRAND-AM
Rolex Series Champion– and pretty much the best is the biz! Craig
and all the professional racers were so nice and helpful in answering
our questions and giving us tips and advice.

Considering that this was my first time racing, I figured I the bar
was set really low. I was happy that I didn’t come in last both times
I got to drive. (So I came in 11th out of 12– beating out a little
girl both times– still not last! Yay I drive better than a little
girl!) Heck, I was just glad that I didn’t hurt myself or run anyone
over. I did crash once but it wasn’t my fault– someone tried to pass
me from the outside as I was making a hairpin turn. KABOOM! She spun
out but I just kept driving myself to second-to-last place!

Thanks to Sean Heckman and The Media Barons, K1 Speed, all the
professional racers & coaches, and all the ladies who came out for
making it such a fun night!

Here is the event description:
GIRLS CAN RACE: Ladies Night at K1

Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: K1 Speed, Torrance
Street: 19038 S. Vermont Ave.
City/Town: Gardena, CA

LADIES NIGHT AT K1: Featuring pro coaches Craig Stanton, Oriol Servia,
Kelly Collins, Duncan Ende, Nathan Swartzbaugh… and possible cameo
by Tommy Kendall!

RSVP IS ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED!!! Only 30 spots available

Never gone racing? Want to come to the track and beat your man every
time? This is your chance.

Presenting the first ever ladies-only night of racing and coaching,
The Media Barons and K1 Speed present a fun evening of racing,
instruction, and just plain fun. Directed by 2005 GRAND-AM Rolex
Series Champion Craig Stanton, one of the highest-rated private
instructors in the world, our night will feature a number of on and
off track ways to not only improve your race and street driving, but
also have fun in the process.

Featuring some of the top professional drivers in the world, this is
the sort of experience that racing schools would offer for thousands
of dollars, but we just ask for smiles, so get out here!

-FREE INSTRUCTION (both on track and classroom sessions)

Does your man want to join? Bring him out! There will still be
on-track sessions and opportunities for boys to come out and race
while they wait.


Craig Stanton- 2005 GRAND-AM Rolex Series Champion
Oriol Servia- IndyCar Driver, Indy Lights Champion
Kelly Collins- 2009 GRAND-AM Rolex Series Champion
Duncan Ende- GRAND-AM Winner
Nathan Swartzbaugh- 2006 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Champion

…And Possible Cameo By…
Tommy Kendall- 4-Time Trans-Am Series Champion

K1 Speed
Gardena, CA
Due to popular request, this is my signature:  (-_-)  Did someone blink?

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