Falken Tire & K1 Speed Seattle – Karting Against the Pros


Team Falken recently arrived in Seattle for Round 5 of Formula Drift and one of their first stops while in town was an event at K1 Speed in Redmond, WA. The purpose of the event was for fans to meet the main Falken drivers and then kart against them on K1 Speed’s indoor track.

falken-k1-seattle-6The event started with Daijiro Yoshihara and Justin Pawlak signing autographs and handing out Falken gear to fans.

falken-k1-seattle-3After about half an hour, they were on the track karting with the first few groups of fans.
falken-k1-seattle-7I ended up going out for a session on the track as well. After a short introduction to the kart, the staff let me loose. I was surprised by the acceleration of the electric kart and at times it felt like I was drifting every corner. My best lap of the day ended up being a 17.507, nearly a second and a half slower than the fastest lap at the day.
falken-k1-seattle-8In the end, Darren McNamara had the best lap time of the professional group with a 16.221.

Falken Driver Times:
Darren McNamara: 16.221
Justin Pawlak: 16.488
Daijiro Yoshihara: 16.507

The fastest lap of the day was done by a fan and frequent K1 Speed customer named Javier Cantu-Lucero. He managed to not only beat all of the professional drifting drivers but also set a new track record with a time of 16.093.

After talking with Javier, I found out that he is an experienced racer that races open-wheel cars with his team Dos Toros Racing.

javier-in-car-smallPhoto provided by Javier Cantu-Lucero

Special thanks to Falken and K1 Speed Seattle for the invitation to join the event. If you’re ever in the area I highly recommend checking out K1 Speed in Redmond.

[Sources: K1 Speed]



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Matt Haugness

Matt created ImportMeet.com in 2011 after noticing a lack of media websites dedicated exclusively to import cars. Although he's employed as an engineer and has no formal training in journalism, his skills continue to develop as the editor for the site. He enjoys writing feature car articles, technical build/project articles, and organizing events. Matt drives a 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road, 2001 Honda S2000 and a 1990 V8-swapped Mazda RX-7.


1 Comment

  1. Thanks for including Javier in your coverage of the event! We are working together to get him into a professional circuit!

    Marty Mogk
    Dos Toros Racing

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