Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Justin Wilson EBay Charity Auction

Justin Wilson's tragic death from an accident in the second last race of the season brought a wave of support for his family from the entire Indycar community. 

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Special memorial t-shirts and stickers and paintings were designed and are for sale with all proceeds going to his wife and two young daughters.  Fans and competitors alike donated to the special Wilson Family Fund that was set up for them.

Dan Wheldon's widow generously named the Dan Wheldon  Memorial Pro Am Karting Challenge honoring Justin Wilson and donated funds from that great event to the Wilsons.

Road America donated $10 from each $20 admission ticket to the Indycar testing sessions in September to the Wilson Family Fund.

Graham Rahal has organized a massive ebay charity auction of motorsports and sports memorabilia that highlights the love and respect that fellow competitors have for Justin Wilson.  Fantastic, one of a kind items were donated from a phenomenal list of athletes, sponsors and individuals.  The auction began September 14th with race worn helmets donated by Indycar drivers and the event will end on October 26th.  New items are added each week.


From IMSA:  VIP Experience for any 2016 race
From Nascar:  Race worn Suits from Jimmie Johnson and more.
From F1:  Race worn suits from Filippi Massa, Lewis Hamilton, and others
From Bridgestone:  Tire tread sports balls
From Firestone:  Field of 33 Autographed 2015 Indy 500 Tire
From Pirelli World Challenge:  Full Field Pirelli World Challenge Autographed helmet
From Indycar :  Race-Worn driver suits and more
From NHRA:  Race-used pistons from John Force, Courtney Force and more
MLB LA Angels team signed jersey
NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets signed jersey
NFL: jerseys

It's great to see so many people and organizations in racing and beyond supporting the Wilson family.  It is amazing to see how many people's lives Justin touched and to see everyone want to help him by helping Julia, Jess and Jane.  Keep them all in your prayers.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hinchcliffe in an Indycar at Road America

James Hinchcliffe is back in an Indycar!!

After 4 months of recovery after his scary crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,  James Hinchcliffe got back in an Indycar at a test session at Road America on Monday.  He technically got back in an Indycar when he drove the two-seater across the Golden Gate Bridge prior to the season finale at Sonoma, but we're pretty sure he was going a bit faster at Road America.

But he did shave his beard after the Golden Gate drive, since he said after the accident he wouldn't shave till he got back in an Indycar.  He let his Indycar fans decide if getting in the two seater counted.

He also went racing in a go-kart a few weekends ago at the Dan Wheldon Memorial Kart Race were he seemed to be enjoying himself.

So Hinch seems pretty happy to be back in and Indycar and we know all the Indycar fans are just as excited to see one of everyone's favorite drivers suited and booted and back in an Indycar going fast.
Welcome back Hinch!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Dan Wheldon Memorial Kart Race

Dan Wheldon Memorial Pro Am Karting Race in honor of Justin Wilson

Each year, top-tier Indycar drivers return to their roots for the Dan Wheldon Pro-Am Karting Challenge at the 1 mile New Castle Motorsports Park.  The event raises money for the Alzheimer's Association, a cause that Dan dearly supported.  This year, the event also raised money for the Wilson Family Foundation. 

Each kart team has 3 amateur drivers and one pro driver.  The amateur drivers take the first three 15-minute stints, and then the pro drivers battle it out to the finish line.  This year, the likes of Scott Dixon, Josef Newgarden, Ed Carpenter, Marco Andretti and James Hinchcliffe, back for his first race since his accident at Indianapolis, took to bumping, bruising and some trash talking in 6 hp karts. 

A really cool part was when Dan's Wheldon's son, 6-year old Sebastien paced the field to the green and his youngest son, Oliver waved the green and checkered flags.  Cutest moment was when Oliver gave his big brother the thumbs up as he drove past.  After the race the Wheldon boys helped Poppy and Tilly Dixon hand out the trophies to the winners.

Our favorite shot from the Robopong weekend at New Castle Motorsports Park.

The first three stints of the race were dominated by the 27 car.  Josef Newgardens team stayed in the top four the whole first three stints and Scott Dixon was lagging behind mid pack. (Pay attention, he's sort of important.)  The teams could buy back a lap that they lost for $100.  All the teams that were a lap down did, so that it came down to a full out sprint involving all the pros.  Marco Andretti, in the dominant 27 car, took the early lead but was sidelined late in the race when he was tapped off course and did his first front-flip in a go-kart.  Josef Newgarden stopped to check to see that Marco was unhurt, and then Marco got out from under the car, flipped it back over and managed to finish the race.  Matthew Brabham and Sage Karam fought for the lead and didn't notice Scott Dixon until he and Will Power got by them on the final lap. 
 Matthew Brabham came home third.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Wheldon Memorial Pro Am Karting Challenge

New Castle Motorsports Park will host the Dan Wheldon Memorial Pro-Am Karting Challenge and RoboPong 200 this weekend.

Josef Newgarden, will be there racing for the two time defending champ team, Big Machine Records.  They won with Marino Franchitti and Tony Kanaan the past two years.

An even bigger draw is that James Hinchcliffe will be racing a kart!!!
Back from his awful injuries at Indianapolis this past May, and fresh off  having driven the Indycar Championship trophy across the Golden Gate Bridge in the two seater a few weeks ago.
On driving this weekend Hinch (from Trackside on 1070 the Fan with Curt Cavin) "The doctors are ok with anything they don't know about..."

The Dan Wheldon Classic kicks off at 12:45 and features 16 teams racing in stock karts.  Each team has a Indycar pro that runs the final stint of the race.  The race was started by Dan Wheldon's widow Susie Wheldon in 2013 and benefits the Alzheimers Association and The Justin Wilson Children's Fund.

Some of the drivers scheduled to participate along with Josef and Hinch are 2015 Indycar champ, Scott Dixon, 2014 Champion, Will Power, Marco Andretti, Sage Karam, Ed Carpenter, Ryan Briscoe, 2015 Indycar Rookie of the Year, Gabby Chaves, Sebastian Saavedra, Sarah Fisher, Matt Brabham, Steve Harvey and 2015 Indy Lights Champion, Spencer Pigot.

Sunday features the 12th Annual RoboPong 200  preceeded by 3 support races. 
The race is 200 miles broken up into 4, 50 lap stints.  The winner receives $10,000 and the Dan Wheldon Cup.  Many of the pros from Saturday will also race on Sunday. 

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Indy Lights Championship

The Indy Lights series crowned the 2015 Champion Sunday at Laguna Seca Raceway. 
Heading into the weekend, Jack Harvey had a 6 point advantage over Spencer Pigot. 
Pigot swept the double header to win the 1 million dollar Indycar  scholarship and give Juncos Racing its first Indy Lights Champion.

It was fitting that Pigot won the championship since he has spent his career winning at each level in the Mazda Road to Indy feeder system that is to prepare drivers to race in the Indycar Series. 
He has 24 total wins in the MRTI series.

With his Indy Lights Championship, the (almost) 22 year old driver from Orlando, Florida receives a 1 million dollar scholarship to use towards an Indycar ride.

We look forward to seeing him in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016.