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    Default IndyCars - The off-season: Series news and comment until the March 2014 kick-off...

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    For the faithful, it's a long wait until March, but series news will be reported here 'til then, and let's start with the next race - TOMORROW!



    No, it's not the big cars. It's GO-KARTS!!




    Most of the drivers in IndyCar started out in karts. Many of them STAY SHARP on open-wheel by karting, still. Not the kind at Disneyland, these are very simple but very fast and serious open-wheel racers, capable of over 160 MPH in the superkart class.

    Tomorrow, the 26th, New Castle Speedway, in Indiana, will host the inaugural Dan Wheldon Memorial Pro-Am Karting Challenge, benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association. The event will feature 12 corporate-sponsored teams in a two-hour race at 12:30 p.m.




    AMONG the drivers will be IndyCar stars:

    James Hinchcliffe
    JR Hildebrand
    Ed Carpenter
    Simon Pagenaud
    Josef Newgarden
    Tristan Vautier
    Sebastian Saavedra
    Alex Tagliani
    Conor Daly
    Bryan Herta
    Jay Howard
    Sage Karam
    Gabby Chaves
    Zach Veach
    Marino Franchitti (substituting for Dario Franchitti)

    There is no admission charge. An autograph session begins at 11:45 a.m. - This is a chance to meet your favorite driver in a relaxed setting. GO!!!

    On Sunday, the 27th, most of the same drivers will be joined at New Castle by Will Power, Simona De Silvestro, Stefan Wilson and James Davison to run the tenth annual RoboPong 200, an endurance karting event that Wheldon won in 2005, the same year he captured his first Indy 500 and the IndyCar Series championship. That race, also free, begins at noon.


    As I stated, most of the current series drivers got their start in karts. Karts - as small as they are - have many of the traits of the highest-performing open-wheel cars. This is a picture of a current driver in their first open-wheel ride, at 6 years old:



    Who is this future IndyCar star?

    answer here:http://forums.hannity.com/showthread...#post103242390




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    By George, it's time for another visit to Link Theater!...



    ...where we take a look at the best short videos of the week. Just click on the link below the pic, and don't forget to turn up the audio, if there is audio.



    1 - For the sake of Susan G. Komen, Pippa Mann becomes a member of Titus Worldwide:



    https://twitter.com/WWE/status/917614855506423809




    2 - James Courtney gives his new boss, Michael Andretti, a tour of Mount Panorama in New South Wales, at a stately 60 kilometers, (37 mph) the day-to-day speed of the track, when not racing:



    http://www.supercars.com/videos/cham...?sf120942525=1




    3 - Now that Ricky Taylor will be moving to Team Penske, Jordan Taylor has to start interviewing replacements for his brother on the IMSA Wayne Taylor Racing team - priceless!



    https://twitter.com/jordan10taylor/s...37581694918656




    4 - Dan Anderson explains the beauty of the Mazda Road to Indy - unique in the racing world:



    https://twitter.com/TeamCooperTire/s...44248880476162




    5 - Bob Perona - one of racing's best driver coaches ever - explains the track walk as practiced by Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (click on "not now" below "Create New Account") :



    https://www.facebook.com/SPMindycar/...5983252194471/




    6 - The great Nigel Mansell takes us on a lap of Portland International Raceway in his Andretti Autosport Lola Chevrolet in 1993:



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCUq...ature=youtu.be




    7 - Portland gave IndyCar some great races in the past. We're looking forward to the return in 2018, and so is IndyCar, celebrating the past, here:



    https://twitter.com/IndyCar/status/918538017983275009




    8 - Two Japanese Champions at Indy in one year? What are the odds? Yet Takuma Sato and Yoshi Muroya made it happen:



    https://twitter.com/IMS/status/919691179733725185




    9 - Robert Wickens and James Hinchcliffe are the best of friends and now will be teammates. James' GF, Becky Dalton, approves:



    https://twitter.com/IndyCar/status/920789174461939712




    10 - Fernando Alonso discusses the American Motorsports fan - part of his great experience at Indy in 2017:



    https://twitter.com/cnnsport/status/920352774826745857




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    We now know who Kyle Kaiser will debut with in IndyCars in 2018...



    When the Santa Clara, California native WON the 2017 Indy Lights Championship he was given a 1 million dollar scholarship to apply to three races in an IndyCar in the 2018 season with whatever team he could strike a deal. Well, Kyle made it easy on himself and also got an additional race, as Juncos Racing - his Indy Lights team - has decided to field an IndyCar at both the Indianapolis Grand Prix and the Indy 500, as well as TWO additional races as yet unnamed, with Kaiser in the cockpit.


    Kyle Kaiser





    Juncos debuted in the big cars in 2017, as they put both Spencer Pigot (now with Ed Carpenter Racing) and Sebastian Saavedra in the Indy 500 in Juncos machines bought from defunct KV Racing Technology. Kyle will get to drive one of those two chassis for at least 4 races. Of course, should additional funding in the form of sponsorship materialize, there is no telling how many races Juncos will do.

    Spencer Pigot (left) and Sebastian Saavedra





    Juncos will have a busy 2018. Not only will they be doing these four big car races, but they also plan to field 3 cars in Pro Mazda and 3 to 4 cars in Indy Lights - all run out of their beautiful new Technical Center in Speedway, Indiana - in the shadow of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.




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