• How watching a go-kart race changed F1’s Valtteri Bottas’ life forever
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    How watching a go-kart race changed F1’s Valtteri Bottas’ life forever

    It was 21 years ago, but Valtteri Bottas remembers as if it was yesterday — the day that would change his life forever. Bottas, just six years old at the time, was riding in a car with his father in their native Finland when they came upon a go-kart race taking place. It was love at first sight for little Valtteri – and dad, too. Although they were supposed to continue on to a neighboring town of Lahti, they decided to postpone the trip and spent the rest of the day watching the racing action. It was also the first step Bottas would take towards becoming a race car driver. It’s a journey that two decades later has now, as of Monday, brought him to a seat with the sport’s most dominant team in

  • Josef Newgarden named honorary chairman of Rev fundraiser at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
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    Josef Newgarden named honorary chairman of Rev fundraiser at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

    New Team Penske driver Josef Newgarden has been named as honorary chairman of the 2017 Rev fundraiser to benefit Methodist Health Foundation. This year’s edition of Rev, which brings together luminaries including drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series, as well as fans and philanthropists, will be held May 6 in the infield of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “This is our main fundraiser which also serves to kick off the month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” Methodist Health Foundation Chief Development Officer Sally McGuffey said in a media release. “Rev has grown to become one of the city’s premier foodie events, with cuisine inspired by drivers and Indy’s top chefs. “The event’s mission

  • Chip Ganassi Racing adds competition director
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    Chip Ganassi Racing adds competition director

    Chip Ganassi Racing has hired Mark McArdle to be its competition director, a new position for the organization. McArlde will oversee the team’s two Cup teams — Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray — and its Xfinity operation, which features Brennan Poole, Tyler Reddick, Justin Marks and Larson. McArdle had been with Roush Fenway Racing. He joined the team in Nov. 2014 to oversee engineering for its Cup and Xfinity programs. He previously had been director of racing operations at Richard Childress Racing, joining that organization in April 2013. He spent four years before that at Furniture Row Racing, overseeing the team’s competition department. At Ganassi, McArdle will report to Max Jones, team manager.