Drivers take part in Easter festivities

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All the major racing series are off for the Easter holiday, but some drivers are still taking time to join in several time-honored traditions.

Yesterday, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway made its annual claim as perhaps the best Easter egg-hunting ground ever by turning the kiddies loose inside Turn 3 of the Brickyard in a rush for Easter treats. IZOD IndyCar Series drivers Ed Carpenter (pictured) and Alex Tagliani also dropped in on the event, which was open to the public.

“Any reason to get out to IMS is a good reason and it’s always fun to bring the family out here and have some fun,” Carpenter told Indianapolis TV station WISH-TV.

Meanwhile, former IndyCar racer and current NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie Danica Patrick will be spending Monday at the White House as part of its 135th annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn. She will be one of multiple guest readers for the Roll, joining NFL phenom Adrian Peterson, Sesame Street, the Super Sprowtz, and child actress Quvenzhane Wallis, the youngest actress to ever receive a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

The White House expects to entertain more than 35,000 guests for the Roll on Monday.

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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