Castroneves, GP2’s Leal split wins in Montoya’s charity kart event

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This weekend in Medellin, Colombia, three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves and Colombian GP2 driver Julian Leal were victorious in Juan Pablo Montoya’s “Carrera de Estrellas” (Race of Stars) charity race.

All proceeds raised went to Montoya’s Formula Smiles foundation, which helps underprivileged children in Colombia. The event featured plenty of star power (no pun intended) with competitors such as NASCAR’s Kurt Busch and Joey Logano, IndyCar’s Carlos Munoz and Sebastian Saavedra, and Indy Lights’ Gabby Chaves also taking part.

According to Colombia’s Caracol Radio, at least 1,500 spectators attended the event, which took place on a temporary street circuit in Medellin. The event had a two-race format with one in the day and another at night.

In the day race, Leal took the win ahead of Montoya and Munoz. In the nightcap, Castroneves triumphed over Logano while Chaves came home third.

Race 1 – Results
1. Julian Leal (COL)
2. Juan Pablo Montoya (COL)
3. Carlos Muñoz (COL)
4. Gabby Chaves (COL)
5. Helio Castroneves (BRA)
6. Sebastian Saavedra (COL)
7. Gustavo Yacamán (COL)
8. Kurt Busch (USA)
9. Joey Logano (USA)
10. Manuela Vasquez (COL)

Race 2 – Results
1. Helio Castroneves (BRA)
2. Joey Logano (USA)
3. Gabby Chaves (COL)
4. Juan Pablo Montoya (COL)
5. Julian Leal (COL)
6. Carlos Muñoz (COL)
7. Kurt Busch (USA)
8. Gustavo Yucamán (COL)
9. Sebastian Saavedra (COL)
10. Manuela Vasquez (COL)

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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