Young go-kart racer shows what true racing and determination is all about

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The Internet is like coming to a strange five-way intersection that you’ve never seen before. No matter which way you decide to go, you’re bound to find something new and different.

So as we were looking for something else, we stumbled upon this video of 7-year-old go-kart racer Ryan Rifredi in a race from December at the Blue Max Kart Club in Davis, Calif., and it really struck a chord with us.

This is a real day brightener sure to put a smile on the face of even the most cynical race fan.

This is also what true, unadulterated racing is all about. No worrying about sponsors or looking good on TV, young Ryan shows he has the spirit and heart of a future NASCAR or IndyCar driver.

Shortly after spinning out and then catching up to his rival, Rifredi gets off the pace, prompting him to scream in frustration, “Oooh, I want him dead (around :54).”

But after he recovers, the even more determined Rifredi goes into a chant of sorts, saying “I’ve got him, I’ve got him” that practically wills himself forward.

Sure enough, Rifredi finally catches and passes his opponent, and motors on to the checkered flag.

We’d love to hear somebody like Kyle Busch or Kevin Harvick or maybe even Tony Stewart take a page from Ryan and start chanting as they try to overtake a rival heading into the final lap of a race, “I’ve got him, I’ve got him” — and then, like Ryan, indeed getting past their rival. That would be great to hear over the team radio, don’t you think?

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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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