North Carolina legislators honor late Lynda Petty

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NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty’s late wife Lynda was honored Tuesday by the North Carolina General Assembly for her decades of service to the community and NASCAR.

Lynda Petty passed away March 25 after a long illness. She was 72.

Lynda and Richard had been married 55 years at the time of her death.

North Carolina state Sen. Jerry Tillman (R-Randolph) read an official proclamation in front of the General Assembly praising Lynda Petty for her years of service for a number of causes, including 16 years on the Randolph County Board of Education, founded several philanthropic organizations and served on several charitable boards.

Tillman also cited Lynda Petty for her years of service to the NASCAR community, to which Tillman called her “the First Lady of NASCAR.”

Richard Petty was present to accept the honors bestowed upon his late wife.

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Kyle Kaiser to step up to IndyCar with Juncos Racing

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Kyle Kaiser will make his step up for his initial four-race program into the Verizon IndyCar Series with the team that’s brought him all his success in the Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires: Juncos Racing.

The 21-year-old American will race at next year’s Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Grand Prix along with two other races in the 2018 season, as his reward for winning this year’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship and the $1 million Mazda Motorsports Advancement Scholarship that comes with it.

At the moment the plan is just for a partial season as both driver and team are new to IndyCar. Kaiser hasn’t yet tested an IndyCar and Ricardo Juncos’ team made its debut in the 2017 Indianapolis 500.

More to follow.