Want to race Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne or Kyle Larson? Mark Smoke’s wreck anniversary for charity

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August 5, 2013 will be a day Tony Stewart will never forget. It was in the evening that Stewart, competing in a sprint car race like he had done hundreds of times in his life, suffered the worst crash of his more than three-decade racing career.

Be it sprint cars, Sprint Cup or Indy cars, Stewart had never endured the kind of injuries he did that night, including multiple fractures of his right (driving) leg.

Right afterward, initial optimistic predictions had Stewart back racing within four to six weeks. Optimism turned to pessimism where he would in actuality miss the final 15 races of the Sprint Cup season.

He’s still not 100 percent today, 10 months later.

So how will Stewart mark the one-year “anniversary”?

Go racing, of course.

According to the Des Moines Register, one year and one day after Stewart’s horrific crash, he’ll be “celebrating” by competing in a charity go-kart race with a few of his NASCAR buddies in Knoxville, Iowa.

Joining Stewart will be Jeff Gordon, Kyle Larson and Kasey Kahne.

(What, no Kyle Busch? He races anything and everywhere, doesn’t he?)

Stewart was slated to race in the same event last year (the inaugural race), but obviously couldn’t because of his wreck two days earlier. Larson was a late sub and wound up winning the event.

For this year’s second edition of the kart race, the first 50 individuals who contribute $300 to Kick-It, a charity that raises money for children’s cancer research, get a chance to race against Stewart, Gordon, Kahne and Larson.

That’s right, if you ever wanted to trade paint or rub fenders with any of those four Cup drivers, now’s your chance!

Just please don’t flip Tony’s kart and break his leg again, okay?

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Formula One: Recapping the past week’s news

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While the FIA Formula 1 World Championship is still two months away from beginning its 2018 season, this past week did bring about news items that filled out the 2018 grid and shed some light on individual team and car launches as the season-opening Australian Grand Prix draws closer.

Below is a recap of F1 news from this past week:

Williams Signs Sirotkin for 2018 Drive, Names Kubica as Reserve Driver

The saga of the second seat at Williams Martini Racing was finally resolved early on in the week, with former Renault Sport F1 Team test driver Sergey Sirotkin officially confirmed as a teammate to the incumbent Lance Stroll in 2018.

The announcement concluded months of speculation that saw multiple drivers test for the team in an auditioning capacity. Most notably, Robert Kubica looked to be a main contender for the seat before Sirotkin emerged as the favorite.

However, Kubica, who has not raced in Formula 1 since a devastating rally accident in 2011 left him with brutal injuries to his right arm, was named as a reserve and development driver for the team.

This announcement also completes the 2018 Formula 1 driver lineup, with all 11 teams having their seats now filled. Among those who were left without F1 drives are Paul Di Resta, who drove for Williams at the Hungarian Grand Prix in relief of Felipe Massa and even tested with them during the Winter months, and Antonio Giovinazzi, who filled in for Pascal Wehrlein at the Australian and Chinese Grands Prix.

Former Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat is also without a race seat for 2018, but did sign on with Scuderia Ferrari as a development driver.

Mercedes, McLaren Reveal Dates for Their 2018 Car Launches

While most teams have not yet released dates for when their 2018 cars will be publicly launched, three notables have.

Mercedes AMG Petronas will introduce its 2018 challenger on February 22nd, the same day Ferrari is doing so, while McLaren will unveil its car one day later on the 23rd.

Testing will commence on February 26th at Circuit de Catalunya.