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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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Behind the scenes of IndyCar with Will Power’s brother, Damien (VIDEO)

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Damien Power thinks his brother, Will, is a horrible person.

“You can’t choose your family,” the comedian dead pans in an episode of his “Behind The Scenes of IndyCar with Damien Power.”

That’s one of the droll exchanges between Power and driver James Hinchcliffe in the first episode of the weekly web series produced by IndyCar, which premiered September 26. That’s above.

The second episode, featuring Helio Castroneves debuted last week and shows the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner comparing his gelled hair to the comedian’s. In it, Castroneves also (sort of) shares his opinion on IndyCar’s newly introduced rule on drivers not saying anything detrimental to the sport, Rule 9.3.8.

Check out the second video below.

Report: No Mexico, 16 races expected on 2016 IndyCar schedule

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IndyCar chairman Mark Miles doesn’t expect the 2016 Verizon IndyCar season to begin in Mexico in February next year, according to a report by USA Today.

Though Miles said the Mexico race was “unlikely,” he believes the final schedule will 16 races at 15 venues over the course of seven months.

Miles said the series is waiting for a “highly, highly likely” event to be approved by a board around Oct. 13, going on to say it wasn’t Pocono Raceway.

“If we had to, we probably could put this out, in theory, sooner, but we want to go through the formality and respect the process of a formal approval from one of the promoters,” Miles said.

Miles said the Mexico City race has been put on hold due to concerns for proper promotion for the event, which would be the series’ first outside the United States since racing in Brazil in 2013.

“The process they needed to go through to get everything lined up has not really left a lot of time to be confident that everything can be done to properly promote the first race,” Miles told USA Today. “So I think the conversation is very much about ‘17. We just kind of ran out of time for ‘16.”

This is what is know about the 2016 IndyCar schedule so far.

Either the track, IndyCar, or an IndyCar support series (Pirelli World Challenge) have announced these dates for 2016:

March 13: St. Petersburg, Fla.
April 17: Long Beach, Calif.
April 24: Birmingham, Ala.
May 14: Indianapolis, In. (Indy GP)
May 29: Indianapolis, In. (100th Indy 500)
June 4-5: Detroit, Mich.
June 11: Fort Worth, Texas
June 26: Elkhart Lake, Wis.
July 31: Lexington, Ohio
Sept. 4: Boston, Mass.
Sept. 18: Sonoma, Calif.

These dates are not formal but are highly likely for 2016, per media reports:

April 2: Phoenix, AZ
July 17: Toronto, Ontario

These tracks have been rumored, but are yet to announce the status of IndyCar races for 2016:

Iowa Speedway
Pocono Raceway
The Milwaukee Mile
Gateway International Raceway