Start of IndyCar race sees throttle issues for Helio, wreck for Kanaan and Andretti (VIDEO)

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Today’s Honda 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has begun with trouble for Verizon IndyCar Series championship leader Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan (pictured), and Marco Andretti.

As the cars went out for pre-race pace laps, Castroneves was suffering with a stuck throttle on his No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet.

The Brazilian was due to start 15th on the grid but instead had to see the field take the green flag without him.

But moments after the race began, third-place Tony Kanaan went over the curbing at Turn 4 and spun out. Most of the field was able to avoid him, but Marco Andretti was unable to do so and ran into Kanaan.

“It was really tight for both of us [Kanaan and second-place Josef Newgarden] and I don’t know if he saw me or not,” Kanaan told NBCSN. “I was all the way alongside him and then toward the middle of the corner, he was actually a little ahead so there was contact there. He touched my front wheel and I spun.

“Man, I was in a tough position there. And then Marco didn’t see me, unfortunately. I feel bad for Marco. I feel bad for the Target Chip Ganassi boys. We had such a great streak of podiums and this was gonna be a good race but it’s one of those things.”

As for Andretti, he admonished himself for not being able to qualify further up the grid in order to avoid being caught in Kanaan’s incident.

“That’s what happens when I start back there,” Andretti said to NBCSN. “My qualifying has been pathetic. I’m super frustrated and I’ve got to work on that. That’s first off.

“But what’s breaking my heart right now is where [teammate James] Hinchcliffe is. He’s sixth on the track and he started behind me. It’s just – we gotta qualify better.”

Under the ensuing caution, Castroneves was finally able to get going and returned to the track just before the race restarted at Lap 5. However, the door’s now open for Team Penske teammate Will Power to take over the championship lead with a good result today.

Before today’s race, Castroneves was up by 13 points on Power in the standings.

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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