Dixon, Tagliani compete to raise money for charities

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If you’re planning to visit the Indiana State Fair this summer, be sure to have your camera phones ready, for you might just see former Indianapolis 500 winner Scott Dixon (pictured) on a tricycle wearing a sheep costume. Or Barracuda Racing’s Alex Tagliani doing the same thing dressed as a beaver.

Those are the potential outcomes for the loser in Dixon and Tagliani’s online bet to see who can raise the most money for their respective charities through the Power of 2 initiative. Fans can donate to the IndyCar drivers’ causes at Power-Of-2.org as many times as they wish through Thursday, July 18 at 8 p.m. ET.

Dixon is supporting New Zealand-based cancer charity CanTeen and American-based group Teens Living With Cancer, while Tagliani is raising money for Anaphylaxis Canada.

“I’ve been a strong supporter and spokesperson for both CanTeen and Teens Living with Cancer because I feel this age group often gets overlooked,” Dixon said in a press release. “Oftentimes, people immediately think of either helping children or adults, but teenagers are going through a lot to begin with at this stage in their lives. It’s one of the most difficult stages of your life – even without the added difficulties of fighting cancer.”

“As someone with a severe food allergy to peanuts and tree nuts, I can tell you that an anaphylactic reaction is far more frightening than driving a race car,” Tagliani said in the same release. “Helping kids better manage their allergies and live safely is something I am very passionate about. I also can’t wait to see Scott get on the kid’s bike in his sheep costume.”

Fans that donate will also have the chance to win prizes such as a signed racing helmet from Dixon or Tagliani, and a phone/Skype call with them.

Michael Carter wins Mazda Road to 24 Shootout

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Michael Carter was selected as the winner of the 2018 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout.

Carter was one of four drivers who competed for the honor and a $100,000 scholarship that went along with it. Matthew Dirks, Hannah Grisham and Loni Unser also competed.

With the scholarship, Carter will compete in the 2019 Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup.

“What a journey this has been,” said Carter in a press release. “The reason I started racing a Mazda was because of the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout. It was our one single goal all along and to finally accomplish that is surreal. The process begins next week of getting ready for next season, for the series test at Barber, and to put together a good season in the Global MX-5 Cup.”

Carter was invited to the Shootout largely because of his 2018 performance in SCCA. He finished second in the SCCA Hoosier Super Tour Points Championship, won the Spec Miata Challenge and won in Spec Miata at the American Road Race of Champions.

The 18-year-old Carter had his eye on the Road to Mazda early.

“Each year, it is exciting to see the next batch of talent that is in the pipeline,” said John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports. “I heard something from Michael and his father that really hit a chord with me which was that they built a Spec Miata with the sole purpose of going up the Mazda Road to 24 ladder.

That really speaks to the challenger spirit at Mazda, to why we have the Shootout, and to the family that we have at Mazda. Michael is the driver today who walks away with the scholarship, but we had four families come together here who have all gone racing together. For all of us at Mazda, it’s very rewarding to give these families a chance to go racing together. We look forward to watching Michael take the next step in his career in next season’s Global MX-5 Cup.”