Castroneves, GP2’s Leal split wins in Montoya’s charity kart event

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This weekend in Medellin, Colombia, three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves and Colombian GP2 driver Julian Leal were victorious in Juan Pablo Montoya’s “Carrera de Estrellas” (Race of Stars) charity race.

All proceeds raised went to Montoya’s Formula Smiles foundation, which helps underprivileged children in Colombia. The event featured plenty of star power (no pun intended) with competitors such as NASCAR’s Kurt Busch and Joey Logano, IndyCar’s Carlos Munoz and Sebastian Saavedra, and Indy Lights’ Gabby Chaves also taking part.

According to Colombia’s Caracol Radio, at least 1,500 spectators attended the event, which took place on a temporary street circuit in Medellin. The event had a two-race format with one in the day and another at night.

In the day race, Leal took the win ahead of Montoya and Munoz. In the nightcap, Castroneves triumphed over Logano while Chaves came home third.

Race 1 – Results
1. Julian Leal (COL)
2. Juan Pablo Montoya (COL)
3. Carlos Muñoz (COL)
4. Gabby Chaves (COL)
5. Helio Castroneves (BRA)
6. Sebastian Saavedra (COL)
7. Gustavo Yacamán (COL)
8. Kurt Busch (USA)
9. Joey Logano (USA)
10. Manuela Vasquez (COL)

Race 2 – Results
1. Helio Castroneves (BRA)
2. Joey Logano (USA)
3. Gabby Chaves (COL)
4. Juan Pablo Montoya (COL)
5. Julian Leal (COL)
6. Carlos Muñoz (COL)
7. Kurt Busch (USA)
8. Gustavo Yucamán (COL)
9. Sebastian Saavedra (COL)
10. Manuela Vasquez (COL)

IndyCar, Dallara reveal tweak to speedway aero package

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INDYCAR and Dallara revealed on Monday that a front wing extension will be made available to Verizon IndyCar Series teams to use as part of the super speedway aero package for the universal aero kits.

The extensions are expected to provide an increase in front downforce, by a minimum of three percent, and teams will be free to use them as needed. Dallara is also providing an additional wicker that can be used as a part of the extension.

The change comes in the wake of drivers voicing concerns about stability at the front of the car, especially while running in traffic – concerns which surfaced initially during Indianapolis 500 practice.

More details about the change can be viewed on IndyCar’s website.

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