The Yellow Party Thursday night a great charity event in lead up to Indy 500

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The week leading up to the Indianapolis 500 is one that always features a wealth of parties, but one of the best for charity is the annual The Yellow Party, presented by AutoNation and Lennar, this Thursday night, May 22.

Racing for Cancer founder Ryan Hunter-Reay, the 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series champion, has committed time, money and resources for fundraising to help beat cancer – The Yellow Party grew out of the “Beat Cancer Bash” a few years ago. RHR and wife Beccy Hunter-Reay are hosts of the event.

The focal point of the night will be the live and silent auctions of one of a kind motorsports memorabilia as well as goods and services donated from local Indianapolis businesses. All proceeds will go to benefit foundations dedicated to the early detection of cancer, research and prevention: Racing for Cancer, The Little Red Door, and the Indy Family Foundation. In addition to the funds raised from the donation, AutoNation will match all funds raised at next Thursday’s event.

Most of the IndyCar field – which so far besides Hunter-Reay includes at least Scott Dixon, Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe, Carlos Munoz, EJ Viso, Ryan Briscoe, Ed Carpenter, Alex Tagliani, Charlie Kimball and likely more – will be in attendance Thursday night at the Crane Bay in downtown Indianapolis.

VIP tickets are available for purchase before the event opens to the general public. More information on the event, which begins at 6 for VIPs and 7 for GAs, can be found on the event website.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.