IndyCar stars take part in Juan Pablo Montoya’s charity karting race (PHOTOS)

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This past weekend, IndyCar driver Juan Pablo Montoya and his wife hosted a special charity kart race near Bogota, Colombia known as the “Carrera de Estrellas” – or, Race of the Stars.

The name is a proper one, considering the star power that took part in this year’s event.

In addition to JPM, other IndyCar drivers such as Helio Castroneves, Marco Andretti, Simon Pagenaud, Carlos Munoz, Carlos Huertas, and Sebastian Saavedra competed this weekend.

Also joining in were Memo Rojas from the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Yonny Hernandez from MotoGP.

Munoz, IndyCar’s rookie of the year, won over Andretti and Montoya in Race 1, while Indy Lights champ Chaves bested Munoz and Huertas in Race 2. Pagenaud finished fourth in both races.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Montoyas’ “Formula Smiles” foundation, which uses sports to help Colombian youth and reduce poverty and violence in the South American country.

“It was an amazing day,” Munoz told IndyCar.com. “We had fun. There were fights on the track and that was good for the show. Thank you very much to all who were there and hope you had a great time. I also want to thank Juan Pablo Montoya and Connie Montoya for the invitation and congratulate them for this great event.”

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Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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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.