Sarah Fisher building go-kart facility in shadow of Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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Four days after she watched Joesef Newgarden win his first Verizon IndyCar Series race , it was announced that Sarah Fisher and her husband, Andy O’Gara, would construct and open a privately-owned go-kart track in Speedway, Indiana.

The co-owner of Carpenter Fisher Hartman Racing (CFH Racing) announced plans for Speedway Indoor Karting, a 60,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art indoor karting facility that will be home to a 14-turn road course with multiple elevation changes, plus a banked oval that will be sunk into the floor for viewing by spectators on both floors of the facility.

The facility track is scheduled to open in April 2016 and will be located at 1067 Main St., in Speedway, walking distance from Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the shop for CFH Racing.

“Andy and I have many goals for Speedway Indoor Karting, all of which are driven toward providing our community, fans and anyone interested in our sport with a destination here in Speedway where they may experience first-class, hands-on racing,” Fisher said in a release. “We want our customers to leave educated and passionate about returning to our community here in Speedway.”

The go-karts used will be made by Sodikarts and there will also be a competitive league for junior karters to provide “an ideal, affordable introduction into motorsports for aspiring racers.”

The facility will also have an on-site restaurant called 1911 Grill, named after the first year the Indianapolis 500 was ran.

Andretti Autosport picks James Hinchcliffe for last 3 races of season

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James Hinchcliffe will finish the NTT IndyCar Series season for Andretti Autosport, replacing Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda.

The team made the announcement Friday afternoon that Hinchcliffe will return after racing for Andretti at Texas Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Indianapolis 500.

Hinchcliffe, who also has worked as an IndyCar on NBC analyst and pit reporter, will race in the Oct. 2-3 doubleheader race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

“It’s always unfortunate to have to change drivers this far into a season, but we have to look at finishing the year the best we can for the 26 team and start evaluating and looking at options for 2021,” team owner Michael Andretti said in a release. “James has an existing relationship with our team that we’d love to build on and it makes the most sense for him to step in for these last three races. We are looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

Hinchcliffe has a season-best finish of seventh in the Indy 500. He had been working on trying to put together a deal for next season after scrambling to secure a partial schedule this year when he lost his ride at Arrow McLaren SP after 2020 with a year left on his deal.

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“I know, probably better than most, what Zach is feeling right now, and I have to say that he has handled everything about as class act as you can,” Hinchcliffe said. “I’ve known Zach as a teammate, before that as a colleague and even before that as a friend, and he is a guy that I respect in every way. I know he is a fighter and will fight back to where he wants to be.

“For me now, my focus is 100% on racing the Harvest GP and getting the best possible results for Gainbridge, for Honda, for Michael and for the team. I obviously haven’t been on a road course in a while, but at least the last time I was, it was here at IMS! Hopefully that puts us in a good position to go out there and have a strong weekend.”