IndyCar drivers to participate in Dan Wheldon Pro-Am Karting Event

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A number of IndyCar drivers have committed to racing in the third annual Dan Wheldon Memorial Pro-Am Karting Challenge at New Castle (Ind.) Motorsports Park on Sept. 19.

Among the active and former IndyCar and Mazda Road to Indy drivers in the event to raise money for The Dan Wheldon Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association are Scott Dixon, Sarah Fisher, Ed Carpenter and Sebastian Saavedra.

The event includes 20 corporate-sponsored teams with one professional and three amateur drivers in a timed two-hour race. Karts for the final segment will be driven by the professional racers. Fans are invited, with a driver autograph session a part of the day’s activities.

The event, which honors Dan Wheldon who was killed in an October 2011 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, has raised $165,000 for the The Sue Wheldon Fund, “which has supported a New Investigator Research Grant and early-stage programs of the Greater Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association as well as the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter’s care and support programs.” Sue, Dan’s mother, died in April 2014.

“When we started this event in 2013, we did it to honor Dan’s legacy with support for charities that were near to his heart,” said his widow, Susie Wheldon, in a press release. “I’m amazed and humbled at what we’ve accomplished in just two short years and it is exciting to see the event grow and for everyone to have such a good time raising money for the foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association. I really hope we can fill all 20 (sponsorship) spots this year in order to raise the bar for 2016 and continue to touch lives through Dan’s legacy.”

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.