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NBCSN’s Kevin Lee hosts first annual kart event for charity

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The Verizon IndyCar Series season starts next week in St. Petersburg and the first race on NBCSN will follow on April 2 at Phoenix.

In the build-up to the new season, though, NBCSN pit reporter Kevin Lee is putting together a great new event for charity, the first “Kevin Lee Grand Prix” in partnership with Fastimes Indoor Karting in Indianapolis.

Here’s more information about the event and the charity raising efforts:

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Fastimes Indoor Karting in Indianapolis and 93.5/1070 The Fan radio are teaming up to present “The Kevin Lee Grand Prix,” on Tuesday, March 8, from 6-10 p.m. ET. The event will raise money for children’s cancer research with funds going to The Caroline Symmes Cancer Endowment at Riley Hospital for Children.

“The Kevin Lee Grand Prix” is also in honor of Ben Burchard, a 12-year-old quarter midget racer from Brownsburg, Indiana, who recently lost his battle to Osteosarcoma.

Lee is a pit reporter on NBCSN’s IndyCar coverage and the host of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and Mazda Road to Indy shows on NBCSN and also co-hosts “Trackside” – a weekly IndyCar radio show with Curt Cavin of the Indianapolis Star on 93.5/1070 The Fan in Indianapolis. A live edition of the radio show will originate from the event from 7-9 pm.

Tickets are available at this Eventbrite link.

A $50 donation includes at least one kart race including at least one professional driver or Indianapolis-area celebrity, along with food, drink and access to the event. A $25 donation is good for everything except a race.  The first 80 to register also receive an event T-shirt. Donations are also welcome. There will also be a silent auction with racing and sporting memorabilia and experiences.

For more information contact: Bryan Puckett, Fastimes – bryan@ftik.com or 317-566-0066.


IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.