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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.


Valtteri Bottas wins chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix

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SPIELBERG, Austria — Valtteri Bottas won a chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix while six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after getting a late time penalty Sunday.

The Formula One race was interrupted three times by a safety car, and nine of 20 drivers abandoned, including both Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon – who tried to overtake Hamilton on the outside with 10 laps left, touched wheels and flew off track.

Hamilton was given a 5-second time penalty for causing the collision, having earlier been hit with a three-place grid penalty after an incident in Saturday’s qualifying was reviewed by stewards.

SHOW OF SUPPORT: Drivers take knee before race

Bottas led all 71 laps in the eighth victory of his career. It was the second consecutive victory in the season opener for the Finn, though he won four months earlier in 2019 after this season’s start was delayed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Lando Norris of McLaren F1 celebrates after his first podium finish (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).

Bottas started from pole position and Hamilton from fifth, but it looked like a straight fight between the two Mercedes drivers as has been the case so often in recent years.

But late drama in Spielberg ensured otherwise and Hamilton’s time penalty meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari, and Lando Norris sent McLaren’s garage into raptures – and threw all social distancing rules out of the window amid the euphoria – with third place.

It was the 20-year-old British driver’s first career podium, and his superb final lap was the fastest of a dramatic season opener.

Norris became the youngest British driver to secure a podium finish and the third-youngest ever in Formula One.

Valtteri Bottas leads Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).