Children’s TherAplay event fun charity kickoff to May in Indy (PHOTOS)

Photo: IMS Photo

INDIANAPOLIS – A couple more pre-race weekend activities took place Tuesday in advance first of this weekend’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, then the 100th Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

A nice charity event was hosted by NBCSN Indy Lights analyst Anders Krohn to kick off the day’s festivities, the Children’s TherAplay #Horsepower500.

There, Verizon IndyCar Series and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires drivers plus Krohn’s NBCSN Indy Lights colleagues Kevin Lee and Katie Hargitt all took part in an adaptive tricycle race.

The event would raise funds for equine-assisted physical and occupational therapies at Children’s TherAplay (more information from the event site linked here).

Krohn kicked the event off before the tricycle races took place in three heats first. Drivers would ride down on their tricycles, then after receiving a carrot from their young child teammate they’re partnered with, carry the carrot back in their mouths!

Spencer Pigot, Scott Hargrove and Scott Dixon won the three heat races with Santiago Urrutia also advancing into the next heat round as a wild card entrant.

Dixon, perhaps true to form, was the big winner of the evening compared to the three Mazda Road to Indy stars, Pigot of course having graduated into IndyCar this year while Hargrove and Urrutia are among those looking to capture this year’s Indy Lights title.

More than the results, the event was about the kids, the horses and to raise awareness and funds for the organization.

A handful of photos from IMS Photo and social media are linked below:


Dixon and team.
Dixon and team.
Stef Wilson and team.
Stef Wilson and team.
Daly and Hinch.
Daly and Hinch.
Alberico and Hargrove.
Alberico and Hargrove.
Full group shot.
Full group shot.


Anders kicks off the event.
Anders kicks off the event. Photo: IMS Photo

Photos below via Katie Hargitt:




Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

Petit Le Mans lineup

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.



Results by class

Fastest lap by driver

Fastest lap by driver after qualifying

Fastest lap by driver and class after qualifying

Fastest lap sequence in qualifying

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