What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
And for IndyCar drivers Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly and Formula One pilot Sergio Perez, good riddance for that.
Reigning Indianapolis 500 winner Rossi, fellow Verizon IndyCar Series driver Conor Daly and F1’s Perez took part in the 20th annual SKUSA SuperNationals in Las Vegas, the largest go-kart race in the world.
In Sunday’s main event of the week, the 25-lap KZ2, all three world-class drivers exited early and finished in the final three spots of the 30 drivers entered.
But look at the bright side for drivers like race winner Paolo De Conto and runner-up Anthony Abbasse: in addition to their strong finishes, they also have tremendous bragging rights that they bested Daly, Rossi and Perez.
All three drivers made early exits in the race due to a variety of mechanical failures:
* Perez, who drives for Force India in F1, was making a detour between last week’s race in Brazil and next weekend’s season finale in Abu Dhabi. He finished 28th of the 30-driver field, completing just seven of the scheduled 25 laps. It was Perez’s first SuperNationals since 2002, where he finished 11th in a field that included present IndyCar stars Graham Rahal and James Hinchcliffe.
* Daly, who signed last week to race for A.J. Foyt Racing in 2017 in IndyCar, finished 29th (second-to-last), managing to complete just five laps before retiring.
* Rossi finished last, completing just four laps before he also called it quits.
But on the other hand, the three drivers shouldn’t feel all that bad in the whole big scheme of things: Twelve other drivers also recorded DNFs, meaning just half (15) the drivers in the starting field took the checkered flag.
Here’s a compilation of a number of social media posts from all three drivers and others that capsulized the five day event: