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Fifth Buxton Bash set for this week to benefit Komen Austin

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This week isn’t just the United States Grand Prix in Austin at Circuit of The Americas, but also the return of NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton’s “The Buxton Bash,” a fun pre-weekend event that also is a big fundraiser for charity.

This event took place in each of the first four U.S. Grands Prix from 2012 through 2015 but took a one-year hiatus last year as Buxton was tending to family matters and concerns, having lost his father earlier in the year.

But it’s back full bore this year, to be held the Thursday night, October 19, before the U.S. Grand Prix. The event takes place at Clearport, 516 E. 6th St. in Austin, with doors opening at 7 p.m. CT and local time. The show starts at 8 p.m.

A $10 donation at the door goes to Susan G. Komen Austin, which is an Austin-based nonprofit committed to saving lives locally and fighting breast cancer globally. There will be a lot of great giveaway items at the event, as well.

Buxton announced details for this on the Speed City Podcast a couple weeks ago.

“We set up the bash… which started as a karaoke night and was really fun, and it’s grown every year!” Buxton said. “Now we get drivers coming down, teams provide amazing giveaways, and it’s a chance to meet drivers. Alexander Rossi came down when he was racing in GP2… and he’s now an Indianapolis 500 champion. Gil de Ferran and Mario Andretti (below, in 2014) have come down.

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“It’s all about raising money for local charities and I think we’ve raised nearly $100,000 for it. It comes back this year after a one-year hiatus. This year, all the money will go to Susan G. Komen. Everything at the track is going towards raising money for Susan G. Komen. Pink tires, pink liveries… and it’s going to be great fun!”

You can hear the full Speed City Podcast interview and details here.

A recap of the fourth and most recent bash is linked here. Further details about this year’s event are below, and via Speed City Podcast’s website.

As The Buxton Bash is an excellent event for F1 fans, fun and charity, it isn’t the only event taking place at the weekend happening for a good cause.

Houston motorsport artist Kevin Paige specializes in oil,​ ​acrylic,​ ​and​ ​watercolor​ ​pieces,​ and his pieces ​are highly sought and hang in​ ​the​ ​homes​ ​of​ ​Nico Rosberg,​ ​Mark​ ​Webber,​ ​Valteri​ ​Bottas and other renowned Formula 1 champions and drivers. Page’s art has​ ​garnered​ ​a​ ​following​ ​of​ ​Formula​ ​1​ ​and MotoGP​ ​art​ ​collectors​ ​who​ ​commission​ ​him​ ​to​ ​capture​ ​the​ ​speed,​ ​colors,​ ​and​ ​majesty​ ​found​ ​in the​ ​spirit​ ​of​ ​motorsports.

However after Hurricane Harvey, Paige’s home​ ​—​ ​along​ ​with many unreleased pieces of​ ​his​ ​art​ ​—​ ​fell​ ​victim​ ​to the​ ​floodwaters.

Knowing the devastation that’s hit the Houston area, Paige wants to do his part to help the victims as well at the Austin weekend.

Some of his original artwork, having undergone partial restoration, will be offered up for auction as part of the “Kevin Paige Art: Helping Houston Heal”​ ​collection at the Ferrari Club of America Formula 1 Reception this October.

All proceeds from these and other original Kevin Paige Art paintings sold at this private event will go to the Houston Food Bank, a key relief organization providing meals during and after Hurricane Harvey. Every $1 donated provides a full day of meals for Gulf Coast neighbors in need. Further details on this project are linked here.

Australia SuperCar Champion gets IndyCar Test at Team Penske

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Scott McLaughlin’s latest reward for winning the 2019 Virgin Australia SuperCar championship is an INDYCAR test at Team Penske.

“Scott has been incredibly successful for DJR Team Penske over the last three seasons and he has become a true champion of our sport,” said team owner Roger Penske, who will become the owner of INDYCAR, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500 in early January. “He certainly embraces new challenges and we think this is a great opportunity to utilize the IndyCar Series rookie testing program so Scott can experience what it is like to get behind the wheel of one of our Indy cars.”

McLaughlin, who has scored back-to-back Virgin Australia Supercars Champion for DJR Team Penske (DJRTP), will participate in an INDYCAR Rookie Evaluation test at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla. on Monday, January 13.

“I am always open to new challenges and I’m thankful to Team Penske for providing this opportunity to test an Indy car,” said McLaughlin, who established a new Supercars single season record with 18 victories this past season. “We had an amazing year in 2019 and I’m looking forward to defending our Supercars championship next season. I’m also excited to grow as a driver and being with Team Penske creates cool opportunities to try something new. Although I have spent a few hours in a simulator earlier this year, it’s going to be a blast to see what one really feels like at a place like Sebring.”

McLaughlin joined DJR Team Penske in 2017 as one of the brightest stars in Supercars. He has produced 35 victories and 44 pole positions over the last three seasons while helping DJRTP claim team championships in 2017 and 2019, the driver’s title each of the last two seasons and the legendary Bathurst 1000 race in October, along with co-driver Alex Premat.

McLaughlin will defend his Supercars title for DJRTP in 2020 in the No. 17 Shell V-Power Ford Mustang.  He will build on his already successful racing career by driving a full-sized open-wheel car for the first time.

Team Penske enjoyed another successful IndyCar Series season in 2019. The team earned its record 18th Indianapolis 500 victory as Simon Pagenaud captured the checkered flag in May, while Josef Newgarden won his second series title in three years and the team’s 16th INDYCAR Championship. Team Penske will once again compete with three full-season entries in 2020, featuring series champion drivers Newgarden, Pagenaud and Will Power.

Team Penske is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Cars owned and prepared by Team Penske have produced more than 540 major race wins, over 620 pole positions and 37 Championships across open-wheel, stock car and sports car racing competition. Over the course of its 53-year history, the team has also earned 18 Indianapolis 500 victories, two Daytona 500 Championships, a Formula 1 win, overall victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring along with a win in Australia’s legendary Bathurst 1000 race. Team Penske currently competes in the IndyCar Series, the NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The team also races in the Virgin Australia SuperCars Championship, in a partnership with Dick Johnson Racing, as DJR Team Penske.

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