IndyCar Series, Firestone Indy Lights drivers race in karting event
Dan Wheldon and Ed Carpenter lead a group of IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights competitors into the Mazda Robo-pong 200 Presented by Bridgestone on Sept. 27 at New Castle (Ind.) Motorsports Park.
The endurance karting event that includes pit stops and driver changes begins at 12:30 p.m. (EDT) at the facility visible from I-70 owned by former IndyCar Series driver Mark Dismore. The race is free for spectators.
Wheldon, a former winner of the event, will again team with Mark Dismore Jr. in the No. 4 Cometkartsales.com kart. Carpenter will co-drive the No. 20 Vision Racing entry with Nathan O'Rourke, an assistant engineer with the IndyCar Series program.
Also entered are 2006 Firestone Indy Lights champion Jay Howard (No. 0 Screaming Talent/H Power/PBIR/Maranello with Joe Paterson), Firestone Indy Lights competitors Brandon Wagner (No. 99 Wagner Racing with Travis Iles), James Davison (No. 21 Vision Racing/Bryan Herta Autosport with Brandon Newey), Gustavo Yacaman (No. 00 Crepes & Waffles-Yacaman Racing/D-Power Engines/sponyoungathletes.com with Camilo Echevarria), Martin Plowman (No. 9 Zanardi Kart USA/Sharing Success Racing/Plowey.com with Eric Morrow), and Bobby Wilson (No. 51 DFR/Supertune USA with Conor Daly).
Conquest Racing owner Eric Bachelart's son, Eliott, will compete in the No. 76 Codalta/Bachelart entry with Matt Codalata.