IRL: Indy Racing League Notebook 2003-11-19

Indy Racing League Notebook Dixon, Giaffone compete in go-karts; CARA Bowl-a-thon set for Nov. 22 INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003 -- Reigning IRL IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon and 2001 Bombardier Rookie of the Year Felipe Giaffone...

Indy Racing League Notebook
Dixon, Giaffone compete in go-karts; CARA Bowl-a-thon set for Nov. 22

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003 -- Reigning IRL IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon and 2001 Bombardier Rookie of the Year Felipe Giaffone competed in a charity go-kart event Nov. 15 in Cartagena, Colombia.

Formula One standout and 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya, a native of Columbia, promoted the event, called Formula Smiles. The money raised from the event goes toward ensuring children in Colombia have access to sports.

Giaffone finished second in the event, while Dixon finished sixth. The final results were determined by averaging the results from two races. In the first race in rainy conditions, Giaffone finished first, Montoya second and Dixon, 10th. In the second session, Giaffone spun on a wet part of the circuit and finished fourth, while Dixon came home third.

F3000 driver Ricardo Sperafico won the event, while Adrian Fernandez, co-owner of IndyCar Series team Super Aguri Fernandez Racing, finished fourth, and Montoya finished fifth. Formula One drivers Marc Gene, Pedro de la Rosa and Antonio Pizzonia also competed.

"It was great to be in Colombia and to have the opportunity to help Montoya give a better life to Colombian children," Giaffone said. "I had a lot of fun racing go-karts with friends in such a beautiful place as Cartagena, just one week after enjoying another go-kart festival (the Granja Viana 500-Miles) in Brazil. I could get to know the Colombian go-kart racers, as Formula Smiles was just part of a bigger event -- the 'Grand Finale' for their National Go-Kart Championship. There were about 6,000 people in the grandstands around the street course, just by the Caribbean Sea."

Giaffone and his wife, Alice, enjoyed the area so much that they decided to spend two more days than they originally planned.

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CARA Bowl-A-Thon: Auto racing fans will have the opportunity to raise money for needy causes, as well as enjoy an afternoon of bowling with many open-wheel participants in the CARA Charities' "Bowl-A-Thon" at 2 p.m. Nov. 22 at Raceway Lanes in Speedway, Ind., across from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The cost for the "Bowl-A-Thon" is $15.00 per person and includes shoes, bowling ball and two games of bowling. Each team will consist of six bowlers.

CARA Charities, based in Speedway, has been a primary fund-raising organization for needy services within the open-wheel racing community for the past two decades. For further information, contact the CARA Charities office at (317) 299-2277.

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Andretti Featured in New Book: Michael Andretti, co-owner of Andretti Green Racing, is featured in a new book titled "America's Athletes" along with more than 50 other sports stars from the United States.

Proceeds from the sale of the book will be divided among charities selected by the feature athletes. Michael Andretti's selected charity is the Michael Andretti Foundation.

The book includes photographs of the sports stars along with a patriotic perspective written by each athlete. All photos contain a patriotic theme and were developed following the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.

"After the events of Sept. 11th, the opportunity to get involved in a book of this magnitude with so many other high-caliber athletes made it impossible for me not to participate," Andretti said. "Knowing that a portion of the proceeds will not only benefit my foundation, but all of the other athletes' charities, as well, is just an added bonus."

Along with Andretti, other athletes in the book include: Marion Jones, Evander Holyfield, Tony Stewart, Tim Duncan, Kurt Warner, Kristi Yamaguchi and Jeremy Roenick.

"America's Athletes" will be available at select Borders bookstores and online at www.andretti.com or www.americasathletes.com.

The Michael Andretti Foundation supports a variety of charitable causes and initiatives that promote children's charities, educational purposes and wellness programs. Three national focuses have been identified for 2004: "Education is Freedom," "Mercy Home for Boys and Girls" and "Drink Smart."

America's Athletes is a project of the FairPlay Foundation, a Phoenix-based non-profit organization created by Sandra Tenuto to assist professional athletes, celebrities and the affluent who want to become more involved in enhancing the community in which they live, play and serve.

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