In a way, we’re glad that New Speed Motorsports boss Anthony Simone continues to post videos and pictures of his son, our NSM teammate Rocco Simone, at tracks around the US. While it is frustrating that the Ontario government continues to restrict activities like kart racing, it’s good to see that in parts of the world where the vaccination programs have really ramped up, life has returned to ‘normal‘.
After several years as our supplier, Demaras Racing is proud to announce Paragon Competition as a new sponsor for the 2021 racing season.
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Located in Vaughan, Paragon Competition provides everything needed in the world of motorsports, from personal gear to performance accessories. The team at Paragon Competition has great racing experience and knowledge and provides a high level of service and expertise.
Joe Chan, creator of Paragon Competition, is deeply involved with racing, both on the track and in the shop. An experienced racer, Joe uses his motorsports knowledge to provide top level equipment and service. His expertise in the field has allowed him to put together a team of talented people to provide the best possible experience. Whether they’re powering Lamborghinis to wins and championships across North America or selling helmets to the next generation of racers, Paragon guarantees quality.
Visit Paragon Competition at 1681 Langstaff Rd, Unit 12 in Vaughan, but make sure to give them a call first at (905) 760-9996 or check them out online at www.ParagonCompetition.com
A Washing DC Metropolitan Police officer has been fired, and three others are still under investigation, after a drag race on public roads destroyed two patrol cars last month. The incident was caught on video…
There are some enlightened racing series, like FIA’s electric off-road Extreme E series which require one female driver and one male driver on each team. There’s also the the W-Series, in which the top female drivers from around the world compete against each other in equally-prepared, open-wheel racecars. Yet it’s only been a few years since ‘grid girls’ were standing around Formula 1 races in high heels and short skits while holding umbrellas. We’re no closer to a woman in F1 than 45 years ago when Lella Lombardi crossed the finish line at the 1976 Austrian Grand Prix.
IndyCar has done a little better. Long before Lyn St. James, Pippa Mann and Katherine Legge competed in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, there was Janet Guthrie. She was the first woman to qualify for the Indianapolis 500, and raced in three consecutive Indy 500s from 1977 to 1979.
Janet Guthrie is finally getting the Hollywood treatment. According to Deadline, a feature film about Guthrie is set to be filmed, with Million Dollar Baby actress Hillary Swank in the leading role. The movie is based on the book Speed Girl by Stephan Talty. Set in the 1970s when the fight for women’s rights was gaining speed, Guthrie made an unsuccesful bid for the Indianapolis 500 in 1976 despite relentless opposition from the racing establishment and the men she hoped to race against. In subsequent years, Janet qualified for the race and tore down stereotypes about female drivers.
In a 2020 Interview with the Charlotte Observer, Guthrie commented on being the first woman to race in the Indy 500, and what it truly meant:
“There were these guys who had little girls on their shoulders and were sort of waving these little girls as if I represented hope for the future.”Janet Guthrie
The 2021 running of the Indianapolis 500 is set to run later this month, and for the second year in a row, there isn’t a single female driver in the field. Until last year, there was at least one female driver at Indianapolis for the last 20 years, with a high point reached at the 2010 Indy 500 when Danica Patrick, Sarah Fisher, Ana Beatriz and Simona de Silvestro raced, while Milka Duno entered a car (but did not qualify).
Hopefully the upcoming film inspires the young generation of speed girls to keep on racing to the top.
With the start of the Canadian karting season delayed, the team at Goodwood Kartways has used the extra prep time to make the new Turn 1 wall look even better…
Check out the F1 inspired livery on Daniel’s 2021 challenger, the No. 412 New Speed Motorsports kart…
Our New Speed Motorsports teammate Rocco Simone, one of few Canadian kart racers actually competing so far in 2021, was under the MottazSport tent at New Castle Motorsports Park in Utah for the SKUSA Pro Tour race.
“…team, drivers, karts, engines, mechanics and families are all amazing. What a great weekend. Utah Motorsports Campus is up next for the SuperKarts! USA pro tour…”Anthony Simone, NSM
Rocco had a breakout performance making his way into the top 10 before finally being taken out of contention by another driver. Having only just turned 7 years old. Rocco will no doubt be a threat in the cadet classes for years to come.
In Early April 2021 the historic Circuit Mont Tremblant was put up for sale by its guardian, Canadian billionaire and owner of Aston Martin Formula 1 Team, Lawrence Stroll. Today Racer announced that the iconic race track is off the market and will not be sold. Mont Tremblant might not have a packed racing schedule with top-flight series every weekend, but it is the home of the 1968 & 1970 Canadian Grand Prix and should be preserved.
Extreme E is a new FIA sanctioned international off-road racing series. Using purpose-built Spark Odyssey 21 electric SUVs, the series races in remote corners of the world including the Saudi desert, oceanside of Senegal, arctic terrain of Greenland, the amazon rainforest of Brazil and a glacier in Argentina. The series chose race locations that were already damaged by climate change in order to bring awareness to environmental problems. The series also promotes gender equality by requiring each team to field one female and one male driver to share the racing duties.
Michael Andretti is an interesting guy. Born into racing royalty, the son of Mario Andretti, he became one of the biggest stars of the IndyCar series in the 90’s, his Andretti Autosport now competes in series around the world including Formula E, Rallycross and all steps on the ‘Road to Indy’. Michael Andretti is a loyal person.
Last week, Andretti Autosport announced its driver development program would now include young kart racers Sebastian Wheldon and Oliver Wheldon, sons of the late Dan Wheldon, who won the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Series championship in 2005 while driving for Andretti’s team. The Wheldon boys will carry the Andretti shield in national level karting series SKUSA, USPKS and Rok Cup USA.
This week, it was announced that Stefan Wilson has been signed on to drive for Andretti Autosport at the 2021 Indianapolis 500. Stefan Wilson is the little brother of the late Justin Wilson, who raced for Andretti Autosport in the 2014 Formula E series, and drove the No. 25 Andretti Autosport car in the 2015 IndyCar series.
The livery on Stefan’s car looks hauntingly similar to his late brother’s Andretti car, and will also carry the No. 25. The connection between the Wilson family and the Andretti family cannot be understated. But Stefan is no slouch either! In the 2018 Indianapolis 500, he took the lead on lap 192, and was potentially headed for victory before running out of fuel three laps later.
“After leading laps with Andretti Autosport at the Indianapolis 500 in 2018, I’m hungry to return and finish the job,”Stefan Wilson, IndyCar racer
Andretti is a family operation to the core, and his loyalty to his racers is remarkable.