With the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers battling for the Major League Baseball championship in the World Series, INDYCAR promoters Steve Page and Bud Denker have decided that they want more than civic pride and bragging rights should their respective team win the Fall Classic.
Page, the president of the raceway in Sonoma, and Denker, Event Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, have upped the ante with a wager of goods from their respective regions over the outcome of the World Series. Both facilities host an annual IZOD IndyCar® Series event, with the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix hosted May 31-June 2, 2013 and the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma to be contested August 23-25, 2013.
If the Tigers win the World Series, Page has promised a generous assortment of world famous Ghirardelli chocolate, as well as 12 turkeys, just in time for Thanksgiving Day. Both will be delivered to Gleaners Community Food Bank, which fights hunger in southeast Michigan by providing millions of pounds of donated and purchased food to people in need.
If the Giants capture the title, Denker has vowed to ship a variety of pizzas from Detroit-based Little Caesars® – a Motor City tradition, as well as 12 turkeys, to the raceway in Sonoma. Page will deliver the turkeys to Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco just in time for use at the church’s Thanksgiving Day celebration. Glide Memorial Church will serve 5,000 meals on Thanksgiving Day to those in need. It is the largest Thanksgiving Day celebration for those less fortunate in San Francisco.
The 12 turkeys are symbolic of this being the 2012 World Series.
“As much as we’d love the folks in Detroit to enjoy some of our fine Ghirardelli chocolate, we know that Marco Scutaro, Barry Zito and the rest of the Giants will bring the World Series back home to Northern California,” Page said. “So I’ll thank Bud in advance for his generosity and we’ll look forward to making the delivery of turkeys to Glide’s wonderful Thanksgiving celebration.”
As part of the wager, the staff from the losing race event will also wear the baseball cap of the winning World Series team during the Friday on-track activities during race weekend of their event.
“We believe in our Tigers and we know that they will continue to do the city of Detroit proud as they try to win the team’s first World Series since 1984,” said Denker. “Despite Wednesday night’s result, we’re looking forward to a good series and we know that everyone at the Gleaners Community Food Bank will enjoy the turkeys for Thanksgiving and the Ghirardelli chocolate, courtesy of the raceway in Sonoma.”
Pagenaud, Newgarden nominated for top rookie prize
Simon Pagenaud, who won the Sunoco Rookie of the Year, and Josef Newgarden are among the nominees for the Autosport Rookie of the Year Award.
Pagenaud finished fifth in the IZOD IndyCar Series on the strength of four podium finishes in his first full season in the IZOD IndyCar Series. He finished a season-best second at Long Beach.
Newgarden, who won the 2011 Firestone Indy Lights championship, had a respectable rookie campaign, highlighted by a front-row start at Long Beach and a seventh-place qualifying effort for his first Indianapolis 500.
Voting for the award, which will be presented in London during the Autosport Awards in December, is currently open at Autosport.com
Drivers represent INDYCAR in charity rally
Firestone Indy Lights race winners Stefan Wilson and Logan Gomez are teaming together to participate in Auto Week’s American Adventure.
The pair, representing Miles Ahead Driving School, are driving a Mini Cooper in the event, which takes teams on a week-long rally which began Oct. 25 near Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, Colo., and concludes Nov. 1 at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
Graham Rahal, whose foundation was the beneficiary of the event’s pre-race fundraising challenge, is also participating. Rahal’s Team Car4Sale is using a Jeep SRT8 in the event, a mix between track racing, scavenger hunt-like game playing, and rally driving.