Senior staff writer
Business owner and Indianapolis 500 enthusiast Travis Tetrault and the Cutters Race Team have launched their second annual drive for individual and family sponsorships of a race car in the 99th running of the race on May 25. Known as The People’s Race Car, the name will appear next month on a Dallara/Honda entered by 2011 winning car owner and former driver Bryan Herta. The car will be driven by England’s Jay Howard.
Adults can have their names on the car for $100, $75 for children. Packages are available for $150 and $700. Sponsors will receive a certificate, a T-shirt and a photo of their name on the car and will have the opportunity to be photographed with it and Howard. Visit www.cuttersrt.com for more information.
“We had a very good response for last year’s race,” Tetrault said. “We are looking forward to having more people involved for this year’s race.”
In last year’s race, Cutters RT partnered with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing to help sponsor Josef Newgarden in the No. 67 Dallara/Honda, which started eighth and finished 30th after being involved in a two-car mishap.
Cutters RT is following in the tradition of Mel Kenyon’s City of Lebanon race car in 1968 and Spike Gehlhausen’s Spirit of Indiana entry in 1976, which carried The Stilley Kids sponsorship among other names.
“It is in that same spirit that we are teaming up again to give fans the opportunity to be a unique part of this year’s race,” Tetrault said.
The goal of Cutters RT is to build momentum for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016 to field a fully sponsored car with individual names.
Top 10 finish for Fisher’s drivers
Newgarden and Italian Luca Filippi, driving for Carpenter Fisher Hartman Racing, finished ninth and 10th, respectively, Sunday in the caution-racked Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana.
Both drivers pitted twice in the race, which was scheduled to be a 75-lap chase but was changed to a timed event of one hour and 45 minutes after heavy rain.
“Too many cautions, too many yellows,” Newgarden said. “We struggled a little bit on the wet, but when it was going dry we were very strong. I’m just happy we managed a top 10.”
CFH Racing is co-owned by Southsider and former IndyCar driver Sarah Fisher.
The series moves to California for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Figure-8 racing Saturday
The Speedrome’s first 75-lap figure-8 of the season is Saturday. Stocks, Indy Super Karts and USSA Mel Kenyon Midgets will also compete, with the green flag flying at 7 p.m.
The weekend also features a swap meet and an open car show Sunday sponsored by Cluster Busters Car Club from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Major figure-8 races this season include: Night Before the 500 on May 23 and the Jake Cohen Memorial 150 on June 13, with the granddaddy of them all, the 39th annual World Figure-8 3-Hour Endurance Race on Sept. 12.
The Speedrome is located at Kitley Avenue and Brookville Road. Info: 353-8206 or www.speedrome.com.