Racing For Kids kicked off the holiday season with two special visits one to Children’s Hospital of Michigan and the other to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Both visits were Christmas gift “drop offs” to help brighten a hospital stay for many metro Detroit and Kansas City children. In the Detroit visit, a couple […]
IndyCar Rookie, Spencer Pigot delighted 80 students at North Valley School today (Thursday) at Racing For Kids annual stop at the highly regarded Santa Rosa (CA) school. Engaging kids from grades 2 to 12 in an assembly outside the school, Pigot gave an impressive tutorial on IndyCar racing from inside the cockpit of his Ed Carpenter racing’s Chevrolet Dallara .
Pigot will compete in Sunday’s Go Pro Grand Prix of Sonoma, the Verizon INDYCAR Series season’s finale. He said he found the wide ranging questions from the students and teachers to be knowledgeable and perceptive as they ranged from inquiries on the G-forces at play in any given race, to top end speeds, engine size and displacement to the physical effects on a driver at 240 miles per hour.
The two-hour program afforded the North Valley School kids a chance to get Pigot’s autograph, pose for pictures with the 22 year old California native and then sit in the ABC Supply Honda Dallara show car, which has been a big part of many Racing For Kids programs this year.
As the sun quickly dried up the morning fog, the infectious buzz of laughing kids turned the event into a happening which produced several dozen new IndyCar fans. Many told Pigot they’d be cheering for him at the race or glued to their TVs for Sunday’s 3:50 pm (PDT) Green Flag drop at The Sonoma Raceway. Today’s North Valley School program marks 27 years of Racing For Kids taking IndyCar drivers to pre-race visits with children wherever they race.