What I did on my winter break¿
While some drivers are securing rides for the 2007 season and teams are hard at work preparing for the 2007 season, others are taking this break in racing action to participate in other activities.
For IndyCar driver Sarah Fisher, this time off has been especially busy competing in kart races, shifter kart testing and she's planning on attending the Skip Barber racing school to work on road course racing. Plus she's taking classes at Ellis College.
Fisher sums up her winter schedule in two words - "Busy, Busy."
For NASCAR drivers Kyle Petty and Michael Waltrip, Dec. 3 was a race of another kind. Petty and his wife, Pattie, organized a half marathon to raise funds for the Victory Junction Gang Camp. Waltrip and 800 other runners participated in the 13-mile run, raising $85,000 for the Victory Junction Gang Camp.
Several drivers haven't been able to climb out from behind the driver's seat yet. Former Indy Car Series champions Tony Kanaan and Dan Wheldon along with Felipe Giaffone and Vitor Meira all competed in the 500 Milhas Granja Viana, a charity karting event in Sao Paulo, Brazil. After 10 intense hours of racing, Kanaan, Wheldon and Giaffone, who were looking for their third straight title, finished second.
Two-time Kansas race winner and four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon heads a list of drivers testing Daytona prototypes at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Dec. 5-6 in advance of the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway in January. Others on the list include defending Kansas race winner and three-time IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish Jr, Helio Castroneves, and part-time NASCAR driver Boris Said.
Racing is in the blood of young Steve Wallace, son of former NASCAR champion Rusty Wallace and nephew of current NASCAR drivers Kenny and Mike Wallace. Steve Wallace, who's scheduled to compete in the NASCAR Busch Series in 2007, competed in the annual Snowball Derby in Pensacola, Fla., where he finished second (he won the event in 2004).
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