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Honda Grand Prix drivers try go-karts
Honda Grand Prix drivers try go-karts

Palmetto, FL-- Several Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg drivers, went back to their roots Tuesday, and tried the go-karts at Andersen RacePark.

It was part of Media Day for the Honda Grand Prix, which is March 25-27 on the streets of downtown St. Petersburg.

The professional drivers also contributed their skills to the friendly (supposedly) media go-kart competition.  Pinellas Park's Nick Andries was the team professional for Team Ten, comprised of Studio 10's Jerome Ritchey, 10 News Videographer Adam Vance, and 10 Sports Anchor Dave Wirth.  The team finished third.

Nick Andries was asked when he first found out that he liked to drive fast.

"I guess when I was 5 years old.  The first race, and the adrenalin, the rush... the speed and everything was awesome."

IndyCar driver Alex Tagliani finished 6th in the Honda Grand Prix last year, and won the Media competition on Tuesday.  He started racing go-karts at the age of 10, and still does it.

"I was participating in the Florida winter tour for Burell.  It's a good way of training.  Obviously, the kart we're racing is a more competitive kart.  They're more the racer kart.  It's definitely the way to start, and to keep fit."

 

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