Reigning IRL IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon and 2001 Bombardier Rookie of the Year Felipe Giaffone competed in Juan and Connie Montoya's charity go-kart event last Saturday in Cartagena, Colombia.

Formula One standout and 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya, a native of Columbia, promoted the event, called Formula Smiles. The money raised from the event goes toward ensuring children in Colombia have access to sports.

Giaffone finished second in the event, while Dixon finished sixth. The final results were determined by averaging the results from two races. In the first race in rainy conditions, Giaffone finished first, Montoya second and Dixon, 10th. In the second session, Giaffone spun on a wet part of the circuit and finished fourth, while Dixon came home third.

F3000 driver Ricardo Sperafico won the event, while Adrian Fernandez, co-owner of IndyCar Series team Super Aguri Fernandez Racing, finished fourth, and Montoya finished fifth. Formula One drivers Marc Gene, Pedro de la Rosa and Antonio Pizzonia also competed.

"It was great to be in Colombia and to have the opportunity to help Montoya give a better life to Colombian children," Giaffone said. "I had a lot of fun racing go-karts with friends in such a beautiful place as Cartagena, just one week after enjoying another go-kart festival (the Granja Viana 500-Miles) in Brazil. I could get to know the Colombian go-kart racers, as Formula Smiles was just part of a bigger event - the 'Grand Finale' for their National Go-Kart Championship. There were about 6,000 people in the grandstands around the street course, just by the Caribbean Sea."

Giaffone and his wife, Alice, enjoyed the area so much that they decided to spend two more days than they originally planned.

 

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