Every year Grand Prix organizers invite the media out to Andersen Race Park in Palmetto for a karting race with professional drivers.
These are not just any go-karts. These are go-karts that go upwards of 40 miles-per-hour.
The idea is to get everyone frothed up about the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, which is now less than a month away.
But every year, our race team has performed pitifully.
So this year, we reached out to our family at Bright House Sports Network.
And we got ourselves a ringer—Sports Reporter Lindsay Liquori.
Even after learning she had zero karting experience, we still believed.
To help get Liquori on the road to winning, our professional Indy Car teammate Spencer Pigot dispensed several pearls of wisdom.
"I think the best advice-- less brake more gas-just flat out the whole time. Take no prisoners. Get to the front,” he said.
“I can do that," said Liquori.
Liquori started off with a couple of practice laps.
"It’s a good course-- the cart felt fast and I'm ready to bring home a win,” she said.
Liquori’s enthusiasm wasn’t tampered by the exhaust pipe burn she suffered on the back of her arm.
A little burn spray and aloe—and she was ready for a Team Bright House cheer, and the race start.
Our pro Spencer Pigot is going into his first year in the Indy Car Series after dominating in the sport’s development leagues.
He raced the first 10 laps of our race, and the four amateurs, including St. Pete beach Mayor Maria Lowe and Action Sports Florida Online Photographer Philip Podskalan, each ran eight laps on the winding track.
And Lindsay Liquori was no joke.
“She did great,” said Pigot, “she was fighting hard she made a couple good passes. Moved us up in the pack."
Liquori and Pigot helped lead Team Bright House to one of its least bad finishes.
And for that we are truly grateful.
Shake and Bake.