Simpson Takes a Spin Around Infineon Raceway
SONOMA, Calif. (April 25, 2007) - Nancy Cartwright,
best known as the voice of Bart Simpson on the hit sitcom
The Simpsons, indulged in one of her other passions
on Tuesday at Infineon Raceway by taking part in a half-day
course at the Jim Russell Racing Schools.
Cartwright, who has been a recreational race-car driver
for nearly four years, obtained her NASCAR Racing License
on March 5 and has been primarily racing in Late Model
stock cars at Irwindale Speedway in Southern California.
She hopped in an open-wheel car on Tuesday with the
Jim Russell Racing Schools, which is based at Infineon
Raceway, to test the serpentine circuit.
"I've seen a NASCAR race here in Sonoma but I've
never driven on it," Cartwright said. "To
be honest, this is the first opportunity I've had in
an open-wheel car and I couldn't pass it up. I'm not
sure where racing will take me but I'm enjoying it right
Cartwright has been the voice of Bart Simpson, among
others, for nearly 20 years as The Simpsons
has become one of the most successful television programs
in history. She is also part of "The Kellys,"
an internet-based sitcom www.teamkellyracing.com
that is centered on motor racing and was inspired by
the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. The series was produced
and developed for www.nascar.com.
A spin-off of The Kellys, titled Brenda's
Horoscopes is in the works, as well, and appears
in the Trackside at Infineon Raceway, which
airs weekly on the San Francisco Fox affiliate, KTVU-TV,
as well as the Sacramento Fox affiliate, KTXL-TV.
"You really get sucked up into the vortex of what
NASCAR is. At least I did," said Cartwright, 49,
who has hired a racing instructor, Kenton Gray, from
Southern California. Cartwright and Gray are developing
a new show together, Celebrity Speed School.
"I've always had the desire to do this and (my
instructor) Kenton has been a huge help. For now I'm
having a fun time with his," said Cartwright, whose
first experience racing was with the Richard Petty Experience
at California Speedway in 2001.