Late Detroit News auto critic Doug Guthrie loved kart racing. Now we honor his memory to kick off race week for the Belle Isle Grand Prix.


Sterling Heights — For the fourth year, Detroit media members strapped on their helmets and went go-kart racing Tuesday in tribute to the late Detroit News auto critic Doug Guthrie.

Those participating at Kart 2 Kart in Sterling Heights included some of Guthrie’s former colleagues from The News. The fiercely competitive go-kart racer died of a heart attack in October 2013 at 60.

The event, sponsored by Lear Corp. and Kart 2 Kart, coincided with events leading up the Belle Isle Grand Prix this weekend.

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Racers competed for the Lear Corporation Cup, won by Kevin Etzel. The amateurs were joined by drivers Spencer Pigot, of American Verizon IndyCar Series; James French, with IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar; Arie Luyendyk Jr., of the SPEED Stadium SUPER Trucks Series, and Jordan Bernloehr, who competes in the Trans Am Series.

The Detroit News

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