IRL: Texas Tournament earns record total for charities

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000 - The Phil Casey Indy Racing Golf Tournament, held Oct. 16 at Tour 18 in Fort Worth, Texas, raised a record $25,000, more than half of the total amount it has raised in its 10-year history. The ...

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000 - The Phil Casey Indy Racing Golf Tournament, held Oct. 16 at Tour 18 in Fort Worth, Texas, raised a record $25,000, more than half of the total amount it has raised in its 10-year history.

The tournament, named after the technical director of the Indy Racing League, benefited the Pediatric Diabetes Center at Valley Children's Hospital in Fresno, Calif., and The Sam Schmidt Foundation.

The Bradley Motorsports team, which consisted of Indy Racing driver Buzz Calkins, former Texas Rangers pitcher Jeff Russell, Mike Collier and Bouker Poole, won the tournament after a tie-breaker with the Dreyer & Reinbold team. The Delphi team finished third.

More than 100 players attended the annual fundraiser, including racing personalities Davey Hamilton, Eddie Cheever Jr., Stevie Reeves, Al Unser Jr., Robby Unser, Johnny Rutherford and Tom Sneva.

Cheever started a live auction by bidding on a firesuit autographed by Sam Schmidt. Cheever cast the winning bid of $1,500. Al Unser Jr. added to the auction action by donating a helmet autographed by all Indy Racing Northern Light Series drivers. Unser started the bidding at $500, but it sold to another bidder for $1,200.

Money for the charities also was raised through a record number of sponsors. Nissan returned as co-sponsor for the third year and was joined by newcomers National City Bank, Frank Weiss Machines and Hubbard Racing. Panther Racing and William D. Ward, senior vice president of First Union Securities, also made notable contributions.

Since the inception of the annual charity event, half of the proceeds has been donated to Valley Children's Hospital and the other half to selected charities in Indiana.

Casey organized the tournament after learning that his granddaughter, Jennifer, was diagnosed with pediatric diabetes.

The Sam Schmidt Foundation, which received the other half of the proceeds this year, was organized by the former Indy Racing driver after he suffered paralysis in a crash during a test session in January 2000. The foundation raises money for spinal-cord research.

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Series Automotive , IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Al Unser Jr. , Davey Hamilton , Sam Schmidt , Tom Sneva , Robby Unser , Stevie Reeves , Johnny Rutherford , Al Unser
Teams Panther Racing