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Open Wheel Stalwarts Honored For Their Contributions To Racing On Oct. 1 FONTANA, Calif., (Sept. 15, 2004) - Two of open-wheel racing's most popular and recognized personalities - Ina Broeman and Father Phil DeRea - will be honored for their ...

Open Wheel Stalwarts Honored For Their Contributions To Racing On Oct. 1

FONTANA, Calif., (Sept. 15, 2004) - Two of open-wheel racing's most popular and recognized personalities - Ina Broeman and Father Phil DeRea - will be honored for their contributions to the sport on Friday, Oct. 1, in CARA Charities' "Beach Blanket Bash" charity extravaganza presented by Firestone at California Speedway.

Broeman and DeRea will serve as the honorary chairpersons for the annual Raceway Rendezvous event that raises thousands of dollars for CARA Charities as well as local and national needy causes.

The "Beach Blanket Bash," part of the IRL IndyCar® Series weekend at California Speedway on Oct. 1-3, will transform the large Toyota Hospitality Center -- outside of turn four at the speedway's two- mile oval -- into a 1960s California beach scene for an old fashioned beach party complete with seashells, sand and surfboards as well as beach and surf music, a grand food spread, a silent motorsports auction and a variety of beach activities including games.

Broeman, who recently retired as Category Director for the Marlboro Brand of Philip Morris USA, helped lead one of open-wheel racing's most prominent sponsors for more than a decade and became a familiar and popular contributor to charity work throughout the sporting industry including CARA Charities. She was a major advocate of the CARA programs and assisted at many of the CARA events.

Broeman was nominated for the CARA's Betty Rutherford Award in 2002.

"In the many years that I have been involved in auto racing, it always amazed me what CARA has always done to support not only the local community hospitals but also the entire racing family," said Broeman. "They are truly not only an integral part of the racing community but essential for our sport."

In additional to her work with CARA, Broeman serves on the Board of Missionary Vehicle Association of America, the International Tennis Hall of Fame and is a member of the Advisory Council for the Women's Sports Foundation. In 2000, she received the Heart of Gold Award from Hephzibah Children's Organization of Chicago.

DeRea, who moves to Rome in November to take a new position as Rector of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart at Piazza Navona, has served as Roman Catholic Chaplain for more than 20 years in the open wheel community. He is an honorary member of CARA Charities.

Father Phil is also a member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and has served as the National Director of Missionary Vehicle Association of America since 1981. MIVA provides funds to purchase reliable transportation for American men and women who are serving the less fortunate.

"I am thrilled to be honored by CARA at this great event," said DeRea, whose service to the racing community began from his childhood friendship with Mario Andretti. "CARA Charities has assisted every part of the motorsports community over the years. Its contribution to causes within this great sport is just immeasurable. I feel grateful to have been involved with this tremendous group."

"Beach Blanket Bash," starting at 6 p.m. on Oct. 1, will provide a superb faire of California-style food and beverages and the proceeds from the event will go to many local and national charities.

Tickets for this year's "Beach Blanket Bash" can be purchased by calling the CARA Charities office at 317-299-2277 or on-line the CARA website at www.caracharities.org. Individual tickets are $100 and special sponsors and corporate tables are also available.

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Series Charity , IndyCar
Drivers Mario Andretti , Philip Morris