IRL: Indy Racing community unites in time of need

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001 - Indy Racing Northern Light Series teams donated 10 percent of their Chevy 500 event awards to the American Red Cross Relief Fund. The American Red Cross is the official charity of the Indy...

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001 - Indy Racing Northern Light Series teams donated 10 percent of their Chevy 500 event awards to the American Red Cross Relief Fund.

The American Red Cross is the official charity of the Indy Racing League.

A total of $100,000 was donated from teams that competed in the race, won by Sam Hornish Jr. on Oct. 6 at Texas Motor Speedway. Ten percent of each team's award check from the Indy Racing League was donated directly to the Red Cross in the team's name. The Hulman-George family also has made a similar contribution to the Red Cross.

"In this time of need for America, we felt it was something positive we could do," said Tony George, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy Racing League. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families, and we hope this will help."

Indy Racing driver/owner Eddie Cheever Jr. also donated $20,000 in additional purse money to the Red Cross, and Treadway-Hubbard Racing donated $10 per lap completed in the Chevy 500 by teammates Felipe Giaffone and Rick Treadway. With Treadway completing all 200 laps and finishing fifth and Giaffone completing 69 laps, the team donated $2,690. Two-time Indianapolis 500 runner-up Scott Goodyear also donated $2,500.

The Red Cross also set up collection points at the entrance gates to Texas Motor Speedway the weekend of the Chevy 500 and conducted a blood drive on race day.

Other Indy Racing groups helped victims of the Sept. 11 tragedies before the season-ending Indy Racing event in Texas.

The Championship Drivers Association, comprised of drivers from the Indy Racing League and CART, also made a $50,000 donation to the Red Cross disaster relief fund Oct. 1.

Several Indianapolis-area firefighters traveled to New York after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 to help in the rescue efforts. Indy Racing League safety team member Tim Baughman and Indianapolis Motor Speedway firefighters James Curseaden, Kenny Whitcomb, Bill Landes, Rickie McKinney and Kevin Hobbs helped in the efforts. Dr. Mike Olinger, an Indy Racing League safety team member, also traveled to New York to help.

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Series Charity , IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Scott Goodyear , Rick Treadway , Tony George , Sam Hornish Jr.