IPS: Aventis, Racing For Kids to sponsor Kansas event

IRL Infiniti Pro Series returning to Kansas on July 6 INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003 -- Racing For Kids and Aventis Pharmaceuticals have partnered to become the title sponsor for the 2003 Indy Racing League Infiniti Pro Series event on...

IRL Infiniti Pro Series returning to Kansas on July 6

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003 -- Racing For Kids and Aventis Pharmaceuticals have partnered to become the title sponsor for the 2003 Indy Racing League Infiniti Pro Series event on July 6 at Kansas Speedway.

The Aventis Racing For Kids 100 will serve as a showcase event for the 14-year-old Racing For Kids charity, which has a primary mission of using the popularity of motorsports to focus public attention and funding on the healthcare needs of children.

Racing For Kids' national spokesperson is IndyCar Series driver Robbie Buhl. The Racing For Kids team and Buhl have visited more than 13,000 sick children in more than 220 children's hospitals in cities throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Australia.

"We've had a successful program in Kansas City before as a regular stop on the IRL circuit," Buhl said. "This year will be extra special as we use this title sponsorship to gain new exposure for our program and, more importantly, bring some kids from local hospitals out to the track to see the action close up."

Launched in 2002, the Infiniti Pro Series serves as a development series for drivers striving to reach the pinnacle of open-wheel, oval-track racing in America, the IRL IndyCar Series. In 2003, the schedule features 12 100-mile races, including the sold-out event at Kansas Speedway.

"We're pleased to team with Aventis Pharmaceuticals and Racing For Kids to bring race fans another exciting Infiniti Pro Series event this year," Kansas Speedway President Jeff Boerger said. "The Infiniti Pro Series cars offer fast, exciting events among some of the best drivers and future superstars of the motorsports world."

Aventis Pharmaceuticals, a longtime sponsor of Racing For Kids, has a large manufacturing plant in Kansas City and employs more than 800 people. Kansas City is also headquarters for the company's North America Industrial Operations.

"Our associates really support their local community, and we're very proud to sponsor what will be an exciting event this summer," said Dan Maher, vice president, North America Operations. "We hope to gain some new exposure for our national charity, Racing For Kids, and also provide some smiles and memorable experiences for some of the children in their program."

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