Indy 500: Vision Racing Wellness Tour kicks off

GOVERNOR MITCH DANIELS KICKS OFF VISION RACING WELLNESS TOUR AT INDIANAPOLIS INDIANAPOLIS, (May 8, 2008) -- The road to better health may just be the 2.5-mile oval of the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). For the second consecutive...


INDIANAPOLIS, (May 8, 2008) -- The road to better health may just be the 2.5-mile oval of the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). For the second consecutive year, fans who visit the historic Brickyard for various festivities and track activity surrounding the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500 could gain life-saving information.

This year's Vision Racing Wellness Tour will allow race fans to receive free cholesterol and glucose screenings at IMS, courtesy of Vision Racing, CardioChek® home cholesterol test system and Kroger.

State of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels will be on hand at 10:45 a.m. Friday, May 9 to assist Robert Huffstodt, president and CEO of Polymer Technology Systems, Inc (makers of the CardioChek home cholesterol test system), Vision Racing driver Ed Carpenter and team owner Laura George in kicking off the Wellness Tour on "Fast Friday" at IMS. Since 2005, Governor Daniels has focused on improving the health of Hoosiers through his INShape Indiana statewide fitness initiative.

Anyone from the diehard race fan, to the casual spectator, to the media, and even team and track employees can join Governor Daniels and friends in taking part in their own free cholesterol and glucose screening throughout the month of May. These screenings will be conducted in MotoGP Garage 33, adjacent to the Pagoda Plaza at IMS and will be available from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Friday, May 9; Saturday, May 10; Saturday, May 17; Wednesday, May 21 and Friday, May 23, and from 8 a.m.-noon Sunday, May 25.

In addition, the Vision Racing Wellness Tour will hit the road all summer long via the official mobile unit and the IndyCar Series merchandise tent by MainGate. The Wellness Tour will continue to provide free cholesterol and glucose screenings that will be available at the IndyCar Series events in Milwaukee, Texas, Iowa, Richmond, Watkins Glen, Nashville, Mid-Ohio, Kentucky, Infineon, Belle Isle and Chicagoland, as well as the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP at IMS.

"The month of May brings thousands of people from around the world to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We're giving them something more important than a souvenir to take home by offering them a chance know their cholesterol levels," states Huffstodt. "So many people are living with high cholesterol but aren't aware of it -- we're providing them knowledge they may need to make healthy lifestyle changes."

Individuals can use the CardioChek home cholesterol test system to track elevated or high cholesterol and to keep close tabs on their cardiovascular health between doctor visits. The CardioChek system consists of a handheld analyzer and test strips that can test for total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol or triglycerides. The system produces results from a small drop of blood in less than two minutes. Thus, a trip to the track can mean a free cholesterol checkup and potentially, a life changed!

The Vision Racing Wellness Tour officially kicked off May 1 and 2 at the Indianapolis 500 Festival One American Mini Marathon packet pick-up. Approximately 700 people were screened during this event with the CardioChek analyzer and test strips. Last year, more than 3,000 people were tested at 13 IndyCar Series events using the CardioChek system.

So mark your calendars, gather your friends and family, and come out to IMS to take part in the 2008 Vision Racing Wellness Tour during the month of May. The dates to remember include:

Friday, May 9: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 10: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 17: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, May 21: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, May 23: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 25: 8 a.m. to noon.

All screenings to take place in MotoGP garage No. 33 adjacent to the Pagoda Plaza.

Those participating in this year's Wellness Tour will receive their complimentary cholesterol and glucose test results, a cholesterol educational brochure and a $10 rebate toward the purchase of a new CardioChek home cholesterol test system. In addition, Kroger pharmacists will be on site for consultation on cholesterol and glucose results, as well as healthy lifestyle habits.

The partnership between Vision Racing and CardioChek allows IndyCar fans to participate in vital community outreach programs via public cholesterol and glucose screenings held at select IndyCar Series races, and other major public events. This year the program expands to include the No. 2 car driven by A.J. Foyt IV, with a goal of attracting new partners, creating greater awareness and overall building on the success of the program which began in 2007. In addition, CardioChek continues as an associate sponsor on the No. 20 Menards Vision Racing entry driven by Carpenter.

"Growing our partnership with CardioChek and Kroger this season has allowed us to further embrace a health and wellness platform and create the Vision Racing Wellness Tour," Vision Racing Principal Tony George said. "Starting at Indianapolis, we will utilize the balance of the IndyCar Series season to complete cholesterol and glucose screenings, free of charge, for our fans. It's a unique sponsorship that has the potential to leave quite an impression. Vision Racing is proud to play active role in the health and well-being of the IndyCar fans thanks to this initiative."

Carpenter, who serves as a spokesperson for the CardioChek home cholesterol test system added: "CardioChek is a great sponsor, and this is a really cool program. Growing the screening program this year shows that we are serious about health and wellness. The team, CardioChek and our new partners are really investing in this Wellness Tour to deliver a positive message to the fans and hopefully change some lives."

-credit: vision racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers A.J. Foyt IV , Ed Carpenter