IRL: Indy 500 Charity Invitational a tradition

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, April 17, 2000 - Between the roar of Carburetion Day and the 84th Indianapolis 500, drivers from the Indy Racing Northern Light Series, sponsors, local dignitaries and other guests will converge on Brickyard Crossing...

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, April 17, 2000 - Between the roar of Carburetion Day and the 84th Indianapolis 500, drivers from the Indy Racing Northern Light Series, sponsors, local dignitaries and other guests will converge on Brickyard Crossing Golf Course for the third-annual Indianapolis 500 Invitational Charity Golf Tournament, a benefit for Indiana youth. The tournament, which has a shotgun start at 8:15 a.m. on Friday, May 26, is a benefit for Youthlinks Indiana. Up to 30 foursomes will participate, and space is still available for interested persons or corporations that wish to take part in the event. "Our goal with the Indianapolis 500 Golf Invitational is to complement race weekend with a charitable business entertainment opportunity on the Speedway's championship-caliber golf course," said Tony George, president of Brickyard Foundation, Inc. "We are very pleased to assist Youthlinks Indiana in their efforts to make a positive impact on the lives of children and Hoosier Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls." Carburetion Day, the final practice for race teams and drivers prior to the Indianapolis 500, is scheduled for May 25. The 84th Indianapolis 500 takes place Sunday, May 28. Brickyard Foundation, Inc., is the organizer of the Indy 500 Golf Invitational, as well as the Comfort Classic at the Brickyard SENIOR PGA TOUR tournament, which takes place each September and contributes to numerous Indiana children's charities. Previous beneficiaries of the Indy 500 Golf Invitational include the American Red Cross and the Boy Scouts of America. May 26 is the only day off between Carburetion Day and the Indy 500 for Northern Light Series competitors, so many drivers are expected to participate in the tournament. Indy Racing drivers that took part in the 1999 tournament include: Donnie Beechler, Robbie Buhl, Tyce Carlson, 1998 Indy winner Eddie Cheever Jr., Sam Schmidt, Stan Wattles, Steve Knapp, John Hollansworth Jr., Mike Borkowski, and former Indianapolis 500 driving legends Lloyd Ruby and Johnny Boyd. Youthlinks Indiana supports numerous programs for youth from all walks of life, from children with disabilities, to future Olympic hopefuls, to youth participating in sports organizations that teach kids the values of good sportsmanship and good citizenship. Youthlinks' largest annual fundraising events will take place less then a month after the Indy 500 Golf Invitational. On June 25, the Pathfinder Awards Banquet will take place at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, with 1,200 people expected to attend. The banquet honors one local and one national person, a "Pathfinder," for their efforts and commitment in assisting America's youth. Each person is awarded $25,000 to give to the charity of his or her choice. Past Pathfinder awards have gone to golfing legends Arnold Palmer and Chi Chi Rodriguez, basketball greats John Wooden and Larry Bird, Indiana Senator Richard Lugar and his wife, Charlene Lugar, and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Chairman of the Board Mari Hulman George. On June 26, Youthlinks Indiana supporters will take to five of Indianapolis' top golf courses for the Youthlinks Celebrity Golf Tournament. The participating courses include Brickyard Crossing, The Country Club of Indianapolis, Crooked Stick Golf Club, The Fort Golf Course and Meridian Hills Country Club. For more information on how to participate in the Indianapolis 500 Invitational Charity Golf Tournament, call (317) 484-6559. Persons interested in participating in Youthlinks Indiana activities can call (317) 237-5000 for information.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Robbie Buhl , Donnie Beechler , Sam Schmidt , Steve Knapp , Tyce Carlson , Mike Borkowski , Stan Wattles , Lloyd Ruby