IRL: IRL drivers support Irish children's fund

Just imagine, Juan Montoya and Robby Gordon racing wheel-to-wheel into a corner, with Jimmy Vasser just behind them and the checkered flag ready to wave. While it may be a possible scenario for this Sunday's 84th Indy 500, it was just...

Just imagine, Juan Montoya and Robby Gordon racing wheel-to-wheel into a corner, with Jimmy Vasser just behind them and the checkered flag ready to wave.

While it may be a possible scenario for this Sunday's 84th Indy 500, it was just one of the many highlights from the 2nd Annual Irish Children's Fund (ICF) Charity event, which took place Monday night at Stefan Johannson's Karting Center in Indianapolis. Host Derek Daly, Indy 500 winners Al Unser, Jr., Eddie Cheever and Arie Luyendyk, along with drivers Jeff Ward, Stefan Gregoire, Raul Boesel, Jacque Lazier, Buzz Calkins, Scott Harrington and Robby McGehee were among those signing autographs and bumping wheels with guests.

Tom Griswold, of the nationally syndicated "Bob and Tom Radio Show," kicked off the evening with a $1000 donation from WFBQ Radio. The event even had an international feel, as host Derek Daly did a live interview with Colombian radio during the fundraiser. But for the most part, it was an unprecedented chance for fans to mingle with and race against some of the best racecar drivers in the world, while also contributing to the ICF.

"My thanks goes to my friends of motorsports," commented Daly, "who make this event possible and who support the Irish Children's Cause."

Jason Burgess of Indianapolis won the grand prize of the evening, a trip to Las Vegas and the Derek Daly Academy, for the fastest lap on the track, just edging his closest competitor by 1/100 of a second.

The Indiana Chapter of the ICF will bring 15 children from Belfast to Indianapolis to show them that life does not have to be all about conflict and violence. These trips can be life -changing experiences and can help build a foundation for the future that might allow many more children to live their dreams.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Buzz Calkins , Robby McGehee , Eddie Cheever , Jeff Ward , Arie Luyendyk , Jimmy Vasser , Raul Boesel , Al Unser Sr. , Scott Harrington , Derek Daly