Kelley Racing, Actor Anthony Edwards, and HomeMed Pharmacy announce Cure Autism Now/HomeMed Pharmacy entry for the 87th Indianapolis 500. INDIANAPOLIS, In. (April 4, 2003)--- Kelley Racing is pleased to announce the entry of car No. 32,...
Kelley Racing, Actor Anthony Edwards, and HomeMed Pharmacy announce Cure Autism Now/HomeMed Pharmacy entry for the 87th Indianapolis 500.
INDIANAPOLIS, In. (April 4, 2003)--- Kelley Racing is pleased to announce the entry of car No. 32, sponsored by the Cure Autism Now Foundation and HomeMed Pharmacy, for rookie driver Tony Renna for the 87th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25, 2003.
HomeMed Pharmacy, a division of US Health Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Standard Management, is returning as a partner with Kelley Racing for the No. 32 entry. HomeMed Pharmacy previously partnered with Kelley Racing in 2002 as the primary partner on the Infiniti Pro Series entry for Jason Priestley.
Ronald Hunter, CEO and Chairman of Standard Management, is pleased that this partnership will benefit the many children who suffer from autism. "We are blessed to be in an industry with a product that will position us so naturally with Cure Autism Now and High Hopes," stated Hunter. "Our vision quest at HomeMed Pharmacy is that through our partnership with Kelley Racing, we close out the year 2003 by contributing the largest fundraising effort in the history of Cure Autism Now and High Hopes." HomeMed Pharmacy has put a program into place for the consumer market that directly benefits Cure Autism Now and High Hopes. When an order is placed, either via www.homemed.com or by calling 1-800- 586-2882, between April 1 and December 31 and the customer uses the promotional code "Indy 32" they get a discount on their order and a percentage of the purchase will be donated to Cure Autism Now and High Hopes.
The Cure Autism Now Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and funding autism research and accelerating the pace of scientific progress toward effective treatments and a cure. The organization is the largest private funder of biological research in autism, providing more than $10 million in grants since its inception in 1995. High Hopes, a Nashville-based therapy and education center, is also a non-profit organization and through support from Firestone Tires, they provide therapy and educational services for children with special needs such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other developmental delays as well as typically developing children. More information on these organizations can be found on their respective websites, www.cureautismnow.org and www.highhopesinc.org.
Jonathan Shestack, renowned Hollywood producer and founder of Cure Autism Now, and award-winning actor and Cure Autism Now board member Anthony Edwards, attended today's announcement on behalf of Cure Autism Now. They are pleased to partner with Kelley Racing and HomeMed Pharmacy. The Indianapolis 500 provides a unique opportunity to bring attention and funding to a very important cause while participating in the world's largest one day sporting event. "The idea of Cure Autism Now partnering with HomeMed Pharmacy, an organization that reaches so many people, is a win-win for everyone," said Edwards. "There are family members of autistic children that have felt an inability to assist and to let them know that through this partnership with HomeMed Pharmacy that their support can make a direct impact in the fight against autism, that is an exciting world!"
Driving the No. 32 Cure Autism Now/HomeMed entry will be IndyCar Series rookie, Tony Renna. Renna, who drove six events for Kelley Racing in the 2002 season, is still considered a rookie for the Indianapolis 500 because he has never driven at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "It is a tremendous honor for me to represent Cure Autism Now and HomeMed Pharmacy in one of the great sporting events in the world," said Renna. "I am not just racing at Indy this year but I am going into the month of May with a Kelley Racing organization that will clearly allow me to compete for victory in my first attempt. I am thrilled to have Toyota power behind me. Their focus toward success is incredible and combined with the Dallara chassis, Firestone tires, and the Kelley Racing Team, I know we are going to accomplish tremendous things." Renna will begin his Indianapolis 500 Rookie Orientation program on April 21 with on-track testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Tom Kelley, owner of Kelley Racing, is pleased with the addition of a third car for Kelley Racing's Indianapolis 500 effort. The Cure Autism Now/HomeMed Pharmacy entry will join Kelley's two other entries for drivers Scott Sharp and Al Unser Jr. "This is such a unique partnership with Cure Autism Now and HomeMed Pharmacy that it brings added excitement to our participation in "the Greatest Spectacle in Racing", said Kelley at today's announcement. "HomeMed Pharmacy is creating a wonderful opportunity to assist Anthony Edwards in his efforts to focus the spotlight on autism through this entry as well as through HomeMed Pharmacy's donation of much needed funding for Cure Autism Now and High Hopes."
In addition to their charitable donations, HomeMed Pharmacy will be sponsoring the HomeMed HealthFair at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the month of May. The HealthFair will highlight products and companies that are concerned with addressing health issues. "This is a phenomenal added value for fans that will be at the Speedway," said Jim Freudenberg, Vice President of Commercial Operations for Kelley Racing. "The HealthFair is an excellent opportunity for pharmaceutical companies to showcase their products to the thousands of consumers who will be at the Speedway during the month of May."
Joining Cure Autism Now and HomeMed Pharmacy on the No. 32 entry are associate partners Firestone Tires, Motortrend Magazine (www.motortrend.com), business data storage solutions leader Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP, www.netapp.com) and White Castle (www.whitecastle.com). The Cure Autism Now/HomeMed Pharmacy entry will be a Dallara chassis, powered by Toyota and run on Firestone Firehawk tires. Vice President of Racing Operations, Steve Newey, will be overseeing the team as well as the No. 8 Delphi and No. 31 Corteco entries. The team member selection for car No. 32 has not been completed at this point.
Opening day of practice for the 87th running of the Indianapolis 500 will be on Sunday, May 5. Qualifications will be held on May 10th and 11th with "Bump Day" on May 18th. The green flag for the Indianapolis 500 will be at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 25th.