RACING FOR KIDS* BACK FOR 10TH YEAR WITH PPG-DAYTON INDY LIGHTS CHAMPIONSHIP DETROIT (July 20) - Racing For Kids* (RFK), the successful program that has raised over $1.2 million for the healthcare needs of children since 1990, will enter its...
RACING FOR KIDS* BACK FOR 10TH YEAR WITH PPG-DAYTON INDY LIGHTS CHAMPIONSHIP
DETROIT (July 20) - Racing For Kids* (RFK), the successful program that has raised over $1.2 million for the healthcare needs of children since 1990, will enter its 10th year of involvement with the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship this year, officials of both organizations announced today.
Racing For Kids* and Indy Lights will join forces for the fourth consecutive season in the Racing for Kids* Driver Performance Award program. Commencing with this weekend's Detroit News 100 at Michigan Speedway, drivers carrying the Racing For Kids* logo in the year's final five races will be eligible for the awards program. At each race, the RFK driver that finishes in the highest will earn $500 with an additional $1,500 donated to a local children's hospital in that area in his name. The driver accumulating the most Performance Award points in the year's five races will receive $1,500 at the year-end banquet along with a $5,000 donation in his name to a Children's Hospital.
Winning drivers in the first three years of the Racing For Kids* Performance Award Program have included current Champ Car drivers Gualter Salles (1996) and Cristiano da Matta (1997). Last year's winner Didier Andre is in his third season of Indy Lights and drives the Motorola/PlayStation/PacWest Lola.
"Racing For Kids* is one of the most familiar and high-profile programs in which we are lucky enough to be involved," said Indy Lights President Roger Bailey. "Through the current Racing For Kids* Driver Performance Award Program and the various hospital visits and team and driver support the organization has offered over the years, Racing For Kids* has always been one of our valued partners. We look forward to working with them again not only in 1999 but for many years to come."
Racing For Kids* was launched in 1990 by William W. Pinsky, M.D., a Detroit-based pediatric cardiologist who worked primarily with 1992 Indy Lights champion Robbie Buhl. From the beginning, hospital visits by race car drivers has been a key part of the program. Anchored by Buhl, who remains the national spokesperson for the program, Racing For Kids drivers have visited over 10,000 children at hospitals all over the United States and Canada since the program's inception.
Racing For Kids* also joined forces with Toyota and the Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach in the early 1990s. A major part of RFK's annual program, thousands of dollars have been raised through the charity events leading up to each April's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and the popular Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race.
This weekend's Racing For Kids* Driver Performance Award program will be kicked off with a hospital visit in Ann Arbor tomorrow at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital at 2:00 p.m. Participating drivers will include 1998 Detroit race winner Airton Dare (Banestado Lola) and Chris Menninga (Cambridge Health/MI-JACK Lola).
A new addition to the hospital visits this year is the Elf Fuel Kid Racer. These "kid-size" go-karts are presented at each hospital visit by Elf, the Official Fuel of the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship. Tomorrow's Kid Racer donation will be made on behalf of driver Geoff Boss (Cross Pens/Powerware/Timba Lola) who won last weekend's race in Toronto.