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May 1, 2021

Another Great “Kids at the Track” Day in Saint Pete

by Rick Muzingo

Racing For Kids got off to a fast start to the 2021 season in St. Petersburg. IndyCar Racer Jack Harvey delighted patients at John’s Hopkins All Children’s Hospital with a ‘Virtual Visit’ on Thursday, April 22. Harvey went on to a strong 4th Place finish Sunday in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

On Friday.  Racing For Kids entertained 25 All Children’s outpatients at The St. Pete track.

Green Savoree Racing Promotions supplied the passes for the group. Lundy Catering offered a sumptuous lunch. Firestone Racing provided grandstand seats for the Racing For Kids program.

IndyCar drivers Alex Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Conor Daly, and former NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson greeted the youngsters, signed autographs & posed for pictures.

Team Owner George Steinbrenner IV also stopped by to meet the kids and hand out official autographed New York Yankee baseballs.

The kids also watched the cars practice from a privileged spot trackside at The Mahaffey Center.

The weekend was topped off with a lengthy Racing For Kids interview on the IndyCar Radio Network.

Racing For Kids’ Executive Director &. CEO Pat Wright, talked with Mark Jaynes, IndyCar Radio Play-By-Play Announcer, about the Charity’s plans for 2021 and the future direction of its mission.

“The kids had a great time at this ‘outdoor event,’” said Wright. “We could not have had a better start to our season.”