IndyCar Racer Sebastien Bourdais to visit patients Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford on September 18
What: IndyCar racer Sebastien Bourdais will visit youngsters at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford on Wednesday, September 18, leading up to the NTT INDYCAR Series Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at the Laguna Seca Raceway. The visit is orgaized by Racing For Kids® children’s charity now in its 30th season.
Racing For Kids Executive Director and CEO, J. Patrick Wright will accompany the racer. As part of the visit, Racing For Kids will present a $2,000 donation to support The Fun Fund, to buy toys for patients at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. The gift will be given in partnership with the Children’s Foundation.
Afterwards Sebastien will make bedside visits handing out the distinctive Racing For Kids® baseball caps and hero cards, pose for pictures and sign autographs.
Sebastien Bourdais drives the #18 Honda for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser- Sullivan in the IndyCar Series. He is one of the most successful drivers in the history of American Championship car racing, having won 37 races. He won four successive championships under Champ Car World Series sanction from 2004 to 2007. As of March 2019 he has won 76 races.
When: 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Where: Lucille Packard Chlldren’s Hospital Stanford
725 Welsh Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Who: Sebastien Bourdais, IndyCar Series racer, Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan
Patrick Wright, Executive Director, CEO of Racing For Kids
Why: Distraction techniques are so important to ease anxieties and lessen fears for hospitalized children and their families. Events like these are coordinated through the child life program to help make the hospital experience a more positive one for children of all ages by offering developmental, educational and emotional support, because kids need more than medicine to get well. Child life specialists plan individualized and group programs that help children cope with hospitalization and promote the continuity of normal, daily childhood activities.
Racing For Kids, www.racingforkids.org
Racing For Kids is a Detroit-based national charity that uses the popularity of motorsports to focus public awareness and funding on the health care needs of children. Founded in 1989 and celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Racing For Kids has visited more than 35,000 children in more than 700 children’s hospital visits in the United States, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Australia. It has raised nearly $7 million for the hospitals visited and other children’s health institutions.
Major sponsors of Racing For Kids include, TranSystems, Bridgestone Firestone Trust Fund, Douglas E. Fregin and Benson Ford, Jr. Racing For Kids is a charity partner of the INDYCAR Series as well as the official charity of Historic Sportscar Racing.
Born into a racing family in Le Mans (his father Patrick races in touring cars, hill climbs, and sports cars), Bourdais began his racing career at age 10 in karts. During the early 1990s, he competed in a variety of karting championships, winning the Maine Bretagne League in 1991 and the Cadet France championship in 1993. Bourdais was part of the winning Sologne Karting team which won the 1996 24-hour Le Mans kart race at the Circuit Alain Prost on a Merlin chassis with Atomic motors
He is the only Indy car driver to win four consecutive championships (2004-2007 in Champ Car).and ranks sixth on Indy car career victory list with 37 wins. He also ranks seventh in career poles with 24 and has won the race from the pole 18 times, third on the all-time list.
He is an accomplished sports car racer who helped Ford Chip Ganassi Racing win the GTE Class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in Ford’s return to the famed endurance race in 2016 and the GT Le Mans class at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2017. Had finished second overall in 24 Hours three times with Team Peugeot.
Sebastien has overall (2014) and class (2017) wins at Rolex 24 At Daytona and has also won the overall 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans.