INDYCAR Series driver Kyle Kaiser to visit patients at Akron Children’s Hospital July 25 

Racing For Kids® sponsors Ohio appearance by popular racer 

What:  NTT Indy Lights driver Kyle Kaiser will visit youngsters at Akron Children’s Hospital on Thursday, July 25, leading up to the Honda Indy 200 on Sunday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Kaiser will hand out Racing For Kids caps and Wikki Stix, sign autographs, pose for photos and talk about his passion for racing. Racing For Kids team member Laura Cooper will accompany the Juncos Racing driver on the visit.

When:             10 a.m., Thursday, July 25, 2019

Where:         Akron Children’s Hospital   One Perkins Square, Akron, OH 43308

Meet in the Atrium Lobby on the third floor of the main hospital building on West Bowery Street, across the street from the Bowery Parking Deck (P1) and the Considine Professional Building.

Who:               Kyle Kaiser, INDYCAR racer, Juncos Racing, Laura Cooper, Racing For Kids Representative

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 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.

Parking:          Parking is available in the Bowery Parking Deck (P1) garage at 199 W. Bowery Street, Akron, Ohio 44308.  The main hospital building can be reached via the 3rdfloor skywalk or street-level sidewalk. 

Background Info:


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.

Akron Children’s Hospital has been caring for children since 1890, and our pediatric specialties are ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report. With two hospital campuses, three health centers and 50+ primary and specialty care locations throughout Ohio, we’re making it easier for today’s busy families to find the high-quality care they need. In 2018, our health care system provided more than 1.1 million patient encounters. We also operate five neonatal and three pediatric units in the hospitals of our regional health care partners. Through our Children’s Home Care Group, our nurses provide thousands of in-home visits, and our School Health nurses manage more than a half million clinic visits for students in 300+ schools. Our Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute is focused on new and future treatments that will continue to improve the health of our most valuable resource: our children.


After building an extensive resume in karting from age of 7, Californian Kyle Kaiser advanced to formula cars with Skip Barber in 2009, winning the Western Region Rookie-of-the-Year title, finishing 2nd overall in the 2009-10 championship. Following a 3rd place finish in the 2010/11 Skip Barber Western Region Championship, Kaiser joined World Speed Motorsports and captured the Pro Mazda class championship in the 2012 Formula Car Challenge, winning 8 races, and finishing on the podium in 11 out of the 14 races. He made his professional open wheel racing debut in September 2012 in Star Mazda (now the Indy Pro 2000 Series Presented by Cooper Tires) at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Kaiser finished seventh in the 2013 Pro Mazda Championship and sixth in 2014. He moved up to Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires in 2015 alongside teammate and eventual champion Spencer Pigot. In 2016, Kaiser took third place in the final championship standings, with victories at Phoenix and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and eight total podiums. Kaiser won the 2017 Indy Lights title – and the Mazda Scholarship that helps him graduate into the NTT IndyCar Series – with three wins, three pole positions and eight podium finishes in 16 races.

He is currently driving the #32 Chevrolet for Juncos Racing.


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