The long awaited return of Racing For Kids to the Hill was all the more thrilling and enjoyable this year because of all the obstacles that needed to be overcome to bring it back for its 15th year! Uncertainty over the pandemic, a fire in our building the week before – we had a lot […]
Red Bull Global Rallycross and Racing For Kids kicked off the first season of their partnership Thursday with a 90 minute pit stop at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. A quartet of racers visited patients throughout the popular Phoenix medical facility: in playrooms and the cavernous rec room, outside at the AF Racing Show Car display and even in the weekly closed circuit TV show “Thursday Trivia.”
Making the visit were AF Racing’s Christian Brooks, Alejandro Fernandez and Travis Pecoy, as well as Chip Ganassi Racing’s Steve Arpin. Child Life Director Julie Schwartz conducted the multi-facetted program which included several photographers and videographers, representing the AF Racing and Ganassi Teams s as well as the RBGRC Series and the hospital.
The youngsters delighted in hearing about the power and speed (0 to 60 MPH in under three seconds) of RBGRC race cars and the drivers’ plans for winning in this weekend’s “double header” at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler (AZ).
Brooks and Fernandez handled playroom and bedside visit on the hospital’s 7th and 8th Floors while Pecoy worked the Rec Room crowd before moving outside to the help youngsters in and out of the bright show car.
Steve Arpin, on his first Racing For Kids visit, was guest host of “Thursday Trivia” and rewarded patients who provided winning answers with Racing For Kids caps and signed racing posters which he personally delivered after the half hour show.
The days moved almost as fast as the RBGRC cars and by program’s end, the drivers had touched the hearts of close to 100 patients and their siblings. Added beneficiaries were the concerned parents, who delighted in seeing their hospitalized children happy, enthralled, and often smiling for the first time in days.
It was a very successful launch to, hopefully, a very successful season of exciting racing for the Red Bull Global Rallycross Series and its Official Charity, Racing For Kids.