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May 30, 2023

NTT IndyCar® Series drivers Rinus Veekay and Conor Daly to visit Children’s Hospital of Michigan

by damuzingo

What:  NTT IndyCar Series drivers Rinus Veekay and Conor Daly will visit young patients at Children’s Hospital of Michigan Detroit on Thursday, June 1 at 10 a.m.  Veekay will drive the #21 Chevrolet and Daly will drive the #20 Chevrolet in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear over the weekend.  Both racers drive for Ed Carpenter Racing.

Veekay and Daly and the Racing For Kids team will visit with young patients outside in Brush Mall behind the hospital.  They will spend time with the kids at the Detroit Grand Prix showcar. The popular race drivers will hand out Racing For Kids caps and WikkiStix, sign autographs, pose for photos and talk about their racing careers. A CHM Child Life Specialist will be on hand to discuss the significance of the visit with the young patients.

When:               10 a.m. Thursday, June 1, 2023.  Drivers will arrive at 10:30 am 

Where:              Children’s Hospital of Michigan

3901 Beaubien Blvd.

Detroit, Michigan 48201

Brush Mall

(Members of the media can meet in the main lobby at 10:15 a.m.) 

Who:                 Conor Daly, NTT INDYCAR Series racer for Ed Carpenter Racing

                             Rinus Veekay, NTT INDYCAR Series racer for Ed Carpenter Racing

  1. Patrick Wright, Executive Director and CEO, Racing For Kids

                             Child Life Specialist for Children’s Hospital of Michigan             

Background Info: 

Rinus Veekay

Rinus Veekay is a racer in the NTT IndyCar Series and drives the #21 Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing.  He earned the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year title and in 2021 claimed his first IndyCar Series win in the IMS GMR Grand Prix in Indianapolis.


Conor Daly is a second generation racer who first climbed into a kart at age 5 and found success in both the United States and in international open wheel ladder system competitions. He currently drives the #20 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing.

Daly is also an advocate for Type 1 Diabetes, with which he was first diagnosed at age 14.  He is the only known US professional racing driver who competes full time with T1D 

Racing For Kids®

Racing For Kids was founded at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in 1989 by pediatric cardiologist William Pinsky, MD. and enjoys a long history and a special relationship with the hospital and The Children’s Foundation.  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 34th anniversary this year, Racing For Kids has visited more than 40,000 children in more than 750 children’s hospital visits  in the United States, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Australia. It has raised more than $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, the Cotton Family, and Benson Ford, Jr. Racing For Kids is a charity partner of the IndyCar Series.  For more information visit:

Children’s Hospital of Michigan, . For more than 130 years, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan has been dedicated to providing high quality care to children and adolescents in a caring, efficient and family-centered environment. With more than 40 pediatric medical and surgical specialty services, the hospital draws patients from nearly every Michigan County, 39 additional states and 22 countries annually, and provides the highest level of pediatric specialty care available for children.  It is ranked as one of America’s best hospitals for children and sees more children than any hospital in the state. Follow Children’s Hospital of Michigan on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.