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March 20, 2023

Racing For Kids® Kicks Off its 34th Season with Exciting Events in St. Petersburg, Florida

by Rick Muzingo

With three years of pandemic restrictions in the rearview mirror, Racing For Kids was back on track with two special in-person events as part of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete – the season opening race of the 2023 NTT INDYCAR Series.

First off, Racing For Kids brought AJ Foyt Racing’s Santino Ferrucci to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg for a special visit prior to his competing in the St. Petersburg Grand Prix.  The popular INDYCAR racer made bedside visits, engaging 50 young patients, talking about racing, signing his hero cards, posing for pictures and handing out colorful Racing For Kids hats.

Joining Ferrucci was young racer Joey Brienza, competing in the USF 2000 Series.  Their 90 minute program was the 19th visit Racing For Kids has made to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital since INDYCAR began racing on the streets of St. Petersburg in 2003.

The following day, Racing For Kids teamed up with St. Petersburg Grand Prix promoter, Green Savoree Racing Promotions, to entertain dozens of young hospital outpatients and their families at a VIP Kids-at-the-Track event. The fun-filled day included tours of the INDYCAR Paddock, the AJ Foyt Racing team transporter and Firestone Racing’s race tire compound.  They were also treated to a delicious track side lunch provided by Lundy Catering.

“Green Savoree and its St. Pete Grand Prix staff really helped make this happen” said Debby Wright, Racing For Kids’ COO.  “It was such a great way to kick off our 34th year of helping sick kids get better faster through motorsports.”

Racing For Kids has plans underway for similar events during the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix in June as well as additional kid-oriented events at Road America in Wisconsin and at Laguna Seca in California during the 2023 INDYCAR season.