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March 6, 2024

Racing For Kids® launches its 35th Anniversary Season with Exciting INDYCAR Events in St. Petersburg, Florida

by damuzingo

Racing For Kids® gets back on track with two special kick off events, part of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete – the season opening race of the 2024 NTT INDYCAR Series.

First up on Thursday, March 7,  Racing For Kids will bring AJ Foyt Racing’s Santino Ferrucci and Sting Ray Robb to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg for a special visit prior to their competing in the St. Petersburg Grand Prix.  The popular INDYCAR racers will make bedside visits, engaging young patients, talking about racing, signing hero cards, posing for pictures and handing out colorful Racing For Kids hats.

Their 75 minute program will be the 20th 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 March 8, Racing For Kids will team 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 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 helps make this happen each year” said Debby Wright, Racing For Kids’ COO.  “It will be such a great way to kick off our 35th 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 Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.   Other 35th Anniversary events are in the planning stage.

When:                  Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 9 a.m.


Where:                Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

501 Sixth Avenue South

St. Petersburg, FL 33701


Who:                     Santino Ferrucci, AJ Foyt INDYCAR driver

Sting Ray Robb, AJ Foyt INDYCAR driver

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

Background Info:

 Racing For Kids

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 35th anniversary this year, Racing For Kids, as the longest running children’s charity in racing, has touched the lives more than 45,000 children in more than 750 children’s hospital visits in the United States, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Australia. It has raised more than $8 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, Michael B.McCallister, the Cotton Family, and Benson Ford, Jr.  Racing For Kids is a charity partner of the IndyCar Series.

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Santino Michael Ferrucci (born May 31, 1998) is an American professional racing driver.

He competes in the IndyCar Series, driving the No 14 Chevrolet for A.J. Foyt Racing. He has also previously raced in the FIA Formula 2 Championship.

Sting Ray Robb (born September 3, 2001) is an American racing driver. He competes in the IndyCar Series, driving the No. 41 Dallara-Chevrolet for A. J. Foyt Enterprises.  He has previously raced in the Indy Lights and Star Mazda and Indy Pro series.

Event Contacts:

Johns Hopkins All Children’s – Roy Adams – 727-272-7149

    Racing For Kids – Debby Wright, 313-505-9415