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 […]
During race weekend, Red Bull Global Rallycross Series racers lead very busy lives with hours of practice, elimination heats, semi-final, and final races. Off track they have personal appearances, autograph sessions and a plethora of sponsor obligations.
But despite a hectic schedule, the racers always find time for a quick Racing For Kids® Pit Stop at the local children’s hospital to brighten the day for dozens of youngster often battling serious injuries and illnesses.
On Friday, July 7, 2017, a trio of Red Bull Global Rallycross Series (GRC) racers, including Tanner Foust of Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross and Patrik Sandell and Chris Atkinson of the Subaru Rally Team USA visited with 75 patients at Indy’s Riley Children’s Hospital at Indiana University Health Center. They engaged each youngster, talked about the exciting world of Red Bull GRC racing and signed autographs.
As a bonus for the youngsters, Subaru Rally Team and Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross brought showcars to Riley so the sick kids could sit behind the wheel of a GRC racecar and pose for pictures with the three racers.
There were plenty of Racing for Kids baseball caps for each youngster along with colorful posters of the drivers.
“The turnout of youngsters was beyond our expectations,” offered Melissa Sexton, Riley Child Life Special Events Coordinator. “We had a nice mixture of inpatient and outpatient kids who wanted to meet the drivers.”
Racing for Kids, which has been hosting professional race drivers at children’s hospitals for 28 years, is the Official Charity of the Red Bull Global Rallycross Series. Two more hospital visits with the popular series are scheduled for later this summer. www.racingforkids.org.