Our heartfelt condolences to longtime Racing For Kids driver Stefan Wilson, whose crash Monday took him out of this weekend’s Indianapolis 500. Stefan had a solid qualifying run and was highly competitive all week. Our prayers are with him to make a complete recovery. We’re disappointed not to see Stefan in the cockpit this weekend, […]
Racing For Kids® sponsors Indianapolis appearance by popular Indy driver
WHAT: Verizon INDYCAR Series Driver Stefan Wilson will make a pit stop to visit with pediatric patients and clinicians at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent, leading up to the Indianapolis 500. Stefan will drive the No. 25 Driven2SaveLines-KVRT Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone entry in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
Wilson is the younger brother of the late Formula One and IndyCar Series driver Justin Wilson, who was an organ donor after passing away from head injuries sustained during a crash in August of 2015. Stefan Wilson’s work with Racing for Kids is due in large part to his experience seeing how his brother – as an organ and tissue donor – has made a difference in the lives of others.
WHO: Stefan Wilson, Verizon INDYCAR Series racer
Robbie Buhl, Former INDYCAR racer and National Spokesperson for Racing For Kids
WHEN: Wednesday, May 11 1 p.m
WHERE: Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent
2001 West 86th Street, Entrance 4
Indianapolis, IN 46260
DETAILS: The racers will visit children in their rooms, and pass out Racing For Kids baseball style caps and Wiki Stix. The drivers will also personalize and hand out autograph cards for each patient. Following patient visits, the drivers will be available for interviews with members of the media
About 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, Racing For Kids celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014 and has visited more than 29,000 children in more than 575 children’s hospitals in the United States, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Australia. It has raised more than $6.5 million for the hospitals visited and other children’s health institutions.
Major sponsors of Racing For Kids include the Humana Foundation, TranSystems, Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, Meridian Health Plan of Michigan, Douglas E. Fregin and Benson Ford, Jr. Toyota Motorsports and The Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach have made Racing For Kids a major charity of The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Racing For Kids is also the official charity partner of the Red Bull Global Rallycross and Historic Sportscar Racing.
About Stefan Wilson
The younger brother of the late Verizon INDYAR Series driver Justin Wilson, Stefan has made a name for himself in motorsports and is following in his brother’s footsteps as a member of the Racing For Kids team of INDYCAR drivers.
He earned the 2007 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award for promising British drivers after finishing second in the Formula Palmer Audi Championship a few months earlier. The next year he competed in the British Formula Three Championship National Class and placed fourth in the standings. He moved to the U.S. in 2009 to compete in Firestone Indy Lights, and in 2011 he won two races with Andretti Autosport.
Wilson made his Verizon INDYCAR Series debut at Baltimore in 2013. He lists motorsports, computers and cycling as hobbies and workout regimen favorites.
About Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent
Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent was founded on delivering family-centered care for all pediatric patients throughout Indiana. The dedicated children’s hospital has grown to more than 300 pediatric specialists, 46 inpatient beds, 15 beds in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and 17 private rooms in the Hilbert Pediatric Emergency Department. The array of pediatric specialists and clinical staff at the comprehensive children’s hospital provide the highest quality of care in emergency medicine, cancer and blood diseases, general surgery, cardiology, orthopedics, pulmonology, otolaryngology, rehabilitation and endocrinology.
About the Indiana Donor Network
Indiana Donor Network is one of 58 designated organ recovery organizations in the United States and coordinates organ, tissue and eye donation throughout the state. Indiana Donor Network is devoted to public education about donation and transplantation with the goal of saving and enhancing more lives. For more information about Indiana Donor Network or to register your decision to become a donor, visit IndianaDonorNetwork.org.
About KV Racing Technology
KV Racing Technology was founded in January 2003. The Indianapolis based team is owned by successful venture capitalist Kevin Kalkhoven and 1996 IndyCar champion Jimmy Vasser. General Manager Steve Moore oversees the team’s operations and is assisted by Team Manager Chris Mower, Engineer Olivier Boisson and Crew Chief Greg Senerius.