The Yellow Party Indianapolis and Race To Beat Cancer To Raise Funds Toward Cure
INDIANAPOLIS (March 8, 2016) – Racing For Cancer, the charity co-founded by 2014 Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, will focus on two fundraising events this year, setting its sights on raising the most funds in its history to support the global fight against cancer.
The first event is the fifth annual Yellow Party to be held on Thursday, May 26 at the Biltwell Event Center in Indianapolis, kicking off race weekend for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. Guests will celebrate in Roaring Twenties style with deco details and trappings that nod to a time period rich in fashion and racing history.
Hosted by Hunter-Reay and his wife, Beccy, in partnership with automotive retail giant, AutoNation, the fundraiser will determine the pace for Racing For Cancer as the organization sets a goal of raising more than $500,000 in 2016. Sponsorship opportunities are available and tickets are now on sale.
In addition to The Yellow Party, a limited number of VIP tickets will be available to purchase for a Champagne Brunch and Karting Experience on Friday, May 27 at the new Speedway Indoor Karting in Speedway, Indiana, less than a mile from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Doors will open to the general public from 1:30-3:30 p.m, following the Champagne Brunch and Karting Experience event. Regular karting rates apply, and 100 percent of net proceeds go to Racing For Cancer.
The second event will be the second annual Race to Beat Cancer on Dec. 1-4 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in beautiful Monterey, California. This exclusive event will be open to 32 participants (20 amateurs and 12 aspiring professional drivers) to experience a two- or three-day Skip Barber Racing School at the track, coached by IndyCar drivers Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe. Participants also can play golf at the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links with Hunter-Reay or Hinchcliffe. The inaugural event in 2015 was spectacular.
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Win at Indy is a win for cancer fight
Shortly before last month’s Indy 500, AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson ran into Roger Penske’s sons, Roger Jr. and Greg.
He had a message for their old man.
“I want Ryan [Hunter-Reay] to win, but if it’s not Ryan, it would be great if it’s a Penske car. That’s fine with me. As long as it’s either Ryan or Roger, I’m happy,” Jackson recalled.
“How’s that for a gracious statement?”
Hunter-Reay’s thrilling win after a duel with Penske speedster Helio Castroneves on the closing laps was especially sweet for Jackson and AutoNation.
The dealership group partnered with Hunter-Reay’s Racing for Cancer charity in May 2013 to beat the disease. AutoNation associates have raised $750,000 for the charity since joining forces, and the company has matched that with its own donation, bringing the total haul to nearly $2 million thus far.
After the big win, AutoNation is offering its service lane customers the chance to donate to Racing for Cancer by adding $2 to their repair orders under the “It Just Takes $2 2 Make a Difference” initiative.
Jackson said Hunter-Reay is an ideal partner. He founded the charity after his mother died of cancer in 2009, and he drives the No. 28 car to honor the 28 million people living with cancer around the world.
“I’m thrilled for Ryan, and I’m thrilled what [his victory] means for his efforts and our efforts for curing cancer. That can never be taken away. He’s now a legend,” Jackson said. “We will save more lives. We will come sooner to a cure to cancer because of this fine young man.”
Meanwhile, Jackson hasn’t spoken with “The Captain” yet about the race.
“I’ll wait a while to do that,” said Jackson, who was a Penske ally while at Mercedes-Benz when Al Unser Jr. won the 1994 Indy 500 with a Mercedes-funded engine.
“Roger loves to win. He knows how to win. He’s relentless. I will not call him just yet.”