Win at Indy is a win for cancer fight
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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.”
Membership-based mobile marketplace lets fans “Race for a Cause”
Indianapolis, IN – May 24, 2013 – Just in time for the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500, Racing For Cancer, in conjunction with 2012 IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, announces a new partnership with Hippino to launch the “Team Hippino: Racing for a Cause” campaign.
Hippino, LLC, a multi-faceted digital enterprise, has set a goal of raising $1 million for Racing For Cancer, through the download and membership of their mobile marketplace app, called Hippino.
AutoNation joins racing champ Hunter-Reay to raise at least $1 million to help fight cancer
Fresh from launching its name coast-to-coast, AutoNation is starting its first nationwide drive for charity: a push to fight cancer, working with South Florida’s IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay.
The Fort Lauderdale-based auto retailer will contribute an initial $500,000 to match funds raised by its associates and stores through its Racing for Cancer campaign, to be formally announced Wednesday, AutoNation Chief Executive Mike Jackson told the Sun Sentinel.
Racing For Cancer Announces the Championship Challenge
Houston, TX – November 28, 2012 – In celebration of Ryan Hunter-Reay’s 2012 IndyCar Championship, and to promote the cause that drives him on and off the track, Racing For Cancer is kicking off a 28-day Championship Challenge today.
Hunter-Reay, who drives the Andretti Autosport DHL/Sun Drop Chevrolet IndyCar, is the co-founder and ambassador for Racing For Cancer and a LIVESTRONG Global Envoy. Consistent with Ryan’s drive and “never give up” attitude that helped him win the 2012 IZOD IndyCar championship, he is determined to promote awareness and raise funds to support the global fight against cancer. In 2012 Ryan selected his number 28 car number in honor of the 28 million people living with cancer worldwide.
In January 2010, Hunter-Reay signed with Andretti Autosport, where he won the prestigious Long Beach Grand Prix, just months after losing his mother to colon cancer. He dedicated the win to his Mom. By her side the entire fight, Hunter-Reay became determined to help in the global fight against cancer.
The tragic loss of his mother, combined with his passion to help others resulted in Hunter-Reay partnering with Tom Vossman to launch Racing For Cancer in July 2010. Since then, the two have set aside the time needed to spread the word and promote the cause.
In the Racing for Cancer Championship Challenge, Ryan Hunter-Reay is asking fans to donate $28 to the charity. The campaign begins today, November 28, and will run for 28 days (until December 26). Whether this challenge raises $2,800 or $28,000 for cancer research, Hunter-Reay hopes to spread the message of hope and commitment to all those battling cancer today as well as to help prevent the loss of others through early detection.
“I saw first hand what this disease can do to our loved ones”, said Hunter-Reay. “My Mom was a fighter. She was my biggest fan. I want to do all I can to ensure others don’t have to endure what my Mom had to endure…I want to get out the word to get checked and help prevent the loss of others’ loved ones. It means everything to me to beat this disease. I’ll do whatever I can to help!”
Joining the Championship Challenge is easy. Fans can simply go to www.RacingForCancer.org and click the “Donate Now!” button. There, they’ll have the option to donate $28 or enter any other donation amount. For each $28 donation, supporters will be entered in a drawing and three lucky winners will receive autographed items from Hunter-Reay commemorating his 2012 championship.
Racing For Cancer would like to congratulate Ryan Hunter-Reay on his hard-fought, 2012 IndyCar championship and thank the fans for joining the 28-day Championship Challenge!
About Racing For Cancer
Racing For Cancer, Inc., a registered 501(c)(3) organization, is “helping pick up the pace… one fan at a time.” Racing For Cancer was formed to unite motorsports fans around the world, racing organizations, drivers and sponsors to help those afflicted with cancer. The mission is simply to beat cancer. Support is focused towards early detection and prevention, and efforts to help raise awareness and support of fighting childhood cancer. One hundred percent of the net proceeds of fundraising efforts are committed to the cause. Racing For Cancer also partners with various marketing efforts to aid in the global cancer awareness campaign. For more information, visit www.RacingForCancer.org.
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Official 2013 INDYCAR Calendar Now Available
Proceeds Benefit Racing For Cancer, Racing For Kids and Sam Schmidt Paralysis Fo
Indianapolis, IN – November 26, 2012 – United Medical Providers
, Inc. (UMP) is proud to announce the release of the official 2013 INDYCAR wall calendar.
Now renowned throughout the paddock, the calendar has become a must-have for any racing enthusiast. The 12-month, 12″ x 9″ (12″ x 18″ open), full-color, photographic wall calendar features some of the hottest stars and cars from the IZOD IndyCar Series.
Ryan Hunter-Reay’s title gifts keep on giving
DHL, sponsor of Andretti Autosport and the No. 28 IZOD IndyCar Series entry driven by Ryan Hunter-Reay, celebrated its driver’s championship victory at its corporate headquarters earlier this week, and also took the opportunity to support his Racing for Cancer – a charity Hunter-Reay co-founded after the death of his mom to cancer.
SUNDAY Q&A New IRL champ Ryan Hunter-Reay in the race to find a cure for cancer
Even before Saturday night’s MavTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Ryan Hunter-Reay could already be called a winner.
The 31-year-old who led IndyCar Racing this season with four wins, set a career high in podium finishes and laps led ended up with a sixth-place finish and became the first American since 2006 to win the series title.
Earlier in the day, he announced he was staying with his current team, Andretti Autosport, rather than be wooed to join Penske Racing. It all came down to loyalty, he said.
Troy Hanson is proud to announce that Racing for Cancer has been selected as an official event beneficiary for the 171 Challenge.
“I’m super excited to name Racing for Cancer as one of the event beneficiaries for the 171 Challenge,” said Troy Hanson. ”I wanted to align the 171 Challenge with causes that reflect my core values and Racing for Cancer really caught my attention. I’ve seen Racing for Cancer in action and they walk the walk. They provide education, build awareness and provide resources for early detection, but they also provide another valuable resource – HOPE. It’s a honor for me to carry the Racing for Cancer message and colors to the top of the world. I will do my best to help them continue the fight against this horrible and devastating disease.”
Race Driver Hunter-Reay Reels in Funds in Tournament
INDIANAPOLIS – Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay recently competed in the Florida Fish for Life charity off-shore fishing tournament in West Palm Beach, Florida to benefit Racing for Cancer and LIVESTRONG. Hunter-Reay first began his involvement with the tournament in 2011 when his team placed 24th overall. The self-proclaimed “Dream Team,” returned to the tournament this year and capture seventh place overall and second in their division.
IndyCar Calendar Celebrates Indy 500 Month with Unique Autograph Session
Indianapolis, IN – May 1, 2012 -To celebrate the month of May and the legacy of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, United Medical Providers, Inc. (UMP) has arranged for a very special autograph session to take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Community Day, May 23, 2012 from 12-1 p.m. ET.
The Yellow Party Gives IndyCar Fans a Memorable Way to Fight Cancer
Indianapolis, IN – April 24, 2012 – In the midst of the celebration leading up to the legendary Indianapolis 500, a brand-new, must-attend event emerges on Thursday, May 24. The Yellow Party, presented by DHL, (formerly #beatcancer Bash) is an IndyCar-focused, fundraising event aimed at raising awareness and donations for the fight against childhood cancer.
Michael Andretti to Compete on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” for Racing For Cancer
Indianapolis, IN – World-renowned racecar driver Michael Andretti is set to compete on behalf of Racing For Cancer as he joins the cast of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” premiering February 19.
Andretti, son of racing legend Mario Andretti, has the third most victories (42) of any driver in IndyCar history, and he lead 6,702 IndyCar laps during his career. Currently, he is the Chairman, President and CEO of Andretti Autosport. As one of the most well-known racing personalities in the U.S., Andretti continues to set the standard in the industry, albeit from behind the pit wall.
After the mother of one of Andretti’s racecar drivers, Ryan Hunter-Reay, passed away of cancer, Tom Vossman, a past associate sponsor of Andretti Autosport, started Racing for Cancer with Hunter-Reay. The non-profit organization is aimed at uniting motorsport fans, racing organizations, drivers and sponsors in support of the global fight against cancer. Michael Andretti has supported this charity from its inception. When contacted by the producers of “Celebrity Apprentice,” charity selection was an easy choice.
HUNTER-REAY’S TEAM INLINE REELS IN FUNDSFOR RACING FOR CANCER, LIVESTRONG
Ryan Hunter-Reay and His “Dream Team” Are Top Placers in Recent Florida Fish for Life Tournament; Raising Funds for Charitable Causes INDIANAPOLIS
(Jan. 25, 2012) –
Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay recently competed in the Florida Fish for Life charity off-shore fishing tournament in West Palm Beach, Florida to benefit Racing for Cancer and LIVESTRONG. Hunter-Reay first began his involvement with the tournament in 2011 when his team placed 24th overall. The self-proclaimed “Dream Team,” returned to the tournament this year and capture seventh place overall and second in their division. Hunter-Reay’s team, comprised of group of friends and captaining the tournament’s smallest boat, challenged full-time professional fishing crews in their 60 foot, multi-million dollar Sport fishing boats. Despite being the underdog at sea, Hunter-Reay and crew captured notable honors such as: second largest “meat” fish with a 30 lb. Wahoo, placed third overall on day three of the tournament, and tied for third overall in total fish caught over three days. The total funds raised has yet to be determined, but suffice it to say, it was a successful event to support the fight against cancer. The Florida Fish for Life tournament was started in 2003 by Fred Miller, a colon cancer survivor and North Palm Beach resident, as a way to raise awareness and money to support colon cancer research and various other cancer programs. For more information, please visit www.racing forcancer.org.
RYAN HUNTER-REAY, DRIVER OF NO. 28 TEAM DHL / SUN DROP CITRUS SODA, CO-FOUNDER OF RACING FOR CANCER: “We had such a great time this past week in the Florida Fish for Life and Buccaneer Cup tournaments. Last year we finished toward the bottom…which is what you would expect your first year out against the best in the business. The self-proclaimed “Dream Team” came back strong this year, we worked really hard and we beat some of the best big boat teams in the east coast. Tying for third on overall fish caught with a group of friends in this massive tournament is unreal. We ran from Jupiter to Ft. Lauderdale and everywhere in between looking for these sailfish and we found them by marking the bait fish on our Garmin sonar displays. Our 36 foot Yellowfin ran great with three Honda Marine 225’s. They are fast and reliable.“The best news of all is that we raised some serious cash for the fight against cancer, benefitting both Racing for Cancer and LIVESTRONG.“I also want to thank each person on team Inside Line, they all worked really hard. Chris DeLeo, Kenny Stiles, Dave Collier, Steve Cross, Tommy Kornahrens, Tom Vossman and most of all my wife, Beccy.” About Racing For Cancer, Inc.:Racing For Cancer, Inc., a registered 501(c)(3) organization, is “helping pick up the pace… one fan at a time.” Racing For Cancer was formed to unite motorsports fans around the world, racing organizations, drivers and sponsors to help those afflicted with cancer. The mission is simply to beat cancer. Support is focused towards early detection and prevention, and efforts to help raise awareness and support of fighting childhood cancer. One hundred percent of the net proceeds of fundraising efforts are committed to the cause. Racing For Cancer also partners with various marketing efforts to aid in the global cancer awareness campaign. For more information, visit www.RacingForCancer.org.
Auto Racing News Revenue to Benefit Racing For Cancer
Los Angeles, CA, May 24, 2011: Autoracingnews.org announced today that all advertising revenue generated by the website in 2011 will be donated to Racing For Cancer, a non-profit organization, whose global ambassador is IZOD IndyCar Series/Andretti Autosport driver, and recently appointed LIVESTRONG Global Envoy, Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Racing For Cancer proceeds, in part, are used to finance its “Children’s Cancer Fight of the Race” program. Through this program, one young child who is battling cancer is given an invitation to an IZOD IndyCar Series race and VIP treatment through the weekend at some of the races throughout the season. Other programs under development will be supported as Racing for Cancer expands its support to the cancer community.
“I am humbled by the continued and growing support we are receiving from race organizations around the globe. To have Auto Racing News donate their ad revenues in 2011 to Racing For Cancer is a very generous offer. I am pleased to accept the pledge and look forward to helping promote Auto Racing News throughout the year in all that they do for the motorsports fan base!” -Tom Vossman, President and Founder, Racing For Cancer
“I’m just a diehard fan of the sport and what sport is more active in charitable fundraising than racing? From the sanctioning bodies down through the teams, drivers, sponsors and fans the level of generosity has always moved me. In contributing to Racing For Cancer, I’m just doing my part, as so many race fans do.” -Dale Ford, Senior Editor and Founder, Auto Racing News
About Auto Racing News
Auto Racing News, LLC founded by Senior Editor Dale Ford is a multimedia motorsports outlet offering unique content about the NASCAR, IndyCar. NHRA and Grand-Am Series. Coverage of the IZOD IndyCar Series is written by Robyn Lynne Schechter, a motorsports attorney based in Los Angeles, California. For more information, please visit www.autoracingnews.org.
About Racing For Cancer
Founded in 2010 by West Point Academy graduate Tom Vossman, Racing For Cancer’s goal is to unite motorsports fans, racing organizations, drivers, and sponsors in the global fight against cancer through various fundraising programs and a commitment to direct 100% of the net proceeds raised to support families with a loved one who is battling cancer. For more information, please visit racingforcancer.org.
IndyCar Star Ryan Hunter-Reay Joins LIVESTRONG® as Global Envoy for the Fight Against Cancer
Austin, Texas April 13, 2011 LIVESTRONG® is pleased to announce the addition of IndyCar driver Ryan
Hunter-Reay to the foundation As a LIVESTRONG Global Envoy, Hunter-Reay serves as a committed cancer advocate who connects with constituents and demonstrates extraordinary leadership in the global fight against cancer. Hunter-Reay gives a voice to the diagnosed who suffer in silence. He takes a stand against cultural stigma attached to cancer and helps to spur grassroots mobilization.
Racing For Cancer Makes Stop At TMS As Part Of Cross-Country Tour
Cancer is a disease that affects the lives of thousands of Americans, and Racing for Cancer’s founder Tom Vossman is helping raise awareness of their fight by embarking on a 28-day, 28,000-mile coast-to-coast trip that included a stop Tuesday at Texas Motor Speedway.
Vossman departed from Long Beach, Calif., on Feb. 25 and will continue to his final destination of St. Petersburg, Fla., with a target date of March 27 that is in conjunction with the IZOD IndyCar Series season-opening event in that city.
Op-Ed – Racing for Cancer
How many of you race fans have been affected by, or know someone who has been affected by cancer? Chances are most of you know someone who has been affected by this terrible disease.
Racing For Cancer is an organization that has a goal of raising awareness about cancer as well as raising funds to help battle this disease through programs sucha as their Children’s Cancer Fighter of the Race program and promotion of early detection and prevention. They have partnered with Andretti Autosports, The Michael Fux Foundation, LIVESTRONG, and have Ryan Hunter-Reay as their ambassador.
Indy league announces the Ride to St Pete.
Vossman, the founder and president of Racing for Cancer, embarks Feb. 25 on a 2,800-mile ride — from Long Beach, Calif., (site of the April 17 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach) with the intent to join Hunter-Reay and other IZOD IndyCar Series drivers on race day for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Inland donates $10,000 to Racing for Cancer
Oct. 2, 2010 – Andretti Autosport sponsor Inland Industrial Services donated $10,000 to Racing For Cancer today at the IZOD IndyCar Series Cafes Do Brasil Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Inland pledged $10,000 to Racing For Cancer as part of a campaign to get the charity’s spokesperson Ryan Hunter-Reay 10,000 followers on Twitter by Oct. 2.
Day at IndyCar race a gift for young cancer survivor
Keaton Gershen-Lewis got a taste of what it’s like to be a famous race car driver last week at Infineon Raceway.Gershen-Lewis, a Vallejo Charter School fifth-grader who has cancer, accompanied IndyCar Series star driver Ryan Hunter-Reay on stage during driver introductions Sunday before the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma.
Asked if he wants to follow in the footsteps of Jeff Gordon, the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion from Vallejo, Gershen-Lewis blurted out: “No, Ryan’s footsteps.”
Charities Reap Indy rewards
This spring, Andretti Autosport unveiled Racing for Cancer, a program to raise funds for cancer research and other causes in honour of driver Ryan Hunter-Reay’s mother, Lydia, who died of colon cancer last November.
“I’ve never seen anything like this, so many people pulling together to make things happen,” said Hunter-Reay. “I’ll never forget that. I was really close to my mom.”
HUNTER-REAY CONFIRMED FOR REMAINDER OF 2010 IZOD INDYCAR SERIES SEASON
TEAM AND INLAND INDUSTRIAL SERVICES GROUP UNVEIL “RACING FOR CANCER” INITIATIVE
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (July 4, 2010) – Andretti Autosport announced today that Team IZOD driver Ryan Hunter-Reay is set to run the remainder of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season after a group of team sponsors stepped up collectively to fund the effort.
In addition to confirming Hunter-Reay’s full-season participation, the team also unveiled a new charitable initiative connected to the #37 entry called “Racing For Cancer.” The program, which was developed by Tom Vossman – chief executive officer of team sponsor Inland Industrial Services Group – will raise money for cancer research and other charitable causes in honor of Hunter-Reay’s mother, Lydia, who lost her battle with colon cancer in November 2009.
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