(1/14/2013) - What: IZOD IndyCar driver and Racing For Kids representatives Ryan Hunter-Reay and Andretti Autosports President and former racer, Michael Andretti will visit patients at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. The visit will be held in conjunction with the announcement of the 2013 Milwaukee IndyFest race at The Milwaukee Mile Saturday, June 15. Racing For Kids and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin were the official charities of the 2012 Milwaukee IndyFest, sponsored by Andretti Autosport.
Also attending will be J. Patrick Wright, executive director of Racing For Kids and Indy Lights drivers Zack Veech and Shelby Blackstock.
The drivers will spend time with patients and hand out Racing For Kids caps, sign autographs, pose for photos and talk about their passion for racing.
When: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16
Where: Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
9000 W. Wisconsin Ave., Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Who: Ryan Hunter-Reay moved up to the IndyCar level in 2003 and quickly became the first American Rookie in 20 years to win a race, when he took the checkered flag at Surfers Paradise, Australia. In 2004, Hunter-Reay earned his second Champ Car victory, from the pole at the famed Milwaukee Mile.
In 2007, Bobby Rahal chose Hunter-Reay to drive the # 17 Ethanol entry for Rahal Letterman Racing in the IndyCar Series. Amazing performances led to Ryan winning the Bombardier Rookie of the Year Title after competing in just six events – setting yet another record.
In 2008 Hunter-Reay's sixth place finish at the Indy 500 earned him the Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Title, an honor especially significant given that the race had the biggest rookie field in over a decade. In 2009 Ryan finished 15th in IndyCar Series, driving for Vision Racing and then A.J. Foyt Racing (in 11 of 17 races).
He recorded Vision Racing's best finish of second at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. He posted two top-five and three top-ten finishes during the 2009 series.
In the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series Hunter-Reay drove the #37 car for Andretti Autosport. The 2011 season included a string of seven straight top-10 finishes with an 8th place in Iowa. He had podium finishes at Toronto and Mid-Ohio and won New Hampshire. He ended the season in 7th place.
Hunter-Reay had his best season in 2012, winning four races and the IZOD IndyCar Series Championship.
About Racing For Kids
Racing For Kids, a Detroit-based national charity founded in 1989, uses the increasing popularity of motorsports to focus public awareness and funding on the health care needs of children. Racing For Kids celebrity racecar drivers have visited nearly 25,000 children in more than 500 children's hospitals in the United States, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Australia. The charity has raised $5.5 million for the hospitals visited and for children's health institutions across the country. Racing For Kids celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2009. For more information, go to www.racingforkids.org.
About Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is the region's only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wis., is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. Children's Hospital provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2011, Children's Hospital invested more than $100 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children's Hospital achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. For more information, visit the website at chw.org.