ZOD IndyCar Series drivers Mike Conway and Graham Rahal to visit patients at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Thursday, June 14

June 14, 2012

IZOD IndyCar driver and Racing For Kids representatives Mike Conway and Graham Rahal will visit patients at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 14. Conway will drive the #14 ABC entry for A.J. Foyt Enterprises in the Milwaukee IndyFest race at The Milwaukee Mile on Saturday, June 16. Rahal will drive the # 38 Service Central Chip Ganassi car.

J. Patrick Wright, executive director, Racing For Kids, and Indy Lights drivers Sebastian Saavedra, Carlos Munoz and Mike Larrison, also will attend.

The drivers will spend time with youngsters at the IZOD IndyCar Racing For Kids Showcar. They will hand out Racing For Kids caps and sign autographs, pose for photos and talk about their passion for racing. Racing For Kids and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin are the official charities of the Milwaukee IndyFest, sponsored by Andretti Autosport.

Mike Conway started his journey to the IZOD IndyCar Series at age 8, when he raced at Rye House in Hertfordshire, Great Britain. Since then, Conway’s racing path has taken him to the Formula A British Karting Championship, the Formula Renault Championship (2004) and the top British driver in the British Formula 3 Series, where he was third in 2005 with Fortec Motorsport.

In 2009, Conway joined Dreyer & Reinbold Racing earning his first podium finish in the IndyCar Series competition at Infineon, where he came in third. In the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series, Conway drove for Andretti Autosport and finished in the top 10 twice, including winning the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. He ended the season in 17th place. Currently, he is in 19th place in the series driving for A.J. Foyt Enterprises.

Graham Rahal grew up attending racetracks around the world with his father, 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal. He cut his teeth in karting and moved up the formula ranks. In 2008, a victory at St. Petersburg – in his IndyCar Series debut – made him the youngest winner in major open-wheel racing history. In his IZOD IndyCar career, he has chalked up 12 top-5 finishes and 29 top-10 finishes. This year he’s driving the #38 Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing car and is presently in 11th place in the series.

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 additional information go to www.racingforkids.org.

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