IndyCar Series drivers participate in flood relief efforts Patrick nominated for Teen Choice 2008 award Pacific Coast Motorsports to miss Iowa race Autographed Patrick helmet aids charity Rahal Letterman Racing blood drive a success Sun-Rich International teams up with Dale Coyne Racing 1. IndyCar Series drivers participate in flood relief efforts: IndyCar Series drivers who fanned out across the state of Iowa this week in anticipation of promoting Sunday’s Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer instead found themselves in the midst of the massive relief effort centered around the historic flooding of recent weeks. Ed Carpenter, A.J. Foyt IV and Bruno Junqueira assisted and encouraged Red Cross volunteers June 18. Carpenter and Foyt visited the Red Cross mobile feeding kitchen at New Life Baptist Church in the Quad Cities area. The mobile feeding kitchen, a partnership between the American Red Cross and the Southern Baptists from North Carolina, has the ability to serve 10,000 meals a day. American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles pick up meals at the kitchen and deliver them to affected areas along the Mississippi River and east to Iowa City. Carpenter and Foyt met with volunteers, thanking them for their tireless service while signing autographs for them and posing for pictures with them. “It was nice to see some of the volunteers that the Red Cross and the church had there and let them know that their hard work is appreciated,” Carpenter said. “They’re doing a good thing, and it makes me feel good to know that I could go out and help a little bit.” Likewise, Junqueira met with volunteers at the Des Moines chapter of the American Red Cross, signing autographs and visiting a site where relief packets are distributed. The American Red Cross has run out of money for disaster response and is asking the public for help. Leslie Anthony of the Quad City chapter says the National Disaster Relief fund is borrowing money to cover the expense of its flood response. The organization has spent $15 million so far across the Midwest, but has only raised $3.2 million. The Indy Racing League, in conjunction with its teams, has pledged $60,000. Donations can be sent to any local Red Cross chapter earmarked to the National Disaster Relief Fund. *** 2. Patrick nominated for Teen Choice 2008 award: Andretti Green Racing’s Danica Patrick is among five nominees for a Teen Choice 2008 award in the Female Athlete category. In April, Patrick became the first female to win a major closed-course auto race. She graced the cover of Sports Illustrated in mid-May and was featured in the magazine’s annual Swimsuit Issue in February. Other nominees are tennis players Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, WNBA player Candace Parker and gymnast Shawn Johnson. The awards cover the gamut of who and what is hot in movies, TV, music, fashion and sports. Cast your votes by logging on to www.teenchoiceawards.com. Winners will be announced Aug. 4 during the Teen Choice 2008 broadcast hosted by Miley Cyrus on FOX. *** 3. Pacific Coast Motorsports to miss Iowa race: Pacific Coast Motorsports will not participate in the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer at Iowa Speedway. “I’ve decided to keep the team at our headquarters in California to re-evaluate and strengthen our program,” said team owner Tyler Tadevic. “Pacific Coast Motorsports and the Mexico City Tourism Board are committed to the IndyCar Series. PCM has a contract with Mexico City through 2009, and this has always been our building year. Along with our partners, we have determined we are going to take some time to re-evaluate our resources and determine how to strengthen our 2008 program and better prepare for a competitive 2009 season.” The team debuted with driver Mario Dominguez at Indianapolis, gaining valuable practice time in May although it failed to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. The team competed at Milwaukee and Texas, finishing 26th and 21st, respectively. *** 4. Autographed Patrick helmet auction aids charity: A Danica Patrick autographed racing helmet will be auctioned this month to benefit Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper’s Charity Cars program. The Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Charity Cars program receives donated cars and then allows the Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper-certified experts to inspect and ensure that each and every car is ready for the road. The refurbished vehicles will be presented to more than 500 recipients across the nation, all of whom are victims of domestic violence. Log on to www.ebay.com/charitycars for details. *** 5. RLR blood drive a success: Rahal Letterman Racing opened its doors last week for its first-ever public Red Cross Blood Drive, and the public as well as team members stepped up to provide enough blood to benefit more than 100 individuals.
Even more encouraging to Red Cross organizers was the fact that nearly half of the donors over the two-day drive were first-time donors, including RLR co-owner Bobby Rahal.
"We are very cognizant of our role in the community, and we make every effort to do whatever it takes to help those in need," Rahal said. "The Red Cross and the medical profession in general has a greater need for blood during the summer months and we were lucky enough to be able to help. I am especially proud of those members of our team that stepped up to help.” *** 6. Sun-Rich International teams up with Dale Coyne Racing: Sun-Rich International has joined forces with Dale Coyne Racing and driver Mario Moraes as an associate sponsor in the No. 19 car. Moraes will promote the premium lines of coffee, tea, toffee, dessert toppings and praline pecans. “Our 2008 sponsorship with Dale Coyne Racing, as the only premium gourmet foods sponsor within the IndyCar Series, has been an exciting experience for Sun-Rich International,” company president Mike Larson said. “We look forward to continuing to develop these relationships while fulfilling our mission of giving back to the underprivileged countries that supply our products.” Founded on a desire to support the economic growth of under-developed countries, Sun-Rich International has explored markets such as Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Nicaragua, Nepal, India, Mauritius and more, discovering unique products of unparalleled taste and quality. As a growing international importer, Sun-Rich seeks partners who share their commitment to endorsing employee wellness programs and kind-hearted labor practices. To further their commitment to philanthropy, Sun-Rich collaborates with several charities in Africa and around the world. *** The 2008 IndyCar Series season continues with the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer on June 22 at Iowa Speedway. The race will be telecast live in High Definition at 1 p.m. (EDT) by ABC. The race will air live on the IMS Radio Network. A Spanish-language telecast of the race will be carried by ESPNDeportes. The IMS Radio Network broadcast also is carried on XM Satellite Radio and indycar.com. The 2008 Firestone Indy Lights season continues with the Jeld-Wen 100 on June 21 at Iowa Speedway. The race will be telecast at 5:30 p.m. (EDT) June 26 on ESPN2 and live on indycar.com.