Birmingham, AL – April 28, 2022 – Racing for Children’s, presented by Medical Properties Trust, is returning to the Honda INDY Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports this weekend and will also be one of the 2022 event partners. Racing for Children’s has been a prominent component of the Honda INDY Grand Prix events since 2010 with its unique Porsche GT3 – bearing handprints of children in treatment for childhood cancers and blood disorders at Children’s of Alabama.

Racing for Children’s began at Barber Motorsports Park when a group of local racing enthusiasts and driving instructors began giving “hot laps” to children in treatment for childhood cancers and blood disorders at Children’s as a means of distraction. It evolved into a unique and genuine platform that has striven to make a positive impact on the lives of the kids and families they serve. For more than a decade they have held an annual fundraising dinner and weekend events for Children’s of Alabama kids during the Honda Indy Grand Prix. Their program also provides hot laps and special days at the Barber track throughout the year for the kids and their families. In another part of their platform and mission to raise awareness and funds, Racing for Children’s competes in the Porsche Carrera Cup North America series at racetracks all across America and their 2022 race season is well underway.

Team Racing for Children’s, who in partnership with Kelly-Moss Road and Race, has three Porsche 911 GT3s, piloted by three different drivers racing for the cause. Kay Van Berlo, Riley Dickenson and Michael McCarthy have had fantastic starts and runs at Sebring, FL and Long Beach, CA in the past few weeks bringing four wins to the team already.  This weekend, however, the IMSA Porsche Carrera Cup schedule has the team competing in Laguna Seca, CA at the same time as the Honda INDY Grand Prix and leaves the Children’s of Alabama kids without their cars and drivers present on their “home track.”

But Honda, IMSA and the NTT INDYCAR Series wouldn’t allow the situation to leave a such a void in the kids’ special weekend.  This weekend’s pace car will honor Racing for Children’s. It’s actually a Honda Odyssey van driven by the HART Alabama race team, and they offered to carry the Racing for Children’s livery for the weekend.

Thanks to IMSA and the NTT INDYCAR Series, you will notice a special handprint on many cars in every race series this weekend as a means of support to the Racing for Children’s program.

But wait – there’s more!

Inspired by the words of young girl they met at Long Beach and stories of other kids battling cancer and blood disorders at Children’s of Alabama, Juncos Hollinger Racing (JHR) wanted to do more than carry a single handprint. Ricardo Juncos and Brad Hollinger have partnered with Racing for Children’s to carry the RFC livery on the #77 JHR Chevrolet during the Honda INDY Grand Prix weekend. Driver Callum Ilott is excited to “fill in” for Kay, Riley and Michael – and the Porsche drivers have educated Ilott about the special power the kids’ handprints are known to provide. The JHR team will also provide some very unique moments with their team and driver specifically for the kids and families from Children’s of Alabama this weekend both in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES paddock and at the Children’s of Alabama tent. JHR will also continue to support Racing for Children’s at the INDY 500 and throughout the remaining NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.

Racing for Children’s is very excited by this amazing partnership with Juncos Hollinger Racing and looks forward to creating a very exciting and inspiring relationship for the kids. We are grateful to all of the Honda INDY Grand Prix weekend supporters and our sponsors.

Together – WE ARE RACING FOR CHILDREN’S!

You can get involved by making an online donation, creating a fundraising team or serving in a volunteer capacity.  Join the team at RacingForChildrens.org and follow us on Facebook (@RacingforChildrensAl) and Instagram (@racing_for_childrens).

For additional information contact:

Allison Turner, aturner@medicalpropertiestrust.com
Cell: 205-593-5091