Taking things off-track in the off-season

Published On December 2, 2010 » 1098 Views» By admin » Blogs, IMS Staff Stories

One of the exciting things about working at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is that nearly 365 days a year there is something happening worth sharing with race fans–  the work does not stop once race season is over! Today’s blog post, written by members of the IMSC Licensing team, Betsy Stuebgen and Drew Boyd, talks about their recent visits in the Indianapolis community…

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway teamed up with IZOD IndyCar Series drivers this week and made special appearances at the St. Mary’s Child Center and Riley’s Hospital for Children.

The St. Mary’s trip included a tour of the facility, classroom observations and visits with the children.  We had a great time learning more about the school and met some amazing kids and teachers.  This school is providing a great learning opportunity for these kids.  We liked how the children learned through project work and expressed themselves and documented their learning through arts, including pottery, photography, sculpting, paintings, dance, and music. What they do is important to the kids and the community!

Did you know that IZOD IndyCar Series driver, Tomas Scheckter dedicates some of his time and support to St. Mary’s Child Center?

Presenting St. Mary's school staff with toy donations

IMSC staff members present donated toys to a teacher at St. Mary’s school

The trip to the Riley Hospital for Children was in conjunction with the Racing for Kids organization.  We were joined by IZOD IndyCar Series drivers Alex Tagliani, Justin Wilson and Ed Carpenter who really put smiles on the kids’ faces.  It was a special day for the drivers as well.  They got to meet some really special kids and their families.  We visited the playrooms where the kids were drawing or playing with toys and video games.

Spending time in the playroom at Riley Children's Hospital

Alex Tagliani, Ed Carpenter, and Justin Wilson spend time in the playroom at Riley Children’s Hospital

The drivers enjoyed talking with the children and giving away signed hats, hero cards, IZOD IndyCar Series calendars and Hot Wheels diecast.  In addition to the playroom visits, we also had the opportunity to visit individual rooms where the drivers met some really great kids as well.  It was a wonderful day for everyone!

Written by Betsy Stuebgen and Drew Boyd]]>

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