17 Apr IndyCar Drivers Trade Up Cars for Sulkies at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with Flat12 Bierwerks on April 27
Drivers to Raise Awareness for Find Your Grind Foundation, Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation, Make A Wish America, and Riley Children’s Foundation
ANDERSON, Ind.—April 17, 2018—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and Flat12 Bierwerks are set to host Celebs in the Sulky, the first-ever IndyCar Driver Celebrity Race for Charity, on Friday, April 27 at 6 p.m. Just off the race circuit and taking the reins in the sulky, world-famous Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Alexander Rossi, James Hinchcliffe, Robert Wickens, and Zach Veach will pair with Hoosier Park’s leading harness drivers Trace Tetrick, John DeLong, Sam Widger, and Ricky Macomber for an exciting harness race at the world class track in Anderson, Indiana.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will contribute $1,500 to the winning driver’s charity at a check presentation, held just after the celebrity race. The remaining three charities will also receive $500 each.
Hoosier Park guests of all ages are invited to meet the celebrity drivers at an autograph session in the lower level of the Terrace Showroom, following the charity race. Each of the four celebrity drivers are also competing in this year’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500, held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 27.
Celebs in the Sulky is sponsored by local craft brewery, Flat12 Bierwerks, located at 414 Dorman St. in Indianapolis. To kick off the event, Hoosier Park will offer Flat12 Bierwerks’ exclusive Hinchtown Hammerdown on Friday, April 27. In tribute to James Hinchcliffe, one of the brightest racing talents out there, Flat12 collaborated with James and created Hinchtown Hammerdown, a crisp and refreshing pilsner-style beer now lagered and cold-stored. It’s smooth, drinkable, and goes down fast – the perfect beer for a day at the track! Hinchtown Hammerdown will be available at Hoosier Park for the event
Dan Patch Wit, another Flat12 Bierwerks exclusive, will also be available during the event. The elite witbier was created in honor of Dan Patch, a Hoosier icon and the most historic harness horse in Indiana history. Guests may enjoy the Belgian Witbier year-round at Hoosier Park.
“We’re thrilled to host Celebs in the Sulky, the first-ever IndyCar Celebrity Race for Charity, here at Hoosier Park,” said Tony Renz, Director of Marketing Partnerships for Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand. “May is a big month for racing fans, and this event will help set the pace for the entire summer. My personal thanks go out to the folks at Flat12 Bierwerks for their help in putting this all together. It’s going to be a great event to raise awareness for four great causes.”
ABOUT THE DRIVERS AND THEIR CHARITIES OF CHOICE:
Alexander Rossi, driver of the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda for Andretti Autosport: Representing Find Your Grind Foundation, Alexander Rossi is known for his athletic skill and professionalism in racing. With his win at the Indy 500 in 2016, Rossi is set to be one of America’s next great racing heroes.
Find Your Grind Foundation inspires youth through an entrepreneurial spirit by using partnerships with innovative nonprofits that use music, arts, and technology to enable students to become future visionaries. To learn more click here: http://fygfoundation.
James Hinchcliffe, driver of the No. 5 Arrow Electronics Honda for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports: Involved with the International Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation (IWMF), James Hinchcliffe is a five-time Verizon IndyCar Series race winner with many on and off-track successes, including a second place win on Season 23 of Dancing with the Stars.
IWMF is a patient-founded and patient-led, nonprofit organization that is dedicated to a simple but compelling vision: Support everyone affected by WM while advancing the search for a cure. Since WM is a rare disease, the foundation relies upon individuals for financial support and volunteers to do much of its work. For more information visit https://www.iwmf.com.
Robert Wickens, driver of the No. 6 Lucas Oil Honda for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports: A supporter of the work done at Make A Wish America, Robert Wickens is one of auto racing’s standout stars. Since starting his career in 2001, Wickens has raced in premiere series and recently completed a successful six-year run in the German DTM series capturing six wins.
Make A Wish America consists of tens of thousands of volunteers, donors, and supporters who advance the vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a critical illness. On average, a wish is granted every 34 minutes in the United States, inspiring and changing the lives of the families served. Click here for more information: http://wish.org.
Zach Veach, driver of the No. 26 Group One Thousand One Honda for Andretti Autosport: An Indianapolis resident, Zach Veach is dedicated to advancing the work done at Riley Children’s Foundation. In 2017, Veach made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut and his Indy 500 debut, which helped secure his return as a full-time Verizon IndyCar Driver. Veach is the only driver to ever compete in all four levels of the Mazda Road to Indy with one team and Andretti Autosport.
Riley Children’s Foundation is the fundraising arm of Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and the founding organization that opened Riley Hospital in 1924. Today Riley Hospital is recognized as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation. Visit http://www.rileykids.org/ to learn more.
ABOUT THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
The Verizon IndyCar Series is the premier open-wheel series in North America, competing on a challenging combination of superspeedways, short ovals, permanent road courses and temporary street circuits. The Verizon IndyCar Series conducts races in the United States and Canada – all available in high-definition worldwide through comprehensive agreements with ABC, NBCSN, ESPN International, Sportsnet and TV Bandeirantes. The Verizon IndyCar Series continues to be the fastest, most diverse and most competitive racing series that features an international cast of star drivers and venues. For more information about the Verizon IndyCar Series, visit www.indycar.com.
ABOUT HOOSIER PARK RACING & CASINO: Hoosier Park Racing & Casino holds multiple awards for customer service, entertainment, gaming, dining, and team member culture. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a fully-integrated gaming and racing facility, features 2,000 of the latest slots and electronic table games and a 7/8 mile oval horse track offering live harness racing each year. Simulcast wagering is offered year-round at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Downtown Indianapolis and Winner’s Circle OTB & VooDoo BBQ & Grill in New Haven/Fort Wayne, Ind. For more information on upcoming entertainment and promotions at Hoosier Park visit www.hoosierpark.com.
ABOUT FLAT12 BIERWERKS:
Flat12 Bierwerks is a production craft brewery formed in 2010, located in the fast-growing Holy Cross neighborhood just east of downtown Indianapolis. The ingenuity of the Flathead 12 cylinder engine revolutionized racing in the great state of Indiana. Flat12 fosters that same spirit of ingenuity with every beer they create.