Millions of people around the world will be tuning into watch Sunday's Indianapolis 500, which makes an Indy Car a prime vehicle to convey a message to the viewer. For Graham Rahal and the No. 30 Quick Trim/Rahal Letterman Racing Special that message is one of charity.
Rahal's car, which will start seventh in Sunday's race, will carry the logos of the annual Buddy Walk, an event that benefits the National Down Syndrome Foundation. In addition, the Bobby Rahal Foundation and the Graham Rahal Foundation will each be making a per-lap donation for each lap it completes in Sunday's race. In addition, both foundations will make an additional donation if the No. 30 car finishes in the top three in the Memorial Day weekend classic.
“I am happy to lend a hand to the National Down Syndrome Foundation and to assist in raising funds for this worthy cause,” said Graham Rahal. “I always hope to make the race distance, but now making 200 laps means a little more with a donation to the NDSF riding on each one!”
The Buddy Walk is a 2.6-mile, no-fee walk along the canal beginning at Celebration Plaza in White River State Park, which takes place this year on Oct. 23. The event, conducted by Down Syndrome Indiana, is the organization's premier fundraising event of the year and raised nearly $189,000 last year for operating costs. You can link to the Buddy Walk and Down Syndrome Indiana web sites at http://www.dsindiana.org/buddyWalk.php and http://www.dsindiana.org.
“We are overjoyed to receive support from Rahal Letterman Racing, the Bobby Rahal Foundation and the Graham Rahal Foundation at the Indianapolis 500!” said Down Syndrome Indiana Executive Director Lisa Tokarz-Gutierrez. “Having a presence in the biggest auto race in the country, on the car of one of the top drivers, is really going to help build awareness about our cause.”
“We are always willing to help great causes and Down Syndrome Indiana and Buddy Walk is certainly a great cause,” said Bobby Rahal. “We realize that we have an obligation to do everything we can with our race team to help others and we hope that our contribution during the Indianapolis 500 can provide benefits.”