Car racing and fundraising go hand in hand this year as the National Hemophilia
Foundation in partnership with Andretti Green Racing and Bayer HealthCare team up to
provide race fans with the ultimate experience--a behind-the-scenes day at the racetrack.
Race car fans bid for VIP packages to one of Indy Car Racing League’s IndyCar Series
races through eBay, the online auction house.
The VIP packages were donated by Bayer HealthCare, a sponsor of Marco Andretti’s #26
NYSE Dallara/Honda/Firestone IndyCar. “People often think that our work to help
hemophilia patients is confined to the laboratory,” said Paul Bedard, marketing director
for Kogenate® FS. Bedard was instrumental in putting the program together. “In reality,
our commitment to the hemophilia community extends into places you’d least expect.
Racing for Hemophilia is proving that by bringing educational programs to the race
The VIP packages include passes for two to: tour Andretti Green’s team garage and pit
area; meet rookie-of-the-year driver Marco Andretti and get his autograph and a photo
taken with him; watch the race from the pit area; and enjoy complimentary food and
beverages in the hospitality and entertainment facility.
“If we can help and a great cause and give race fans an unforgettable experience at the
same time, we’re there,” said John Lopes, Andretti Green Racing Vice President. All of
the proceeds from the auctions benefit NHF.
And the winners are:
- Dennis Talbott, Strategia Retail Solutions, Columbus, OH, won a VIP package for the
Meijer Indy 300 on August 13 at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.
- John Steffen, Dallas, TX, won a VIP package for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma on
August 27 at the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA. Steffen was treated to an exciting
race. Marco Andretti held the lead from lap 51 to lap 80, winning the race by a fraction of
a second to edge his team mate, Dario Franchitti. Andretti made history—he was the
youngest IndyCar Series winner since the races began.
- Steven Bender, President, Bana Electric Corporation, Dix Hills, NY, won a VIP package
for the Chicagoland Indy 300 on September 30 at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet,
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the National Hemophilia Foundation, “said Dr. Alan
Kinniburgh, PhD, NHF CEO. “The funds raised through Racing for Hemophilia will help
support vital research and education programs.”