At the 91st running of the Indy 500 on Sunday, May 27, 2007, Marco Andretti, one of Andretti Green Racing’s (AGR) most promising drivers, raced to win the “greatest spectacle in racing” and also to raise funds and awareness for the National Hemophilia Foundation. Team Hemophilia, a new hemophilia fundraising and awareness campaign for NHF in partnership with Bayer HealthCare and AGR, was rolled out at race tracks across the country earlier this year. Andretti led the race for several laps, but was cut short when his car was bumped by another driver, causing his car to roll over several times. He sustained minor injuries and was able to walk away from the accident. His teammate, Dario Franchitti, won the 2007 Indy 500, despite rain delays and a shortened race.
Race fans can still support the cause by bidding on special race packages on eBay throughout the IndyCar Series. The VIP package contains exclusive behind-the-scenes AGR hospitality passes, hot pit credentials, pre- and post-race paddock access, and the opportunity to meet AGR drivers. In addition, Ultimate Race Weekend packages contain round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations for two guests to the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma in Sonoma, CA, on August 26, 2007, and the Chicagoland Indy 300 in Chicago, IL, on September 9, 2007. All proceeds benefit NHF.
AGR drivers featured include some of the top contenders in IndyCar racing today—Dario Franchitti, this year’s Indy 500 winner, Marco Andretti, second place finisher in the 2006 Indy 500 and Rookie of the Year; Danica Patrick, the newest addition to the team and eighth place finisher at this year’s Indy 500; and Tony Kanaan, 12th place finisher at this year’s Indy 500.
For more information and to bid on race packages, visit the new Team Hemophilia Web site: http://www.teamhemophilia.org