2023 KART 4 KIDS PRO-AM KART RACE TO BE HELD MARCH 1 AT ANDERSEN RACE-PARK
The 12th Annual Kart 4 Kids Pro-Am Race will be held at Andersen Race Park in Palmetto, FL on March 1, 2023 at 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. ET.
NTT INDYCAR SERIES and IMSA sportscar driver and St. Petersburg resident, Sébastien Bourdais headlines the event. Previous participants also include Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Ricky and Jordan Taylor, and more drivers from the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, IMSA, and World Challenge and other racing series. The pros will join sponsored amateurs in the race.
In the race’s more than 10 years, more than $1 million has been donated to provide critical, patient care equipment for Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, plus the Kart 4 Kids Relief Fund that provides support for staff, patients and families. Proceeds from the 2020, 2021, and 2022 races also helped fund the Kart 4 Kids Concussion Initiative at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, which is conducting ground-breaking research on concussions in children. The research is changing the trajectory of concussion recovery and survival in children and adults.
“Collaboration between Kart 4 Kids Concussion Initiative, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and INDYCAR has already led to some incredible discoveries that will change motorsports for the better,” says Kart 4 Kids executive director, Chris Russick. “Findings were presented at a global concussion conference in 2022 and this initiative has the potential to help a lot of people worldwide.”
Among the many donations for the auction are signed, pro driver memorabilia which will be available for bidding online.
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2022 KART 4 KIDS PRO-AM KART RACE RAISES $300,000 FOR JOHNS HOPKINS ALL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
The 11th annual Kart 4 Kids Pro-Am Kart Race was held at Andersen Race Park in Palmetto, FL on February 23, 2022. The race was started in 2012 as a way to honor the memory of IndyCar driver and St. Petersburg resident, Dan Wheldon, who had tragically perished in a racing accident.
Each year, teams of professional and amateur drivers come together for the race, which benefits Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. In 2020, the event raised $205,000, their best year yet. In total, more than $1 million has been raised since the event commenced. These funds have been used for everything from life-saving equipment purchases, to a Kart 4 Kids Relief Fund to provide support for patients, families, and staff, to the Kart 4 Kids Concussion Initiative at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, which is conducting ground-breaking research on concussions in children.
“We are so grateful for the support of the drivers, sponsors, spectators and planning committee that make Kart 4 Kids the second-largest community fund raiser for the Foundation,” said Jenine Rabin, Executive Vice President, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation. “Each year, the funds raised from this event allow us to purchase several important pieces of equipment necessary to deliver the best care for the toughest pediatric cases.”
IMSA and WEC sportscar driver and St. Petersburg resident, Sébastien Bourdais headlines the event. Other drivers who have served as pros for their teams include Santino Ferrucci, Tristan Nunez, Oliver Askew, Kyle Kirkwood, Kyle Masson, RC Enerson, James French, Glenn McGee, Eric Filguelras, Selin Rollan, Nabila Tejpar, Conner Merrell, Michael Mallardi, and Tyler McIntyre
The event receives wide community support, with Presenting Sponsor CardioAccess; Supporting Sponsor Firestone; Andersen RacePark & Rally Stores as major Sponsors; Team Sponsors, Interyachting, K4K JHACH Concussion, SB Tactical, Dynasty Financial, Cyndeo Wealth Partners, Downs Food Group, Renaissance Greens, Team Longtail, Reichert Brothers Sausage, K Air, Reeves, Main Street Car Wash/Hooters; with additional sponsors, Baer Racing, Suncoast PCA, JDC Miller/Mustang Sampling, John Vita The Milestone Group, Dikman Company, ServiceNow, The Motor Enclave, C&D Printing, St. Petersburg Yacht Sales, Basset Family, and Pinstripe Marketing.
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INDYCAR Driver Sébastien Bourdais Thrills Kart 4 Kids Donors with Lap Around Firestone Grand Prix
Ever wonder what it’s like to ride along with IndyCar driver, Sebastien Bourdais, on track at the Grand Prix of St Petersburg?
Every year, we auction off a few rides to lucky winners and it never fails to leave them with anything but an ear-to-ear grin. For those brave enough to ride along, we thank you for your support and leaving us with great video to share.