2021 PRO-AM KART RACE RAISES $205,000 FOR JOHNS HOPKINS ALL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
The 10th annual Kart 4 Kids Pro-Am Kart Race took place this year at Andersen Race Park in Palmetto, FL on April 10. 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. This year alone, the event raised $205,000, their best year yet. In total nearly $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.
“Whose lives are we changing? We’re changing concussion research for the WORLD,” says Dr. Patrick Mularoni of the Kart 4 Kids Concussion Initiative at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. “We are improving outcomes for youth in ways that we couldn’t have imagined a year ago.”
NTT INDYCAR SERIES and IMSA sportscar driver and St. Petersburg resident, Sébastien Bourdais headlines the event. Other drivers serving as pros for their teams this year included 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.