The Honda Indy Toronto race weekend is always an exciting and busy time for Racing or Kids®. Thursday, July 7 Andretti Autosport racer, Mike Conway, delighted more than 80 children and family members with a visit to The Hospital for Sick Children.
Outside in the warm Toronto air, Conway helped youngsters in and out of the IZOD INDYCAR Series show car, stationed in front of the hospital known locally as SickKids Hospital.
A steady flow of patients, along with their brothers and sisters, waited patiently for their time with the rising INDYCAR star who won the popular Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach earlier this year.
“This was quite a good group” said Conway, no stranger to hospitals after a horrific crash at the end of the 2010 Indy 500. A rigorous year of therapy and exercise has the British native in the best shape of his life and eager to return to road course racing on the Toronto street course this weekend
Friday, Racing For Kids will entertain 30 SickKids patients at the track in partnership with the Honda Indy Toronto promoters who will provide passes, hospitality and a gathering place for the group in the trackside Direct Energy Centre. “This is something we love to do every year” said Charlie Johnstone, general manager of the Honda Indy Toronto.
Pit and paddock tours will be part of the program for the group as well as a visit by Dreyer & Reinbold Racing racers, Justin Wilson and Ana “Bia” Beatriz.
Overseeing both Thursday and Friday programs is Debby Wright, Racing For Kids Event Manager, ably assisted by Darcy and Fraser MacKenzie of Bloomfield Hills, MI and Grant MacKenzie of Toronto, Ontario.
Their work was not for naught. Caron Irwin of SickKids Hospital said this weekend’s events are summer highlights for the nationally prominent hospital, its patient and staff.