THE 6TH ANNUAL RACE TO BEAT CANCER DRIVING SCHOOL RAISES MORE THAN $100,000 IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER
Indy 500 Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay Hosts 23 Drivers at Homestead Miami Raceway
December 17, 2021 – Twenty-three drivers from South Florida and across the country competed in the 6th Annual Race to Beat Cancer at Homestead Motor Speedway on December 5 – 7, 2021. The School for Beginner and Advanced Drivers is a way to educate the racing community in the fight against cancer. The event raised more than $100,000 for cancer research, oncology nursing programs, and early detection/prevention initiatives. It was generously sponsored by AutoNation (Presenting Platinum level), Firestone, SiriusXM and Amazon Hose & Rubber.
Professional from Lucas Oil School of Racing instructing the class on the car and technique
“I couldn’t think of a better way to raise money for such a great cause with the bonus of driving these open-wheel race cars with Indy Car Pro Drivers,” said Tim Hocklander, a contestant from Fort Lauderdale, FL. “It’s an amazing and unique experience.”
The event kicked off on Sunday, December 5 with a welcome dinner at the Playa Largo Resort in Key Largo, Florida, where Ryan Hunter-Reay and fellow Indy Car driver James Hinchliffe met all participants and their guests. Monday morning it was time to race. Racing for Cancer has partnered with Lucas Oil School of Racing to create an intensive program designed for both novice and advanced racers. They spend two days on the track with the instructors and IndyCar professionals who are there to coach and race competitors as well as spend time with them off track. After the first day on the track, a second dinner was hosted at the beachfront resort with a fun Q&A session with the IndyCar drivers.
“Every year our event gets bigger and better. We welcome drivers from previous years and meet new drivers who want to help our cause and learn to race,” said Ryan Hunter-Reay. “James and I are enjoying every minute of this event, including coaching the drivers and then racing them on the track. We’re having a blast and for all the right reasons!”
Beccy Hunter-Reay, Mike Kelly, Ryan Hunter-Reay
The event took place annually at several racetracks across the country, including the iconic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California and the Palm Beach International Raceway in Florida. This is the first time the event will be hosted at Homestead Miami Raceway with the event resort in Key Largo.
Racing For Cancer (R4C) is the non-profit organization founded by IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay and his wife Beccy in 2012 after the death of his mother Lydia from cancer in 2009. Since 2010, R4C has been working towards the goal of bringing motorsport fans, teams, drivers and sponsors together to fight to beat cancer. Through various fundraising programs, R4C provides support to individuals, families and children battling cancer. R4C focuses efforts on early detection and prevention, as nearly a third of all cancers are preventable. With your help, Racing for Cancer can do more in advancing the global struggle. Join the race to beat cancer by donating today. To donate go to https://www.racingforcancer.org/donate/.
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