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Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Graham Rahal, Takuma Sato, James Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti, Ed Carpenter and Ryan Hunter-Reay were all smiles at the IndyCar Presents: Beer, Cheese and Charity party, which benefited Racing For Kids.

Racing fan Trace Roy arrived at the Verizon IndyCar Series’ “Beer, Cheese and Charity” fundraiser Aug. 15 with a Checkered Flag Limited Edition bottle of Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka and a mission: get it autographed by Verizon IndyCar Series drivers as a gift for a friend.

Roy and his wife, Cindi, donated $25 each to attend the party, held in downtown Milwaukee at the Indyfest fan event before the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250. Admission and funds generated by the party’s online auction benefited Racing For Kids, a 25-year-old charity that brings IndyCar drivers to children’s hospitals across the country.

The Roys positioned themselves at a back table at “Beer, Cheese and Charity” – an outdoor, catered living room-like spot where fans could interact with drivers and watch Indyfest activities. Tastes of Miller-brand beers, paired with cheeses and other hors d’oeuvres were offered.

One by one, 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, 2013 and 2014 Indianapolis 500 pole sitter Ed Carpenter, and drivers Takuma Sato, James Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti and Graham Rahal arrived. They stopped to talk to fans and each other and sign memorabilia, including Roy’s bottle.

Even Andretti  Autosport  owner Michael Andretti dropped in on the party after a fan saw him nearby and asked if she could take a picture with him. And that gave Roy an opportunity to add Andretti’s signature to his bottle of Fuzzy’s.

By the time the Roys headed home to West Bend, Wis., their bottle had seven autographs and the couple declared the evening a success.

“It was a classy event without being over-the-top,” said Trace, who has been an Indy car fan for more than 30 years. “We could be ourselves.”

“Beer, Cheese and Charity” was a success for Racing For Kids, too. IndyCar donated $5,000 to the charity and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

If you’re looking for Verizon IndyCar Series drivers tonight — as the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 gets rolling in Milwaukee — the place to be is downtown at the IndyFest Street party.

The event, which will be from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Hilton City Center, 509 W. Wisconsin Ave., offers a party atmosphere with music and Miller brand beers, as well as a VIP area called “Beer, Cheese & Charity,” where fans can rub shoulders with IndyCar drivers and the staffs that travel across the country with the racers.

2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, right, is one of the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers who visits patients of children's hospitals across the country through the Racing For Kids program. The charity is in its 25th year this year and IndyCar is celebrating with a beer and cheese party at IndyFest tonight in downtown Milwaukee. Fans are invited.

Fans who buy a $25 ticket to “Beer, Cheese & Charity” receive unlimited tastes of some of Wisconsin’s most famous beer and cheese brands as well as a chance to chat with drivers, including 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and pole-sitter Ed Carpenter, in an outdoor living-room atmosphere.

Proceeds from the party benefit Racing for Kids on its silver anniversary, this year. The charity travels with the Verizon IndyCar Series, too, and brings drivers for visits to children’s hospitals across the country.

Fans who can’t attend the party, but are headed to the race, can bid on several VIP experiences and memorabilia at the “Beer, Cheese and Charity” online auction at this address: http://qtego.net/auc/racingforkidsmilwaukee .

A Memorable Day

Posted on: July 23, 2010 | Comments (0) | Drivers, Race Tracks | By: Cassie

Thursday in Edmonton consisted of crew and driver preparations, Setup Day in other words. As crews worked to set up shop, drivers took part in other activities. Kevin Martin of Edmonton, an Olympic gold medalist in curling, visited and was shown around by a few of the drivers, including Will Power. Earlier in the day, Power took part in a different event along with Firestone Indy Lights driver Philip Major. A Racing For Kids event landed Power and Major at Edmonton’s Stollery Children’s Hospital, where they spent memorable time with the patients.

A Memorable Visit

Will Power at Stollery Children's Hospital

Eighty children were excitedly waiting to meet the drivers and for the chance to sit in a real IndyCar. Hats with the Racing For Kids logo were passed out to the patients. Autographs, photos and laughs were exchanged between the drivers and children. Power and Major helped children in and out of the car.

Phil Major and a Patient

Phil Major with a Stollery Patient

Power and Major made sure to visit as many patients as possible, traveling from room to room. The event provided memories and once-in-a-lifetime experiences for the children. It was a touching day for all involved.