Autoweek America Adventure Presented by SRT® supports the Graham Rahal Foundation.
Sure, the Autoweek America Adventure Presented by SRT® is geared at the competitive nature and spirit of participants. Yes, it's about having a good time during the course of the week on the road. But even more important, it's about supporting a good cause. That cause is the Graham Rahal Foundation whose mission is helping children with medical conditions.
Graham Rahal, the son of 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, established the Graham Rahal Foundation in 2009 as a tribute to his late friend, former car owner, renowned actor and well-known philanthropist Paul Newman. The Graham Rahal Foundation supports two main causes: Alex's Lemonade Stand for Childhood Cancer and the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps. Proceeds from the 2012 Autoweek America Adventure Presented by SRT will be split evenly between these two groups.
"Helping various causes is very near and dear to our hearts, without a doubt," said Rahal, who recently completed his sixth full year in an IndyCar. "It helps us to carry on the legacy that Paul began and established. We've had the chance to do a whole bunch of different things over the last few years to raise funds and I always enjoy getting to help and am very fortunate that I'm able to do so."
The Autoweek America Adventure Presented by SRT joined forces with the Graham Rahal Foundation prior to the inaugural 2011 edition of the unique road rally/challenge. In addition to helping raise funds, awareness was generated to enlighten individuals of the serious nature of childhood medical conditions, and that will be a key element again this year. Just as he did last year, Rahal will climb behind the wheel to test his skill for the duration of the 2012 edition of the rally.
"I really enjoy all of the functions and fundraisers that we are able to do, especially the Autoweek America Adventure," noted the second-generation racer. "With our schedule it can be a pretty tight timeframe, but when I know what we are raising funds for and what everything is going to, I usually sign-up pretty quick. Having SRT on-board means the world to us, and it gives us a lot of life and shows people that we are very serious about what we're doing."
The 2012 Autoweek America Adventure Presented by SRT begins on Wednesday, October 24, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and will encompass seven full days of on-the-road and at-the-track driving and challenges, culminating in Las Vegas on Tuesday, October 30. The winner of the competition will claim a brand-new 2012 300 SRT.
For more information on the Graham Rahal Foundation, including how to make a donation, visit www.grahamrahalfoundation.org and for more information on the Autoweek America Adventure Presented by SRT, visit www.theamericaadventure.com.