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A charity event supporting Indiana University Health trauma programs will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May. Rev drew more than 1,500 attendees last year and raised about $100,000.
November 17, 2014
Indianapolis, Ind. -- Rev, a charity event that will kickoff the Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 2, 2015, has announced that Verizon IndyCar Series driver Simon Pagenaud will serve as the 2015 Rev Honorary Chair.
Pagenaud is a four-time race winner in the Verizon IndyCar Series, including the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis. He began his IndyCar career in 2007 and has finished in the top five in championship points in each of the last three seasons. He is also a past champion in the American Le Mans Series and has competed in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, Australian V8 Supercar series and placed second in the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Frenchman will drive the No. 22 Team Penske Chevrolet as part of Roger Penske's first, four-car program in IndyCar.
Pagenaud, who lived in Indianapolis for nine years, is looking forward to returning to IMS to be a part of Rev. He commented, "Our hope is that Rev Indy is going to continue to get better and better and become a tradition for the month of May. If anyone is a fan of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and didn't come to Rev Indy last year, I urge you to put it on your calendar for 2015.”
On Monday, Dec. 1 tickets will go on sale for the event, which will be an evening of entertainment and fun, featuring celebrity and local chefs creating foods inspired by Verizon IndyCar Series drivers.
A partnership between the Indiana University Health Methodist Health Foundation and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Rev raises funds that support Indiana University Health statewide trauma programs including medical services for drivers and patrons at the IU Health Emergency Medical Center of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Last year the event drew over 1,500 attendees, which raised $100,000 for the cause. Event C0-Chairs Gary Brackett and Julie Davis have their sights set even higher this year.
"We have a great team thinking of exciting ways to raise the bar, wow guests and build on what we accomplished last year," said Gary Brackett, former Colts linebacker and Rev co-chair. "Our fundraising and attendance goals have increased and we have an exciting opportunity to spread awareness of the great things Methodist Health Foundation does for the community."
"We have a stellar group of volunteers and are very excited to be hosted at IMS again," said Julie Davis, director of business development at Worth New York and Rev co-chair. "We anticipate a sellout event. Those who came last year will want to come back and those who didn’t attend will want to. Everyone will have a blast, so be sure to get your tickets on Dec. 1!"
For tickets and additional information about the event, including sponsorship opportunities, visit RevIndy.org. More announcements leading to the event are expected in the coming weeks.
About the Partnership
The relationship between IU Health Methodist Hospital and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway dates back to the racetrack’s earliest days. From the hospital’s first motorized ambulance in 1910, to the first liftoff of their LifeLine helicopter in 1970, to today, IU Health Methodist Hospital and IMS have worked together to promote the safety of racecar drivers and Hoosiers alike. Rev is a celebration of the continued partnership between these influential Indiana institutions.
About Methodist Health Foundation
Methodist Health Foundation champions the mission of IU Health Methodist Hospital through fundraising. The foundation supports improving the health of patients and community through innovation and excellence in care, education, research and service. The hospital has a rich heritage of delivering critical care - advanced, specialized and highly effective treatments to the critically ill and injured patients. For more information, visit methodisthealthfoundation.org.
About Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the world's largest spectator sporting facility, has been the worldwide leader in motorsports entertainment since opening in 1909. Its events in 2015 include the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, the world's largest single-day annual sporting event. Living up to its reputation as the "Racing Capital of the World," IMS also hosts the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis in the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the Lilly Diabetes 250 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, the Red Bull Indianapolis GP in MotoGP and the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational in the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association.
About Indiana University Health
Named among the "Best Hospitals in America" by U.S. News & World Report for 17 consecutive years, Indiana University Health is dedicated to providing a unified standard of preeminent, patient-centered care. A unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine—one of the nation’s leading medical schools—gives our highly skilled physicians access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology. For more information, visit iuhealth.org.
Source: Indiana University Health