News & Multimedia

Tony Stewart Foundation to Sponsor Entry for 101st Running of the Indy 500

Former Verizon IndyCar Series and three-time NASCAR Cup champion Tony Stewart is returning to the Indianapolis 500 – as a car sponsor.

Stewart’s charitable wing, the Tony Stewart Foundation, announced today that it has formed Team One Cure to create awareness, enthusiasm and understanding for the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University that develops cutting-edge cancer treatments for humans and pets.

To raise more awareness of the program, Team One Cure will sponsor the entry for the No. 77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda in the 101st Running of the Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. The driver of the car will be announced at a future date.

Stewart, who retired from NASCAR competition following the 2016 season, has long been an advocate for children and animals, especially those facing serious illness. The opportunity to pair up Team One Cure with the Indy 500 was one he couldn’t pass up.

“We learned that, with the One Cure program, cancer treatment breakthroughs are happening through collaboration between scientists and doctors working with both people and pets,” said Stewart, who captured the 1997 Verizon IndyCar Series crown before turning his attention to stock cars. “It perfectly fits with my foundation’s missions to help children and animals. Sam Schmidt represents the very best in an injured racer overcoming adversity, plus we share the passion to win at IMS.”

Schmidt, a quadriplegic as a result of an Indy car testing crash in 2000, has not been deterred and become one of the leading INDYCAR team owners. He also founded Conquer Paralysis Now, the foundation devoted to finding a paralysis cure through increased scientific research. 

“Very pleased to be participating in the 101st Running of the Indy 500 with such a fantastic program as Team One Cure,” Schmidt said. “Tony is the most generous guy I know in motorsports and his charitable efforts on behalf of children and animals in need is unbelievable, so this is a perfect fit. With the team at Colorado State University making such huge strides in cancer research, this will truly be a cause we can get behind. That, combined with both of our extreme desires to win this race, should make for a really competitive entry.”

Dr. Rodney Page, director of the Flint Animal Cancer Center, said the Indy 500 sponsorship will raise great awareness in animal cancer treatments that can benefit people.

“We need a new way to race for potential cures to cancer, and pets may provide the answer,” Page said. “Partnering with the Tony Stewart Foundation for Team One Cure provides a strong start to helping many people understand that cancer occurs in pets in a similar rate to humans and that it occurs naturally. Cancer is cancer, so what is learned in pets being treated for cancer holds promise to also benefit people and vice-versa. 

“This approach is known as comparative or translational oncology, and it is the core of the One Cure concept. We hope through this new partnership to help educate more people about comparative oncology and improve the lives of all cancer patients, whether they have two or four legs.”

Practice for the 101st Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil begins May 15 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with two days of qualifications set for May 20-21. The race is on May 28 and airs live (11 a.m. ET) on ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network. For ticket information, visit IMS.com.

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Tony Stewart
 
Tony Stewart Foundation to Sponsor Entry for 101st Running of the Indy 500
To raise more awareness of the program, Team One Cure will sponsor the entry for the No. 77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. The driver of the car will be announced at a future date.
Read More
Related Media
Ryan Hunter-Reay
 
IndyCar Drivers Excited How 2018 Car is Taking Shape
It’s been two months since the unveiling of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series car concept drawings at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. More detailed images were released today.
Read More
A.J. Foyt
 
New IMS Museum Exhibit To Celebrate A.J. Foyt
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of his record-setting fourth Indianapolis 500 win, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is proud to present a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit honoring auto racing icon A.J. Foyt, opening April 14.
Read More
2018 IndyCar
 
INDYCAR Unveils New Images of 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Car Design
INDYCAR, sanctioning body for the premier North American open-wheel racing series, released new images today of the universal aerodynamic bodywork kit that will be used by all competitors in 2018. Following along with this year's INDYCAR theme of "NEXT," the computer-generated images are the next evolution of the car's development process and provide more detail than concept sketches released in January.
Read More
Forever In Your Mind
 
Forever In Your Mind To Sing National Anthem at INDYCAR Grand Prix
Billboard-charting pop group Forever In Your Mind will perform the national anthem before the start of the INDYCAR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 13 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Read More
Simon Pagenaud
 
Watch Chevy Stars Test for Indy 500 Saturday at IMS
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway invites fans to watch an Indianapolis 500 test by Chevrolet teams Saturday, April 1. Fans can view the test for free from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with a lunch break from noon-1 p.m., from the Turn 2 Viewing Mounds, IMS Museum Lot or the South Terrace Grandstands. Free parking is available in the Museum Lot for fans.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 2,467
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
1964. A.J. Foyt's second #Indy500 victory. See all four winning cars at an unprecedented @IMSMuseum exhibit:… https://t.co/TWVEMHIblc
about 5 hours ago