NHLR, IMS & Rahal Support Paul Newman's Camps at Indy 500 The No. 06 Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (NHLR) entry in the 2009 Indianapolis 500 for Robert Doornbos will carry the Hole in the Wall Camps (HITWC) logo on its sidepods during the race as a tribute to late team owner Paul Newman, who first took an interest in auto racing while filming the 1968 movie "Winning" at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"I'm honored to have the Hole in the Wall Camps on my race car for the Indy 500," said Doornbos. "The owners decided to run these colors as a tribute to Paul and I am proud to represent such an extraordinary man and the organization he founded to bring happiness to seriously ill children. I met him when I raced against the team in Champ Car and he was one of the first to congratulate me on my win in Mont Tremblant and told me he enjoyed the battle. I know that he was competitive just like me and like everyone at Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and I will try to do my best to make the Hole in the Wall Camps proud on Sunday.”
In 2008 it was announced that the HITWC would become an official charity of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and earlier this month IMS donated the use of a floor in the Pagoda for race day. Tickets were sold for $1500 each with all proceeds to be contributed to HITWC.
"We are pleased to make the opportunity of viewing the Race from Pagoda Suite One available to members of the racing community for the benefit of the Hole in the Wall Camps that were so close to Paul Newman's heart," said Tony George, chief executive officer of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In addition, NHLR driver Graham Rahal announced on Friday the formation of the Graham Rahal Foundation and the commitment to make the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps the primary beneficiary. For more information on the camps, please visit www.holeinthewallcamps.org.
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