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09/09/09
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Charity tournament returns to Brickyard Crossing
The 19th Phil Casey Indy Racing Golf Tournament will be held Sept. 28 at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Resort at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Pediatric Diabetes Center at Valley Children's Hospital in Fresno, Calif., and Target House at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Last year, the tournament raised more than $22,000 and has raised more than 300,000 since its inception in 1990.

"I really want to thank the racers over the years for supporting this event," said Casey, consultant to the Indy Racing League. "The early years proved to be a struggle just to break even, but now with enthusiastic support from the racing community, we are starting to see great results."

Casey organized the golf tournament after his granddaughter, Jennifer Burkhart, received treatment and education about how to manage the disease at the Pediatric Diabetes Center at Valley Children's Hospital. Casey designates his half of the proceeds to the hospital each year.

"I watched my granddaughter struggle with diabetes and I wanted to help other kids with the disease," Casey said.

Target Chip Ganassi Racing owner Chip Ganassi will serve as Casey's co-host this year and selected Target House as the organization to receive his share of the money raised.

Target House provides almost 100 free, fully equipped apartments for families and patients receiving long-term treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. But it's more than a place to stay. Target House is a home away from home for families facing medical challenges.

The tournament - two weeks before the season-closing Firestone Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway - kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast. Tee time is 10 a.m. The fee is $500 per team, with lunch and the presentation of awards and door prizes after the round. Deadline is Sept. 21.

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