The Yellow Party Thursday night a great charity event in lead up to Indy 500

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The week leading up to the Indianapolis 500 is one that always features a wealth of parties, but one of the best for charity is the annual The Yellow Party, presented by AutoNation and Lennar, this Thursday night, May 22.

Racing for Cancer founder Ryan Hunter-Reay, the 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series champion, has committed time, money and resources for fundraising to help beat cancer – The Yellow Party grew out of the “Beat Cancer Bash” a few years ago. RHR and wife Beccy Hunter-Reay are hosts of the event.

The focal point of the night will be the live and silent auctions of one of a kind motorsports memorabilia as well as goods and services donated from local Indianapolis businesses. All proceeds will go to benefit foundations dedicated to the early detection of cancer, research and prevention: Racing for Cancer, The Little Red Door, and the Indy Family Foundation. In addition to the funds raised from the donation, AutoNation will match all funds raised at next Thursday’s event.

Most of the IndyCar field – which so far besides Hunter-Reay includes at least Scott Dixon, Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe, Carlos Munoz, EJ Viso, Ryan Briscoe, Ed Carpenter, Alex Tagliani, Charlie Kimball and likely more – will be in attendance Thursday night at the Crane Bay in downtown Indianapolis.

VIP tickets are available for purchase before the event opens to the general public. More information on the event, which begins at 6 for VIPs and 7 for GAs, can be found on the event website.

BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.