IndyCar: Three Yellow Parties set for RHR and Racing for Cancer

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The reigning Indianapolis 500 champion, Ryan Hunter-Reay, maintains his tireless dedication to raising money for cancer via Racing for Cancer and “The Yellow Party,” which enters another year for 2015.

See their 2015 schedule below:

Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay and his charity Racing for Cancer have announced today that the organization’s iconic fundraising event, The Yellow Party, will return in 2015 with three events in key racing markets.

Racing for Cancer’s 2015 fundraising season will kick off in St. Petersburg, Fla. on March 27 alongside the Verizon IndyCar Series season opener on the city’s sunny streets. The second stop for the fan-favorite event will be Indianapolis on May 21, followed by a season closing event in Napa, Calif. in late August in conjunction with The Michael Andretti Foundation.

The Hunter-Reays look forward to continuing their campaign to spread awareness for early detection and finding a cure for the disease that affects 28-million people worldwide.

“I couldn’t be happier to announce our 2015 Yellow Party dates,” said Ryan Hunter-Reay. “Our team at Racing for Cancer, along with AutoNation, has worked so hard to every day bring us one step closer to a cancer free world. I hope to see all of our supporters at one of the three Yellow Parties this season.”

The non-profit organization founded with the goal of beating cancer enjoyed a successful 2014 as they reached and exceeded many of their goals. Racing For Cancer’s greatest milestone to date came in November with Hunter-Reay and his family had the honor of presenting the Cleveland Clinic Maroone Cancer Center with $2.5 million. The generous donation, made possible by top sponsor AutoNation and donors nationwide, took just four short years of fundraising and will name the Center’s lobby for Hunter-Reay’s late mother, a cancer victim, Lydia Hunter-Reay.

Racing for Cancer’s The Yellow Party 2015 Schedule

Friday, March 27   St. Petersburg, FL
Thursday, May 21   Indianapolis, IN
Friday, August 28  Napa, CA

For more information, to donate to the cause or reserve tickets, please visit TheYellowParty.org.

James Hinchcliffe on Andretti: ‘It’s certainly the place I want to be’

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Since before the start of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, James Hinchcliffe tirelessly has worked to ensure the future would include a full-time return in 2021.

And with an opportunity to run the final three races this season with Andretti Autosport, there seems a surefire (albeit unlikely) path.

“If I go out and win all three,” Hinchcliffe joked with IndyCar on NBC announcer Leigh Diffey in an interview Friday (watch the video above), “it would be hard for them to say no, right?”

Regardless of whether he can go unbeaten at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course next weekend or the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida (where he earned his first career win in 2013), Hinchcliffe will have the chance to improve his stock with the team that he knows well and now has an opening among its five cars for 2021.

All three of Hinchcliffe’s starts this season — the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, July 4 at the IMS road course and the Indianapolis 500 — were with Andretti, where he ran full time in IndyCar from 2012-14.

“Obviously, the plan from January 2020 was already working on ’21 and trying to be in a full-time program,” he said. “I’ve really enjoyed being reunited with Andretti Autosport, and everybody there has been so supportive. It’s been a very fun year for me on track. It’s been kind of a breath of fresh air in a lot of ways.

“It’s certainly the place I want to be moving forward. We’ve been working on that, working on those conversations. Genesys has been an incredible partner in my three races. We’ll be representing Gainbridge primarily, but Genesys will still have a position on our car in the last three.”

Gainbridge is the primary sponsor of the No. 26 Dallara-Honda that was vacated by Zach Veach, who left the team after it was determined he wouldn’t return in 2021. Hinchcliffe can empathize having lost his ride with Arrow McLaren SP after last season with a year left on his deal.

“You never want to earn a ride at the expense of somebody else in the sense that has happened here with Zach,” Hinchcliffe said. “I feel bad that he’s not able to see out the last three races of his season. I’ve got a lot of respect for him off track. He’s been a teammate this year, a colleague for years before that and honestly a friend for years before that. I’ve got a lot of time for him and his family. I understand a little bit of what it’s like in that position and what he’s going through.”

Hinchcliffe is ready to seize the moment, though, starting with the Oct. 2-3 doubleheader race weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He had been hoping to add the Harvest Indy Grand Prix to his schedule and had been working out for the possibility.

“Then last week I had given up hope (and) was resigned that wasn’t happening,” he said. “I told my trainer, ‘I think we’re done for this year.’ Three days later, this call comes. I’m glad we didn’t make that decision too early. I feel great physically.

“I look at it as a great opportunity to continue to show I’ve still got what it takes and should be there hopefully full time next year on the grid.”

Watch Hinchliffe’s video with Leigh Diffey above or by clicking here.