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April 16, 2013

Drivers visit Hot Wheels For Real exhibit

INDIANAPOLIS — Race fans got a special treat this weekend when three Indy Car drivers stopped by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis to help celebrate the Hot Wheels For Real Exhibit.

Ed Carpenter of Ed Carpenter Racing, Charlie Kimball of Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing, and Alex Tagliani of Barracuda Racing took turns racing children on a special six-lane Hot Wheels racetrack. It was all part of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Day at the museum.

“This is a lot of fun,” Kimball said. “Let’s face it — all the drivers are kids at heart. We grew up playing with Hot Wheels.”

Kimball said he enjoys getting to be an ambassador for racing and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the season.

“We are two races into the Indy car season and it’s so exciting to look ahead to the Indianapolis 500,” he said. “And it’s fun getting to see the kids and the excitement on their faces. It’s been a real blast.”

After each race, all of the children were treated to a temporary tattoo and a chance to get an autograph or photo with one of the drivers.

Hot Wheels For Real has been extended through May 27 at the Children’s Museum. The experience features a rarely seen collectible Hot Wheels car and life-size versions of iconic favorites.

The event at the museum was endorsed by the Indy Family Foundation — The Benevolent Fund of Motorsports. The organization offers financial aid to members of the Indy car racing community and their families in times of need caused by death, injury, or illness.

The Indy Family Foundation will also be holding the Festival on Main from 6 to 10 p.m. May 10 in Speedway. That event will include a celebrity and Izod Indy Car driver dunk tank, a brew garden, food truck vendors, and live music. The Dallara Racing Experience will also be offering rides in its two street legal two-seater vehicles.

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