Wishing kids a speedy recovery

2012-08-03 15:15:34 by Holly Pupino, Media Relations Specialist, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.

It’s not every day you have the opportunity to hop into a real Indy race car.

So when doctors, nurses, patients and hospital visitors noticed the shiny black racer with top speeds of 235 mph parked outside the front door of Akron Children’s Hospital on Aug. 2, they couldn’t help but climb inside and grab the wheel.

The car came courtesy of Racing for Kids, a non-profit organization which draws on the popularity of motorsports to bring attention and funding to the healthcare needs of children and child health institutions.

Visiting patients and passing out autographed hats and posters were Robbie Buhl, a retired Indy race driver and the 1992 Indy Light Series Champion, as well as engineers from the Firestone Race Car Division.

Dr. Nathan Kraynack, director of Akron Children’s Lewis H. Walker Cystic Fibrosis Center, shows his need for speed.

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