[media-credit name=”indianapolismotorspeedway.com” align=”alignright” width=”295″][/media-credit]Indianapolis, IN – May 1, 2012 – To celebrate the month of May and the legacy of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, United Medical Providers, Inc. (UMP) has arranged for a very special autograph session to take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Community Day, May 23, 2012 from 12-1 p.m. ET.
When the Official 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series calendar was printed, the producers (UMP) had no idea that the May feature would end up being so significant. Now, as the world turns its attention toward Indianapolis for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the calendar team aims to offer a unique opportunity for race fans.
Alex Tagliani, the reigning Indianapolis 500 pole-sitter, along with his wife Bronte, will be signing the calendar’s August page, where they are featured. In addition, last year’s Indianapolis 500 winning team owners, Bryan Herta and Steve Newey, will be there to sign the calendars outside of the Team Barracuda – BHA garage on Community Day. UMP is also expecting a few surprise guests to join the session as well.
For those who are unable to attend the autograph session, UMP has a special offer: Starting on May 1, anyone who orders a calendar throughout the entire month will receive their copy, signed by Herta, Newey, Tagliani and at least one other driver featured in 2012.
“The calendar is a great collector’s piece and has become a must-have for fans of INDYCAR,” says UMP owner David Wills. “But the best part is that it benefits three different racing charities: Racing For Cancer, Racing For Kids and Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation. We’re thankful that we can celebrate the month of May with this unique opportunity for fans, in addition to supporting three great charities in the paddock.”
Fans can purchase their copy of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar calendar online at www.UMPonline.com/calendar. They are also encouraged to follow @INDYCARcalendar and “like” www.facebook.com/INDYCARcalendar for the latest updates and other unique fan opportunities throughout the year.
About United Medical Providers, Inc.
United Medical Providers (UMP) has been serving the medical supply and equipment needs for thousands of clients in the United States since 1996. UMP can supply clients’ urological needs with a complete line of quality products. UMP carries thousands of products from top manufacturers like Astra Tech, Bard, Coloplast, Hollister, Rochester Medical, Rusch and Securi-T. For more information, visit www.UMPonline.com.
About Racing for Cancer
Racing For Cancer, Inc. was formed to unite motorsports fans around the world to help those afflicted with cancer and to promote early detection and prevention initiatives that support the global fight against cancer. The mission is simply to help beat cancer. Racing for Cancer commits 100 percent of net proceeds, raised through various fundraising programs, to (1) promote and launch early detection and prevention initiatives, and (2) promote awareness and the eradication of childhood cancer. The organization also partners to support various marketing efforts to aid in the global cancer awareness campaign. For more information, visit www.RacingForCancer.org.
About Racing For Kids
Founded in Detroit in 1989, Racing For Kids is designed to use the increasing popularity of motorsports to focus public attention and funding on the health care needs of children. The hospital visits form the heart of the program. RFK drivers visit children in Children’s Hospitals wherever they race. They spend time with each sick youngster answering questions about their sport, posing for pictures, signing autographs and handing out the distinctive RFK hats, coloring books and assorted memorabilia provide by our sponsors. RFK representatives have visited with more than 20,000 young patients in nearly 400 hospitals in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Australia. For more information, visit www.RacingForKids.org.
About The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation
The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation was started in 2000 by Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt shortly after a practice-run crash left him paralyzed from the chest down. SSPF is leading the charge to cure paralysis by funding scientific research, medical treatment, rehabilitation and technological advances, also benefiting stroke victims and people diagnosed with ALS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. In addition to initiating local and national advocacy efforts on behalf of those disabled, SSPF funds funds its national Day at the Races program. For more information, visit www.samschmidt.org.