‘Race 4 Riley’ going strong after 18 years

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By Charly Arnolt

NEW CASTLE, Ind. (July 22, 2014)-- The 18th Annual "Race 4 Riley" returned to New Castle Motorsports Park Tuesday afternoon to raise money for one of the largest children’s hospitals in central Indiana.

The founder and host of the go-karting event, John Andretti, says Riley Hospital and its patients are close to his heart and that’s why he keeps coming back year after year.

“You get attached to all these kids in so many different ways. You go to the hospital and instantly you have a connection,” he said. “You’re inspired by what they’re fighting and the battles that they have and yet they’re happy. They just fill you full of energy and love because of what they bring to you and so it changes your whole life.”

One of the highlights of race day is the media heat. Fox59’s Charly Arnolt made her debut behind the wheel, and while she didn't finish first, she didn't finish last either! She finished in 9th position.

Andretti says she did “pretty well.”

“The first time it’s tough. The media race is especially tough because you've got some guys who have been here for 10 years or more,” he added.

Another event tied in to "Race 4 Riley" is the Progressive World Dinner which is being held at the Westin Hotel in Downtown Indianapolis on Wednesday night. All proceeds from the dinner will also benefit Riley Hospital. For information on the event and how to attend, follow this link.

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