The Michael Andretti Foundation Presents Racing Round-Up

The Michael Andretti Foundation presents Racing Round-Up to benefit Perot Museum and Speedway Children's Charities


DALLAS, TX (May 17, 2011) – It’s a racing fan’s dream come true: partying with legendary IZOD IndyCar Series drivers, having access to unique race souvenirs and even getting a chance to have personal IndyCar experiences! And the fun comes while benefitting two worthy children’s organizations in Dallas.

The Michael Andretti Foundation, in conjunction with Dr Pepper Snapple Group, will host the “Racing Round Up” to benefit the new Children’s Museum at the Perot Museum of Nature & Science and Speedway Children’s Charities at Texas Motor Speedway. The gala will be held Thursday, June 9, 2011 at Gilley’s Dallas. A VIP reception is scheduled for 6 p.m., followed by the gala at 7.

Three generations of the legendary Andretti racing family – Mario, Michael and Marco – will be joined by IndyCar superstars Danica Patrick, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Mike Conway for the event. 7-Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto will serve as the honorary chair.

"Dallas/Fort Worth has been the site of so many great IndyCar races over the years and has so many passionate fans, it’s only fitting that we bring one of The Michael Andretti Foundation events to North Texas,” says Michael Andretti.  “With my dad and Marco joining me for this event, it’s really going to be a
special experience for everyone. And you don’t need to be a race fan to be excited about the event. All you need is an interest in getting involved and helping us support these great organizations.”

This exclusive gala will feature both live and silent auction items including wine country travel packages, authentic racing memorabilia from the Andrettis’ personal collections and once-in-a-lifetime IndyCar experiences. Live entertainment will be provided by The Chris Rivers Band.

In early 2013, the Museum of Nature & Science, currently located in Fair Park, will open the new Perot Museum of Nature & Science in Victory Park. The $185-million museum will be a 180,000-square foot facility, filled with ten permanent exhibition halls that include extensive information about engineering, energy, earth and life sciences. One of the current Museum’s most popular areas, and undoubtedly one of the future Museum’s most anticipated spaces, is the Children’s Museum. In this area, the youngest visitors will playfully enjoy discovering their world through dynamic interactions while developing literacy, science and math skills.

“The new Children’s Museum at the Perot Museum of Nature & Science – River in the City – is being designed to offer a fascinating learning environment rich with sounds, textures, smells, and sights, visually compelling, immersive and inviting,” says Paul Vinson, director of exhibits for the Museum of Nature & Science. “In this beautiful exhibit, children will discover our world through interactions with real objects; hone their literacy, science, and math skills; make connections with the urban ecology, urban life, and cultural resources of Dallas while developing a passion for lifelong learning and a love of museums.”

Funds will help support the design development and the educational programming within the Children’s Museum, thus improving and expanding the Museum’s overall early-childhood education initiatives. The Michael Andretti Foundation’s support will help the Museum further its mission to “inspire minds through nature & science”. For more information on the Museum of Nature & Science in Fair Park and the Perot Museum expansion in Victory Park please visit

Speedway Children’s Charities is a national organization formed in 1982. There are chapters associated with each race track owned by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. including: Atlanta, Bristol, Charlotte, Las Vegas, New Hampshire, Sonoma, Kentucky and Texas. These local chapters are partners in change, working with a broad range of people and organizations to identify and resolve pressing issues dealing with children in their communities. The Texas chapter supports children’s organizations in Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties.

“Speedway Children’s Charities at Texas Motor Speedway has given over $7.5 million to children’s organizations in North Texas that help children in a variety of ways, from educational and financial to social and/or medical,” says Jaime Carlin, executive director of Speedway Children’s Charities at Texas Motor Speedway. “It is because of the generosity of our community and leaders in the motorsports community, like The Andretti Foundation, that we have been able to assist over 1.8 million children.”

“The Michael Andretti Foundation’s mission aligns well with our commitment to foster active, engaged and sustainable communities,” said Larry D. Young, president and CEO of Dr Pepper Snapple Group. “We’re pleased to partner with them in support of the Perot Museum of Nature & Science and Speedway Children’s Charities, two great organizations that are making a difference in the lives of youngsters throughout North Texas.”

Attendance will be capped at 500 people for the gala and 150 people for the VIP reception. The charitable donation for this once-in-a-lifetime event is $250 per person for a standard ticket, or $350 per person for VIP access. Those unable to attend the gala can make a one-time donation to benefit the Perot Museum of Nature & Science. These donations should be sent to The Michael Andretti Foundation at 7615 Zionsville Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268.

For more details on the event and ticket sales, please visit


About The Michael Andretti Foundation
Based in Indianapolis The Michael Andretti Foundation is a 501(c)(10) foundation established by open-wheel racing legend Michael Andretti to help people who have shown need and to help promote programs for better health, education and welfare of North America’s children and citizens. For more information about The Michael Andretti Foundation, visit Contact: Ryann Rigsby 610.909.7312

About Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE: DPS) is the leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Our success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor. We have 6 of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and 9 of our 12 leading brands are No. 1 in their flavor categories. In addition to our flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, our portfolio includes Sunkist soda, 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Crush, Mott's, Squirt, Hawaiian Punch, Peñafiel, Clamato, Schweppes, Venom Energy, Rose's and Mr & Mrs T mixers. To learn more about our iconic brands and Plano, Texas-based company, please visit

About the Museum of Nature & Science
The Museum of Nature & Science – the result of a unique merger in 2006 between the Dallas Museum of Natural History, The Science Place and the Dallas Children's Museum – is an AAM- accredited non-profit educational organization located in Dallas's Fair Park. In support of its mission to inspire minds through nature and science, the museum delivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor experiences through its education, exhibition, and research and collections programming for children, students, teachers, families and life-long learners. The facility also includes the TI Founders IMAX® Theater and a cutting-edge digital planetarium. The Museum of Nature & Science is supported in part by funds from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, the Texas Commission on the Arts and HP. The Museum of Nature & Science also is building a new $185-million museum on a 4.7-acre site in Victory Park to complement the Fair Park facilities. To learn more about the Museum of Nature & Science, please visit

About Speedway Children’s Charities at Texas Motor Speedway
The mission of Speedway Children’s Charities at Texas Motor Speedway is to care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives. Their vision is that every child has the same opportunities no matter what obstacle they are facing. Since being founded in 1997, Speedway Children’s Charities at Texas Motor Speedway has distributed more than $7.5 million in grants to local children’s organizations in Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties. To learn more, please visit


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