Jay Howard has multiple reasons for supporting One Cure.
The British Indy 500 driver will play host to the inaugural Celebrity Karting Enduro to benefit One Cure, which raises awareness for comparative oncology, the researching and studying of cancer and treatments across different species. The event will take place 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 27, at K1 Speed in 9998 E 121 St., Fishers.
“I am an animal lover,” said Howard, a Carmel resident. “I hate cancer. Both people and pets that I love have been affected by cancer. I am a big believer of thinking outside the box, One Cure checks all these boxes, and you can’t help but fall in love with the initiative once you visit the (Colorado State University’s) Flint Animal Cancer Center.”
IndyCar drivers Pippa Mann and Jack Harvey also are scheduled to participate. Pro drivers will be paired with four other participants for a team of five, with 10 total teams. The teams will compete against each other, whereby each member will do a number of laps before having the next team member take over driving. A silent auction will include items such as signed memorabilia, tickets to sporting events, including the 2019 Indy 500, and autographed items by professional athletes and celebrities. All proceeds will be donated to One Cure.
“This is a fun event that raises money and awareness (and), of course bragging rights, but most importantly, (it is) to have fun and kick cancer’s arse at the same time,” he said.
Howard said when IndyCar drivers can get together for an event it will help grow the fan base.
“As drivers, we love to interact with people, so the more the merrier,” Howard said. “I encourage people to come and watch, enjoy the event. It will be a blast.”
The cost to race is $350 for individual driver tickets, while attendance tickets are $100. To register a full team (four individuals), the cost is $1,000. To register, visit KartingForOneCure.com.