IndyCar drivers get assist from Riley Kids in wagon-building competition


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - It was a busy Tuesday for some IndyCar drivers who went straight from the track to IU Health Riley Hospital for Children for a different type of race.

The drivers were their own pit crew as they competed to see who could build a wagon the fastest.

But they had a little help from some Riley Kids who got to take a break from being a patient to have a little fun.

“It's just really great that we can share a moment with them and make them smile a little bit in the tough situations,” said driver Simon Pagenaud.

“Being an Indianapolis resident, Heather and I have been blessed that we haven't needed this great place but one of our good friends spent the first 6 months of their son’s life here so we know just how important the work is they do here,” said Ed Carpenter.

And the winners of the Riley Challenge? It was the team of Josef Newgarden and Sage Karam.