IndyCar drivers participate in 'horse race' at Children's TherAplay #HorsePower500

Several IndyCar drivers participated in #HorsePower500. (WTHR)
IndyCar Drivers at Children's Theraplay
IndyCar drivers at Children's TherAplay

CARMEL, Ind. (WTHR) — IndyCar drivers traded in their race cars for blow-up horses at Children's TherAplay Foundation's fourth annual #HorsePower500.

The "horse race" is a fundraising event that brings awareness to equine-assisted physical and occupational therapies — the foundation's speciality.

Race car drivers Oliver Askew, Eddie Cheever Jr., Zachary Claman, Conor Daly, Scott Dixon, Marcus Ericsson, Jack Harvey, James Hinchcliffe, Kyle Kaiser, Charlie Kimball, Ryan Norman, Spencer Pigot, and Graham Rahal were all in attendance at Monday's event.

Each were paired with one of the kids currently receiving treatment at Children's TherAplay. The foundation also held a groundbreaking for a $3.6 million capital campaign project which includes a new facility.

“Today, is a very exciting day in Children’s TherAplay’s nineteen-year history,” said Craig Dobbs, Children’s TherAplay Founder and past Board President. “As we break ground on a new standard for equine-assisted physical and occupational therapy right here in Carmel Indiana, we recognize this new clinic is the result of countless parent’s desire for their children to have access to innovative equine therapy in pursuit of an independent future. Every aspect of this facility was designed to maximize quality of care for the children we serve and those who will need us in the future.”

Following the groundbreaking, the races began.

Although all the drivers and their teammates were up for the challenge, Kyle Kaiser and his 4-year-old teammate, Charlie Comer, came out on top. Charlie attends TherAplay for physical and occupational therapy.

The 2019 Indy Pace Car made an appearance at the 4th annual #HorsePower500. (WTHR)
Classic cars were parked inside the arena where the race would take place. (WTHR)
The IndyCar drivers posed for a photo before the horse race. (WTHR)
Tents were set up outside of the horse arena where attendees ate food and got a glimpse of some cars. (WTHR)
Stands were set so attendees could watch the race "trackside." (WTHR)
Part of the 4th annual #HorsePower500 was the groundbreaking of a new Theraplay facility
The groundbreaking is official at Therplay Children's Foundation's 4th annual #HorsePower500.
The start line of the 4th annual #HorsePower500. (WTHR)
Connor Daly posed for a pre-race photo by one of the cars parked in the horse arena. (WTHR)
IndyCar drivers discuss strategy before the race beings. (WTHR)
Spencer Pigot made a point to take the horse as far away from his opponents as possible (WTHR)
A little boy ran to give his teammate, Graham Rajal, a high-five after one of the races ended. (WTHR)
Fans cheered on the IndyCar drivers in the #HorsePower500
Kyle Kaiser seems focused as he faces off against Zachary Claman DeMelo in the final race.
Kyle Kaiser and 4-year-old Charlie Comer took home the gold medal in the 4th annual #HorsePower500. (WTHR)
Win or lose, the drivers and kids were happy to participate in the race. (WTHR)