Kart 4 Kids, Inc. is excited to announce that the 7th Annual Kart 4 Kids Pro-Am Kart Race to Benefit Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Featuring Sebastien Bourdais and Patrick Long will be held at the site of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in 2018.
Kart Race Benefiting Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Moved to Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
The temporary circuit built on the downtown streets of St. Petersburg and on the runways of Albert Whitted Airport will host this annual karting event starting mid-afternoon on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, just prior to the start of the race weekend. The first six years the event was held at Andersen RacePark in North Palmetto, Fla., and Andersen will continue supplying the karts and organizing the races.
“This year’s move of the event to the actual racetrack of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and the heart of Downtown is amazing news,” said IndyCar driver and St. Petersburg resident Sebastien Bourdais. “It would have never been possible without the Andersen organization and the Grand Prix, and I can’t wait to see the response of the community.”
“This is a massive leap forward for our 7th annual event! As we see with IndyCar and sportscar racing, when you drop the racing culture and action into a major city center, the local response is electric,” said Patrick Long, the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge GT Driver’s Champion and Kart 4 Kids’ very first pro driver entrant. “To be just a couple blocks down the road from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital makes this story that much sweeter.”
Situated at Turn 1 of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg track, just a few blocks from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, the race will be visible by the very people that it was created to help, All Children’s kids. With the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg helping facilitate the move from Andersen RacePark, Kart 4 Kids, Inc is striving to expand its role as the largest third-party fundraiser for All Children’s.