Indianapolis, IN (October 6, 2011) - Although the season comes to an end next week in Las Vegas, the final race will provide a thrill for one child that will last a lifetime.  For the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series season, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing joined forces with Racing For Kids to sponsor a special helmet design contest offered to patients and family members of patients at the hospitals that the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing drivers visited this year.

Racing For Kids is near and dear to Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's heart. Team co-owner, Robbie Buhl, has served as Racing For Kids national spokesman since its inception in 1989. This season RFK not only celebrated 22 years of service, but 12 years of affiliation with DRR as well.

Founded in Detroit in 1989, Racing for Kids is designed to use the increasing popularity of motorsports to focus public attention and funding on the health care needs of children. Racing for Kids representatives have visited more than 24,000 young patients in nearly 500 hospitals in the United States, CanadaMexicoJapanAustralia and Brazil. In addition, nearly $5.5 million has been raised through donations and specific fund raising events for children's hospitals and child health institutions and causes across the country.

The hospital visits are the heart of the program and, as they continue to show their support for the organization, DRR drivers along with a host of IndyCar, Firestone Indy Lights Series and Star Mazda Series drivers, have actively participated in the Racing For Kids visits at Children's Hospitals where they raced this season. Both DRR and RFK found this season to be a great opportunity to offer something special for the patients and their families on these visits.

Hospitals were given the helmet design contest rules and templates prior to each visit. After the visit the drivers selected the design he or she liked "best." Each hospital had a winner and those semi-finalist designs were posted on www.IndyCar.com for online voting to select the final winner.

"The many kids who participated obviously spent a lot of time and effort on their creations, " said Pat Wright, Executive Director for Racing For Kids. "We were amazed at the broad range of colorful and often intricate designs. We were also impressed by the large voter turnout on IndyCar.com."

The winning designs from the hospitals that participated, which includedAll Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla.;Children's Hospital in Birmingham, Ala.;Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind.;Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wis.; Blank Children's Hospital inDes Moines, Ohio;Akron Children's Hospital in Akron, Ohio., and North Valley School in Santa Rosa, Calif., were available online for two days for fans to vote on their favorite. More than 1,200 votes were cast during the online competition.

Voting concluded on Tuesday, September 27 and the winner chosen was Sheyenne from Akron Children's Hospital. Her design will be featured on Ana Beatriz's helmet for the IZOD INDYCAR World Championships presented by Honda on October 16 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Sheyenne will receive a mini helmet in the same design as well as some racing gear from the team and Beatriz.

"I think this was a great opportunity. It's always a good experience for me to make the Racing For Kids visits, but to give the kids a chance to do something different and to take their mind off of what they are going through was really special. I liked all of the designs, there were some really creative ones, but I'm thrilled to wear Sheyenne's helmet design during the race", commented Beatriz.

At the conclusion of the final race, Ana Beatriz's helmet will go up for auction on eBay.com. All proceeds will go to Racing For Kids.

Information about the online auction will be posted on both the Racing For Kids and the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing websites after the race in Las Vegas. Please visit www.racingforkids.org or www.dreyerreinboldracing.com.