INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 7, 2017) – Three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart has always been an advocate for children and animals, especially those facing serious illness. When introduced to the Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center (FACC) and how it is developing cutting edge cancer treatments for people and pets, Tony was moved to action. To create awareness, enthusiasm and understanding of the FACC and their partners in comparative oncology, The Tony Stewart Foundation announces the formation of TEAM ONE CURE. Alongside other initiatives, Team One Cure will participate in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28, 2017; Schmidt Peterson Motorsports will provide the entry for Team One Cure.
“We learned that with the One Cure program, cancer treatment breakthroughs are happening through collaboration between scientists and doctors working with both people and pets,” Stewart said. “It perfectly fits with my foundation’s missions to help children and animals. Sam Schmidt represents the very best in an injured racer overcoming adversity, plus we share the passion to win at IMS.”
“We need a new way to race for potential cures to cancer, and pets may provide the answer,” stated Dr. Rodney Page, Director of the FACC. “Partnering with The Tony Stewart Foundation for Team One Cure provides a strong start to helping many people understand that cancer occurs in pets in a similar rate to humans, and that it occurs naturally. Cancer is cancer, so what is learned in pets being treated for cancer holds promise to also benefit people, and vice versa. This approach is known as comparative or translational oncology, and it is the core of the One Cure concept. We hope through this new partnership to help educate more people about comparative oncology and improve the lives of all cancer patients, whether they have two or four legs.”
“Very pleased to be participating in the 101st Running of the Indy 500 with such a fantastic program as Team One Cure,” noted Sam Schmidt, co-owner of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. “Tony is the most generous guy I know in motorsports, and his charitable efforts on behalf of children and animals in need is unbelievable, so this is a perfect fit. With the team at Colorado State University making such huge strides in cancer research, this will truly be a cause we can get behind. That, combined with both of our extreme desires to win this race, should make for a really competitive entry.”
The driver for the Team One Cure No. 77 entry will be announced soon. For more information on the Team One Cure program, please visit tonystewartfoundation.org.
About One Cure
Cancer is cancer. One Cure is founded on the principle that cancer affects all creatures and that treatment breakthroughs come through collaboration between scientists and doctors who are working with both people and animals. This approach is known as comparative or translational oncology, and it is the core of the One Cure concept. At the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University, our mission is to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer in pet animals, translating our research and knowledge to also benefit people with cancer.
Video Resource: “One Cure: Paw in Hand, Together We Can.”:
Information for CSU Flint Animal Cancer Center: http://www.OneCure.com
About Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Established in 2001 and owned by former IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt and Canadian businessman Ric Peterson, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) currently competes in the Verizon IndyCar Series. With a storied history in the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires series with over 70 wins, over 70 pole positions and seven championship wins, the Indianapolis-based team has also found success in IndyCar with five wins, two Indianapolis 500 pole positions and four poles claimed overall, as well as three top-five finishes in the championship points standings. For more information, please visit our social channels at @SPMindycar.