(via INDYCAR.com) – For the second year, Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a series of blood drives across the country in conjunction with NTT IndyCar Series races to boost summer blood supplies. The first blood drive this year takes place Monday, May 20 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during a practice day for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.
The Hinchcliffe Hundred Blood Drive runs from noon-6 p.m. ET in Legends Row at IMS adjacent to Gasoline Alley with a goal to collect 130 blood donations. The first 100 people who come to give blood will receive a free access pass to the Gasoline Alley garages area (must be at least 18 years old) and free parking in Turn 3.
Anyone attending the blood drive must have a gate ticket to enter the IMS property. A free gate ticket will be sent to each donor by email after their donation appointment is scheduled in advance. On the day of the blood drive, those without an appointment to donate are welcome to attend the blood drive and purchase their own gate ticket to enter.
Hinchcliffe suffered severe injuries after a 2015 crash during Indy 500 practice. He needed 22 units of blood to survive, about twice an average person’s blood volume. His experience led him to realize how important blood donation really is and he’s been an advocate ever since.
“What happened to me was a real eye-opener,” Hinchcliffe said. “I understand now how blood can be needed in a moment’s notice and how much can be used to help just one person. I’m partnering with Red Cross to encourage more people to give blood so that patients can have another shot at life, just like I did.”
To schedule an appointment for the Hinchcliffe blood drive, visit RedCrossBlood.org and use the sponsor code HinchcliffeHundred.