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2011 Official IZOD IndyCar Series Calendar
2011 Official IZOD IndyCar Series Calendar

Okay. You're looking for a holiday gift that has UBER-COOL (yes, I know I left out the umlaut) IndyCar images AND helps you figure out what day of the week it is.


I'll tell you where. You can turn to the Official IZOD IndyCar Series Calendar. And I pretty much literally mean "turn to it," unless you plan on hanging it from a pair of specially-designed glasses frames that dangle the calendar directly in front of your face 24/7. (What's so odd about that? I think it makes me look innovative! STOP POINTING AT ME!!!).

Oh, and hey - if you buy a calendar and put "Pop Off Valve" in the instruction box, we may end up getting a prize - that is, if we get the most folks to write "Pop Off Valve" in the instruction box by December 31st. If we do, do you know what that means? GIVEAWAY TIME! (Proceeds benefit the Sam Schmidt Foundation and Racing For Kids so I'm not just doing this for my health. Or greed.)

I'm not pressuring you. Honest.

Hit the jump for the press release - and then go buy a calendar or seven. The URL is


On behalf of the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) and Racing for Kids (RFK), United Medical Providers is pleased to announce the availability of the 2011 IZOD IndyCar official wall calendar.


United Medical Providers (UMP, Inc.), a long-time sponsor of the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation, and new sponsor of Racing for Kids, has produced a twelve-month, 12" x 9" (12" x 18" open) photographic wall calendar with proceeds from the sale of the calendar benefiting both SSPF and RFK.

The 2011 IZOD IndyCar calendar is sure to excite race fans every day of the year by showcasing some of the hottest cars and stars, including:

  • Will Power
  • Justin Wilson
  • Marco Andretti
  • Simona de Silvestro
  • Scott Dixon
  • Tony Kanaan
  • Helio Castroneves
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay
  • Danica Patrick
  • Alex Lloyd

The calendar also features a race-day action spread and a special Indianapolis Motor Speedway centennial-era celebration in the month of May. In addition, it includes valuable coupons for discounts on IMS merchandise and IZOD apparel, as well as a showcase of photos submitted by IZOD IndyCar fans.


About The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation

The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) was started in 2000 by Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt shortly after a practice-run crash left him paralyzed from the chest down. SSPF is leading the charge to cure paralysis by funding scientific research, medical treatment, rehabilitation and technological advances, benefiting stroke victims and people diagnosed with ALS, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. In addition to initiating local and national advocacy efforts on behalf of those disabled, SSPF funds various quality of life grants to organizations, provides college scholarships for people with spinal cord injuries/paralysis, and funds the national Day at the Races program. Ida Cahill, President, is a member of the Spinal Cord Leaders Council.

Sam Schmidt was recently recognized by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation with the 2008 Visionary Leader Award, because of his dedication and commitment to funding research and bettering the lives of those who are paralyzed. For more information, visit

About Racing For Kids

Founded in Detroit in 1989, Racing For Kids (RFK) is designed to use the increasing popularity of motorsports to focus public attention and funding on the health care needs of children.

The hospital visits form the heart of the program. RFK drivers visit children in Children's Hospitals wherever they race. They spend time with each sick youngster answering questions about their sport, posing for pictures, signing autographs and handing out the distinctive RFK hats, coloring books and assorted memorabilia provide by our sponsors.

RFK representatives have visited with more than 20,000 young patients in nearly 400 hospitals in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Australia. In addition, nearly $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. For more information, visit