Marc Cannon says AutoNation is grateful to NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers Alexander Rossi, Jack Harvey, and Ryan Hunter-Reay, along with their teams.
“They may be fierce competitors on track, but they’re on the same team when it comes to helping drive out cancer,” said Cannon, who is AutoNation executive vice president and chief marketing officer, in a news release.
On Tuesday, AutoNation said Rossi, Harvey, and Hunter-Reay will each dedicate the AutoNation INDYCAR Challenge, at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas to AutoNation employees who are cancer survivors or fighters.
Those three AutoNation-sponsored drivers have shown a commitment to the company’s DRV PNK campaign. That program raises funds and awareness for cancer-related causes.
Through DRV PNK, AutoNation has raised and donated more than $22 million to fund cancer research, treatment and awareness.
AutoNation also offers a company-paid cancer insurance plan to all its associates and their eligible dependents on their first day of employment.
This issue is personal for Hunter-Reay, a 2014 Indy 500 winner whose mother Lydia, died of cancer. He said he is “inspired every day to help make a difference in the fight.”
“Sadly, we’ve all been touched by cancer,” Hunter-Reay said.
Rossi is a 2016 Indy 500 champion who said he was honored to support DRV PNK and drive to help people fighting the disease.
“This is my first season partnering with AutoNation, and I’m proud to help raise awareness and funds for the cause,” Rossi said.
INDYCAR driver Harvey added, “If I can brighten the day of someone battling cancer, then I'm all in.”
Harvey has dedicated his first race of the season, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, to longtime AutoNation associate, Harriet Levin, who is battling stage-four metastatic breast cancer.
“DRV PNK 4 Harriet will be proudly emblazoned on my helmet,” Harvey said.
He continued, “I know she'll be watching the race and cheering me on, but really it’s me who will be cheering for her.”