Home of the national award-winning program

Buckle Up Baby™

in partnership with Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund

members of the Motorsports family since 1981

We proudly promote IndyCar Racing [and the Motorsports family]

by engaging in community projects that  benefit

children's safety and well-being


>> CARA Programs 

Children's health and safety has been a primary focus of CARA since its inception, however as an ambassador for the industry, CARA occasionally supports other community-based programming and causes for members and organizations in the Motorsports family.
National Programming


Buckle Up Baby™
Buckle Up Baby is CARA's nationally-recognized child safety program in partnership with Bridgestone of Americas Trust Fund. Nearly $1 million has been donated to area hospitals in order to provide infant and special-needs car seats for needy families in the communities that host major open-wheel racing events. This program has impacted the safety of thousands of children throughout the United States. Funds donated to the hospitals have been used to not only purchase seats, but also support various programs such as children's car seat safety programs and the development of specialized seats for injured children.

   In 2000, CARA was awarded the National Highway Safety Adminsitration's Buckle Up America Award. "Our Bridgestone of America's Trust Fund is a proud supporter of CARA Charities and the Buckle Up Baby program," said Al Speyer, executive director of Bridgestone Motor Sports. "In addition to providing financial support, we have been working with CARA to educate and increase the awareness of the need for and proper use of child safety seats. These seats reduce injury by 71% for infants less than one year old and have saved the lives of nearly 7,000 children."


CARA Cares
For many years, CARA has provided a presence for the Motorsports industry in local children's hospitals throughout the country with visits to pediatric wards by drivers, CARA members and the Firestone Firehawk. Our goal with each visit is to deliver hope and happiness for children that are otherwise fearful of their environment while overcoming injury or illness. Each visit generally includes room-to-room visits and toy distribution.


The CARA Wish

CARA Charities is about kids, especially their safety and well-being. Sometimes children have to face the unthinkable as they fight just to survive. In 2010, CARA Charities created The CARA Wish in an effort to grant the wishes of sick children on behalf of the Motorsports family. To help kick off the new program, CARA granted the wish of a child through the Indiana Children's Wish Fund. Supporting the program at any level allows us to help these children in need in markets around the country.

CARA Motorsports Scholarship

CARA is proud to invest in the future of Motorsports by offering the industry's first student scholarship for the nation's first Motorsports engineering program. First and second-year students [both in-state and out-of-state] admitted to the Motorsports Engineering Program at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) are eligible to apply. Please visit Scholarship Center at IUPUI for more information or to apply.

>> We Are Honored


National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations Buckle Up America Award
This award goes to those groups that promote safety on the highway.


Benefactors Award from the Baptist Health South Florida Foundation
In recognition of our dedication to children’s safety with our Buckle Up Baby program.


 Nominated for the Eleventh Annual Child Safety Advocate Award.
This award is given to groups that promote and fund child safety programs.


>> Who We Support

While CARA has an outstanding record of charitable contributions and altruistic activities involving children, they also support a wide variety of community-based organizations and social causes. To-date, CARA has provided support to:


Akron Children's Hospital - Ohio
All Children's Hospital - Florida

Art Institute of Indianapolis - Indiana
Austin Hatcher Foundation - Georgia

Baptist Health South Florida Foundation
British Columbia Children's Hospital
Canary Foundation - California
Children's Hospital of Michigan - Michigan
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin - Wisconsin
Children's Medical Center - Texas
Children's Memorial Hospital - Illinois
Cody Unser First Step Foundation
Emerson Fittipaldi Foundation for the Americas

Froedtert Hospital - Wisconsin
Gold Coast Hospital of Australia - Australia
Hole in the Wall Camps
Homestead Hospital - Florida
Hutzel Hospital - Michigan

Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas

IRL Ministries - Indiana
Kansas University Hospital - Kansas

Kosair Children's Hospital - Kentucky
Kentucky Children's Hospital - Kentucky
Lyn St. James Foundation - Arizona
Mercy Children's Center - Iowa
Methodist Hospital Pediatrics - Indiana
Miami's Children's Hospital - Florida
Medcentral Hospital - Ohio
Motorsport Ministries

New York Fire & Police Widows and Orphans Fund
Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation - North Carolina
Phoenix Children's Hospital - Arizona
Provena St. Joseph Med Center - Illinois
Rainbow Babies Hospital - Ohio
Rich Vogler Memorial Fund
Riley Hospital for Children - Indiana
St. Mary's Medical Center - California
Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital - California
Salvation Army Grid Kids

Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation
Samaritan Center - Louisiana

Sanoma Valley Hospital - California

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital - California
Schuyler Health Foundation - New York
Silver Cross Hospital - Illinois

South Jersey Health Foundation - New Jersey
Stanford Children's Hospital - Connecticut

Stollery Children's Hospital - Canada

Texas Children's Hospital - Texas

The Hospital for Sick Children - Toronto

Trinity Medical Center - Alabama
Tokyo Women's Medical Center - Japan
University of Kansas Hospital - Kasas

University Medical Center - Tennessee
VCU Children's Med Center - Virginia
Wishard Memorial Hospital - Indiana