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



>> Lifetime Members

CARA's Board of Directors would like to acknowledge the generous support of our Lifetime Members and their ongoing commitment to CARA and their passion for Motorsports. 


Lifetime Members To-Date:

DeeAnn Andretti, Sandra Andretti, Lynne Aracri, Susan Armstrong, Sandy Blair, Cindy Bodkin, Barbara Butz, Steve Butz, Carol Derbin, Victor DiGeronimo, Daryle Feistman, Sandy Ferguson, Teresa Fields, Barbara Fuller, Brenda Geiger, John Gorsline, Ellen Greenleaf, Judy Greeson, Susan Groff, Brad Haberman, Christine Horne, Diana Hubbard, Betty Huffer, Pam Jenkins, Josh Laycock, Mike Lanigan, Wendy Laubenstein, Linda Mansfield, Betty McKee, Dawn Moss, Marilyn Niehaus, Toni Ow, Patricia Parsons-Vigant, Anne Peyton, Dr. Carol Pressman, Bob Roper, Judy Schmidt, Vona Sinclair, Kathy Sites, Ann Slaughterbeck, Elizabeth Starne, June Swango, Jan Thomas, Debbie Ulrich, Shelley Unser, Peggy Verhonik

>> Board Members

Members of CARA's Board of Directors are volunteers in current standing as either a Lifetime or Full member. Each member serves a volunteer three-year term. Board officers hold a position for a one-year term.


Current Board of Directors:

Wendy Laubenstein [President], Barbara Butz [Vice President], Kathy Sites [Secretary], Lisa Richey Burgis [Treasurer], Lucille Dust, Ellen Greenleaf,

Beth Ann Ross, Ann Slaughterbeck, Judy Warren 

Betty Rutherford [Director Emeritus]


Honorary Advisory Board:

Kurt Antonius, Richard Blaiklock, Nathan Hoffman, Rick Mears, U.E. "Pat" Patrick, Debi Rahal, William Riley, Johnny Rutherford, Donald Smith, Allen Speyer, Les Unger


>> Honorary Members

Honorary Members are individuals, organizations or companies that are voted on and chosen by the Board of Directors. They receive all rights as a Full member and they are exempt from paying annual dues. Honorary members include, but are not limited to, industry professionals, celebrities, political figures, educators, health-care professionals, and other influential individuals and companies that have served as ambassadors for the mission of CARA Charities.


Honorary Members to-date include:

Kurt Antonius, Susan Bayh, William Capels, Father Phil De Rea, Chris Economaki, Hunter Floyd, Chaplain Nick Fornoro, Freelance Lettering, Mari Hulman George, Florence Henderson, Jeanetta Holder, Donna Mullinix, “Dutch” Mandel, Jim Nabors, Paul Newman, Randy Owens, Katie Oxley, U. E. “Pat” Patrick, Jan Shaffer, Allen Speyer, Betty Sullivan, Debbie & Ned Wicker


>>> CARA Membership

Full and Lifetime Members are friends of open-wheel auto racing who support the mission and goals of the organization. Lifetime Members are Full Members who have paid a one-time fee for Lifetime Membership. Although not required, each Full and Lifetime Member shall have the opportunity to vote, volunteer on a committee, or hold office on CARA's Board of Directors [when nominated by a current CARA member]. All members [Lifetime, Full, Honorary] in addition to CARA Board of Directors and Advisory Board Members will receive all CARA Charities’ mailings and e-mailings, including but not limited to newsletters, membership directory, CARA merchandise ss well as all notices of social functions, fundraisers, and from time-to-time, special [racing] industry news and special member opportunities. Members also receive special discounts of CARA merchandise and events.





Standard 1 Year Membership: $30 [limited-time 30th anniversary offer for new members only- a 40% savings]

Lifetime Membership: $300 [pay once and be a member for life - a 40% savings]



Standard 1 Year Membership: $30

[renew your 2010 membership for the standard $50 annual and receive a second gift membership for a friend or family member - $50 value] 


CARA Charities is a service organization dedicated to serving the needs of our communities through collaborative partnerships and special projects with members of the Motorsports family, specifically but not limited to the IZOD IndyCar Series. We depend on the generosity, creativity, and enthusiasm of our members to help make our communities better, by participating in CARA events and activities or by creating their own fundraising activity to benefit one of CARA's many programs that children's safety and well-being. Without our members and volunteers, we would be unable to accomplish our mission. Thank you to the many CARA members [past and present] who unselfishly support our projects and events by giving of their time, talent and/or treasure.

Are you interested in becoming a member of CARA Charities? Simply request a membership application by visiting our online Contact Us page