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

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>>Driver Support

Thank You

Special thanks to the many drivers that continue to lend their name and/or financial support to help CARA's many programs and events. 

Mario Andretti 2011 CARA Fashion Show Driver Chair
Johnny Rutherford 2011 CARA Night at Kirles Host
Tony Kanaan 2010 CARA Fashion Show Driver Co-Chair
Sarah Fisher 2010 CARA Fashion Show Driver Co-Chair
Dario Franchitti 2010 CARA Holiday Ornament Designer

>> Corporate Support

Thank You

Thank you to all of our program and event sponsors who have provided valuable financial support that allows us to continue with our mission to promote racing and support children!

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>> National Programs

Buckle Up Baby

Buckle Up Baby is CARA’s nationally-recognized child safety program in partnership with Bridgestone of Americas Trust Fund. More than $850,000 has been donated to area hospitals in order to provide infant and special-needs car seats for needy families in the communities across america that host the IZOD IndyCar Series. 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."


New for 2011-12

Help us fund the expansion of Buckle Up Baby in Indianapolis and around the country! We are seeking individual and corporate sponsors to support local car seat installation education programs at or near IndyCar venues. Improper car seat installation is the number one cause of infant injuries and fatalities on the road. Your donation can also help sponsor our new Buckle Up Baby online resource guide. Call [317] 299.2277 for more information.

National Presenting Sponsor: $25,000 limit two, non-compete

Local Presenting Sponsor: $15,000 limit one, non-compete
Online Presenting Sponsor: $20,000 limit two, non-compete
Local Supporting Sponsor: $10,000 limit four, non-compete
Fund a special needs car seat: $1,000 unlimited



CARA Charities is assembling a team of CARA members, friends, race fans and industry sponsors for this brand new program that helps grant a wish for a child suffering from a life-threatening illness in each IndyCar community. At a time when children's safety and well-being is most at-risk, the CARA Wish can be the difference in a child having the hope and determination to keep fighting.


National Presenting Sponsor : $25,000

[Up to 10 IndyCar communities in the continental United States]


Local Presenting Sponsor: $5,500

[Join one of our already scheduled communities or select another IndyCar community]


Supporting Sponsors: $2,500


CARA Motorsports Scholarship

CARA Charities is investing in the future of our youth and the Motorsports industry by offering a new scholarship program for college students around the globe. This program offers scholarships to community-minded, degree-seeking students enrolled in qualifying motorsports education programs at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis [IUPUI]. Join our pit crew of scholarship donors and help the best and brightest succeed.

Chief Mechanic Sponsors: $5,000
Pit Crew Sponsors: $2,500

CARA Cares

For much of its history, 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, sponsors and other “special guests” such as the always-popular, Firestone mascot, FireHawk. Our goal with each visit is to deliver hope and happiness for children [and their family] that are otherwise coping with an environment full of anxiety and fear as children fight to overcome injury or illness. CARA Cares helps inspire the champion in us all.


Each and every year, the need grows as more children enter hospitals around the country with injury or illness—many times with a life-threatening condition. Please consider supporting CARA Cares as we work diligently to visit our CARA Kids in as many as 15 cities, including Indianapolis.


Program Presenting Sponsors: $5,000
FastLap Sponsor [Fund a Visit]: $1,000
[Choose from an already scheduled visit or inquire about a special visit by your request.]


>> Events & Projects 

CARA Fashion Show & Luncheon

2012 Sponsorship information available now


CARA Cookbook & Taste of CARA

CARA relaunched their popular cookbook featuring favorite recipes from some of IndyCar's biggest names! Available in January 2012, distribution of the CARA Cookbook will include additional information about our newest event, Taste of CARA, in Mid-Ohio.



Friends & Family Gathering

CARA's Friends & Family Gathering is a free event for CARA members, friends of CARA, and race enthusiasts interested in getting involved with CARA. This "friend-raiser" is a great place to make new connections, build existing relationships through community service, and get a behind-the-scene tour of an exciting race-friendly facility.

Mazda Road To Indy Victory Celebration Banquet

[presented by Bridgestone/Firestone]

Event and ponsorship information is available now.

CARA AutoWeek Auction

Help CARA spread the word as a promotional partner and/or sponsor for the CARA Autoweek Auction, a once every year opportunity like no other where race enthusiasts can bid on one-of-a-kind experiences, limited-edition or otherwise exclusive memorabilia and much more! 


>> Other Opportunities 

CARA Store

The CARA Store has been a popular spot for members and racing enthusiasts since 1992 when CARA introduced their first product! CARA?s very popular, driver-designed, collector?s series holiday ornaments are the signature product of CARA Charities, however the CARA store will soon roll out some exciting new merchandise through continued partnerships with our motorsports family.

Annual Store Sponsor: $5,000 limit one

[Sponsor is able to sell merchandise through the CARA Store with a minimum of 10% donation sell-through.*]


* Some product restrictions may apply.