2018 Children's TherAplay #Horsepower500

Congrats to Team Hank: 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Josef Newgarden and his kiddo copilot Mason. You did it!

Join the celebration!

Enjoy the event wrap-up (and learn how much was raised)  | See Josef's joy-filled victory dance (and all the fun driver Tweets)  |  Find media videos, interviews, and photos   |  Meet the 2018 teams  |  Join in the #Horsepower500 high-fives  | See what's next on the special events calendar (did someone say golf shenanigans?)

And find out how an Indy 500 driver helped kiddo William reach a major goal! 

Photos courtesy of D. Todd Moore, Ellen Jackson, and Blake Smith

A #Horsepower500 High Five!

Pleas join us in thanking those who, through the 2018 Children's TherAplay #Horsepower500, help make 700+ physical and occupational therapy treatments possible each month for children with special needs!

     Anders Krohn          


FBi Building | 3rd Dimension | PSG Energy Group and Envelop | Nova Graphics | Lloyd's of Indiana | Miller Transportation

College Park Church | Corey Cox | D. Todd Moore | Ellen Jackson | Blake Smith | 500 Festival Princesses | Freddy's Burgers and Frozen Custard | Hox Box Pizza | Bru Burger | Stacked Pickle | Trends International and Jeff Loeser | Carmel High School National Art Honor Society


Teams  |  Tickets  |  Sponsors   |  Drivers  |  Volunteers  |  Media Why your support matters

Be part of the excitement as your favorite IndyCar drivers face off
in an adaptive tricycle race to raise funds and awareness for equine-assisted
physical and occupational therapies at Children's TherAplay.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Children's TherAplay
Festivities begin at 3:00 p.m.

2018 Title Sponsor

The 2018 #Horsepower500 is completely sold out!
Only ticketholders will be admitted. No tickets will be sold at the event.

Pssst! In case you missed last year's event, the #Horsepower500 is kind of a big deal.

Pictured: Indy 500 driver Conor Daly sprints for a place on the podium in the 2017 #Horsepower500. Photo courtesy of Mitch Robinson / Indycar.com.

Check out what's included with your ticket!

Autographs with the INDYCAR drivers Top-notch views of the race
HUGE smiles as these world-class athletes buddy up with their kiddo teammates
Exclusive 2018 #Horsepower500 t-shirt* ★ A real INDYCAR to explore ★
★ Fun activities and tasty nibbles
500 Festival princesses ★
Lots of laughs and plenty to cheer about

* With each paid ticket when purchased by April 18


Meet your 2018 #Horsepower500 teams!

Be among the first to know! Check our Facebook and Instagram pages for the announcement of a new team each week.

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Start your engines!

As in years past, Children's TherAplay #Horsepower500 tickets
(and sponsorships!) will go quickly.
Plan to purchase yours today.

Whoa there! The 2017 #Horsepower500 is completely sold out!
Only those who already have tickets will be admitted.

Advance purchase tickets: $20 adults | $10 children age 12 and under
Ages 2 and under free | free event t-shirt with paid ticket

Tickets purchased after April 18: $30 adults | $20 children age 12 and under
$5 ages 2 and under | $10 event t-shirts (limited number
available for purchase at the event)

Children's TherAplay families past and present may purchase
advance tickets for their immediate family (parents and children only, please)
at half price through April 18. Watch your email for details.

Not able to make it this year? You can still help! Donate here.

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Will my favorite Indy 500 driver be there?

There's a strong possibility! Here's the thing: The drivers are all very excited but
their schedules are not their own. Many of them won't know until early May
whether or not they're able to participate and, also, sometimes things change.

Here's who's confirmed so far!

  • Josef Newgarden, 2017 Indycar series champion, #Horsepower500 rookie
  • Conor Daly, Third place in the 2017 #Horsepower500 (and quite the competitor, along with Alex Rossi in TV's "Amazing Race"!)
    Featured in this INDYCAR #UpToSpeed video
  • Scott Dixon, 2016 #Horsepower500 champion
    Also featured in this RTV 6 Sports video about the race
  • James Hinchcliffe, As featured in the 2016 #Horsepower500 RTV 6 Sports video (because he might have been giving Scott Dixon a push)
  • Stefan Wilson, Enjoy this USA Today video and article about Stefan’s invitation to his 2017 #Horsepower500 kiddo copilot
  • Alexander Rossi, #Horsepower500 rookie
    Winner of the 2016 Indianapolis 500 and competitor, alongside Conor Daly, on TV's "Amazing Race"!
  • Charlie Kimball, who had us all laughing when he sprinted down the speedway in 2016 to help a fellow Indy 500 driver who got hung up in the turn

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram pages for announcements
about the kiddo - INDYCAR driver - therapy horse teams 

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Pictured: #Horsepower500 princesses, kiddos Lauren (in yellow) and Laila (in with pink tutu), get to know the 500 Festival Princesses.

In 2017, the drivers came and so did the media

Verizon IndyCar Series reporter Katie Hargitt got #uptospeed with Children's TherAplay #Horsepower500 originator Anders Krohn and third-place finisher Indy 500 driver Conor Daly.

2018 media: CBS 4 Indy video of Team Thor | Country 97.1 HANK FM interview | Fox 59 interview and tricycle race video | What kiddo Kannon whispered to our INDYCAR cupid (Team Red)
2017 media: Fox 59 interview and tricycle race video | USA Today video and article | IndyStar photo gallery and video | all 2017 media
Media contact: Marketing Program Manager, Shannon Wade
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Pictured: Kiddo Brooklyn is ready to pass her carrot and therapy horse photo to Indy 500 driver Pippa Mann.

Get involved!

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On the podium

Congratulations to our 2018 finalists!

  1. Team Hank: 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Josef Newgarden and kiddo Mason
  2. Team Rocky: Spencer Pigot and kiddo Pepper
  3. Team Zippy: Zach Veach and kiddo Tucker
  4. Team Moe, who made the best of a broken tricycle chain on the back end of the course: Jack Harvey and kiddo William


Where to park your race car (or minivan, truck, or car)

Guest parking for the #Horsepower500 is off-site but nearby: one-quarter mile south of Children's TherAplay at College Park Church: 2606 West 96th Street.

Help yourself to complimentary (child- and wheelchair-accessible!) shuttle service from Miller Transportation or enjoy a brief stroll down the newly-paved Carmel walking path, which connects guest parking and the event.


It’s fun with a purpose!

Funds raised through the Children's TherAplay #Horsepower500 help make more than 700 equine-assisted physical and occupational therapy treatments possible each month for children with special needs.

Find out how your support changes lives for Central Indiana kiddos with special needs.


2017 #Horsepower500 Winner's Circle

  • First place (pictured above): Indy 500 driver Jay Howard, kiddo Bentley, and facility service dog AJ
  • Second place: Indy 500 driver Spencer Pigot (two years in a row!), kiddo Drew, and therapy horse Red
  • Third place: Indy 500 driver Conor Daly, kiddo Gavin, and therapy horse Cinnamon
  • Finishing just off the podium: Indy 500 driver Stefan Wilson, kiddo Yerick, and therapy horse Rocky



Special thanks to


Your support matters

59% of each physical or occupational therapy treatment is funded by donations.

Your support at events like #Horsepower500 helps close that gap, ensuring children with special needs
will continue to have access to these life-changing therapies



Media Coverage

Feature videos, photo spreads, talk show interviews, and more


#UpToSpeed video

Fox 59 interview and tricycle race video

 USA Today video and article

IndyStar photo gallery and video

WISH TV video

IndyCar.com article

WTHR article

And a favorite from 2016

RTV 6 Sports video


Which INDYCAR drivers came out to play last year?

Mikhail Aleshin, Indy 500

Dalton Kellett, Indy Lights

Conor Daly, Indy 500 (3rd place)

Kevin Lee, NBC Sports

Katie Hargitt, NBC Sports

Pippa Mann, Indy 500

Jack Harvey, Indy 500

Spencer Pigot, Indy 500 (2nd place)

James Hinchcliffe, Indy 500

Aaron Telitz, Indy Lights

Jay Howard, Indy 500 (1st place)

Stefan Wilson, Indy 500




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