"The kid told me that I needed to go slower in order to make my race car handle better," he said. "I thought that was very interesting and I loved the theory. There was a girl who told me about her poetry and her fear of helicopters. There were tons of stories today and it's fun to interact with the kids. They give you the purest thoughts themselves and it's very uplifting."
Newgarden, who drives for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, noted that the visits make him feel better when he leaves and it puts life in perspective.
"One of the ideas to bring young drivers in particular is to get them involved so they can see the other aspect of racing, as opposed to just going fast," Dr. Pinsky said. "We've been to over 600 hospitals and seen 25,000 child and through various charities have raised $6 million dollars for children's hospitals." Racing for Kids brings young outpatients and their families to a track to experience the thrill of open-wheel racing.
"These visits make you thankful and more humble for everything you are doing." Newgarden added. "Just the fact that I get to drive an Indy car for a living is pretty special and rare, it's something you should be thankful for.
"They keep you grounded a little bit more for those days that you are struggling with the worse thing in the world. It's pretty small in comparison."