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RRDC Forms The Mark Donohue Foundation
May 18, 2017
Bobby Rahal, president of the Road Racing Drivers Club (RRDC), announced the formation of The Mark Donohue Foundation to initially help raise funds for the RRDC's SAFEisFAST program.
RRDC Forms The Mark Donohue Foundation

Bobby Rahal, president of the Road Racing Drivers Club (RRDC), announced the formation of The Mark Donohue Foundation, Inc., which will initially help raise funds for the continuation of the RRDC's initiative, SAFEisFAST (SiF).

Rahal made the announcement at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, along with the Foundation's Honorary Chairman Roger Penske and Donohue's son David.

Mark Donohue, an early president of the RRDC, was a three-time Trans-Am champion, the 1972 Indy 500 winner and the 1973 Can-Am champion. He retired in 1973 but returned in 1974 to compete in Formula 1. He lost his life at the 1975 Austrian Grand Prix.

The Mark Donohue Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization created to help further the goals of the SAFEisFAST program, which so far has provided tutorial racing-related videos that have been accessed more than two million times by 500,000 drivers from 184 countries since 2011.

These are free online tutorials that provide skills and strategies, intended to increase performance and enhance driver safety, are the core of SiF. The RRDC has been contacted by F1, IndyCar, WEC, IMSA, PWC and other series' drivers from around the world to help participate in creating the messages.

The Mark Donohue Foundation will help create new materials and videos and will use its global reach to disseminate the material to drivers everywhere.

The RRDC was formed in 1952 as a way to give champion drivers a say in their sport, particularly in the areas of safety, and has evolved to serve the future of road racing by mentoring new drivers on both amateur and professional levels. The Club's invitation-only membership includes leading industry professionals, race officials and motorsports journalists, in addition to prominent racing names.

The RRDC presents three annual awards: the Phil Hill Award, the Mark Donohue Award and the Bob Akin Award, and supports the Team USA Scholarship, which has been assisting young Americans in the early stages of their careers since 1990.

For more information, visit www.rrdc.org.