What an incredible weekend in St. Petersburg at the Firestone Grand Prix and the start of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series. It was an honor to come together to recognize the Allegheny Health Network Autoimmunity Institute in Pittsburgh, PA, with the institution’s driving force Dr. Susan Manzi and Dr. Joseph Ahearn. Joined by autoimmune disease awareness advocate and professional race car driver Kyle Marcelli, we were thrilled to support our friends at Scuderia Corsa as they embark in this series in partnership with Ed Carpenter Racing fielding the promising and highly anticipated car and driver pairings of Ed Jones Racing in the No. 20 and Spencer Pigot in the No. 21.

The streets of downtown St. Petersburg were transformed into a 1.8-mile, 14-turn racetrack with a spectacular waterfront view for the event which attracts over 100,000 fans. A special thank you to Scuderia Corsa who gave Drs. Manzi and Ahearn an impressive and up-close look at their laboratory and what it takes to run a high-performance team in the Indy Car series.

The AHN Autoimmunity Institute combines multidisciplinary care with cutting-edge research, patient education and advocacy to advance the treatment of autoimmune diseases and accelerate discovery of a cure for the many different disease types.

The Race for Relapsing Polychondritis (RP) supports awareness programs in Motorsports and we are pleased to recognize the extraordinary research and treatment initiatives being addressed by the AHN Autoimmunity Institute. Coming together during one of racing’s marque events has been a unforgettable experience as we continue to impact autoimmune disease awareness and advancements in research on and off the track, in pursuit of a cure.