The 2010 Indy Racing League® Official Wall Calendar Now Available

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The "Up Close & Personal" calendar is sure to excite Indy Racing League® fans every day of the year by giving a glimpse into their favorite drivers' lives with images of intense racetrack moments and drivers enjoying their favorite pastime hobbies. The calendar, includes the 2010 IndyCar Series® schedule, and features some of the league's hottest racing stars; proceeds benefit the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation.

The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of the 2010 Indy Racing League® official wall calendar, "Up Close & Personal," just in time for the holidays.

United Medical Providers (UMP, Inc,) and JMKC Express, long-time sponsors of the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation, have produced a sixteen month, 12" x 12" photographic wall calendar with proceeds from the sale of the calendar benefiting the Foundation.

The calendar is available online at http://www.samschmidt.org/indyracingcalendar2010/ for $13.99. Bulk quantities at discounted prices are available for gift giving. For information, please direct inquiries via email to: admin@umponline.com.

The "Up Close & Personal" calendar is sure to excite Indy Racing League® fans every day of the year by giving a glimpse into their favorite drivers' lives with images of intense racetrack moments and drivers enjoying their favorite pastime hobbies. The calendar, also includes the 2010 IndyCar Series® schedule, features some of the league's hottest racing stars, including:

•Scott Dixon - Dixon currently holds records for the most IndyCar Series victories (21) and most laps led in a season (899 in 2008); he competed in his seventh season driving for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
•Helio Castroneves - Castroneves currently holds records for the most pole wins (27) and most poles in a season (7 in 2007); he competed in his ninth season with Team Penske.
•Dario Franchitti - Franchitti currently hold the record for the most laps led in a single race (242, Richmond 2007); he returned to IndyCar Series in 2009, and competed in his first season for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
•Dan Wheldon - Wheldon rejoined Panther racing in 2009, driving the Panther car to a second place finish in the 2009 Indianapolis 500.
•Tony Kanaan - Kanaan is the first driver in auto racing history to complete every lap of every race for an entire season on his way to win the 2004 title; he competed in his seventh season with Andretti Green Racing.
•Marco Andretti - Andretti is a third-generation racer, and competed in his fourth season driving for Andretti Green Racing.
•Ana Beatriz - Beatriz is the first female driver to win in Firestone Indy Lights; she competed in her second season with Sam Schmidt Motorsports.
•Ed Carpenter - Carpenter has been racing since he was 8 years old; he competed in his sixth IndyCar Series, fourth with Vision Racing.
•Mike Conway - Conway has claimed championships in both karting and formula cars on his way to the IndyCar Series; he competed in his first season with Dreyer & Reinbold.
•Milka Duno - Duno made history by becoming the first Latina to qualify and race in the Indianapolis 500; she competed in her second season with Dreyer & Reinbold.
•Sarah Fisher - Fisher is the first female owner/driver in the IndyCar Series; she is the first female to earn a pole position and fastest woman to qualify for Indianapolis 500.
•Ryan Hunter-Reay - Hunter-Reay competed in his first season with A. J. Foyt Enterprises.
•Alex Lloyd - Lloyd is the only driver to win races on both the oval and road courses at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
•Graham Rahal - Rahal became the youngest winner in major open-wheel racing, as well as the youngest pole winner in IndyCar Series in 2008 in St. Petersburg.

About The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation
The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) was started in 2000 by Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt shortly after a practice-run crash left him paralyzed from the chest down. SSPF is leading the charge to cure paralysis by funding scientific research, medical treatment, rehabilitation and technological advances, benefiting stroke victims and people diagnosed with ALS, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. In addition to initiating local and national advocacy efforts on behalf of those disabled, SSPF funds various quality of life grants to organizations, provides college scholarships for people with spinal cord injuries/paralysis, and funds the national Day at the Races program. Ida Cahill, President, is a member of the national Spinal Cord Leaders Council and the national Paralysis Task Force.

Sam Schmidt was recently recognized by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation with the 2008 Visionary Leader Award, acknowledging his dedication and commitment to funding research and bettering the lives of those who are paralyzed. For more information, visit http://www.samschmidt.org.

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