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Fundraisers To Support Hmiel’s Recovery

Shane Hmiel at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Clermont, Ind., earlier this year. (Gordon Gill Photo)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Friends and family members of injured USAC driver Shane Hmiel have come together to host five benefits to help cover medical costs as he continues on his road to recovery.

Hmiel, who was injured qualifying his USAC Silver Crown Series car at Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in Indiana in October, is expected to move from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis to Charlotte, N.C., in the coming days.

The first fundraiser will be held Nov. 17 at the Rusty Rudder in Lake Norman, N.C. Doors open at 4 p.m. and a silent auction featuring racing memorabilia and event tickets will be held, with bidding ending at 8 p.m.

The event is open to anyone interested in attending. Those attending are asked to give a small donation at the door. Items for bid and additional information will be released before the date of the auction.

Immediately following the event at the Rusty Rudder, Tyler Hmiel, Shane Hmiel’s brother, will host a party at the Comedy Zone above Galway Hooker in Lake Norman, N.C.

Those interested in attending the party, which will feature comedian Shaun Jones, are asked to purchase a ticket in the form of a $40 donation at

Everyone that attends the party will receive an exclusive “Heal The Real Deal” T-shirt and be entered in a raffle for a number of different prizes. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, with proceeds going towards Hmiel’s recovery.

The third event will be held in Indianapolis, Ind., during opening night of the International Motorsports Industry Show Nov. 30 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

A silent auction open to all vendors and attendees of the 2010 IMIS show will be held featuring racing memorabilia from the biggest names in open wheel racing. In addition, there will be a booth at the show throughout the week, where you can stop by, hang out and make a contribution to Hmiel’s recovery.

Immediately following the IMIS auction there will be a party at Jillian’s in downtown Indianapolis. The event is open to everyone that wants to be there. A number of USAC stars as well as other open-wheel VIP’s are expected to be in attendance.

A small donation at the door will enter each attendee in a raffle for more unique prizes. Food and beverage proceeds will be donated to Hmiel’s recovery fund.

The final fundraising event will be held Dec. 5 in Concord, N.C., at the Field Fillers Fairgrounds, located behind the Joie of Seating race shop.

The atmosphere will be festival like and BBQ plates will be available for a small donation. A race will be held during the event and any attendee that wishes to attempt to qualify for the event is welcome to do so. All go-karts are allowed to race with the only rule being that go-karts must run a limited flathead motor.

There is no charge to come to the show, but drivers will be seeking sponsors to help support Hmiel’s recovery fund.

For more information on any of these events, e-mail [email protected] or visit Hmiel’s Road to Recovery Facebook page.

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