The United States Auto Club (USAC) Benevolent Foundation provides aid and assistance to auto racing participants and their families and gives you the opportunity to get involved and support a sport you love.
Established in 1959, the United States Auto Club (USAC) Benevolent Foundation’s mission is to provide financial assistance to injured or needy auto racing participants and their families with ties to the United States Auto Club and INDYCAR.
Why We Are Needed
Advancements in technology and safety have made auto racing much safer than it was in the past. In addition, USAC’s insurance is arguably the best offered in the sport, even in catastrophic situations. However, our long history tells us that there will still be accidents, some of which can be devastating, resulting in death or long-term injuries. The immediate costs associated with these accidents are compounded by ongoing costs that can be staggering for the families involved. Injuries sustained in a crash often require extensive medical care which can be ongoing for years after the accident. In addition, some injuries require individuals to retire from the sport. Loss of employment can make it difficult to meet the daily living expenses for themselves and their families. And, of course, sometimes the unthinkable happens and a driver will die in a crash, leaving family members without a breadwinner to provide for them.
What We Do
In all these cases, the USAC Benevolent Foundation is there. We step in and financially assist race drivers, race officials, race organizers, and mechanics who sustain injury and need assistance. We also provide support to surviving family members with immediate and ongoing expenses. Over the years, the Foundation has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to help members and their families in times of need. For example, we were able to take care of a paralyzed driver for over 30 years until cancer eventually took his life. In another case, we were able to pay off a modest mortgage for the family of another paralyzed driver after he passed away. There have been numerous other situations where the Foundation was called on and assistance was granted.
Established in 1959, the USAC Benevolent Foundation took control of the funds collected under the Wilbur Shaw Memorial Fund, which was established in 1954 following the death of Wilbur Shaw, three-time Indianapolis 500 winner. Since that time, the Foundation has been assisting with the needs of the USAC membership family as well as the Indy Racing League (IndyCar) since its establishment. The needs, whether small or large, never cease.