Racing to Help

No. 33 Alzamend Neuro IndyCar

Ed Carpenter is the only owner / driver in IndyCar. Common back in the days of A.J. Foyt and Dan Gurney, handling both the responsibility of owning a own team and driving the car has become increasingly rare this century. The challenge of finding sponsorship for an endeavour as expensive as open-wheel racing is itself a full-time job.

At the 2022 Indianapolis 500, Ed Carpenter will drive the No. 33 Alzamend Neuro Chevrolet Dallara DW12, with its striking purple livery, reminding many of the R2ENDALZ race cars. BitNile, a shareholder of Alzamend Neuro Inc, has made a commitment to Carpenter to have the No. 33 compete as the Alzamend Neuro Chevrolet. Alzamend is a company focused on developing products for the treatment of neuro-degenerative diseases and psychiatric disorder with a primary target of Alzheimer’s disease. The company’s slogan is “Making Alzheimer’s Just a Memory”.

Ed Carpenter Racing dealt with struggles on track during the opening day of Indy 500 practice, as smoke could be seen emanating from the engine bay. But Alzamend didn’t select ECR to represent them because Ed gives up easy. After repairs, the car was back on track, the world’s fastest billboard promoting Alzheimer’s treatment.

‘Ride with Rinus’ Charity Campaign

Building Tomorrow and Ed Carpenter Racing are partnering in The Race to Learn, a first-of-its-kind fundraising campaign aiming to enroll thousands of children the “Roots to Rise” reading and math program.

Thanks to the generosity of a longtime supporter, Building Tomorrow will be featured on Rinus VeeKay’s No. 21 Chevrolet in the GMR Grand Prix, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course race that kicks off the Month of May. The GMR Grand Prix will take place on May 14, 2022.

Fans donating just $75 between March 30 and April 30 can Ride with Rinus and have their name on the No. 21 Building Tomorrow Chevrolet while supporting enrollment of five children in a Roots to Rise camp.

R2ENDALZ in 2022

In 2019, Demaras Racing put their support behind Racing to End Alheimer’s, by organizing fundraisers for the charity. In the years since, Phil Frengs and the R2ENDALZ crew have continued their mission. A unique entity in professional motorsports, R2ENDALZ races a ‘rolling billboard’ for Alzheimer’s awareness. After competing with the No.23 Audi RS3 and No. 36 BMW M4 in the past, this season they’re returning to their roots, racing the No. 22 Porsche in the IMSA series in 2022. Here’s a recent press release.

Team Hardpoint is adding an IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series Porsche to its roster for 2022. It’s a return to the Michelin Pilot Challenge for Hardpoint, who completed a partial season in the 2020 seires before focusing on the WeatherTech Championship. In 2022, the car will be driven by Nick Galante and Sean McAlister.

The No. 22 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 will carry the purple livery of Racing to End Alzheimer’s, an organization started by motorsports fan and Legistics CEO Philip Frengs. R2ENDALZ gives 100 percent of donations to Alzheimer’s-related causes, raising awareness and funding research. This is the sixth season for the Racing to End Alzheimer’s program, and the first with Team Hardpoint.

Galante joins Hardpoint as a two-time series champion in 2016 and 2018, while McAlister earned a 2018 class championship in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

Hardpoint’s Pilot Challenge program is housed in the same Virginia International Raceway-based shop as the No. 99 GridRival Porsche 911 GT3 R piloted by Rob Ferriol and Katherine Legge.

More information on the Racing To End Alzheimer’s program can be found at Donations are accepted in any amount, but a donation of $250 allows supporters to see the name and hometown of a person effected by Alzheimer’s on the livery of the No. 22 Porsche for the remainder of the season. 

Driving Home for Christmas

With the Holiday Food Drive complete, it was time for a speedy delivery. Hundreds of pounds of donated food was loaded into Daniel’s Subaru. The Demaras Racing driver, plus his co-pilot Michelle, headed down to the drop-off point on Queen St.

The Woodgreen Foundation operates a program called First Steps to Home which helps people experiencing homelessness or unstable housing to begin their journey off to the streets, to a real home. Woodgreen provides safe housing and support to those in need.

Zigzagging through the laneways behind 650 Queen St East, Daniel and Michelle were greeted by Lauren and Michaela from The Woodgreen Foundation. Everyone helped carefully unload the donations from the back of the blue Subaru.

Racing is a cut-throat business. Drivers try to take positions away from one another, capitalizing on another racer’s error or misfortune. When striving for glory, there are no friends on the racetrack.

But one of the first things learned at the track is that winning is done by a team working together. Drivers, mechanics, sponsors and supporters all have valuable parts to play.

A special thank you to the folks at The Woodgreen Foundation for all the good they do throughout the year.

Wrapping Up

Demaras Racing teamed up with Nostalgia Coffee Company for a Holiday Food Drive that wrapped up earlier this week.

Inspired by the generosity shown during the Toronto Miracle, the racers handled all the driving, picking up food donations from neighbours, and adding them to collections at the cafe on O’Connor Dr. The event called “Nobody Can Run on Empty” helped show that a few motivated individuals can do some good in the community.

Kathy K., the VP of Development at The Woodgreen Foundation, came up to Nostalgia on Wednesday to lend a hand with the loading up the donations. She’s been helpful in guiding the Food Drive.

Glenda & Ronnie from Nostalgia Coffee Co. stand with Michelle, Daniel and Chris from Demaras Racing displaying the 449 lbs. of food donations collected from the community, just in time for the holidays. A proud moment for all.

Nobody Can Run On Empty

The Toronto Miracle food drive gave dad and daughter duo Chris and Michelle Demaras the opportunity to help their community in the one-day blitz. It also inspired the entire Demaras Racing team to continue the good work by organizing a local neighborhood food drive called “Nobody Can Run on Empty“.

Many lessons are learned at the racetrack, including the notion that talent can win a race, but teamwork wins championships. To make the food drive a success, Demaras Racing approached longtime sponsor Nostalgia Coffee Co. to team up on a local food drive.

From December 16th to December 22nd 2021, café customers brought their food donations to Nostalgia at 855 O’Connor Dr., while drivers from Demaras Racing handled front-door pickups from local residents who couldn’t make it out in person.

Today is the final day of the food drive. Please visit Nostalgia Coffee Co. at 855 O’Connor Dr. with a nonperishable food donation to help make the season a little brighter for families in need..

Holiday Help

Help brighten the season for local families experiencing hunger. Support the Holiday Food Drive at Nostalgia Coffee Company, our long-time racing sponsor. Please bring your non-perishable food items to 855 O’Connor Dr in East York, just north of St. Clair Ave East.

Would you like to donate, but can’t make it over to Nostalgia? No problem! Send Demaras Racing a message and we’ll send our speedy driver to pick up your donation right from your front door!

Welcome donations include.

  • Canned meat & fish
  • Canned vegetables, beans and fruit
  • Powdered milk
  • Dried fruits, nuts, granola bars
  • Trail mix and instant oatmeal
  • Crackers and soup
  • Juice boxes

All donations will be delivered to local WoodGreen Foundation on Danforth Ave in time for the holidays.

Miracle Makers

Statement from Toronto Miracle organizers about the incredible results of this year’s food drive!

Are you ready for some amazing Toronto Miracle 2021 math?

1,000 volunteers
+ 4,200 donors
+ 12 core team members
= 215,000 lbs of food collected to feed our neighbours in need.


Especially when we look at these numbers and compare them to the results from last year’s Toronto Miracle:

2,351 volunteers
+ 6,016 donors
+ 15 core team members
= 210,000 lbs of food collected to feed our neighbours in need.

With less than half the volunteers, and about two-thirds the number of donors, together we still managed to increase donations compared to last year!

These kinds of results happen when thousands of caring people come together to make a difference. You all dug so deep this year to make this happen and we couldn’t be more grateful to count you amongst the miracle-makers of our city.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Dad and Daughter Duo

Special thanks to CityNews videographer David Zura who documented Demaras Racing’s efforts on Saturday, December 4th 2021 as part of the Toronto Miracle food-drive.