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Birmingham, Ala. (March 22, 2013) - When Brumos Racing’s famous #59 hits the track at Barber Motorsports Park in the GRAND-AM Porsche 250 on Saturday, April 6, it will be racing for more than just points. The #59 will be racing to support Racing for Children’s efforts to raise funds and awareness for The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama.  Fresh off the team’s third place podium finish at Circuit of the Americas,  the Brumos Porsche 911 GT3 will carry, along with its famous livery, the handprints of pediatric cancer patients from Children’s.

The Racing for Children’s Team will be led this year by Brumos’ Hurley Haywood and Honorary Crew Chiefs Bayleigh Phillips and Emily Knerr, who are patients at Children’s. Haywood is the winner of more endurance classics than any other driver in racing history and a member of The Motorsports Hall of Fame. Brumos has a special connection with Racing for Children’s, as driver Andrew Davis is an instructor and Haywood is Chief Driving Instructor for the Porsche Sport Driving School, headquarted at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham. “Children’s of Alabama plays a pivitol role in the community and in the lives of the patients it serves,” Haywood said. “These kids are true champions. We are excited to be a part of the Racing for Children’s team and want to do everything we can to help make this year’s event the most successful ever.”

The Racing for Children’s weekend begins on Thursday, April 4 at 10 a.m. at Children’s where this year’s car will be revealed and patients will get to meet Haywood and Brumos drivers Andrew Davis and Leh Keen. On Friday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. the Racing for Children’s Dinner and Charity Auction will be held at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. Patrons will enjoy a champagne tasting courtesy of  United Johnson Brothers, meet celebrity drivers and team members, and bid on a selection of high-end and one-of-a kind auction items. On Saturday, Children’s patients and their families will be treated to trackside hospitality, tour the paddock area, and cheer the Brumos #59 on to victory in the Porsche 250 which is scheduled to be televised by  SPEED TV on Sunday, April 7 at 4:30 p.m. 
The Racing for Children’s weekend is sponsored by Medical Properties Trust and has been named the Official Charity of the Honda Indy GrandPrix of Alabama.  In its first two years,  the event has raised more than $300,000 and helped to promote increased awareness for pediatric cancer research and childhood blood disorders. 

“On behalf of Racing for Children’s, we are grateful to have the support of the entire Brumos team,” said Edward K. Aldag, Jr., Medical Properties Trust Chairman, President and CEO. “Currently, more than 90 percent of children in Alabama with cancer are treated at Children’s of Alabama.  This event will raise significant dollars for pediatric oncology and bring us closer to winning this race.”
Those wishing to support the Racing for Children’s effort may purchase Corporate Tables/Tickets for the dinner and/or Handprint Sponsorships at

Brumos Racing.  The Jacksonville, Florida-based Porsche racing team, whose history spans over 6 decades, has been an integral part of the GRAND-AM Rolex Series since 2003. Brumos was instrumental in the development of the DP program and, before moving to GT competition in 2011, was the only team to race in every event since the inception of the DP class. In their inaugural year in Rolex Series GT, Brumos won the team championship and drivers Andrew Davis and Leh Keen earned driver championships. The #59 Brumos Porsche still appears in the classic livery that became famous in the Hurley Haywood/Peter Gregg era of domination and remains one of the most widely recognized racecars in the world.

Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE: MPW) is a Birmingham, Alabama based self-advised real estate investment trust formed to capitalize on the changing trends in healthcare delivery by acquiring and developing net-leased healthcare facilities. The facilities include inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals, regional acute care hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and other single-discipline healthcare facilities.

Racing for Children’s benefits Children’s of Alabama. Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized care for ill children since 1911, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Last year, families made more than 670,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 41 other states and 4 foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and has been ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country for the past three years by US News & World Report.