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Kansas Speedway Adds a Helping Hand to Tornado Victims in Joplin, Reading

Kansas Speedway is joining the numerous public and private initiatives to assist relief efforts in Joplin, Mo., and Reading, Kan., following devastating destruction from tornadoes and violent storms over the weekend.

Speedway officials on Monday announced a special program that will allow auto racing fans to drive their personal vehicles around the track in western Wyandotte County for a donation to the American Red Cross of either $25 or $50.

At times like this, it is important for everyone to come together and help out, said Kansas Speedway president Pat Warren. “We have several ticket holders in each of these devastated areas, and we wanted to make sure they know that they, along with the rest of their communities, are not forgotten during times like this,” he said.

For a donation of $25, fans will be permitted to drive around the Kansas Speedway between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on June 24. Fans who make a $50 donation will get to drive around the track at night, from 6:30-10 p.m. on June 18, as part of the first night event at the Speedway.

Kansas Speedway officials say cash and check donations will be accepted during the upcoming June 4-5 NASCAR race weekend. Fans who make a donation will receive a voucher redeemable for the date that matches the level of their donation.

The project applies only to vehicles that are legal to drive on the street and equipped with seatbelts for all passengers. Tractor trailers, RVs and motorcycles are excluded.