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Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation to Continue Race to Recovery in 2012

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Going fast is a way of life for Brad Keselowski. And thanks to Keselowski’s Race to Recovery, some others can experience going fast, too. Through his Checkered Flag Foundation, Keselowski has spent many hours visiting with disabled veterans and their families as well as injured police officers and others.

Keselowski brings large groups to the racetrack, visits with them and treats them to some high-speed laps. Keselowski announced Friday (March 16) that he will continue the program at several tracks, including Talladega, Richmond, Charlotte, Michigan and Bristol. Keselowski’s truck team builds and maintains the cars he uses for the project.

The mission of the program is to inspire those who are recovering from injuries that they have sustained serving their country or community. Six people are chosen at each track for a three-day experience, and each can bring a “ crew chief,” the person who has inspired them the most. They will meet Keselowski and some of his teammates, enjoy the race weekend, and receive photos and video of their experience. Thirty more veterans will be invited to enjoy one of the races each weekend in the Foundation’s suite.

“We had a lot of fun at the Race to Recovery events last year and I really look forward to spending time with some more of our nation’s heroes at our events this year,” Keselowski said. “I feel like those who were a part of the Race to Recovery program last year had a good time and that, to me, is the most important metric.

“The work they do and sacrifices they have made allow me to be able to come out here and do what I love to do every weekend — drive a racecar, so I’m happy to give back in this small way.”

About the author

Amy is an 20-year veteran NASCAR writer and a six-time National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) writing award winner, including first place awards for both columns and race coverage. As well as serving as Photo Editor, Amy writes The Big 6 (Mondays) after every NASCAR Cup Series race. She can also be found working on her bi-weekly columns Holding A Pretty Wheel (Tuesdays) and Only Yesterday (Wednesdays). A New Hampshire native whose heart is in North Carolina, Amy’s work credits have extended everywhere from driver Kenny Wallace’s website to Athlon Sports. She can also be heard weekly as a panelist on the Hard Left Turn podcast that can be found on AccessWDUN.com's Around the Track page.

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