IowaSpeedway Opens its Gates to Fans to Raise Money for Local Charity

NEWTON, Iowa—November 3, 2011 — Start your engines, race fans! You can live your dream of driving around Iowa Speedway’s famed 7/8-mile oval track between 10 a.m.–noon on Saturday, Nov. 12. Individuals who give a minimum $10 donation to the annual Combat Hunger fundraising event may enter the track’s infield through the vehicle tunnel and drive their personal cars, for three laps, around the track.

Drive the Track started in 2010 as a part of Combat Hunger’s 20th anniversary celebration. Combat Hunger, Iowa ‘s largest two-day food drive, is a collaborative effort among 190 Central Iowa businesses and schools. The event benefits the Food Bank of Iowa , which supplies food and other materials to hundreds of agencies in 42 Iowa counties.
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“We are so pleased to be part of this annual fundraising drive,” says Debb Smith, Director of Iowa Speedway Foundation. “We believe this is an exciting opportunity for race fans to drive their car on the track. We hope this event will generate a lot of smiles from fans and a significant contribution for Combat Hunger.”

Des Moinesradio station STAR 102.5 is once again heading up the fundraising efforts for Combat Hunger. STAR 102.5 on-air personalities will be broadcasting live from Iowa Speedway’s infield garage during the Drive the Track and Combat Hunger fundraiser. The event will be held rain or shine.

Star 102.5 also has partnered with Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino, Coors Light and Casey’s General Store to host a special benefit concert at Prairie Meadows starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Artists Andy Grammer, Gavin DeGraw and Michelle Branch will headline STAR 102.5’s Concert to Combat Hunger. Tickets are just $29 and go on sale Friday, Nov. 14. They are available through Ticketmaster, and the Prairie Meadows box office. To learn more, visit

About Iowa Speedway

Iowa Speedway is a state-of-the-art 7/8 mile asphalt paved tri-oval race track and motorsports facility located just 30 miles east of Des Moines at I-80 Exit 168 in Newton , Iowa . The track is owned and operated by U.S. Motorsport Corporation and designed by former NASCAR Champion Rusty Wallace, now an anchor and analyst for ABC-TV/ESPN. Iowa Speedway is designed for year-round use and includes 30,000 permanent grandstand seats. Call 1-866-RUSTY-GO, visit, “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @IowaSpeedway to learn more.

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