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NASCAR'S Stewart donates custom scooter to charity

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Tony Stewart is donating his custom scooter to charity.

The three-time NASCAR champion used the motorized scooter, which was painted to match his No. 14 Chevrolet race car, to get around following his Aug. 5 crash in which he broke his right leg. Stewart is giving the scooter to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, which will auction it at a Barrett-Jackson event April 11-13 in Palm Beach.

Stewart, who crashed while racing a sprint car in Iowa, signed the four-wheeler as well as a picture of him riding it. Stewart also created an overall package to accompany the winning bid. The package includes a race-worn Bass Pro Shops fire suit signed by Stewart and a trip for two to be his guests at the July race at Daytona International Speedway. It includes round-trip airfare, a three-night hotel stay, garage passes and two seats on the team's pit box for the race. Stewart has won the event four times, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2012.

Stewart also will personally match the first $50,000 bid and donate it to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation.

"We thought long and hard about what we should do with the scooter when we were finished with it," Stewart said. "After working with Darrell Gwynn and his foundation for so many years, I know there are a lot of people who aren't as fortunate, and that a scooter is a way of life."

Founded in 2002 by racer Darrell Gwynn and his wife, Lisa, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation provides support for people living with paralysis. The foundation has donated hundreds of wheelchairs.


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