26th annual Stocks For Tots event to be held Tuesday

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If you’re in the Charlotte area on Tuesday and want to meet a veritable Who’s Who in motorsports, bring $10 bucks and an unwrapped new toy worth at least that amount with you for a very good cause.

Starting its second 25 years of providing funds and Christmas gifts for the area’s underprivileged youth, the annual Stocks For Tots fundraiser and toy collection effort takes place from 5 to 9 pm ET at NASCAR Technical Institute, 220 Byers Creek Road, Mooresville, North Carolina.

Since 1989, Stocks For Tots, which is affiliated with the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame, has raised more than $1 million and collected more than 50,000 toys for needy kids and in an ongoing effort to raise awareness and prevent/treat victims of child abuse and neglect.

Among those that will be on hand Tuesday are NASCAR Hall of Famers Bobby Allison, Dale Jarrett, Leonard Wood and Rex White.

Also slated to be on hand are Ryan Newman, Harry Gant, Shirley Muldowney, Mike Bliss, Morgan Shepherd, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Kerry Earnhardt, Donnie Allison, Ron Hornaday Jr., Elliott Forbes Robinson, Max Papis, Doug Herbert, Greg Anderson, Jason Line and Cody Darrah.

The event will include celebrity autograph sessions, a silent auction, Santa will stop by for a visit and attendees will also be able to take photos of themselves with a replica of the 1966 Batmobile.

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Rinus VeeKay to drive for Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020

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Ed Carpenter Racing has signed 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay to drive the full 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, the team announced Wednesday.

VeeKay will drive the No. 21 Chevrolet previously occupied by Spencer Pigot.

“I’m so happy!” the 19-year-old driver from the Netherlands said in a press release. “It’s a dream come true and something we have worked extremely hard for over the last couple of years. To step up from USF2000 to the NTT IndyCar Series in three years is really special.”

In his maiden Indy Lights season this year, VeeKay collected six race victories and seven pole potions. VeeKay previously won the 2018 Indy Pro 2000 championship, and finished second in the 2017 USF2000 standings.

VeeKay’s success in the ladder series caught the attention of Carpenter, who gave VeeKay the opportunity to first test for the team at Portland International Raceway in August.

“I have been following Rinus’s path through the Road to Indy, especially the past two years,” Carpenter said. “It was clear to me that he deserves to be in an Indy car. After his first day in a car at Portland this past season, that feeling became even more apparent. His pace, feedback and demeanor inside the car was very impressive for such a young driver.”

As a driver, Carpenter will be VeeKay’s teammate during the five oval races in 2020, once again returning to the team’s No. 20 entry. An announcement on which driver will pilot the No. 20 on the road and street circuits will be made at a later time.

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