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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Mike Tirico and Danica Patrick team up again on NBC’s Indy 500 coverage

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Mike Tirico and Danica Patrick will return to NBC Sports’ coverage of the Indianapolis 500, which will be broadcast Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. ET on NBC (green flag at 2:30 p.m.).

Tirico and Patrick, who both joined NBC Sports for its inaugural coverage of the event last year, will reprise their roles as host and studio analyst.

One of the most versatile voices in sports, Tirico also hosts NBC Olympics’ primetime coverage, Football Night in America and many other premier events, including hosting on-site at Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this year for the first-ever IndyCar-NASCAR crossover weekend.

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He again will be joined during prerace, in-race, and postrace coverage by Patrick, who became the first woman to lead the Indy 500 in 2005 and also was the first female pole-sitter in NASCAR driver.

They will make their debut together duing practice coverage on Aug. 21, on NBCSN.

“My first Indy 500 last year exceeded my very high expectations in every way,” Tirico said in a release. “Although this year’s race will take place under unprecedented circumstances, I can’t wait to get back to Indy. I’m confident that our team at the Brickyard will provide viewers with as exciting a viewing experience as possible. I am also thrilled that Danica Patrick is along for the ride again this year. We had such a great time last May and look forward to bringing Indy home for the viewers again.”

Said Patrick: “The Indianapolis 500 is an event that transcends mainstream and motorsports which is why it’s so special. We are living during a time that if we can bring people together, we should. Even if it’s not physically. I am honored to be back with the NBC Sports team and Mike Tirico. The memories I have from 15 years at IMS hold such a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to make more this year in the booth, or however we are positioned in 2020!”

This will mark NBC Sports’ second season as the exclusive home of the NTT IndyCar Series, including the Indianapolis 500, which will take place in August for the first time ever because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.