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An IndyCar Driver Donates His Winnings to A Nashville Dog Charity

An IndyCar Driver Donates His Winnings to A Nashville Dog Charity

An IndyCar Driver Donates His Winnings to A Nashville Dog Charity

An American IndyCar race car driver is splitting his $1 million IndyCar bonus with a dog adoption charity. The charity, Wags and Walks of Nashville, helped Josef Newgarden adopt his 30-pound dog Axel who has since become part of the family and the racer wanted to show his appreciation.

Newgarden earned around a $1 million dollars for winning at Road America, a famous racking track. This was his third win of the season, completing a trifecta of victories on the different IndyCar circuits, making him the first IndyCar driver this season to win on all three circuits.

The reward was a $1 million payout from The PeopleReady Force for Good Challenge. Its mission is to connect people as a force for good within their communities.

“To have something like this challenge, I think, just fires you up more competitively,” Newgarden said. “You want to get it done for them.”

The heads of both charities participated in Newgarden’s post-race press conference via Zoom to thank the driver for his success and generosity.

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“We are absolutely so, so thrilled,” said Kathryn Hurley of Wags and Walks. “It’s going to impact literally thousands of dogs here in Nashville and allow us to build an amazing adoption center.”

Since 2019, Wags and Walks Nashville, a non-profit organization, have rescued almost 2,000 dogs and placed them into their forever homes.

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