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IndyCar Series drivers participate in flood relief efforts
IndyCar Series drivers who fanned out across the state of Iowa this week in anticipation of promoting Sunday’s Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer instead found themselves in the midst of the massive relief effort centered around the historic flooding of recent weeks.
Ed Carpenter, A.J. Foyt IV and Bruno Junqueira assisted and encouraged Red Cross volunteers June 18.
Carpenter and Foyt visited the Red Cross mobile feeding kitchen at New Life Baptist Church in the Quad Cities area. The mobile feeding kitchen, a partnership between the American Red Cross and the Southern Baptists from North Carolina, has the ability to serve 10,000 meals a day. American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles pick up meals at the kitchen and deliver them to affected areas along the Mississippi River and east to Iowa City.
Carpenter and Foyt met with volunteers, thanking them for their tireless service while signing autographs for them and posing for pictures with them.
“It was nice to see some of the volunteers that the Red Cross and the church had there and let them know that their hard work is appreciated,” Carpenter said. “They’re doing a good thing, and it makes me feel good to know that I could go out and help a little bit.”
Likewise, Junqueira met with volunteers at the Des Moines chapter of the American Red Cross, signing autographs and visiting a site where relief packets are distributed.
The American Red Cross has run out of money for disaster response and is asking the public for help. Leslie Anthony of the Quad City chapter says the National Disaster Relief fund is borrowing money to cover the expense of its flood response. The organization has spent $15 million so far across the Midwest, but has only raised $3.2 million. 
The Indy Racing League, in conjunction with its teams, has pledged $60,000.
Donations can be sent to any local Red Cross chapter earmarked to the National Disaster Relief Fund.
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