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SPEEDING TO HELP PROGRAM ASSISTS HOMELESS WITH VISIT TO AUSTIN STREET CENTER

FORT WORTH, Texas (July 23, 2015) – More than a dozen staff members from Texas Motor Speedway and Levy Restaurants, the speedway’s official concessionaire, prepared and served a complimentary hot lunch for more than 150 individuals Thursday at the Austin Street Center in Dallas as part of their ongoing, month-long Speeding To Help community outreach program. 

The group provided hamburgers, salads, sides and beverages for the clients of Austin Street Center, which solely depends on food donations to aptly handle the average of 350 clients they feed on a daily basis.  Following lunch, the group also interacted with those in need at the emergency overnight shelter by playing bingo with the group. 

“It’s a great opportunity for us at Levy to help out our friends at Texas Motor Speedway with their Speeding To Help project,” said The Speedway Club Chef Lincoln Engstrom, who was on hand for the visit. ”The people here at the Austin Street Center do a great job and for us to come down and give these folks a break and give them a good meal is really rewarding. It’s a great feeling to be able to do this and see the smiles on everyone’s faces.” 

In addition to the food donation from Levy Restaurants, other members of the Speeding To Help group restriped two of the facility’s parking lots as well as painted all the parking blocks and handicapped and loading zones in those areas. 

“Our clients are so excited about the food you all brought today,” Austin Street Center Volunteer Coordinator Lottie Price said. “For them to stand in line and see that there is plenty (of food) is really a big deal to them. Everyone told me how great the food was. What you did for our clients today really help give them a mental health break from what they go through every day. We couldn’t provide the services that we do without the help of volunteers like you.” 

This was the third of four community outreach visits this month by the Texas Motor Speedway Speeding To Help community outreach program. In addition to Thursday’s visit to the Austin Street Center, the program also has assisted The Salvation Army in Garland and Camp Summit in previous weeks.   

The speedway's final stop of the month will be Monday when they take part in an outdoor beautification project at the Park Meadows Apartments in Fort Worth that serves approximately 85 low-income seniors. 

“In today’s society, we tend to take the necessities – food, clothing and shelter – for granted, but not everyone is as fortunate as we witnessed today at the Austin Street Center,” Texas Motor Speedway Vice President of Media Relations Mike Zizzo said. “The Austin Street Center has done a tremendous job over the last 32 years assisting the homeless and less fortunate in Dallas and it was very rewarding to provide their appreciative clients with a nice meal and be able to lend the center a hand on some long overdue projects.” 

In the past seven-plus years, Texas Motor Speedway's Speeding To Help program has provided assistance to 28 organizations or programs throughout the various counties in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as well as the West, Texas Long-Term Recovery Project. 

Those organizations are the 6 Stones Mission Network; Butler Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth; Camp Summit; Catholic Charities Fort Worth; Children's Medical Center in Dallas; Christian Community Action; Clara Love Elementary School; Community Powered Revitalization; Dallas Arboretum; Dallas Life Homeless Shelter; Dallas Zoo; Denton County Friends of the Family; Feed The Children; Fort Worth Parks and Recreation; Homes For Our Troops; Humane Society of North Texas; Mission Arlington; North Texas Food Bank; Northwest Independent School District; Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth; Rosemont 6th Grade School of Fort Worth; Tarrant Area Food Bank; The Salvation Army; Trinity Habitat for Humanity (twice); United Community Centers, Inc. of Fort Worth; United Methodist Committee on Relief rebuilding project for Granbury, Texas; United Service Organization (USO) of Dallas/Fort Worth; and West (Texas) Long-Term Recovery Project.

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The Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department is located on the 6th floor of The Speedway Club outside of Turn 1 of the speedway. 

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