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Tony Stewart to donate custom scooter, hopes to raise over $100,000 for charity

Feb 13, 2014, 2:03 PM EDT

(Photo courtesy Stewart Haas Racing) (Photo courtesy Stewart Haas Racing)

In what could very well be the ultimate souvenir for Tony Stewart fans, the three-time Sprint Cup champion announced Thursday that he’ll donate the custom scooter he used for several months while rehabbing from last August’s gruesome sprint car accident to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation.

In turn, the Foundation will place the scooter up for bid at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson auction April 11-13 in Palm Beach, Fla. It’s expected the one-of-a-kind ride could fetch $100,000 or more.

“We thought long and hard about what we should do with the scooter when we were finished with it,” said Stewart, who will climb back into a Sprint Car for the first time since last August’s crash on Friday. “After working with Darrell Gwynn and his foundation for so many years, I know there are a lot of people who aren’t as fortunate, and that a scooter is a way of life.

“The scooter I used after my accident is top of the line, and it will serve someone very well. I want it to go to a deserving person, but I also want it to help others. Auctioning it off at Barrett-Jackson, where all the money will go to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, allows Darrell and his group to serve its mission by providing support for people living with paralysis.”

After undergoing three surgeries, Stewart managed to get around in the custom-made four-wheeler both at his team’s headquarters in suburban Charlotte, as well as at several races he attended late in the season.

But there’s more to just donating the scooter to raise funds for the foundation Gwynn started nearly 20 years ago after being paralyzed in a drag racing accident.

Stewart and his team have gone all out to trick out the scooter with a paint scheme that mirrors his No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS. In addition, the overall package will include Stewart’s signature on the scooter and a race-worn firesuit, as well as a trip and accommodations for two to the Coke Zero 400 race at Daytona International Speedway on July 5.

And the topper of the package: the highest bidder and guest will have two of the best seats in the house for the race, watching from atop Stewart’s pit box.

Stewart hopes to ultimately raise more than $100,000 for Gwynn’s foundation, pledging to match the first $50,000 bid made for the scooter.

“I’m putting my money where my mouth is, too,” Stewart said. “The scooter and the money will be well served by Darrell and his team, who have donated wheelchairs to hundreds of individuals through its National Wheelchair Donation Program. I’m impressed with everything Darrell has done for others and I’m very proud to contribute to his foundation’s mission.”

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  3. fairylilies26 - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    I was going to try and win the scooter for my dad. I think its a GREAT idea. My father lost both of his legs to diabetes 10 plus years ago. He used to Race cars when I was a kids. Midgets and other cars. There is no keeping him down. I was looking into the chair for then he going in the garage and in the yard… cause he keeps flipping his chair cause he thinks he young and its a race car. My dad will be 73 in June and still does everything on his own! But I am so glad your getting better and we missed you! I want to wish you a phenomenal 2014 season~

    Rhonda Wynn

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