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Developers Team up with Racing Legend for Hunger Drive

COLUMBUS (Camille Doty) -- Builders are gearing up to turn the old Cooper Stadium into a half-mile test and race track.


SPARC (Sports Pavilion & Automotive Research Center) will take around 18 months to complete.


Organizers unveiled a video demo of the finished project that will serve as a automotive research and technology center, as well as a conference and lodging complex.


Racing Champion Michael Waltrip utilized the new venture to give back to local charities including LifeCare Alliance and Gladden Community House. 


The goal is to raise $100,000 worth of food and personal items to help those in need.

Chuck Gehring says the drive comes at a crucial time.

 "We need help this holiday season. We've got an awful lot of people to feed," he says.

Gehring works with close to 15,000 clients, many are below the poverty line.


Waltrip says he loves helping others meet their immediate needs.

 "It's here right now and that food is coming off of it and going in a trailer and it could be at someone's house tonight," he says.

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