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Racing stars raise money for St. Jude

- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 24, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Some auto racing heavyweights gathered at Target Chip Ganassi Racing's headquarters Wednesday night to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The inaugural St. Jude Culinary 500 was hosted by actress Ashley Judd and raised more than $200,000.

Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan, Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Dixon, Jamie McMurray, Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and Joey Hand were in attendance.

The evening centered on Target Chip Ganassi team manager Barry Wanser, whose son died in 2011 after battling acute myeloid leukemia. Michael Wanser was 6.

Wanser wiped his eyes as he and wife Laurie told Michael's story that took the family from the Peyton Manning Children's hospital, to the Riley Hospital for Children then to St. Jude in Memphis. A bone marrow transplant failed to save Michael's life.

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