Philadelphia Grand Prix with NASCAR champions takes over Fairmount Park – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — In Fairmount Park, you might have heard the engines revving on Friday. It was the Philadelphia Grand Prix with the NASCAR champions.

These drivers need speed.

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“It’s pretty cool to be a part of something like this,” said NASCAR driver Lavar Scott.

It’s for a good cause, to introduce young people from the city center to motor sports in scorching heat, the very first Grand Prix for the benefit of the Urban Youth Racing School.

“Get them involved in the industry, be a part of it,” said Urban Youth Racing School founder Anthony Martin. “Many of our students are engineers, technicians.”

The organization gives children in Philadelphia the opportunity to improve their education and learn about STEM in the motorsports industry.

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“I’ve always been a fan of West Philly racing,” Martin said, “and racing is a multi-billion dollar industry that our kids, if they don’t have access, could never be a part of. .”

Their free program educates, trains and provides students with real on-track driving experiences.

“Being able to give back to the kids and do something with the kids and show them that you can do it if you dream about it, that’s pretty cool,” Scott said.

Friday’s big race had a STEM zone to engage the community in the running school’s efforts.

“Racing is what we do. It’s the showcase of it,” Martin said. “Showing where we are, having the best drivers in NASCAR.”

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Thirteen NASCAR drivers, to be exact.

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