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Keselowski visits VA hospital, gives tickets to vets

February 04, 2014, NASCAR.com

Keselowski visits VA hospital, gives tickets to vets
Former Sprint Cup champion knows importance of honoring veterans

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Brad Keselowski surprised several military veterans with tickets to the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway (March 2, 3 p.m. ET, FOX) when he visited the Phoenix VA Health Care System on Monday.

Keselowski, the 2012 Sprint Cup Series champion, joined a group of veterans at the facility for lunch and visited with several others as he toured the hospital. The 29-year-old thanked each of the veterans for their service, and as a token of gratitude offered them complimentary race tickets on behalf of his charitable foundation. 

Founded in 2010, Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit which supports those who have sacrificed greatly, including military personnel, veterans, first-responders and their families.

The trip was similar to his visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last fall, when a large NASCAR contingent made a trip to the nation's largest military hospital.

2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski chats with a group of veterans at the Phoenix VA Health Care System during a visit to the facility on Monday. (Photo courtesy of Phoenix International Raceway)

Keselowski also tested out a driving simulator, which is used in the rehabilitation process for veterans who suffer severe injuries. The simulator allows a driver to control the gas and brake pedals through hand controls; and it recreates the feeling of driving a car, from the sights and sounds of the highway to the feeling of hitting bumps in the road.