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Obama honours NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski in White House ceremony

04/16/2013 03:57 EDT | Updated 06/16/2013 05:12 EDT
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is honouring NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski and his crew for winning the Sprint Cup Series championship.

Obama says the team's friendship and teamwork helped them pull off their victory. He says Keselowski is, in his words, "a heck of a driver," and that those who know him aren't surprised by his success.

The president is also honouring Keselowski's efforts to give back to the community through the Race to Recovery program, which helps wounded service members and their relatives.

Keselowski's blue race car was parked on the driveway of the South Lawn of the White House for the ceremony on Tuesday. Obama joked that Keselowski offered to let him take it for a spin but that the Secret Service nixed the idea.

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