Race car drivers, military leaders, politicians to attend youth gala

Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon is in town Tuesday for the National Guard Youth Foundation’s Fifth Annual Challenge Champions Gala.
 
The gala will be held at the J.W. Marriott on Pennsylvania Ave. and -- this is a rarity for Washingtonians -- a street-legal Indy 500 car that Wheldon and military leaders will take a ride in.
 
The ride is to raise awareness for the high school dropout epidemic in the U.S. The gala will honor supporters of the “Youth Challenge” program, which boasts a success rate of over 90 percent.
 
NASCAR legends Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon, Kelly Perdew, winner of The Apprentice and JAG star Karri Turner will also be at the gala, set to honor Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and others.