NASCAR announced today the launch of “NASCAR Unites – An American Salute,” a patriotic initiative uniting the NASCAR industry and fans this summer to celebrate America and support U.S. military families. To kick off this initiative the paint scheme for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 National Guard Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet was revealed in the nation’s capital for more than 30,000 children and their guests attending the 134th Annual Easter Egg Roll event at the White House.
NASCAR teams will have cars with Red White and Blue beginning with the Memorial Day Weekend events at Charlotte Motor Speedway and ending at the Independence Day Weekend events at Daytona International Speedway. In addition to Dale Earnhardt Jr. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, NASCAR Sprint Cup point’s leader Greg Biffle, Danica Patrick, Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards have already committed to having “NASCAR Unites” themed cars.
“I’m thrilled to be part of a sport that does so much to support the military and their families,” said Edwards. “It’s an honor to support “NASCAR Unites – An American Salute,” and display the red, white and blue on the Fastenal car. I know all my partners and team look forward to showing appreciation for those who serve our country.”
“The entire NASCAR community has a long history of recognizing the efforts of the men and women who serve in our country’s military,” said NASCAR President Mike Helton. “With this effort, we continue to rally the NASCAR industry to collectively express our gratitude to those who serve our country and their families. This program will reinforce our sport’s commitment to honoring the United States Military while also raising funds to help support military families.”
NASCAR Unites – An American Salute will not be limited to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams, along with their partners and sponsors, will also participate with cars and trucks with special graphics. NASCAR has also provided teams with the option of running a specially designed, patriotic-themed package that would incorporate the spoiler as well as other areas of the car.
NASCAR and The NASCAR Foundation will work with charities to fund initiatives that support military families. For those race fans on Twitter who want to participate a social media promotion utilizing a #NASCARUnites hashtag will highlight track activations as well as patriotic activities from teams, broadcast partners and sponsors.
These cars with special graphics alone will generate even more excitement in NASCAR this summer. Follow me on Twitter @brian_jr1 and use the #NASCARUnites hashtag letting me know what you think of these special cars.