David Ragan will sport special colors this weekend on his NASCAR Sprint Cup #34 Front Row Motorsports Ford during the running of the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Ragan’s entire Ford Fusion will feature the famous Where’s Waldo? “On the Beach,” scene.
This weekend, Waldo, the iconic red and white-striped globetrotter gets his first set of wheels as he debuts on a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racecar. The appearance is part of the Where’s Waldo? 25th Anniversary year-long celebration that includes partnerships across fashion, travel, media and sports,including The Empire State Building, Virgin Atlantic, Wembley Stadium, JEOPARDY! and NASCAR!
Ragan was quoted on TeamFRM.com, Front Row Motorsports web page saying, “ I’m not going to spoil it for anyone and divulge just where Waldo is featured on our No. 34 Ford this weekend,” joked Ragan. He continued, “When I first saw the car in the shop I had to walk around it a few times to figure out where he was at. My crew chief, Jay Guy, claims he was a little faster than me and was able to spot Waldo right away, but I guess we’ll just have to take his word for it. I can picture NASCAR fans everywhere sitting at home with their die-cast of our No. 34 car and looking for Waldo, just as our entire team did in the shop this week.”
Ragan also visited Patrick Henry Elementary School in Martinsville to award Where’s Waldo? books to 77 youngsters who completed Martinsville Speedway’s Reading Program.
Ragan finished 24th in the series’ spring trip to Martinsville. He has averaged a 19th place effort thus far in the month of October, including a 4th place finish at Talladega, three weekends ago. Last week at Kansas, Ragan earned his 12th, top-25 finish of the season.
Ragan and his future at FRM is still unknown but the team will finish this year as one of the best seasons since Front Row Motorsports’ inception in 2005.
Chris Creighton is a member of the NASCAR media and a writer for RantSports.com. You can also follow me on Twitter @FlagofCaution.