NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Jeffrey Earnhardt will bring an important message rooted in sacrifice and patriotism to the racetrack in 2014. Earnhardt, the nephew of Dale Earnhardt Jr., will carry the Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Seal on his No. 4 Chevy Camaro for the entirety of the upcoming season.
"The President of the United States signed a proclamation to honor Vietnam Veterans for the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, and we'll be delivering that message for their commemorative partner Warrior 50", said Earnhardt in a team release. "This is a huge honor and I'm humbled to pay tribute to that generation of great Americans. We'll be racing to honor those who served during a challenging time in our history and I look forward to showing the NASCAR fans appreciation for our Vietnam Vets and their families."
A non-profit organization, Warrior 50 seeks to honor Vietnam Veterans and bring awareness to the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War through NASCAR. The organization also provides valuable resources to all veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
"A great many Vietnam Vets and their families are enormous NASCAR fans so it makes this such an appropriate tribute,” said the Rev. Dr. Chuck Gass of Warrior 50. "The Warrior 50 effort will be entirely funded by contributions from the people. Every grateful American is encouraged to visit www.Warrior50.org to make a tax deductible contribution towards this mission. These brave warriors fought and died for us and it's only fitting that we do this for them."
"As Commemorative Partners, Jeffrey Earnhardt and his team join a grateful nation in thanking and honoring our Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service, valor and sacrifice," said Lt. Gen. Claude "Mick" Kicklighter, U.S. Army (Retired), Director, Department of Defense Office of Commemorations. "From Daytona to Homestead and all NASCAR Nationwide Series locations in between, they will be honoring thousands of Vietnam Veterans in their hometowns during each race, for which we are extremely thankful."
Earnhardt's first race featuring the Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Seal will be televised live on ESPN on Feb. 22 at 1:15 p.m. ET from Daytona International Speedway.