NASCAR, teams show support for tornado victims

May 24, 2013, Kristen Boghosian, NASCAR.com

NASCAR, teams show support for tornado victims
Michael Waltrip Racing, Swan Racing among teams with special Oklahoma decals

Though this weekend's races will take place at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., the thoughts and prayers of NASCAR drivers will be headed to Oklahoma.

David Stremme is among the drivers who will carry a decal encouraging donations to disaster relief after a series of tornadoes devastated the state. Team owner Brandon Davis hails from Oklahoma, and had a cousin who lost a home during the storms.

"Oklahomans are tough as nails, and we will certainly rebuild as many times as it takes, but they cannot do it without your support."

Another Oklahoma native, Chandra Johnson, joined her husband, five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, fellow drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Clint Bowyer and NASCAR President Mike Helton for a public service announcement, which solicits support for the Red Cross. Watch the video here:

The NASCAR Foundation has already purchased a truck of supplies, which will provide relief for 400 families. On Tuesday, NASCAR will also launch an auction of autographed memorabilia, as well as VIP experiences, with all proceeds being donated to the American Red Cross.

Bowyer's team, Michael Waltrip Racing, will also sport decals on his No. 15 car as well as the No. 56 of Martin Truex Jr. and No. 55 of Mark Martin for Feed the Children, an Oklahoma City-based organization that provides resources to the underprivileged. Darrell and Michael Waltrip have worked with the charity before, selecting Feed the Children as a benefactor of a golf tournament in 2012.

“The Feed The Children organization has become our friends and when we saw the horrific damage done this week, we immediately called to make sure everyone was OK and to pledge our continued support,” said team owner Michael Waltrip.

Johnson's Team Lowe's Racing announced it would donate $1 million, with $500,000 going to the American Red Cross, on top of an additional amount equal to his earnings in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600.

“Our deepest sympathy goes out to all the families who’ve lost loved ones and experienced the devastation of the recent tornadoes, including members of our Lowe’s family,” said Robert Niblock, Lowe’s chairman, president and CEO.

Front Row Motorsports' partner, Oklahoma City-based Love’s Travel Stops, announced a $3 million donation toward relief efforts. David Ragan’s No. 34 car will carry decals during the race.

See the special paint schemes on Sunday when the Coca-Cola 600 airs 6 p.m. ET on FOX, and check out some of the patriotic and NASCAR: An American Salute-inspired cars in this week's Paint Scheme Preview now.

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