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Smith, Furniture Row honor Colorado shooting victims

July 27, 2012, Team Release,

DENVER -- Regan Smith's No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet will pay tribute to the victims of the Aurora, Colo., tragedy during this weekend's Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The movie theater where the shooting took place is approximately seven miles from the Furniture Row Racing shop in Denver.

The paint scheme on Smith's car for Sunday's race at the Brickyard will include the following:

-- The hood of the car will showcase a ribbon, and inside the ribbon will be a memorial cross and the red and gold logo that appears on the Colorado state flag;

-- The rear quarter panels will read AURORA, CO and the names of the 12 people who were killed in the tragedy;

-- The rear bumper (TV panel) will include the following inscription: FOR THOSE LOST, THOSE INJURED, AND COUNTLESS ACTS OF BRAVERY. 7/20/12.

The tragedy struck close to the Furniture Row family. Kimber Avra, an employee of the Furniture Row Companies, was at the Aurora movie theater with her friend Micayla Medek. Avra suffered scrapes and bruises but sadly, Micayla was one of the 12 who was killed in the shooting.

"Our hearts go out to the victims and to their families," Furniture Row Racing general manager Joe Garone said. "It really hits close to home for us here in Colorado. The movie theater where the shooting took place is only a few miles from where our team is based in Denver. We mourn the loss of life from this senseless tragedy, and feel we also need to stand up and acknowledge the heroism of those people who put their lives on the line to save others. Our thoughts this weekend will be with all the people who suffered from this horrific act of violence."