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Hamlin honors Leffler with 2005 paint scheme

June 16, 2013, Kenny Bruce,

The current FedEx driver pays tribute to the first driver of the No. 11 JGR car

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Denny Hamlin and the Joe Gibbs Racing organization are paying tribute to former JGR driver Jason Leffler today with a retro paint scheme on the team’s No. 11 Toyota.

The No. 11 entry features a FedEx paint design similar to that used in 2005, when Leffler made 19 starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the JGR organization. Hamlin’s crew worked Saturday evening to convert the look of the car in time for today’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Leffler died from injuries sustained in a Sprint Car crash June 12 at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, New Jersey.

A standout in the open-wheel sprint ranks where he won three consecutive Midget titles (1997-99), Leffler was winless in 73 starts in the Cup series. He scored two victories in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series and one in the sanctioning body’s Camping World Truck Series.