Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson, driver of the No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, will race in Sunday’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway (1 p.m. ET; NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) in a unique paint scheme that pays homage to a United States military veteran.
The new design was first revealed last month in historic downtown Mooresville, North Carolina, in front of a large audience of local veterans near the Welcome Home Veterans Living Military Museum at Richard’s Coffee Shop. The coffee shop was founded in 1995 by Richard Warren, a retired U.S. Army combat pilot who toured in Vietnam. The shop, now a living military museum, is dedicated to supporting former and current service members — including the late Richard Warren who dedicated his time and resources to directly serve veterans and their families for the final 14 years of his life.
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Larson’s scheme for the July 7 race – the final event in the NASCAR Salutes initiative – celebrates Independence Day and pays special tribute to Warren with unique logos and decals. Warren’s name will be displayed above the right window, with the Richard’s Coffee Shop 10th Anniversary logo laid out on the decklid. A burst of red, white and gray stars and streaks line the sides.
“I’m truly honored to be a part of a team that is committed to commemorating our nation’s military veterans like Richard, who dedicated the last years of his life preserving the stories and livelihood of all veterans,” Larson said. “We hope to honor his legacy with this special paint scheme and proudly race with Richard’s name and logo.”
Credit One Bank, a dedicated sponsor of NASCAR and its initiatives, worked closely with Larson and the Chip Ganassi Racing team to organize the paint scheme reveal and highlight Warren’s legacy.
“Richard made a home for veterans at the coffee shop,” said John Coombe, senior vice president of communications, Credit One Bank. “He created a community and support system for veterans to share stories, camaraderie, and a good cup of coffee. We’re happy that Credit One Bank was able to find a fitting way to celebrate his accomplishments and the coffee shop’s anniversary today in partnership with our sponsored driver Kyle Larson.”
While in Mooresville, Larson met with veterans and local members of the community after the reveal to pose for pictures and sign autographs outside of the iconic museum. Our State, the official magazine of North Carolina, named Richard’s Coffee Shop “The Most Patriotic Coffee Shop in America.” The shop is the lone combination of a living military museum and a non-profit coffee shop in the entire U.S.