Denny Hamlin’s car will sport a special paint scheme for Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Richmond Raceway, a design for the No. 11 Toyota that promotes FedEx Cares’ ties to the National Urban League.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver will spotlight the civil rights organization’s Project Ready program, which helped prepare black students and other historically underserved youth for college and post-school careers. Hamlin met with students virtually to learn more about the program and two of them will virtually join the team as honorary pit crew members for Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
“I made the commitment to listen and learn about social injustice,” Hamlin said. “Education is an area where all kids don’t always have access to the same opportunities. I met recently with two Project Ready students virtually, and they educated me on the importance of Project Ready and how the program has helped prepare them for college and their careers.”
Ahead of Richmond, I was honored to meet with the @NatUrbanLeague and students from #ProjectReady, who educated me on how the program prepares Black Americans and other historically underserved youth for college and careers. See some of our discussion: pic.twitter.com/xtThF5y1wx
— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) September 9, 2020
FedEx has supported National Urban League since 2008. It’s the second time this season that Hamlin and his sponsor have raised awareness for civil rights through a paint scheme on the No. 11. Hamlin raced a design at Talladega Superspeedway in June that honored the National Civil Rights Museum.