For the second consecutive year, all 40 drivers in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway will pay tribute to fallen members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
As part of “600 Miles of Remembrance,” the top part of the windshield on each driver’s car will carry the fallen service member’s rank and last name in place of where driver names are usually located.
Names of fallen service members also will adorn the pace car and grand marshal cars.
The tribute serves as the commemorative launch of “NASCAR: An American Salute,” an initiative within the industry to express collective respect and gratitude to members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Fans can follow the conversation on social media using #NASCARSalutes.
“Each of the names proudly displayed on these race cars tells a story of honor and sacrifice,” said Brent Dewar, NASCAR chief operating officer. “As the NASCAR industry reflects on Memorial Day Weekend, we’re proud to honor these and all fallen service members in a way that helps ensure their stories and lives are never forgotten.”
Many of the fallen members that will be remembered have direct links to individuals who work for NASCAR teams, including:
* Navy SEAL Denis Miranda, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2010, trained in BUD/S alongside Graham Molatch, jackman for the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing team. Miranda’s name will appear on Kyle Larson’s car during the Coca-Cola 600.
* Lance Corporal Scott Lynch served in the United States Marine Corps with Mark Singleton, tire changer for Chip Ganassi Racing, and will be honored on Jamie McMurray’s No. 1 car.
* Furniture Row Racing employee John Parks served in the Marines with Jeffrey Bohr, Jr., a gunnery sergeant who was killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom and whose name will be carried on Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 78 car.
In addition, Charlotte Motor Speedway will once again play host to and salute more than 6,000 active-duty military members and their families through the weekend.
Other activities scheduled for the weekend include:
* During Saturday’s Hisense 4K TV 300, NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers will display red, white and blue Xfinity windshield decals on their race cars.
* Goodyear will replace the “Eagle” sidewall design with “Support Our Troops” messaging on all tires used during the weekend.
* NASCAR, Coca-Cola and Mars will offer a sweepstakes to shoppers at more than 180 military commissaries who will have a chance to win a trip for two to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week in Las Vegas.
* Race fans can help assemble care packages for the troops in the midway at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The care packages will include Mars candy and be shipped following the Coca-Cola 600 to deployed military members.
* NASCAR and Honor and Remember, Inc. will display specially prepared Honor and Remember flags representing those who lost their life in service to our country from each of the 50 United States throughout the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
* During the Fox Sports broadcast of the Coca-Cola 600, the names and branch of all service members who have lost their lives in the past year will by displayed on a graphic scroll.
* SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90) will have a special military tribute Sunday at 1 p.m. ET., that will include interviews with drivers as well as service men and service women from different branches of the military.
Here’s the list of service members who will be honored with their names atop driver windshields in Sunday’s race:
|2016 600 Miles of Remembrance|
|Car No.||Driver||Soldier||Branch||Soldier Hometown|
|1||Jamie McMurray||LCPL Scott Albert Lynch||Marines||Greenwood Lake, NY|
|2||Brad Keselowski||SPC Joseph T. Prentler||Army||Fenwick, MI|
|3||Austin Dillon||SOC Mark T. Carter||Navy||Fallbrook, CA|
|4||Kevin Harvick||LCPL Nathan Ross Elrod||Marines||Rockwell, NC|
|5||Kasey Kahne||LCPL Eric Levi Ward||Marines||Redmond, WA|
|6||Trevor Bayne||CW4 Jason William McCormack||Army||Enterprise, AL|
|7||Regan Smith||LCPL Cody Steven Childers||Marines||Chesapeake, VA|
|10||Danica Patrick||LCPL Benito “cheeks” Ramirez||Marines||Edinburg, TX|
|11||Denny Hamlin||SGT John Davis Harvey||Marines||Roanoke, VA|
|13||Casey Mears||SPC Christopher Shane Wright||Army||Tollesboro, KY|
|14||Tony Stewart||MSG Paul D. Karpowich||Army||Freeland, PA|
|15||Clint Bowyer||MSGT Tara Brown||Air Force||Long Island, NJ|
|16||Greg Biffle||SPC Joel A. Taylor||Army||Pinetown, NC|
|17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||SP4 James (Jim) H. Woolard||Army||Manchester, OH|
|18||Kyle Busch||PFC Robert Stephan Underwood||Army||O’ Fallon, MO|
|19||Carl Edwards||CPT Edmond Jablonsky Jr.||Army||Pasadena, TX|
|20||Matt Kenseth||PFC Christopher Neal White||Marines||Elizabethtown, KY|
|21||Ryan Blaney||SMSN Cherone L. Gunn||Navy||Virginia Beach, VA|
|22||Joey Logano||SPC Cindy Beaudoin||Army||Plainfield, CT|
|23||David Ragan||LT COL Paul Keith Mikeal||Air Force||Mooresville, NC|
|24||Chase Elliott||GYSGT Justin Martone||Marines||Bedford, VA|
|27||Paul Menard||SPC Zachary Lee Shannon||Army||Dunedin, FL|
|30||Josh Wise||SSG Robert A. Massarelli||Army||Hamilton, OH|
|31||Ryan Newman||SSGT Jason C Ramseyer||Marines||West Palm Beach, FL|
|32||Jeffrey Earnhardt||CPT Christopher Cash||Army||Old Orchard Beach, ME|
|34||Chris Buescher||SSGT Eric A. McIntosh||Marines||Indianapolis, IN|
|38||Landon Cassill||PVT Earl Platt||Army||Vestaburg, MI|
|41||Kurt Busch||SGT Nicholas Ray Gibbs||Army||Stokesdale, NC|
|42||Kyle Larson||SO3 Denis Christian Miranda||Navy||Toms River, NJ|
|43||Aric Almirola||SSGT Forrest B. Sibley||Air Force||Pensacola, FL|
|44||Brian Scott||PFC John G. Borbonus||US Army||Boise, ID|
|46||Michael Annett||PFC Jacob Henry Wykstra||Army||Thornton, CO|
|47||AJ Allmendinger||YN3 Wendell Williams||Navy||Cincinnati, OH|
|48||Jimmie Johnson||SFC Kyle B. Wehrly||Army||Galesburg, IL|
|55||Reed Sorenson||PFC Jason Hill Estopinal||Marines||Dallas, GA|
|78||Martin Truex Jr.||GYSGT Jeffery E. Bohr, Jr.||Marines||Ossian, IA|
|83||Matt DiBenedetto||CPL Jared C. Verbeek||Marines||Visalia, CA|
|88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||LCPL Aaron Howard Reed||Marines||Chillicothe, OH|
|95||Michael McDowell||PFC Andrew Mark Krippner||Army||Garland, TX|
|98||Cole Whitt||CPL Michael D. Anderson Jr.||Marines||Modesto, CA|
|Pace Car||CAPT Matthew Rolland||Air Force||Lexington, KY|
|Split Pace Car||1SG Kevin A. Dupont||Marines||Chicopee, MA|
|Grand Marshal Car 1||SGT Bryan Paul Abercrombie||Army||Clinton, UT|
|Grand Marshal Car 2||SPC Tony J. Gonzales||Army||Newman, CA|