Beginning with this weekend’s race at Sonoma Raceway, the No. 78 of Furniture Row Racing will honor the military with special logos placed on its car.
The recognition begins with the patch of the California National Guard.
According to a press release, the California National Guard is “among the nation’s largest and most frequently deployed National Guard force. Cal Guard soldiers and airmen have deployed across the world more than 44,000 times since 9/11, and 29 of its soldiers have sacrificed their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
In 2013, the California National Guard reportedly had 21,000 troops, including 16,565 soldiers and 4,572 airmen. FRR racing features nine military veterans. Among them is owner Barney Visser.
“The longer I live and the more things I experience, the more I appreciate the sacrifice and dedication that our military men and women have made, and will continue to make, to preserve our freedom,” said Visser in a press release. Visser is a Vietnam veteran, having served in the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade in the late 1960s. “We are proud to showcase the California National Guard, which not only responds and takes action in state emergencies but also in combat deployment throughout the world.”
Martin Truex Jr. will make his 11th start at Sonoma Raceway. Truex won the 2013 race at the road course for the second win of his career.