While Ryan Blaney‘s No. 21 Motorcraft Ford usually has a red and white paint scheme, it will have a different sponsor and look for the July 24 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Blaney’s car will have a blue paint job to go along with its Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers sponsorship. The blue paint scheme corresponds with Quick Lane’s new “Trading One Uniform for Another” scholarship program for veterans.
Quick Lane will award $10,000 scholarships to five veterans in order for them to develop the skills they need to become automotive technicians.
The funds are used to pay for tuition, books and fees at any community college, university, trade or vocational school with an accredited program in automotive mechanics in the United States. Anyone is welcome to nominate a veteran at www.QLtradingone.com, where they can write a short essay. 10 finalists will be selected.
“We are honored that Quick Lane has decided to use our car to deliver its message about ‘Trading One Uniform for Another,’” said Wood Brothers Racing co-owner Eddie Wood said in a press release. “Our uncle, (Hall of Fame crew chief) Leonard Wood, is a veteran and we’ve always held those who served in high esteem. This scholarship program is an excellent opportunity for them.”
The Wood Brothers will be making their 22nd start in the Brickyard 400. The only year they missed the race at Indianapolis was 2008. The team hasn’t finished in the top 10 at Indy since Morgan Shepherd finished 10th in the first two races at the 2.5-mile track in 1994 and ’95.