BK Racing and Dallas-based sponsor ZAK Products have team up to honor fallen officers of the Dallas Police Department for this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.
For the AAA Texas 500, Matt DiBenedetto‘s No. 83 Zak “Backs the Blue” Toyota will resemble the cruisers used by the Dallas Police Department. The rear decklid will bear the names of the five DPD and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) officers who were killed by a sniper in downtown Dallas on July 7.
“I am truly honored that Zak Products has given me the opportunity to represent the Dallas PD officers who lost their lives in the line of duty on July 7, 2016,” said DiBenedetto in a press release. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for all of the police officers around the country who protect our cities day and night. It means so much to BK Racing and to me personally to ‘Back the Blue’ with our No. 83 Toyota this weekend.”
The car was unveiled at a Toyota of Dallas on Wednesday that featured ZAK founder Vic Keller.
“Dallas is home to ZAK’s headquarters and we were deeply impacted by the July 7th tragedy. We wanted to do something to honor and show appreciation for the civil servants who serve the city without hesitation every day,” Keller said. “The November 6 race is the largest medium for a spectator event in DFW and we quickly realized this would provide the optimum platform to showcase the city of Dallas and our outstanding police department on a national scale. We hope everyone will tune in to the race and back the blue to victory.”
The AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway can be seen at 1 p.m. on Sunday on NBC.