Tuesday, September 1, 2009

NASCAR'S #72 Honors 9/11 Victims

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Its hard to believe that it has been eight years since 9/11. It just doesnt seem like its been that long. One of our favorite places on the planet, is surprisingly not a racetrack but the Big Apple. It just a place where we walk out of Penn Station and feel instantly at home.

This year, as part of what will be many celebrations NASCAR will have a presence in the anniversary with a custom-painted race car that will honor these victims. The Ford Fusion driven by Benny Gordon for the Richmond race held at Richmond International Raceway will be held on the eight year anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy.

The car will bear the words "Always Remember" and a 9/11 logo from the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. The car was unveiled yesterday in Manhattan near Ground Zero. Benny Gordon actually lined up corporate sponsors for the custom pain job which is hard to do in this economy.

From Newsday article, "It will be an honor to race a car in honor of the attack victims," said Gordon, co-owner of the North South Motorsports team based in Dubois, Pa. "I hope we have a good run."

As with any NASCAR sponsorship....businesses are you listening??...Benny hopes the exposure associated with the themed paint job will draw support for the planned memorial and museum.

Joe Daniels, president of the memorial and museum, said he is grateful to have Gordon's support. "This car presents a tremendous opportunity to raise awareness about the national 9/11 memorial," he said. The backup car was shown Monday, and the hood of the car was signed by first-responders, who attended the unveiling.

The 9/11 car's color scheme is black, blue and white. The logo of the memorial and museum is on the hood, sides, bumpers and trunk. From the front tires to the doors are red and white stripes with reflective stars on the hood to resemble a flag.

In association with the Sept. 11 NASCAR race, the foundation that will operate the memorial, and museum is launching the "text to remember" program. The program is designed to help raise funds and awareness for the memorial, which has a planned opening date of 2011.
By texting "WTC" to the number 30644, supporters can add their names to an honor roll at the 9/11 memorial's Web site and have the option to donate $5.

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