CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 28, 2010) — Intense competitors on the track, two NASCAR Sprint Cup racing teams are partnering off-track in support for the nation's armed forces on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31.
Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) and Richard Childress Racing (RCR), in partnership with the Armed Forces Foundation, have put together a series of weekend events to honor U.S. troops and raise awareness about the difficulties service members and their families face in defense of the country.
Several weeks ago at the Aaron's 499 at Talladega (Ala.) Motor Speedway, Aaron's Inc. and MWR unveiled the Armed Forces Foundation/Aaron's Dream Car. It will be driven by David Reutimann in the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in celebration of Memorial Day and in support of the Aaron's “Text 'AFF' to 50555” campaign. Aaron's then upped the ante by pledging a series of donations contingent upon the race's results.
On race day Aaron's will donate $10,000 to the Armed Forces Foundation in support of its programs. However, if Mr. Reutimann earns a top-five finish, the company will double the donation to $20,000. Should he win—as he did last year—Aaron's said it will contribute $200,000 to the foundation. NASCAR has donated pit and garage passes for the foundation to bring a group of wounded service members from the Bethesda National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., to cheer on the AFF Cup car.
Memorial Day after the race, RCR will host a group of wounded and active duty Marines at Mr. Childress' racing shop and winery. On the same day, Sprint Cup driver Jeff Burton has offered to give a private tour of the RCR shop facilities to the 12 service members followed by lunch with Messrs. Burton and Childress at the Childress Winery in Lexington, N.C.
The AFF was established in 2001 as a 501(c)3 organization under the U.S. Department of Defense's America Supports You program. The organization offers assistance to active-duty and retired personnel, National Guard, Reserve Components and military families coping with difficult circumstances. The AAF offers assistance with utilities and rent; hotel and travel costs; holiday gifts for military children; and therapeutic recreational activities. More information about AAF is available at its website.