Teams to Honor Boston Marathon Victims
April 18, 2013 | 2:22 P.M. EST
The door numbers on the No. 15, 55 and 56 MWR Toyota Camrys will replicate the 2013 Boston Marathon runner “bib” numbers, which are pinned on each of the nearly 30,000 runners.
Michael Waltrip Racing and Roush Fenway Racing are among the teams that will be honoring the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing with special decals on their respective cars this weekend at Kansas Speedway.
This week’s attack hit especially close to MWR founder and co-owner Michael Waltrip. As the only NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver or car owner to have run the Boston Marathon, Waltrip will honor the victims of the tragedy by running special door numbers on his three entries for Sunday's STP 400.
Door numbers on the Nos. 15, 55 and 56 Toyotas will replicate the design of the 2013 Boston Marathon runner bib numbers which were pinned on each of the nearly 30,000 runners. Waltrip posted a time of 4 hours, 33 minutes for the 26-mile, 385-yard distance when he raced in 2000.
"The news coming out of Boston this week was very personal to me," Waltrip said. "When I ran the Boston Marathon in 2000, I remember thinking about what a privilege it was to participate and all the hard work it took to be there. When you can see those international flags flying in Copley Square, you know you're about to complete your journey. I know the joy those runners were feeling at that moment when their worlds changed.
“It was a great moment of pride when they pinned the Boston Marathon bib on me so I thought it would be great to 'pin' bib numbers on our racecars this week in Kansas. I want to thank our sponsors and NASCAR for giving us permission to show our support. We want the victims of the attack, the brave men and women who helped after the explosions and the city of Boston to know we're thinking of them and will support them any way we can."
Roush Fenway will show its support for the city of Boston with a "B-Strong" tribute. All three Roush Fords will carry special decals and team owner Jack Roush has pledged to donate $100 for every lap the team leads during Sunday’s STP 400.
"When events occur such as what happened earlier this week in Boston, it's our nature to be overwhelmed with a variety of emotions," Roush said. "To have to withstand an act of such senselessness and cowardice against innocent people is disheartening to us all. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, as well as the entire city of Boston.
“As Americans, we can all be proud of the way the city of Boston and the entire nation has banded together in the wake of this tragedy. We're proud of our Boston connections and feel privileged to be able to play a very small part in supporting the 'B-Strong' effort."
Roush Fenway Racing is half-owned by Boston’s Fenway Sports Group - the same company that owns and operates the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park, and holds a majority stake in the region’s premier sports network (NESN). In support of its sister team, RFR will carry the "B-Strong" decal the Red Sox organization has used as a rallying point since the events that tragically took the lives of three people and wounded nearly 200 others.
"The deplorable acts committed in connection with the Boston Marathon have impacted the entire nation," said Roush Fenway President Steve Newmark. "It's inspiring to watch the resiliency and unyielding determination of the entire city of Boston in the wake of this tragedy. Its resolve reminds us what makes our country so great.
"We work very closely with the Fenway Sports Management group on a regular basis and for this to happen in their backyard grabs your attention and drives it home. We're humbled as an organization to be able to support the 'B-Strong' effort."
Roush Fenway will distribute "B-Strong" decals at Kansas Speedway this weekend that pays tribute to the 617 Boston area code and the "B-Strong" program; and provides information on how to support "The One Fund Boston," an initiative formed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino to help the people most affected by Monday's tragic events.
For more information and to find out how you can help those most affected, visit: www.onefundboston.org.
Swan Racing will honor the victims of the Boston Marathon with a special "Prayers for Boston" paint scheme.
"The tragedy at the Boston Marathon is shared by all Americans," said Swan Racing owner Brandon Davis. "Swan Racing and the NASCAR community offer its support to the Boston community, the victims and all those affected by the senseless act of terror."
Davis' wife Tara, a Boston native, said, "Boston is a strong, united community and will not be intimidated. I am pleased that we are able to use our race team to support my hometown with a 'Prayers for Boston' message."
Driver of the No. 30 "Prayers for Boston" Toyota, David Stremme, said, "The NASCAR community rallies together in times of need. Hopefully, we can help add a little comfort with our message of 'Prayers for Boston' on the car."