In observance of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the U.S. Army announced Tuesday that Ryan Newman will carry the names of the 75 U.S. Army Pentagon victims on his No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet in the Wonderful Pistachios 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sept. 10 at Richmond International Raceway.
Newman said he is expecting to be deeply moved by the first appearance of his Richmond race car.
“There’s no question it will be an emotional time for not only my team, but the entire NASCAR family,” said Newman, who has one win this year in the U.S. Army Chevrolet. “We all remember where we were and what we were doing when the news surfaced about the attacks. I know it will be etched in my memory forever. And, it should be that way for everyone.
“We want to win every race for the Army, but you can imagine how much more we’ll want to win the Richmond event. It would be a very special, touching moment if we could drive into victory lane carrying the names of those great Americans.”
At this weekend’s NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis (Sept. 2-5), Tony Schumacher’s U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster will also carry the names of the 75 U.S. Army personnel killed at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
“It will be a moving experience when we unveil the race car in Indy,” said Schumacher, a seven-time world champion.
There were 125 victims killed in the Pentagon in the Sept. 11 attack, however, the Army racing teams will be focusing on the Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians who lost their lives that day.
In addition to the listing of the names, both race cars will carry an inscription “We Will Never Forget” and sport a specially-designed logo featuring the World Trade Center twin towers, Pentagon and the American Flag.
September 10 is the last opportunity NASCAR Sprint Cup race drivers have to qualify for the 12-driver championship field. Newman is currently seventh in the standings and could tie down his spot at this Sunday’s Richmond race by finishing 20th or better.