FORT KNOX, Ky., Nov. 7, 2011 -- As a Veterans Day tribute, the U.S. Army Racing cars for drivers Tony Schumacher and Ryan Newman will be adorned with more than 350 faces of Army Vietnam Veterans during this weekend's NHRA and NASCAR races. The Army race teams are honoring the Veterans for their service and sacrifice during the Vietnam conflict that started 50 years ago.
Schumacher's U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster will carry the Vietnam Veteran faces at the NHRA season finale -- the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif. (Thursday-Sunday) while Newman's No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet will carry the same paint scheme in the Kobalt Tools 500k Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway (Friday-Sunday).
"What a cool way for us to say 'thank you' and honor the Vietnam Veterans," said Newman, a 15-time NASCAR Sprint Cup race winner. "History tells us that many who served in Southeast Asia were not properly recognized upon their return. It will be a sincere privilege and inspiration for our race team to have the Army Strong Vietnam Soldiers ride along with me in the Phoenix race."
For seven-time NHRA champion Schumacher, driving the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster is always a powerful reminder of what it means to be Army Strong.
"It's truly inspiring to represent our Soldiers who served in Vietnam," Schumacher said. "Many of the Vietnam Veterans are drag-racing fans who grew up at the height of the muscle-car and hot-rod era. We see many Vietnam veterans at our NHRA races, and that's why this paint scheme will carry a special meaning for our U.S. Army team."
The special paint scheme will serve as an extension of Veterans Day (Nov. 11) when, as a country, we honor and remember the heroism, courage and dedication displayed by our Veterans. While the nation remembers the service of its Veterans, the millions at home and at the track watching Newman and Schumacher will get a chance to see some of the faces who represent true heroes.
"Every time these guys drive with the Army colors, they represent the more than one million men and women who proudly serve our nation," said John Myers, director, Strategic Communications and Outreach, U.S. Army Accessions Command. "For these races, with these paint schemes, we pay tribute and say 'thank you' to our Vietnam heroes as well as all past and present Soldiers and their families. Each picture, each face, is a reminder of the sacrifice and service of the millions who have made our Army strong and our nation free."
Vietnam Army Veterans, along with their families, friends and loved ones, were given the opportunity to submit photos of the men and women who have embraced the call of duty and helped build and protect our country at www.goarmy.com/yourphotohere. All Vietnam Veterans shown in uniform were eligible for inclusion among the photos in the special paint scheme. Images were collected through Sept. 16.
To view photos of Army Vietnam Veterans on the No. 39 Chevrolet, go to:
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The U.S. Army Accessions Command, a subordinate command of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, meets the human resource needs of the Army by transforming volunteers into officers, warrant officers, and enlisted Soldiers. In providing the force, the 18,400 men and women of Accessions Command prepare these future Soldiers and leaders for their initial military training.