MWR honors bombing victims


Michael Waltrip Racing’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will honor the victims of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings during Sunday’s STP 400 at Kansas Speedway with a tweak to the paint schemes on its cars — the No. 15 driven by Clint Bowyer, the No. 55 driven by Mark Martin and the No. 56 driven by Martin Truex Jr.

The style of the numbers on the side of the MWR Toyota entries will resemble the bib numbers of Boston Marathon runners.

Team owner Michael Waltrip, himself, ran in the Boston Marathon in 2000. He completed the race in four hours and 33 minutes.

“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 be able 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 are 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 race cars this week in Kansas. I want to thank our sponsors, NAPA Auto Parts, 5-Hour Energy and Aaron’s, as well as NASCAR, for giving us permission to show our support. We just want the victims of the attack, the brave men and women who helped after the explosions and the city of Boston to know that we are thinking of them and we will support them anyway we can.”

– Graphic courtesy of Michael Waltrip Racing.

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