A Salute to the American Soldier
MB2 Motorsports, NASCAR® driver Joe Nemechek, the U.S. Army and Action
Performance Companies Inc. today issued a collaborative announcement detailing a
special edition No. 01 Army race car that will carry a tribute to the American
soldier during the Coca-Cola 600 on May 30, 2004 at Lowes® Motor Speedway.
Just in time for the Memorial Day holiday, Nemechek will drive a No. 01 Army
Chevrolet Monte Carlo that features the TIME Magazine "Person of the Year"
cover that hit newsstands on Dec. 29, 2003. The TIME cover shot will be the showpiece
on the hood of Nemecheks Army-backed NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race car.
"This recognition of the American Soldier can not be understated," said LTG
Dennis D. Cavin, commander of Army Accessions Command. "The tribute reinforces
that every Soldier makes a difference for themselves, their families and for the
nation. It is an honor to salute all of our men and women in uniform who
fearlessly serve their country each and every day."
Traditionally, TIME selects a single notable person for its annual Person of the
Year feature. However, for their valor and fearless defense of freedom during a
tumultuous time, the "American G.I." was selected for the honor.
As part of an exclusive program with MB2 Motorsports, Action Performance, the leader in
the design, promotion, marketing and distribution of licensed motorsports
merchandise, will produce die-cast replicas of the No. 01 Army/American Soldier
Tribute 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in a variety of collector scales. Both TIME
and the U.S. Army have agreed to donate their royalty proceeds from sales of
these die-cast collectibles, as well as other related program merchandise, to
the Army Emergency Relief fund.
Army Emergency Relief is a private nonprofit organization with the sole mission
of helping soldiers and their dependents in times of valid need. Since 1942, AER
has helped nearly 3 million Army personnel and their families with more than
$837 million in financial assistance.
The No. 01 Army/American Soldier Tribute die-cast collectibles and other memorabilia
will be available through Action Performances standard distribution channels, including
the 18-member Action Racing Collectables distributor network and the Racing Collectables Club
of America. To locate an ARC distributor, please call 1-800-411-8404. To join
RCCA, call 1-800-952-0708 or visit
"With so many American soldiers serving all over the world, it felt right to create
a paint scheme that would show our pride and spotlight their dedication to service during the
Memorial Day holiday weekend," noted Fred Wagenhals, Action Performances
chairman, president and CEO. "The Coca-Cola 600 is an impressive showcase for
the No. 01 Army/American Soldier Tribute Chevrolet Monte Carlo race car. We know
that NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series fans will be extremely receptive of the car and
that Joe Nemechek and the No. 01 Army Racing team will do their best to honor
Americas soldiers with a victory."
Source: Action Performance Companies Inc.
Date: April 29, 2004
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