a Don Melford Image

and ALL the rescue workers
and folks who are helping out

The Red Cross
for those in
New York City, Washington DC and Pennsylvania


New Hampshire 300 race was Postponed until Nov 23rd, 2001

RIP: Michael Clarke of FDNY Ladder 2

American Liberty Partnership
American Liberty Partnership - americansonsofliberty.com
mentioned by The President during his Sept 20th speech

NOTE: many of these links were from 2001-2002 and some may not work
decided to leave the pagem basically as it was from that time frame

NEW NEWS Sept 2002

  • Some Tributes at NHIS: A year later, Richard Childress Racing is still honoring the memory of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks. Gordon’s teammate, Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet, will run a patriotic paint scheme in place of any primary or associate sponsorships this weekend. Hendrick Motorsports will also display commemorative artwork on their Chevrolet race cars at the New Hampshire 300. "We all have our own thoughts and feelings about the anniversary of September 11th," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "Everyone involved with our teams, from sponsors to drivers to crew members, felt it was important for us to do something in memory of those events and the people affected by them." Each Hendrick race car will carry a primary logo on its rear deck lid, with a smaller "freedom ribbon" displayed on the C-post. Created by artist Sam Bass, the primary design uses a red, white and blue color scheme to convey themes of unity, strength and hope. All four Hendrick Winston Cup drivers — Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Terry Labonte, and Joe Nemechek — will also run identical "9-11" logos in the New Hampshire 300, followed by the newly renamed MBNA All-American Heroes 400 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 22. NHIS owner Bob Bahre said the speedway will commemorate Sept. 11th in subtle ways on Sunday before the race. "We won’t really have much, very little," he said. "We’re just having things go on like normal."(Citizen Online)
    AND In honor of the one year anniversary of the September 11th tragedy and in remembrance of those who gave their lives, the “M&M’s”® Pontiac will carry the American flag on the deck lid of the #36 car in Loudon this weekend. The American flag will also be prominently displayed on the car in Dover.
    see schemes of the #29 and #31 cars on my Paint Schemes Gallery.(9-11-2002)
    Special Scheme for the #11 at NHIS: The #11 Hooters Ford will have a different look this weekend at New Hampshire in honor of 9-11 with a theme of "Remembering Our Heroes".(9-12-2002)

  • Talladega Memorial: On Sept. 11, 2002, Talladega Superspeedway’s giant mural outside Turns 3 and 4 will be the backdrop for a memorial to remember the people lost in last year’s terrorist attack on America. The public is invited to attend the memorial, which will begin at 7:15am on the north end of the track’s facility. “We decided to hold this public service as a way to pay tribute not only to those lost on that day, but also to the millions of Americans who continue to serve our country every day,” said Grant Lynch, the track’s president. “It is a time for all of us to remember the tragic events of 9/11 and to honor those who lost their lives in the attacks and in the heroic rescue efforts made by so many that day. “But this one-year anniversary is also about saying thanks to those who continue to watch over us each and every day – all the military branches, police, fire and rescue squads and the millions of volunteers who step up to the plate anytime America needs t hem,” said Lynch. Nick Derzis, the Assistant Chief of Police in Hoover, will be a guest speaker at Talladega. Derzis volunteered his time to help at Ground Zero in New York. Within six weeks after the events of 9/11, Derzis made visits to Ground Zero twice to assist with op erations at the makeshift morgue. Randy Howell, pastor of Eureka Baptist Church, will also speak during the memorial and will ask for a moment of silence to coincide with the time that the first airplane hit the World Trade Center in New York last September.(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(9-9-2002)

  • Allison to speak at Atlanta: Liz Allison, widow of NASCAR star Davey Allison, will be a featured speaker at the Sept. 11 Remembrance Event at Atlanta Motor Speedway, which is being organized by the churches of Henry County. The event, which will run from 5:30-8:30 p.m., will remember the victims of the Sept. 11 tragedy and honor police, fired and EMT personnel in Henry County. There will be food vendors and entertainment from 5:30-7:30 p.m., with the program beginning at 7:30 p.m. The program will consist of an hour of guest speakers - including Allison - video reflections, singing and more. The program will conclude at 8:30 p.m. with a fireworks presentation. Admission is free and all are welcome at this service. Coolers are welcome in line with Atlanta Motor Speedway policy (14x14x14, no glass). For more information about the event, contact Gary Lewis of Sharon Baptist Church at (770) 957-5072.(AMS PR)(9-9-2002)

  • Let's Roll: On Sep. 11, 2001, Todd Beamer uttered the battle cry, “Let’s Roll!,” just before he and other passengers confronted the terrorists who took over their passenger jet in an attempt to prevent the terrorists from attacking another American target. Unfortunately during the struggle, the aircraft crashed in a Pennsylvania field killing everyone on board, but the sacrifices made by those heroic passengers saved many more lives. Since then, the Air Force has taken those now famous words and incorporated them into artwork that is currently on the nose of many Air Force aircraft. During this year’s Winston Cup race on Sep 22nd at Dover Downs International Speedway (near Dover Air Force Base), NASCAR has agreed to allow the Air Force to offer each race team “Let’s Roll!” decals to be placed on the “B” Pillar (the vertical column between the front and rear windows on each side of the car) as the Air Force remembers the events of 9-11.(Wood Bros Site)(9-5-2002)

    found at the Wright-Patterson AFB site, designed by Senior Airman Duane White

    NEW NEWS Aug 2002

  • NASCAR Helps Out: New York City Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta today announced the donation of two driving simulators from the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) to the New York City Fire Department (FDNY). The FDNY will become the first municipal fire and emergency medical response program in the country to use full scale, motion-based vehicle simulators to train fire and ambulance chauffeurs. The simulators will be used to help train the city's Fire and EMS personnel in apparatus operations and are expected to help improve response times, reduce accidents and resulting injuries and, ultimately, help save lives. "The driving simulators will have a major, long-term positive impact on both the emergency response system in New York City, and the people and property the Fire Department is sworn to protect," said Commissioner Scoppetta. "We are grateful to NASCAR for helping make this a reality." The announcement was made at a press conference today in New York at the FDNY Engine 23 firehouse on West 58th Street. Dignitaries in attendance included FDNY Commissioner Scoppetta; FDNY Citywide Tour Commander, Chief Joseph Callan; NASCAR President Mike Helton and NASCAR champion driver Jeff Gordon. The donation addresses a need stemming from the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 in which over 100 FDNY-trained chauffeurs perished.. The FDNY worked with NASCAR to identify a specific need that had gone unmet through previous monetary contributions and determined that driver training simulators would have a significant benefit to the department. "We knew that it would take time for the full breadth of the city's needs to become known and understood after last September," said NASCAR President Mike Helton. "The FDNY agreed with us, and waited to see where it made the most sense for us to step in. We hope the driving simulators will have long-lasting benefits to all New Yorkers." The company building the driving simulators, FAAC, Inc., of Ann Arbor, Michigan, will contribute a portion of proceeds from additional simulators sold to municipalities across the country to the FDNY Fire Safety Education Fund (FSEF).(NASCAR PR)(8-8-2002)

  • Dover fall race to honor heroes of 9/11: Joe Gibbs Racing and MBNA are working together to honor the heroes of Sept. 11 and to help children who lost parents in the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington. In a press conference today [1:00pm at Indy] in Indianapolis, MBNA and Gibbs Racing will announce plans for a promotion Sept. 20-22 at Dover International Speedway. The name of the Sept. 22 Winston Cup race will be changed from the MBNA America 400 to the All American Heroes 400. Gibbs Racing driver Bobby Labonte will drive a car with the race's name and the words "Let's Roll" emblazoned across the hood. The car will be unveiled today at Indianapolis. Proceeds from special race events organized by Gibbs and MBNA will benefit the Todd M. Beamer Foundation, created in honor of a passenger on one of the hijacked flights of Sept. 11. The foundation helps children who lost parents in the Sept. 11 attacks. All profits from sales of models of Labonte's special No.18 car will be donated to the Beamer Foundation. Every organization involved in the All American Heroes 400, including Action Performance, the maker of the No.18 model die cast, is donating 100 percent of profits from the event to the Beamer Foundation, Alpern said. Before the race, NASCAR.com will give fans the opportunity to sponsor Labonte per lap in the race, with all donations going to the foundation. After the race on Sept. 24, eBay will hold a live auction where fans may bid on Labonte's race uniform, helmet, shoes and gloves, in addition to the hood of the car, all of which will be autographed, with the proceeds going to the foundation. Alpern said Gibbs Racing and MBNA hope Beamer's widow, Lisa, will serve as grand marshal of the event. MBNA has also invited President Bush.(Hartford Courant)(8-2-2002)
    IMAGE see my Paint Scheme Gallery for a real image of the car taken at Indy.(8-5-2002)

    HOW TEAMS, DRIVERS, NASCAR and FANS are Helping Those
    Involved in the NYC, Wash DC and PA Terrorist Attacks


    WTC Flag
    AP photo/The Record, Thomas E. Franklin



    from TuCows by D.E. Waldrom & Guy Parneix


    image by Don Melford

  • Bodine to Honor Victims: Two entries in this weekend's events at Lowe's Motor Speedway will display the website address for The New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund. The #11 Ralphs/Wells Fargo Financial Ford, owned and driven Brett Bodine, and the #6 Ford, owned by Brett Bodine Racing and driven by Brett's nephew, Josh Richeson, in this weekend's BGN race, will both carry the website address for this non-profit organization for the families of fallen New York City firefighters and police officers. The Fund provides funding at the time of a death to assist with immediate expenses. In addition, the benefit fund distributes an annual check to each of the surviving families. "This is such a tragedy! With so many of us here at BBR, myself included, being from the New York area, this hit close to home. I think all of us want to do something to help and this is a great way to contribute. Hopefully, the Fund will get extra attention by being on our cars. I urge everyone to consider making a donation," said Bodine. The web address: www.nypfwc.org.(BBR PR)(10-3-2001)

  • Special #40 Scheme at Kansas UPDATE: hearing that #40 Sterling Marlin will be carrying a special "God Bless America" paint scheme this weekend in Kansas City. The team evidently did not have enough time to prepare the car for Dover, so they will be running it this weekend instead. The last I heard the team was going to run the Coors Brooks and Dunn scheme at Kansas.(9-26-2001)
    UPDATE: Coors Brewing Company will continue its effort to help the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America by extending its $10 donation for every lap that the #40 Coors Light Dodge completes in this weekend's Cup race in Kansas. Following last weekends race, Coors donated $4,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to support relief efforts.. If the #40 car is able to complete all 267 laps of the Protection One 400 race, Coors will donate an additional $2,670 for a total of $6,670 going to help the victims of this tragedy. In addition to the donation, Coors.has developed a special "American Pride" paint scheme for its #40 Dodge for this weekends race.. The car will not display any Coors' branded identification, but will display the words "Proud to be an American" on the upper-rear quarter panels, and "God Bless America" on the TV panel. "I really like the red, white and blue paint scheme and I'm excited about racing at a new track this weekend,".driver Sterling Marlin said.. "It's great to work with a sponsor who is cares so much about the community."(Ganassi Racing PR and Images)(9-28-2001)

  • NAPA announced today NASCAR Winston Cup driver Michael Waltrip's No. 15 NAPA Chevrolet will display a Stars and Stripes paint scheme in the MBNA Cal Ripken, Jr. 400 at Dover Downs this weekend, as well as the remaining races in 2001. Waltrip ran the same model at the Pepsi 400 in July in honor of Independence Day. "In memory of those who lost their lives, in honor of those who have been called together to defend our Nation, in appreciation for those who work day and night participating in recovery efforts and in respect and trust in those who represent the United States of America, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet will carry the symbolic stars and stripes of our country," said NAPA President, Steve Handschuh. "This car was special when we ran it the first time at Daytona," reflected Waltrip. "We were able to honor all those who fought and died for our freedom before us and show that we are proud to be American. By sporting the Stars and Stripes we hope to remind everyone that we live in the greatest country in the world and that is why the United States was attacked on September 11. Our prayers are lifted for all those who lost loved ones in this tragic event."

    #33 and #55 Andy Petree Racing teams will have a USA Flag on their hoods.

    #77: The #77 car will also be adorned with special decals to remember those who have tragically lost their lives along with honoring the perseverance and optimism of our Great Nation

  • #36: Electing to make a bold statement...but with no words, "M&M's"® Chocolate Candies this weekend at Dover has removed its familiar logo, "M" Characters and candy pieces from the No. 36 Pontiac replacing them instead with an American Flag. All associate sponsors of the #36 (Pontiac, Valvoline, Mighty Auto Parts and Call-N-Carry) elected to join forces and remove their decals as well. The flag -- which waves front to back on the car -- is accompanied only by the number 36. In addition to the American Flag paint scheme, the phone number for the American Red Cross (1-800-Give Now) is also located on the television panel to gain awareness for the relief efforts of the American Red Cross. Additionally, the "M&M's"® Racing Team will make a donation to the American Red Cross disaster relief fund.

  • Melling Racing joins the nation and the NASCAR family in a showing of national pride in the wake of last week's national tragedy. The #92 Kodiak Dodge will carry a special paint scheme during this weekend's Cup raceat Dover, highlighted by the stars and stripes around the bottom of the Dodge Intrepid and eight American flag decals. Crewmembers will wear red, white and blue ribbons on their Kodiak uniforms. The Melling Racing team has been wearing the ribbons since the tragic events of Sept. 11th.

  • #'s 28, 88: Both the #28 Texaco/Havoline Ford and the #88 UPS Taurus will have the American flag prominently displayed on the hood of each car

  • The #21 Motorcraft/Air Force Ford will have the United States Flag in three different locations this weekend at Dover promoting patronage. The flag will be carried on the hood, decklid and C-post.. Sadler will also have the flag on his uniform.

    Ran at Dover. Thanks to Rich Dale for the image.(10-4-2001)

  • #17: In light of the recent tragedy American has suffered, NASCAR Winston Cup Series Sponsor DEWALT Power Tools has made some changes to the paint scheme of the No. 17 Ford driven by Matt Kenseth. The car will bear the American Flag on the truck lid and quarter panels. The traditional DEWALT on the TV panel will be replaced with "God Bless America." Crewmembers will wear hats with the American Flag embroidered on each side.

  • #99: the #99 will feature a special #99 CITGO Flag paint scheme. Team members will also wear specially designed hats to honor the victims and families.(small image but gives you an idea)

  • Amoco and the #93: In keeping with industry-wide support for victims of last week’s attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. and to those engaged in the support efforts, the #93 Amoco-Siemens team will feature special design elements for this weekend’s NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at Dover Downs (DL) International Speedway. Replacing the Amoco Ultimate branding on the hood of the #93 entry, the logo of the American Red Cross will appear exclusively along with contact information (1-800-HELP-NOW……1-800-435-7669) for the organization, which is primary to the on-going relief efforts following terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. on September 11. In addition, the official shield of the Fire Department of New York will replace the deck-lid signage on the #93 Dodge occupied weekly by Siemens, the team’s major associate sponsor, which joined Amoco in waiving their space on the #93 entry for this weekend’s race.

    Thanks to Brett Bodine.com for the images

  • #'s 5,24,25: Hendrick Motorsports will feature "God Bless America" on the rear deck lids of its Winston Cup cars: the #5-Terry Labonte; #24-Jeff Gordon; and #25-Jerry Nadeau.

  • #4: Larry McClure, owner of the NO. 4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo, quotes: "The team will have an American flag on the trunk lid of the #4 Kodak MAX Film Chevy. We will also have "God Bless America" on the television panel. Our guys have requested an American flag in our pits during the race and there might be one present on their uniforms for Sunday."

  • #90: Donlavey Racing has decided to add a 4" x 6" American flag to the C post of the #90 Hills Bros Racing Ford.

  • #10: Johnny Benson’s #10 Valvoline Pontiac will carry an American Flag & Eagle with the words “God Bless America” on the rear deck lid as well as the Red Cross 1-800-HELP-NOW on the television panel above the rear bumper. An American flag will adorn the rear quarter panels. Valvoline and its parent, Ashland Inc, and company employees are making donations to the American Red Cross and other relief funds.

  • #01 and #40: In support of the national tragedy, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates will display American flags on its #40 and #01 car's lower rear quarter panels during this week's Dover event. The police and firemen will be recognized with respective symbols adjacent to the American flags. In addition to the American flags, the cars will feature a get well wish to support former Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Alex Zanardi who was involved in a serious crash during last weekend's CART event in Germany.

  • RCR: All four RCR cars (No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service Plus and No. 31 Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse Chevrolet Monte Carlos in Winston Cup and No. 2 ACDelco and No. 21 Rockwell Automation/Brant Motorsports Monte Carlos in Busch) will carry United States flag decals in tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11 tragedy and the heroes involved in the rescue and recovery operations in New York City, Washington, D.C., and the Pittsburgh area.

    WHAT Busch Grand National TEAMS ARE DOING


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