After two events in three days at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, Ty Dillon and the Germain Racing team will now head to North Carolina for a pair of races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Despite schedule changes due to COVID-19, the tradition of racing on Memorial Day weekend remains, as the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) will honor the fallen while competing in the longest race of the season. The No. 13 GEICO Military Camaro ZL1 1LE will take to the 1.5-mile oval for qualifying on Sunday, May 24 at 2:05 p.m. ET. The green flag will wave for the Coca-Cola 600 shortly after at 6:00 p.m. ET.
While the fan-favorite GEICO Military design makes it annual return on Memorial Day weekend, it will have a new look. Instead of its traditional black color, the No. 13 Camaro ZL1 1LE will sport a desert tan base, highlighted by the multi-color green “geckoflage” and white numbers. Since 1936, GEICO has proudly served military personnel and offers support for current and former members of the military. Staffed with veterans from all services, GEICO’s Military Center is dedicated to the sales and service of military policies.
As part of the NASCAR Salutes initiative, Dillon and the GEICO Military team will proudly honor United States Army Specialist (SPC) Richard C. Emmons III of North Granby, Connecticut. At the age of 22, SPC Emmons III died on May 31, 2011 in Logar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La. Emmons’ awards and decorations include Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, and National Defense Service Medal, among others. Germain Racing fabricator Nick Maniscalco directly served with Emmons in the US Army.
“Our GEICO Military paint scheme – in a cool new desert tan color – was built to honor those men and women who serve our country. It is so much fun being part of a sport that honors those outside of ourselves. From the last two races of honoring those on the medical front lines to now honoring those in the military, it’s a privilege to highlight the real-life heroes. It is special every year to have a fallen soldier’s name on our front windshield, and this season to have another connection to our shop is special. Specialist Richie Emmons (honoree) actually served in the Army with one of our shop fabricators and while we normally have the family at the track with us for the race, we will still honor them the best we can.”
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