DRIVERS JOIN NAPA AUTO PARTS & CARS 4 HEROES PROGRAM
CORNELIUS, N.C. – Michael Waltrip and Martin Truex Jr. normally race Toyotas at high speeds in NASCAR, but around Kansas Speedway this weekend, they will be giving away passenger cars to deserving military families.
[media-credit name=”michaelwaltrip.com” align=”alignright” width=”186″][/media-credit]Waltrip and Truex will join the Cars 4 Heroes program in giving at least 18 cars to families. The six-year-old, non-profit organization has helped thousands of military families across the country obtain transportation.
Waltrip will visit the NAPA AUTO PARTS/Joplin Automotive Supply in Joplin, Mo. on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to present the cars to the families. It is located at 731 West 7th Street.
“I’m lucky to have the opportunities that I’ve had in my life because of military families who sacrifice their own lives or time spent with loved ones for our freedom,” said the two-time Daytona 500 champion. “This is our opportunity to give back to those families. We know times are tough and these military families deserve a helping hand.”
Truex joins Waltrip in the campaign on Sunday when the drivers and NAPA plan to surprise a family with keys to a Toyota Avalon at the NAPA Race Day Experience at Kansas Speedway.
“Doing those kinds of things is really cool just to see the look in their eyes when you hand them the keys,” said Truex. “With NAPA, we get to do projects like this that really do make a difference. These people deserve all the support we can give them and it’s an honor to help out.”
Molle Toyota of Kansas City donated the car the drivers will give away on Sunday. NAPA and 25 of its NAPA AutoCare centers in the Kansas City area fitted the cars with new NAPA parts to bring them up to top running condition.