David Ragan's No. 38 team will remember a highly decorated Navy SEAL as part of NASCAR's "600 Miles of Remembrance" this Memorial Day weekend. The camouflage-schemed Jacob Companies Ford Fusion will carry the name of Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Strange, who was killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011.
The 25-year-old Philadelphia native was a Navy Cryptologist Technician based with an East-Coast SEAL team. He died from wounds suffered when his Chinook helicopter was shot down during a mission in Operation Enduring Freedom. Petty Officer Strange had numerous decorations, including two Joint Service Commendation Medals and the Joint Service Achievement Medal.
"Paying tribute to the men and women of our military, especially those who paid the ultimate price for their service, has always been important to all of us in the NASCAR community," Ragan said. "The '600 Miles of Remembrance' helps each team to put a spotlight on and pay respect to one particular service member. We can share a name, a face and a story, and make it a more personal tribute. Michael Strange was a hero, and we're proud to have him riding along with us this Memorial Day weekend."