Furniture Row Racing’s No. 78 Camry, driven by Martin Truex Jr., will carry the logo of the California National Guard during this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road race – the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.
The military recognition will continue throughout the 2016 season by the Denver-based Furniture Row Racing team, which includes nine military veterans.
“The longer I live and the more things I experience the more I appreciate the sacrifice and dedication that our military men and women have made, and will continue to make to preserve our freedom,” said Furniture Row Racing team owner Barney Visser, a Vietnam veteran who served in the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade in the late 1960s. “We are proud to showcase the California National Guard, which not only responds and takes action in state emergencies but also in combat deployment throughout the world.”
About the California National Guard
The California National Guard is among the nation's largest and most frequently deployed National Guard force. Cal Guard soldiers and airmen have deployed across the world more than 44,000 times since 9/11, and 29 of its soldiers have sacrificed their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In addition to its frequent peacekeeping and combat deployments, Cal Guardsmen are also active in keeping California safe. Its soldiers and airmen respond to an emergency incident an average of once every three days here at home. Last year, its aircraft dropped more than one million gallons of water and retardant on California wildfires and provided security and search-and-rescue support on the ground. Cal Guardsmen also regularly conduct search-and-rescue missions and operate four at-risk youth academies across the state.