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Team Lowe's Racing Unveils Coca-Cola 600 Paint Scheme - This afternoon, Team Lowe's Racing crew chief Chad Knaus and driver Jimmie Johnson, with the help of five Lowe's employees who are military veterans, unveiled the red-white-and-blue paint scheme the team will race in next weekend's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The design also features the names of more than 12,500 Lowe's employees who are veterans.
The names will appear on the hood and deck lid of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Crew chief Knaus created the design.
"Basically, there are a couple of stories behind this idea," said Knaus. "It all began at Pocono, Pennsylvania, last year when we were there for the second race. I had a military serviceman tell me, ‘We really appreciate when you run red-white-and-blue paint schemes in our honor at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It really means a lot to us.'
"For whatever reason, that really stuck with me. The people at Lowe's were gracious enough to allow us to use this paint scheme. As most of you know, my father drove race cars when I was younger. The first one I remember was in 1976, when he ran a red-white-and-blue paint scheme. That followed for many years. My father and grandfather were in the military as well, so the patriotic paint schemes have always been close to me. We take a lot of pride in them.
"They said, ‘This is your idea, so why don't you design it?' As we were going through it, Lowe's said there are a bunch of servicemen and women who actually work at Lowe's. What we would like to do is get their names on the car. So, what we came up with was 12,548 people who are currently in the military or are veterans. They can actually go to www.lowesracing.com and find the names there.
"The car looks great, and Lowe's does so much for its employees," said Johnson. "This has been a great program, and I'm glad to see it back. We have had a lot of success with these cars here."