Coca-Cola Racing Family Drivers Deploy for Mission 600
Mission 600 is a go. Charlotte Motor Speedway will - in conjunction with the Department of Defense - incorporate all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces with Coca-Cola Racing Family driver trips to regional military bases before the historic 60th running of the Coca-Cola 600 on May 26.
Among the drivers scheduled to appear are Denny Hamlin on Thursday at Naval Station Norfolk; Ryan Newman at Fort Bragg on April 17; Bubba Wallace at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base on April 23; Kyle Larson at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island on April 29; and Austin Dillon at U.S. Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach on April 30.
"Mission 600 provides us with a special opportunity to have drivers take in unique experiences with our servicemen and servicewomen in the Armed Forces," said Charlotte Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Greg Walter. "We take pride in saluting the troops at the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend and remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom. Mission 600 is the perfect kick-off for those events."
Drivers will learn about the inner workings of daily life in the U.S. Armed Forces through military training, exercises, facility tours and meetings with the men and women who bravely serve with the U.S. Army, the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Coast Guard.
In addition to Mission 600's thrilling build-up to the Coca-Cola 600, thousands of troops will join fans in the race-day festivities, which will include static military displays and interactive showcases in the Fan Zone. Additionally, 600 troops comprised of members from all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces will be on the frontstretch during pre-race activities.
The Coca-Cola 600 also serves as the opening for the NASCAR Salutes initiative. In a special salute to the troops, every race car's windshield will carry the name of a fallen serviceman or servicewoman.
Through the speedway's "Patriot Partners" program, race fans or corporate customers can buy a ticket for a member of the U.S. Armed Forces for just $25. Tickets will be distributed to active-duty personnel and their families through the USO.
Prior to the green flag, ticketholders to the Coca-Cola 600 can also enjoy a FREE pre-race concert featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick.