Michigan: DEI to host mother of soldiers

Mother of 6 Soldiers to be Guest of U.S. Army NASCAR Team in Michigan MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 11, 2008) -- Mary Cay Thorrez-Wheeler, a mother of six soldiers, will be a guest of the No. 8 U.S. Army NASCAR team and driver Mark Martin for Sunday's...

Mother of 6 Soldiers to be Guest of U.S. Army NASCAR Team in Michigan

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 11, 2008) -- Mary Cay Thorrez-Wheeler, a mother of six soldiers, will be a guest of the No. 8 U.S. Army NASCAR team and driver Mark Martin for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway (MIS).

A resident of Jackson, Mich., Mary Cay will be joined at MIS by five of her Army sons. DJ, the oldest of the six family soldiers, was killed in Iraq during a patrol ambush in October 2003. He joined the Army following the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedies.

"It will be an honor to meet Mary Cay and her sons," said Martin. "She is not only an inspiration to her family, but is also an inspiration to all parents who support and believe in their children's ambitions and dreams."

The five soldier/siblings who will accompany Mary Cay to the LifeLock 400 NASCAR race are: Quentin (Army Reserve), Paul (Army, active duty), Spencer (Army, active duty), Dominic (Future Soldier) and Patrick (JROTC).

Mary Cay and her sons are scheduled to participate in Sunday's U.S. Army birthday cake-cutting ceremony with Martin and Maj. Gen. Scott West, approximately 11:10 a.m. at the No. 8 hauler in the MIS garage.

The U.S. Army, which was formed on June 14, 1775, is celebrating its 233rd birthday this weekend.

-credit: die/us army

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mark Martin