JR MOTORSPORTS TO CELEBRATE NAVY'S BIRTHDAY WITH SPECIAL PAINT SCHEME 'HERITAGE' CAR TO RUN AT CHARLOTTE MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 9, 2006) -- In celebration of the U.S. Navy's 231st birthday, the JR Motorsports's No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your...
JR MOTORSPORTS TO CELEBRATE NAVY'S BIRTHDAY WITH SPECIAL PAINT SCHEME
'HERITAGE' CAR TO RUN AT CHARLOTTE
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 9, 2006) -- In celebration of the U.S. Navy's 231st birthday, the JR Motorsports's No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo will feature a special "Navy Heritage" paint scheme for Friday's Dollar General 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
The U.S. Navy traces its origin back to the Continental Navy, which the Continental Congress established on Oct. 13, 1775. On this date the authorization was given to procure, outfit, man and dispatch two armed vessels to search for munitions ships that were supplying the British Army in America.
In honor of Navy's history, the No. 88 will be solid navy blue with images of the USS Constitution and the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on the door and rear quarter panels. The USS Constitution, nicknamed "Old Ironsides," was built in Boston from 1794-1797 and is known for is triumph in battle during the War of 1812. The vessel will celebrate its 209th birthday the following weekend.
The USS Harry S. Truman is a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier that was built in Newport News, Va., and is homeported at Norfolk, Va. It's 1,092 feet in length and can reach speeds of 30-plus knots.
"It's an honor to be associated with the U.S. Navy and all the sailors that defend our country," said team owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr. "This paint scheme is our way of celebrating their commitment and dedication to protecting our freedom."
"There is of course much work yet to do and challenges yet to face, but I am convinced that this generation of sailors, at this critical time in our history, will make all the difference," said Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Mike Mullen.