JR Motorsports To Run Special 'Seals' Scheme In July Race At Daytona HAMPTON, Ga. (March 16, 2007) -- Today JR Motorsports unveiled the No. 88 Navy SEALs Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS that Shane Huffman will drive in the Winn-Dixie 250 at Daytona ...
JR Motorsports To Run Special 'Seals' Scheme In July Race At Daytona
HAMPTON, Ga. (March 16, 2007) -- Today JR Motorsports unveiled the No. 88 Navy SEALs Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS that Shane Huffman will drive in the Winn-Dixie 250 at Daytona International Speedway in July. In honor and recognition of the Navy's maritime Special Forces, the No. 88 Navy Chevrolet will feature a special black paint scheme with the SEAL Trident on the hood for that event.
"The Navy's partnership with Dale Earnhardt Jr., Shane Huffman and the entire JR Motorsports organization has provided us with a very special opportunity to highlight our Navy SEALs," said Senior Chief Jeff Priest, the Navy's Motorsports Program Manager. "We look forward to honoring our special forces at Daytona."
Navy SEALs (Sea, Air and Land) take their name from the elements in and from which they operate as they strike from and return to the sea. Their stealth and clandestine methods of operation allow them to conduct multiple missions against targets that larger forces cannot approach undetected.
"The Navy SEALs do an awesome job for our country. The special paint scheme will honor them and highlight the Navy Recruiting Command's desire to recruit more young men for the SEAL program," said team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. "We want to help get the message out today that the U.S. Navy is still hiring the best."
Because of the dangers inherent to Naval Special Warfare (NSW), prospective SEALs go through what is considered by many military experts to be the toughest training in the world. The intense physical and mental conditioning it takes to become a SEAL begins at Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training, which is conducted at the Naval Special Warfare Center in San Diego, Calif. Candidates must complete a mentally and physically demanding six-month basic training course, three weeks of parachute training and a 15-week advanced training period prior to becoming a SEAL and earning the Trident -- the warfare pin insignia of all operators.
"It's incredible to see what the SEALs go through to earn the Trident," Huffman said. "We visited their training grounds in California last year and I was blown away by how demanding it is. Those guys are the best of the best, and the JR Motorsports team and I are proud to honor them."