(Mooresville, NC) -- Team Rensi Motorsports will honor the bravery and spirit of the United States Marines who fought in the World War II battle of Iwo Jima, by giving the No. 25 Team Marines Ford Taurus a new look for the 1-866-RBCTERM.com 200 at...
(Mooresville, NC) -- Team Rensi Motorsports will honor the bravery and spirit of the United States Marines who fought in the World War II battle of Iwo Jima, by giving the No. 25 Team Marines Ford Taurus a new look for the 1-866-RBCTERM.com 200 at North Carolina Speedway on February 23, 2002.
It was on Monday, February 19, 1945, that US Marines hit the sands of Iwo Jima. Historians described the US forces' attack against the Japanese defense as "throwing human flesh against reinforced concrete." In the end, Iwo Jima was won he by fighting spirit of the Marines.
The "Freedom Car" is a patriotic tribute to the spirit of America and to the heroism and commitment of the United States Marines who fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima. Making its first of two appearances during the 2002 NASCAR Busch Series season, the Freedom Car will feature several decals that are symbols of the true spirit of this country, including the American Eagle, the United States Capitol building, the Declaration of Independence, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, as well as a prominent display of the Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblem of the United States Marine Corps.
Bobby Hamilton Jr., driver of the No. 25 Team Marines Ford Taurus feels especially honored to be able to pay tribute to the US Marine Corps in such a manner.
"I am proud to be a part of such a tribute," Hamilton said. "You always hear stories about the battle of Iwo Jima and how many of these men went ashore knowing that they would lose their lives. How could I not feel honored to be able to pay my respects to those men? The Freedom Car looks awesome and I can't wait to get it on the track at Rockingham and hopefully, take it to victory lane."
Team owner, Ed Rensi, feels it is important to honor the very men and women who help give all American citizens the freedom that is often taken for granted.
"I think that in general, we all take the freedoms and liberties that we have as American citizens for granted because we know no other way of life" Rensi said. We tend to forget that the reason we have those freedoms and liberties is the fact that the men and women of our armed forces, and especially our Marines, sacrifice their lives for it, for us. They sacrifice their own lives for millions of people they have never met, never talked to, never heard of. I am happy that we as a team can honor these men and women."
A die-cast replica of the Freedom Car is being produced by Mattell in 1/64th and 1/24th scale sizes. Production is expected to be completed by early summer.
A little bit of history:
Upon accomplishing their mission of capturing the island of Iwo Jima, six men were dispatched to raise the American flag atop Mount Suirbachi. The battle for Iwo Jima is encapsulated by this historic flag-raising, which was captured on fim by Associated Press photgrapher Joe Rosenthal. The photo caused an immediate sensation. It was seen around the world as a symbol of American values. Just two days after it was seen in the United States, U.S. senators called for a national monument modeled on the picture. On November 10, 1954, a bronze monument of the flag-raising in Arlington National Cemetery was dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in defense of their country.