Atlanta Motor Speedway Pit Notes - Friday February 5, 2010 ALLMENDINGER GOES GREEN: AJ Allmendinger's No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford will have a new look for this weekend's Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Instead of the ...
Atlanta Motor Speedway Pit Notes - Friday February 5, 2010
ALLMENDINGER GOES GREEN: AJ Allmendinger's No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford will have a new look for this weekend's Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Instead of the traditional Best Buy and Petty blue, Allmendinger will sport a green Insignia logo, representing Best Buy's own line of affordable consumer electronics.
"Best Buy's been very excited with the name recognition it's gotten through NASCAR," Allmendinger said. "They're using that to take their Insignia brand and boost that, use it as a stepping stone. It shows what NASCAR can do for a great product."
LIFELOCK ANNOUNCES MILITARY PARTNERSHIP: Five years ago, Major Ed Pulido's military vehicle hit an IED (Improvised Explosive Device). He lost his left leg, nearly lost an arm, and survived 38 surgeries. He counts himself lucky to be alive. But the event radically altered his life, and once his physical injuries were healed, there were still other worries to tackle.
The Folds of Honor Foundation stepped in to erase one of those worries, providing both of his girls with college scholarships, and now LifeLock will be using their NASCAR partnership to help support this military foundation.
Through its NASCAR sponsorship, LifeLock will promote the Folds of Honor legacy foundation, which provides military families with educational support and opportunities.
In addition, LifeLock will divert a portion of their subscription prices to this noble cause.
"As a company that is dedicated to protecting others, it is a natural fit to support an organization that takes care of the families of those who are protecting all of us every day," said Darrell Davis, LifeLock Partner Development Manager. "We are proud to be able to provide both financial support and awareness to meet the unmet educational needs that the families of our heroes are facing."
BACK AT HIS SOUTHERN HOME: Joey Logano ruled the quarter-mile Thunder Ring at Atlanta Motor Speedway as a youngster, spending most of his childhood dominating the Legends and Bandolero divisions he raced in. A decade later, Logano is back with the big boys of NASCAR to try to change his stock car luck at what he calls his "second home" track.
"It's cool to come back and see some of your friends, and this is Home Depot's headquarters too," said Logano, who originally hailed from Connecticut but spent his formative years in Alpharetta, Ga. "In the past, this race track been kind of tough for me."
Logano has competed in two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Atlanta, finishing 22nd and 30th.
"This track's fun, because it's so wore out," Logano said. "It makes it tough as a driver and crew chief to try to make things good on the long run."