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Nemechek's Car to Salute the American Soldier CONCORD, N.C. (May 24, 2004) -- Joe Nemechek's No. 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet will pay a fitting tribute to the American men and women in uniform for the Memorial Day weekend's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race ...

Nemechek's Car to Salute the American Soldier

CONCORD, N.C. (May 24, 2004) -- Joe Nemechek's No. 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet will pay a fitting tribute to the American men and women in uniform for the Memorial Day weekend's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

The hood on Nemechek's Army car for the Coca-Cola 600 will carry a replica of the Dec. 29, 2003 TIME magazine cover that honored the American Soldier as the Person of the Year.

"Every time I get into the U.S. Army Chevy I feel a special pride to drive a car that represents our troops who are sacrificing their lives for freedom," said Nemechek. "We are extremely proud to carry the paint scheme of the TIME magazine cover that rightfully honored the American Soldier."

Traditionally, TIME selects a single notable person for its annual Person of the Year feature. However, for their valor and fearless defense of freedom during a tumultuous time, the American G.I. was selected for the honor.

"This recognition of the American Soldier cannot be understated," said Lt. Gen. Dennis D. Cavin. "The tribute reinforces that every soldier makes a difference for themselves, their families and for the nation. It is an honor to salute all of our men and women in uniform who fearlessly serve their country each and every day."

Action Performance will produce die-cast replicas of the 01 Army/American Soldier car in a variety of collector scales. Both TIME and the U.S. Army have agreed to donate their royalty proceeds to the Army Emergency Relief fund.

The Army Emergency Relief is a private nonprofit organization with the sole mission of helping soldiers and their dependents in times of valid need. Since 1942, Army Emergency Relief has helped nearly three million Army personnel and their families with more than $837 million in financial assistance.

"With so many American soldiers serving all over the world, it felt right to create a paint scheme that would show our pride and spotlight their dedication to service during the Memorial Day holiday weekend," noted Fred Wagenhals, Action Performance's chairman, president and CEO. "The Coca-Cola 600 is an impressive showcase for the No. 01 Army/American Soldier Tribute Chevrolet Monte Carlo race car. We know that NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series fans will be extremely receptive of the car and that Joe Nemechek and the No. 01 Army Racing team will do their best to honor America's soldiers with a victory."

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