JR Motorsports to run special 'SEALs' scheme in July race at Daytona

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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.”

About JR Motorsports
JR Motorsports, a Mooresville, N.C., based company solely-owned by NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., is a growing team in NASCAR Busch Series, USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series and late model stock car competition. Founded in 2002, the team is entering into its second season in the NASCAR Busch Series with the U.S. Navy and driver Shane Huffman. In addition to fielding the No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS in the NASCAR Busch Series, JR Motorsports also fields the No. 88 Champion Chevrolet in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series with driver Richard Boswell. Scott Young and Curtis Truex Jr. are a part of the R&B Late Model Driver Development Program in the Nos. 71 and 73 R&B Chevrolets and compete at short track across the Southeast. For more information on JR Motorsports, visit www.jrmotorsport.com.

Noting the Navy
The Navy is very excited about continuing its association with the most recognized name in NASCAR, JR Motorsports, and further increasing its awareness in 2007. The Navy and NASCAR share common similarities with their focus on teamwork, technology and safety that exemplify the Navy’s commitment to grow and develop quality young sailors through service in the Navy.

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"The Navy is very excited about continuing its association with the most recognized name in NASCAR, JR Motorsports, and further increasing its awareness in 2007. The Navy and NASCAR share common similarities with their focus on teamwork, technology and safety that exemplify the Navy’s commitment to grow and develop quality young sailors through service in the Navy."

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