KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The numbers on Michael Waltrip Racing’s three NASCAR Sprint Cup cars will have a specific, distinctive look this weekend. They will present themselves as bib numbers from a marathon.
Team owner Michael Waltrip has competed in the Boston Marathon, and he and his drivers are honoring the victims of Monday’s bombing at the historic race with the special number schemes.
“I’m very proud to be running the bib numbers on our race cars this weekend,” MWR driver Martin Truex Jr. said Friday morning after a tree-planting ceremony at Legends Toyota near Kansas Speedway. “Obviously, the whole deal, when we heard about it, it hit Michael really close to home, because he’s run in the marathon before. He understands what it’s like to put all the work in, the effort in to be a part of that event.
“It was obviously a huge honor for all those people to be a part of, and then, getting ready to cross the finish line and realize their goal and be proud of something, somebody had to take that away from them and hurt a bunch of people. It’s sick. We’re very proud to have those numbers on the race cars this weekend. We’re all thinking about all the folks from Boston that were affected — everybody that ran in it, everybody that watched and was around the area, everybody that was affected by it. Hopefully, we can do a little bit to help them out and let them know we’re thinking of them.”