America Supports You: Coast Guard Car Wins NASCAR Race
American Forces Press Service
HOMESTEAD, Fla., Nov. 24, 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Kevin Harvick drove a service-badged car into victory lane at the Ford 300 Busch Series race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 20.
Kevin Harvick's race car team celebrates its win at the Ford
300 Busch Series race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 20.
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The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and Harvick saluted America's employers as he drove the ESGR #29 Coast Guard car to a first-place finish.
Harvick was the fifth and final driver recruited by race-team guru Richard Childress to salute America's employers of National Guardsmen and Reservists for a five-race NASCAR Busch series. Previous team drivers were Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart, Ricky Craven and Kerry Earnhardt.
Prior to the start of the Ford 300, Harvick was asked what it meant to drive the ESGR #29 Car in honor of the Coast Guard and employers of National Guardsmen and Reservists.
"It's going to be a lot of fun driving the ESGR car in Miami", Harvick said. "The folks with ESGR have been great to work with, and I think they've brought a lot of attention to what they're trying to accomplish through their Busch sponsorship.
"Everyone at (Richard Childress Racing), including myself, is honored to be able to give something back to the men and women who are fighting to keep this country safe. It's something we'll all remember," he added.
This was Harvick's first victory at the Miami-Homestead raceway, and his 13th career Busch Series win. Harvick and the ESGR Coast Guard Chevy took the lead at the 75th lap and never looked back.
"The culmination of an aggressive ESGR Employer Outreach effort by the magnificent volunteers of ESGR, capped off by Kevin Harvick driving the ESGR #29 Coast Guard Car to a win at the Homestead Motor Speedway, demonstrated the incredible teamwork displayed by the ESGR volunteers and the Richard Childress Racing Team," said Bob Hollingsworth, ESGR executive director.
"This confirmed in my mind that the strategy, planning, execution, motivation and teamwork to win races are exactly the same requirements to accomplish the ESGR mission. The win on the track was as sweet as the home run that was hit by ESGR committees," he said.
Hollingsworth said ESGR's partnership with NASCAR "has been productive beyond our expectations" and would continue to add momentum to the ESGR strategy.
"I am excited about the possibilities in the future for ESGR, because now we are winners on and off the track," he said.
ESGR's mission is to gain and maintain active employer support from all public and private employers for the men and women of the Guard and Reserve.
(Based on an ESGR release.)