Sandy Hook Is Paint Scheme for Daytona 500 Car

Friday, February 15, 2013

Michael Waltrip will carry a special Sandy Hook School Support Fund paint scheme in the Feb. 24 Daytona 500.

The tribute is part of a joint effort of the two-time Daytona 500 champion, Swan Racing, which will supply Waltrip the No. 26 car, and NASCAR to raise awareness and contributions for the fund.

"Being in Newtown last week and delivering a moment of happiness to that community was unlike anything I've ever experienced," said Brian France, NASCAR chairman.

The No. 26 has special significance in that it represents the 20 children and six adults who were killed by a lone gunman on Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn.

NASCAR chairman Brian France and his wife, Amy, already have donated $50,000 to show industry support. That amount will be matched by The NASCAR Foundation.