Badge of Honor: Oakley’s RWR Supports Infinite Hero at Daytona
Fresh out of the pit with less than a dozen laps to go Steve Wallace in the #66 car rocketed back onto the track to find drafting partner Michael Annett in the #62 car. The pair, who had been cruising among the middle of the field throughout the majority of the Subway Jalapeno 250 were suddenly dropping the competition like geezers in the slow lane.
At the wave of the white flag it was looking like Annett was en route to scoring his maiden Nationwide Series victory, but just before turn four the pair split ranks and lost the lead leaving Wallace to get caught up in the carnage of a massive, final lap crash that took out the likes of Oakley’s Tony Stewart and Jaime McMurray as well as Danica Patrick, Mike Wallace and a mess of other drivers.
Needless to say NASCAR got the Fourth of July weekend started off with a bang!
For the Oakley sponsored Rusty Wallace Racing (RWR) team however, this was not just any Nationwide Series race. Both the #62 and #66 cars bore the Infinite Hero Foundation (IHF) shield in honor of the servicemen and women who have made personal sacrifices to serve and protect our way of life.
As part of an initiative to raise awareness about the newly established foundation, Infinite Hero partnered with their first beneficiary, the Armed Forces Foundation (AFF) to host a small group of wounded warriors in Daytona for the weekend.
The crew, including Sgt Johnny Jones, CPL Manuel Jimenez, LCPL Justin Gaertner, Cpl Rory Hamill and LCpl Kevin Hoffman, was trackside during the race taking in the speed, excitement and no doubt a fair amount of exhaust.
Post race, Wallace expressed his regret at being unable to pull out the win for the wounded warriors. “The finish was definitely disappointing, but when you’re involved with the Infinite Hero Foundation like our teams were this weekend, you see the tremendous courage those guys have shown and what they’ve experienced. It really puts things in perspective. I’m proud to have been able to drive the 5-Hour Energy Infinite Hero Foundation car this weekend.”
Results aside, the lively introduction of IHF to the NASCAR community is more than the Foundation or the wounded warriors could have hoped for.
Special thanks go out to RWR and 5-Hour Energy for helping IHF spread the word and provide aid for families who have made significant sacrifices to ensure the safety of us all.
Oakley has supported the military for decades by developing new technologies that improve the safety, performance and comfort of those whose lives depend on their gear. Inspired by their courage and committed to honoring their sacrifice, Oakley became the founding partner of IHF to take that support to the next level.
Our heroes need your support. Log onto www.infinitehero.org to find out how you can get involved and/or make a donation.