JTG Daugherty Racing to Honor SO1 Jason Lewis on No. 37 Chevrolet During 600 Miles of Remembrance at Charlotte Motor Speedway
HARRISBURG, N.C. – May 25, 2017 – For many across the country, Memorial Day Weekend means an extra day off from work, barbecues, and the official start of the summer. While all those things hold true in NASCAR, the Coca-Cola 600, held on the Sunday night of Memorial Day Weekend means so much more, especially to JTG Daugherty Racing driver Chris Buescher and his No. 37 Kleenex Chevrolet.
As part of the NASCAR Salutes program, Buescher will race for 600 miles honoring SO1 Jason Lewis, who has a special connection to a member of the Kimberly-Clark North America family in Ken Schell, an Operations Manager at the New Milford, Connecticut branch.
Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Jason Lewis, the brother-in-law of Ken Schell, enlisted in the Navy in July of 1996, graduating from the Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois in November. In February 1997, he entered Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in Coronado, California. Following graduation from BUD/S, Jason completed advanced SEAL training courses including parachute training at Basic Airborne School in Georgia before being assigned to a West Coast-based SEAL team in October of 1997. He reported to the Naval Special Warfare Center and transferred to an East Coast-based SEAL team in January 2006.
“It’s a great honor to be able to have the name of SO1 Jason Lewis on the windshield of our No. 37 Kleenex Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway,” Buescher said. “The men and women in our military service sacrifice so much, and to be able to do this for them and for their families is something that’s very special, and just shows a small token of our appreciation for those who do so much for our country.”
SO1 Lewis was killed in combat in 2007 by an IED in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom, when a homemade explosive device exploded beneath the Humvee in which he was riding. Buescher is humbled and grateful to honor and remember his service to our country this weekend.
"Jason was a strong, determined, committed young man who only had the mindset to succeed. He would push through any roadblock to do what was best for his family and country,” said a statement from the family of SO1 Lewis. “Jason's steps throughout his life were determined by God who was always a force in his life. We appreciate the No. 37 Kleenex Chevrolet and the JTG Daugherty Racing team for remembering our loved one on this Memorial Day.”
The No. 37 Kleenex Chevrolet with SO1 Lewis’ name will race in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 28 at 6:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on FOX, PRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
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