Eckrich and Richard Petty Motorsports Make Victory Junction Camper Dream Come True
Samuel Sawyer Receives New Custom No. 43 Eckrich Power Wheelchair
LISLE, Ill. – (July 25, 2014) – Born with spina bifida, Samuel Sawyer overcomes adversity each day and inspires all around him, including his father, Mike, who has served in the Navy for over 25 years. Friday, Eckrich and Richard Petty Motorsports honored the family and Samuel with an unexpected gift at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Samuel, 11, was surprised by “The King” Richard Petty and current driver of the No. 43 Eckrich Ford, Aric Almirola, with a custom-made power wheelchair designed like the No. 43 paint scheme that Almirola will race this weekend. The chair was Petty blue and Eckrich green with the famous No. 43 on the back of the chair, giving Samuel the most unique and fastest power wheelchair available. Even “The King” Richard Petty himself and Almirola autographed the power wheelchair for Samuel. Making Samuel’s day better, the chair is specifically manufactured to allow his dream come true to play power soccer.
Continuing to enrich and honor the Sawyer family, Eckrich announced they will pay the cost needed for Samuel to attend Victory Junction this summer, a children’s camp founded by the Petty family thatprovides life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment. In addition, Kroger stepped in to surprise the family again by announcing the family will receive free groceries for one entire year at Kroger courtesy of Eckrich. It was all unexpected to the Sawyer family.
No. 43 Eckrich Team Look to Build Momentum in Next Seven Races
Almirola will Make Third Start at Iconic Track
WEEKEND STATISTICS & NOTES
After a week off, Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Eckrich Ford team are recharged and ready for the challenge of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With just seven races until The Chase for the Sprint Cup, the No. 43 team is working to build momentum in those races to hit the ground running in The Chase.
Almirola has just two starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His best start of fourth was in 2012 and finish of 17th was in 2013.
This weekend marks the third of six race weekends for Eckrich as the primary sponsor on the famed No. 43. The team will return Operation Homefront to the paint scheme on the No. 43 Ford. Eckrich launched ‘Operation Inspiration’ in conjunction with Operation Homefront to honor, thank and support the military families who inspire us. Eckrich and RPM will host a media availability with Almirola and Richard Petty this Friday at 10:00 a.m. in the press conference room to speak more about the campaign and make a special announcement.
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ALMIROLA WEEKEND CHATTER
“Indy is so special. I grew up loving to watch motorsports. I always watched the Indy 500. Knowing the history of the place, having the opportunity to drive around Indy is really special. Typically cars that run well at Pocono, especially the tunnel turn, run well at Indy. We’ve got some work to do because we weren’t really happy with our car at Pocono. We’ve got to be better at the flatter tracks. Indy is a very challenging and fast track. It’s one of the races that we all love to go to because of its history, but everything has to be perfect to run well there.
“I’m excited to be partnering with Eckrich with their ‘Operation Inspiration’ program once again. It has been an honor to help them honor and thank military families for the last few seasons. Military families sacrifice so much so their loved ones can help keep us safe. To be able to be a small part of helping those families is a huge privilege and something I look forward to every time Eckrich is on the car.”
Despite qualifying 19th, Almirola started 41st after a practice accident forced the team to compete with the backup No. 43 Charter Ford. Battling a loose car, he slowly worked his way up through the field. The No. 43 team tried different adjustments to fix the car but it didn’t help the loose condition in the entry of the corners.
“Obviously, coming off a win changes our outlook a bit this weekend. We have a lot of momentum going into New Hampshire and are now really focused on just winning more.
Almirola led the field to the restart with Busch on the inside. The two battled for the lead for the following six green-flag laps.