No. 34 Ford to Display Name of SSgt. Eric McIntosh
STATESVILLE, N.C. (May 24, 2016) – On Memorial Day weekend, Chris Buescher and sponsor CSX will race in the name of a U.S. Marine killed while on patrol during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The No. 34 Ford Fusion will pay tribute to SSgt. Eric McIntosh, a 29-year-old Infantry Unit Leader who died conducting combat operations in Iraq in 2006. SSgt. McIntosh’s name will be displayed across the top of the windshield of Buescher’s No. 34 for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 as part of NASCAR’s tribute to America’s fallen military.
SSgt. McIntosh was one month into his second tour of duty in Iraq when he was killed by a roadside bomb while on patrol in Anbar province. He was survived by his wife, mother, sister and brother.
Family members will be guests of CSX on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 600-mile Sprint Cup Series event, where they will get the opportunity to see the special military-themed No. 34 CSX Ford up close, meet Buescher and participate in pre-race ceremonies with the Front Row Motorsports team.
“This is what this weekend is all about,” Buescher said. “We should take time on a daily basis to think about the men and women who have died for our country so that we can do the things we love, like going racing on Sundays. I will be extremely proud to have SSgt. McIntosh’s family standing next to me with CSX and our No. 34 Ford Fusion this weekend.”
CSX has a proud history of service in hiring individuals with military experience to operate the nation’s largest eastern railroad. One in five CSX employees has served in the armed forces, and the railroad was presented the GI Jobs Most Military Friendly 2015 and ESGR Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve Freedom Award.
“We are proud to have a special, commemorative CSX ‘Play It Safe’ Ford on track as part of NASCAR’s Memorial Day weekend and honored to welcome SSgt. McIntosh’s family as our way of saying thank you for their sacrifice,” said John Claybrooks, Director of Brand, Digital Media and Marketing Communications at CSX. “Supporting our military has always been a priority at our company, and we are proud to have so many veterans in our workforce.”
Additionally, CSX donated 200 grandstand tickets to the Charlotte Motor Speedway “Let the Troops Race” program so active military members can watch the race in person. The Coca-Cola 600 airs live on FOX Sunday at 6 p.m. ET.
About Front Row Motorsports
Front Row Motorsports is a winning organization in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the premier division of NASCAR competition. The team was founded in 2004 and is owned by Tennessean Bob Jenkins. FRM fields two full-time entries, the No. 34 of Chris Buescher and the No. 38 of Landon Cassill, from its Statesville, N.C., headquarters just outside of Charlotte. The team’s partnership base includes organizations such as Ford Motor Company, Love's Travel Stops and CSX Transportation. Visit teamfrm.com and follow FRM on Twitter at @Team_FRM and on Facebook at facebook.com/FrontRowMotorsports.
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For nearly 190 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).
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