NASCAR community remembers Newtown tragedy
Whenever tragedy strikes, the NASCAR community tends to grow closer in response.
This family feeling within the garage is not exclusive to NASCAR tragedy, however. When the terrible shooting took place at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. in 2012, many inside NASCAR knew something had to be done to comfort those reeling from the unthinkable.
In the 2013 Daytona 500, Michael Waltrip and Swan Racing teamed up to honor the victims with a special Sandy Hook paint scheme. Waltrip, team owner Brandon Davis and NASCAR officials traveled to Newtown, Conn. to meet the family of those affected by that day’s events.
Marking the one-year anniversary, many in the NASCAR community took to Twitter to remember and honor the victims.
Thinking of those in Newtown today. Still in our prayers! #NASCAR
— Steve O'Donnell (@odsteve) December 14, 2013
Thoughts and Prayers #SandyHook
— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) December 14, 2013
@mw55 Our day in Newtown to unveil this was the most memorable day of the year, hands down. You were great ambassador of our sport.
— Brett Jewkes (@BJewkes) December 14, 2013
— Swan Racing (@SwanRacingCo) December 14, 2013
— Krista Voda (@kristavoda) December 14, 2013
Thinking of all those in Newtown today…. You're all in my thoughts and prayers.
— DeLana Harvick (@DeLanaHarvick) December 14, 2013
I often think of those in #Newtown Ct. But especially at this time. There is no greater sadness for a parent than the loss of their child.
— Chris Myers (@The_ChrisMyers) December 14, 2013