Crown Royal has announced 5 ‘heroes’

NASCAR will once more be honoring an individual who goes above and beyond the call of duty, this time in the naming of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The race will honor the good citizen through the official naming of the Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard. 

This race will mark the sixth time Crown Royal has awarded race-naming rights to an adult fan. This year, the program focused on "all of the unsung heroes who make a difference in their communities, from firefighters and police officers, to first responders and local volunteers." Five individuals have been chosen as finalists, and fans can visit the Crown Royal Facebook page ( to cast their votes.

The five finalists are: Dale Beatty, veteran and co-founder of the nonprofit organization Purple Heart Homes from Statesville, N.C.; Lindsey Marquez, ICU nurse from Sun Prairie, Wis.; Curtiss Shaver, fire lieutenant and EMT from Troy, Ala.; John Thomas, deputy sheriff from Sarasota, Fla.; and Brandon Veatch, veteran and Purple Heart recipient from Bloomfield, Ind.

The winner will be announced in early July. 

“Once again the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is excited to offer a weekend full of great racing and great music,” said Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp. president and CEO Jeff Belskus. “Our fans are in for a real treat when some of the best names in the Big Machine Label Group combine with Crown Royal and some of the best names in racing to provide a great day of entertainment for our fans.”

The individual will not only have the race bear his or her name, but will also wave the green flag to start the race and deliver the race winner the trophy in Victory Lane.