NASCAR, Armed Forces Foundation salute Troops to the Track program

Executives from NASCAR and the Armed Forces Foundation gather with military personnel and their families at Sonoma Raceway to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the Troops to the Track program.

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Five years ago, NASCAR and the Armed Forces Foundation partnered to find a way to give back to service members who fight for and protect the freedoms all Americans enjoy. Together, they created NASCAR Troops to the Track, a year-round recreational group therapy program that honors service men and women, veterans and military families at races throughout the country.

The program celebrated its fifth annniversary Sunday at Sonoma Raceway by adding the support of Bank of America as the presenting sponsor.

"NASCAR has a long tradition of supporting our nation’s military and we are honored by the presence of the men and women who serve our country and their families at our races," said Brent Dewar, NASCAR chief operating officer. "Through the collective support of the Armed Forces Foundation and Bank of America, we are proud to say that the initiative will expand to 27 races this season, the most since the program began five years ago."

Each season, NASCAR activates this special program at more than 20 races around the United States and allows for wounded service members, active duty troops, warriors in transition, veterans and military families throughout the country to enjoy a special day of activities at the race track.

"Troops to the Track presented by Bank of America showcases NASCAR’s commitment to our nation’s military and we are proud of our joint effort the past five years to serve the military," said Patricia Driscoll, President of the Armed Forces Foundation. "Here at the Armed Forces Foundation, we constantly strive to ‘serve those who serve,’ and with the support from NASCAR and Bank of America, we will be able to provide more opportunities for service members and their families around the country to get away from the stresses of injuries and deployments while enjoying the patriotism of the NASCAR community."