- Kelly Seward
600 Miles of Remembrance
This Memorial Day, NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 continued its tradition of remembering the fallen by displaying a servicemember's name across the windshield of each car. No. 7, driven by J.J. Yeley, honored Navy Seal Charles Keating IV who was killed in 2016 during a rescue mission in Iraq.
Yeley's Tommy Baldwin Racing Camaro also proudly displayed the Veterans Community Project logo.
Seeing VCP at the Charlotte Motor Speedway was especially meaningful to Brandonn Mixon, Army Veteran and Co-Founder of VCP. His passion for racing started when he was stationed at Fort Bragg in the hub of NASCAR country.
"I actually sold my dirt track car and everything I had for it to help start Veterans Community Project. Now we have a village of 49 tiny houses for homeless Veterans in Kansas City and we’re expanding to Colorado this year. Seeing the VCP logo on JJ’s car is amazing. Our mission is to do everything we can to have our brothers and sisters’ backs. And if getting the word out in racing helps us support more of them, that’s something we're excited JJ is helping us do.”
Yeley has been an active supporter of VCP since meeting Mixon at the Daytona 500 last year. In April, Mixon served as Yeley's spotter for the iRacing Pro Invitational on the virtual Talladega Superspeedway.
After finishing 34th in Charlotte, Yeley said, "It wasn’t the race I hoped for but the most important thing today is remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom."