Brickyard 400 named in honor of retired Navy Seal’s charity
INDIANAPOLIS– Retired U.S. Navy Seal Jason Redman was the winner of this year’s annual Crown Royal “Your Hero’s Name Here” program, which renames the Brickyard 400 after a deserving hero.
Instead of using his name, he decided to name the race in honor of a non-profit organization he founded with his wife Erica.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will officially be referred to this year as the “Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard.”
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway said Redman was named the winner while he completed his 100th skydiving jump in Suffolk, Virginia. Redman witness the reveal of the official logo painted in the landing area as he approached the ground.
Redman enlisted in the Navy following high school and served 10 years as an enlisted SEAL before enrolling at Old Dominion University, according to IMS. After graduation, he was commissioned as a Naval SEAL Officer. Throughout his career he served five deployments including two combat deployments.
IMS says in 2007, Redman’s assault team came under machine-gun fire and he was wounded with in the face and left arm.
While recovering from his 37 surgeries at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, Redman wrote and hung a sign on his door which became a statement and symbol for wounded warriors everywhere. The original sign on the door now hangs in the Wounded Ward at the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda.
Redman was honored with the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medals and two Combat Action Ribbons.
He founded the non-profit organizations Combat Wounded Coalition and Wounded Wear to help combat wounded warriors overcome the wounds of war.
The Combat Wounded Coalition provides clothing and clothing modifications to combat wounded warriors. To date, the Combat Wounded Coalition has helped over 500 wounded warriors return to daily life after serving, according to IMS.
This is the first year the race will be named after a charity.
“Jason Redman’s perseverance to overcome all of the adversities he faced is truly remarkable. The dedication he has to helping veterans and families is a direct reflection of his generous nature,” Crown Royal Associate Brand Manager Dany Penn said. “The race on July 24 will mark an exciting event and first NASCAR race experience for Redman and we can’t wait for him to see his charity’s name in lights at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”