Dale Coyne Racing confirmed on Wednesday that NFL player Pat McAfee and his company ShirtsForAmerica.com will be the primary sponsor to Conor Daly’s No.18 Honda for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
McAfee who plays for the Indianapolis Colts commented on the partnership by saying:
Conor and I have been friends for a while now and I couldn’t wait to hear his thoughts about the 100th running of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing and how magical the Indy 500 is, Conor, being a kid from Indiana, started talking about how fantastic it is for Indiana that all of these awesome things are going to happen, how the entire world’s eyes turn to Indiana, and how every year we knock it out of the park.
McAfee went on to say:
While we chatted about how lucky we were to be Hoosiers, he told me that he didn’t have a primary sponsor yet for the race. I didn’t believe him at first but then I saw it as an opportunity not only to help an Indianapolis kid run in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, but also, as a chance to raise some money for a couple of military foundations. So I created ShirtsForAmerica.com and sponsored his car. When we’re chugging milk in Victory Lane Memorial Day weekend, we’ll do it with some true fulfillment knowing that we’re also helping American heroes,”
Conor Daly commented by saying:
Pat is a tremendous American and to have this opportunity to work together is fantastic, I’m proud to represent ShirtsForAmerica.com on track as we raise money to help American Veterans. As a passionate American Hoosier myself, I can’t wait to pilot our red white and blue #18 machine in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. We are going to give it everything we’ve got this month and I can’t thank Pat enough for wanting to come onboard to make this happen.
Dale Coyne who is fielding a 4 car entry in this year’s Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil commented on the announcement by saying:
We’re very excited to partner with Pat McAfee and ShirtsForAmerica.com in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, The story behind the start of Pat’s company is what being American is all about with helping and giving back to others. Promoting his ShirtsForAmerica.com brand at the biggest single-day sporting event in the world that also happens to take place on Memorial Day weekend is only fitting. We’re proud to see our #18 car sporting the American colors at this historic race.