The Verizon IndyCar Series have confirmed further details for next weekend’s Back The Blue campaign which will take place at the rescheduled Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.
The event has been organised to recognize the work done by first responders in their communities. As part of the build up to the ‘Restart Your Engines’ race, Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi made a pit-stop in Dallas earlier this week.
The Andretti Autosport driver who became the first rookie driver since 1928 to win the Indianapolis 500 visited Dallas, Texas along with Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage where the pair visited the Dallas PD to present assistant police chief Santos Candena with 200 tickets for next weeks race.
Speaking about the nationwide support for the department following the deaths of five Dallas PD officers in the line of duty on July 7 after they were targeted sniper attack Candena stated:
The department has received overwhelming support from the city, state and around the world. “This is a continuation of that. Our officers have been really impressed with the degree of love and support. It has really helped us in the healing process and we thank everyone for the generosity and support that everyone has shown. It’s been great to know that someone of (Rossi’s) caliber – obviously time is in demand for him being a highly-trained athlete. For him to take time out to visit us and to show his support for Dallas and the Dallas Police Department, it’s been tremendous.
From Dallas, Rossi and Gossage traveled to Fort Worth to present Fort Worth assistant police chief Kenneth Dean with 200 tickets for the race next weekend. Speaking about the police force Rossi commented by saying:
It’s a huge honor to be here and to meet people that spend their whole lives looking out for us. “Being an American, I grew up and I have a lot of understanding and appreciation for what they do, not only for our nation, but for our communities as well. It’s something we all take for granted at times. It’s just a nice reminder to be able to come here and meet people and get the personal, human experience.
The Verizon IndyCar Series and Texas Motor Speedway have confirmed that every drivers car for the Firestone 600 next weekend will feature the ‘Back The Blue’ decal on every car while every driver will wear a cap representing either a local or national law enforcement agency over the course of event.
The ‘Restart Your Engines’ event takes place on August 27 at 9PM from lap 72 with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe leading the race.