'The Most Patriotic Race': NASCAR Runs Annual 'Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500' to Help Gold Star Families
The chairman of a charity that helps Gold Star Families, as well as a Gold Star wife and a corporate sponsor, joined "Fox & Friends" to preview what they called the "most patriotic race" of the year for NASCAR.
For the past several years, NASCAR has partnered with Folds of Honor and gas station chain QuikTrip to recognize and support Gold Star and other military families.
"It's an unbelievable day. It's a great day to be an American," Folds of Honor founder Maj. Dan Rooney said.
Rooney said there are many "red issues and blue issues" but that during the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the colors are instead red white and blue.
— Folds of Honor (@FoldsofHonor) February 25, 2018
Pete Hegseth said the annual running in one of the original birthplaces of stock car racing is "one of the most patriotic races."
Gold Star wife Colleen Katzenberger-Coursey joined Rooney to tell her story and how the organization helped her.
Katzenberger-Coursey said that in 2011, her husband Jeremy was killed in action while on his eighth deployment overseas.
Raising their young son on her own after his passing, Katzenberger-Coursey said Folds of Honor helped her get back to school and train to become a science teacher.
QuikTrip CEO Chet Cadieux said his company is privileged to work with and raise millions of dollars for Folds of Honor scholarships for people like Katzenberger-Coursey.
So humbled to have Chet Cadieux, CEO with @QuikTrip and his team partner with @FoldsofHonor to provide scholarships for thousands of military families like Colleen Katzenberger Coursey. Watch our interview from @foxandfriends live this morning.
— Major Dan Rooney (@MajorDanRooney) February 25, 2018
The race itself will also be a special day for one local driver, as Chase Elliott of nearby Dawsonville returns his Hall of Fame father Bill's No. 9 car to their hometown track for the first time as a Monster Energy Cup series driver.