Click here to visit the Motorsports page for all the latest news and information.
CONCORD -- The No. 19 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford Fusion, driven by Elliott Sadler in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will go Petty Blue at Michigan International Speedway this weekend to help highlight awareness of Racing in America, a planned American racing exhibition set for permanent display in the Dearborn, Mich.-based Henry Ford Museum.
The one-of-a-kind exhibition will cover all forms of American auto racing through the lens of innovation, powered by highly interactive displays and frontier-stretching technologies. Racing in America will bring auto racing to life with history’s greatest and most significant vehicles, the personal stories and collections from the most legendary leaders and drivers in the industry, as well as on-site demonstrations of today’s technological advancements.
“This is such a unique opportunity,” said Sadler. “To feature such a special paint scheme and have Racing in America on the No. 19 Ford Fusion this weekend in Ford Motor Company and The Henry Ford’s own backyard is a perfect fit. Ford has been such a great partner this year and it’s an honor for us to have the chance to carry the Petty Blue colors and showcase The Henry Ford.”
“We can’t thank the Gillett family and Richard Petty enough for letting our new logo be a significant part of their race car this weekend,” said Edsel B. Ford II, one of the honorary chairmen of the new exhibition. “Racing in America will be an exhibit for all ages to learn about the history of racing in this country, but doing it in a unique way that will tell the stories of the people and the innovations behind the sport. There’s nothing like it anywhere in this country.
“We hope that by exposing the new logo on Elliott’s car this weekend, millions of NASCAR fans watching in person and on television will have the chance to learn about plans for the new exhibit, and how they can be a part of it.”
“We’re very grateful for this collaboration between The Henry Ford and Richard Petty Motorsports and we’re honored to have our Racing in America logo featured on the No. 19 Ford Fusion,” said Patricia Mooradian, president of The Henry Ford. “This opportunity will help us raise awareness for an exhibition that will cover all forms of auto racing and tell those amazing stories of innovation and collaboration that have helped evolve the sport into such an important part of our culture today.”
Fans can get a first look at plans for the exhibit, see parts of the collection, and help donate to the exhibit by visiting Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, or by going to www.racinginamerica.com.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. takes place Sunday, August 15 at 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN.
About The Henry Ford
The Henry Ford, in Dearborn, Michigan, is the world’s premier history destination that celebrates American history and innovation. Its mission is to provide unique educational experiences based on authentic objects, stories and lives from America’s traditions of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation. Its purpose is to inspire people to learn from these traditions to help shape a better future.
Five distinct attractions at The Henry Ford captivate more than 1.6 million visitors annually: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theater. The Henry Ford is also the home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates 485 students a year on the institution’s campus and was founded in partnership with The Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company and Wayne County Public Schools. For more information please visit our website thehenryford.com