June 12, 2013
When NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Brian Vickers climbs in the No. 55 Toyota at Kentucky Speedway on June 29 he and his Aaron's Dream Machine will sport University of Louisville colors and a paint scheme honoring the school's 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship team.
The Cardinal Bird mascot on the hood and Vickers' red, black and white fire suit will pay tribute to the school whose campus is about 60 miles from the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky.
"This will certainly help my popularity with local fans that weekend," laughed Vickers, who will drive Michael Waltrip Racing's No. 55 in the nationally televised NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
"I'm a big fan of sports in general so to have the national champions on board is a huge honor. They are winners and it's always cool to surround yourself with success. Our goal is to make them proud."
"We're thrilled Aaron's and Brian Vickers have chosen to run the Louisville colors during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Kentucky Speedway," said Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino. "I know how many Louisville basketball fans are NASCAR fans, and like them I'm looking forward to seeing the car on the track. I think one of those die cast cars might eventually make it to my office. I've seen the paint scheme and it's really sharp."
U of L supporters and alumni can support Vickers in his second Sprint Cup start at the speedway by taking advantage of a special Cardinal Takeover ticket package that includes admission to a hospitality tent with food and complimentary beverages, a Fan Zone pass that provides race-day admission to the infield for pit road access and a trackside view of a prerace concert with Billy Currington.
The first 200 fans to attend the Cardinal Takeover also will receive a collectible red miniature Louisville Slugger bat with the race logo emblazoned in gold. Cardinal Takeover packages can be purchased at http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com/CardinalTakeover
"Like everyone, we were thrilled with the Cardinals national championship run. This car pays tribute to their excellence and brings attention to the whole Cardinal Nation, which has enjoyed an incredible sports year. The way things have gone, I would not be surprised to see the Cardinals car in Victory Lane," said Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger said.
Click here to be directed to the complete image of the car, click here to see the fire suit Vickers will wear, and click here to see the hat for the event.
Special packages for UofL fans and alumni have been established to attend the event, including admission, souvenirs, tours, access to the Fan Zone and other features. Click here to view the package and purchase tickets to the event.