Team Penske’s Joey Logano took time earlier this week to visit with military members. He met virtually with American Forces Network Pacific and the U.S. Army 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade from Japan. This visit capped off the 2021 Mission 600 campaign and set up the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
According to a press release from NASCAR, the NASCAR driver met with the military members virtually due to COVID-19. However, the change gave him the opportunity to witness troops in action more than 6,800 miles away. The U.S. Army’s 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade “showcased simulated live-fire training capabilities on a state-of-the-art Engagement Skills Trainer (EST) II.” This trainer provides marksmanship and judgmental escalation-of-force exercises for members of the military.
Additionally, troops from the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity-Japan demonstrated how they train to administer emergency aid in the field. They used lifelike mannequins, Tactical Combat Casualty Care Exportables, to showcase these abilities.
Logano Showcased Some of the Tools He Uses to Succeed in NASCAR
Like previous Mission 600 visits, Logano took time to showcase how he finds success on tracks around the United States. He highlighted the iRacing rig that helps him compete in Pro Invitational Series races and prepare for upcoming trips to new tracks. Logano also showed off his firesuit, his race helmet, and the Hans device that helps reduce head and neck injuries.
Following the demonstration of his gear, Logano took part in a question and answer segment with the members of the military. He discussed radio communication technology, growing up in Connecticut, and multiple other topics.
“When you think of what Mission 600 is doing, it’s shining a light on what our U.S. military is doing for us citizens every single day, whether you know it or not,” Logano said, per NASCAR. “Memorial Day is a very special day for a lot of reasons. It’s always a good time to remember what the military has done for us in the past, obviously, but what is going on right now.
“It’s so easy for us to live in our own little world and worry about our own little problems,” Logano continued. “It’s refreshing to take a step back and understand what these men and women are doing… They don’t even know me and they’re willing to put their lives on the line for me.”
Logano capped off the 2021 Mission 600 campaign, which featured multiple other members of the Coca-Cola family. Ryan Newman trained with MARSOC members in North Carolina while Austin Dillon took part in a virtual workout with Army Central Kuwait. Daniel Suarez virtually visited U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder. Brad Keselowski also took part in the campaign by paying his respects at Arlington National Cemetery.
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