A Texas police association sponsored Driver Kyle Weatherman’s No. 47 Chevrolet Camaro during last Saturday's O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway.
The Fort Worth Police Officers Association purchased sponsorship of the entire car for the Xfinity Series race and took on the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas as partner; CLEAT paid to put its logo on the car. For the POA, which represents 1,700 Fort Worth Police personnel and public safety statewide and nationally, it was an opportunity to honor its officers and the 62 who have died in duty, FortWorthInc.com reports.
The association’s logo covered the Camaro’s hood. A big decal with the 62 names of the fallen officers covered the trunk. And the FWPOA’s logos adorned both rear quarter panels. The idea came out of this spring’s national protests against police.
The POA noticed Weatherman, a young North Carolinian, had rolled out a "Back the Blue" moniker and livery for his car. So they approached the driver's team.
Weatherman finished 19th in the race field of 36 drivers.