Regan Smith to honor Colorado shooting victims at Indy Speedway
Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E Sports) – Regan Smith of Furniture Row Chevrolet will pay tribute to 12 movie theater shooting victims by driving a car bearing their names during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The movie theater in Aurora where the shooting took place is approximately seven miles from the Furniture Row Racing shop in Denver.
For the occasion, the paint scheme on Smith’s No. 78 car for Sunday’s Brickyard 400 will be changed.
The hood of the car will showcase a ribbon, and inside the ribbon will be a memorial cross and the red and gold logo that appears on the Colorado state flag. The rear quarter panels will read Aurora, CO and the names of the 12 people who were killed in the tragedy.
The rear bumper or the TV panel will include the following inscription: “For Those Lost, Those Injured And Countless Acts of Bravery 7/20/12″
The tragedy struck close to the Furniture Row family as one of its employee, Kimber Avra, was at the Aurora movie theater with her friend Micayla Medek. While Avra escaped the incident with scrapes and bruises, Micayla was one of the 12 who was killed in the shooting.
“Our hearts go out to the victims and to their families,” said Furniture Row Racing general manager Joe Garone. “It really hits close to home for us here in Colorado. The movie theater where the shooting took place is only a few miles from where our team is based in Denver.”
“We mourn the loss of life from this senseless tragedy, and feel we also need to stand up and acknowledge the heroism of those people who put their lives on the line to save others. Our thoughts this weekend will be with all the people who suffered from this horrific act of violence,” he added.
Smith is currently 26th in standings with 377 points, 330 points behind leader Matt Kenseth.