Legion Riders escort Freedom car

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Legion Riders escort Freedom car
Legion Riders from northen Florida escorted the 76 Freedom Car team 100 miles to New Smyrna Speedway from Florida-Georgia state line. Photo by James V. Carroll

Driver Jerick Johnson and The American Legion/David Law Firm 76 Freedom Car arrived at New Smyrna Speedway in style fitting royalty Wednesday afternoon.

Nearly 50 American Legion Riders from northern Florida met the race team at the Georgia-Florida state line. The Riders escorted the 76 Freedom Car the final 100 miles to New Smyrna Speedway near Daytona.

“It was really awesome to see all the Riders, motorcycles and support vehicles waiting for us at the Florida Welcome Center,” Johnson said. “It make us feel sort of special, and we appreciate the effort it must have taken to put this all together.”

The 76 Freedom Car is in Florida to participate in as many as nine races in nine days at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at the half-mile oval New Smyrna Speedway. During the same week of racing last year, Johnson finished seventh in overall points.

“We brought two cars with us this week so we can be in a position to race every day,” Johnson said. “We were in the wrong place at the wrong time a couple of races last year. One time we lost the entire driver side sheet metal. And another time our nose was ripped off. But we still managed to pull off a seventh-place finish in the race series.”

Once at the track Wednesday, the Legion Riders wanted a picture of them around the 76 Freedom Car. That request presented a problem. Wednesday, race teams were permitted to choose their infield pit area, but not permitted to unload cars from the haulers. After discussion with track officials, Johnson’s crew unloaded the black POW/MIA paint scheme 76 Freedom Car from the hauler, and the Riders got their photo opportunity.

Today is a practice day, and the first race is scheduled for Friday evening under the lights. Keep up to date on race results here. http://www.legion.org/racing

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AARussell

February 13, 2011 - 9:16pm

Its really awesome to see a "tradition" taking hold and being carried on with the Riders escort! Kudos to the Riders of North Florida! Best of luck to Jerick & the team - we'll look for you at Pocono. Safe riding for all our Legion Rider members throughout the world~ Riding for those who serve, A. Russell - PR Coordinator American Legion Riders Chapter 957 New Berlin, Pennsylvania

James Hudson

February 12, 2011 - 11:35am

It was great to see the Legion Riders supporting the race team as this season starts off (2011). I look forward to seeing more about the races a s the season progress. I am a member of the American Legion Riders (ALR) of Post 256 Loveland, Ohio. I have enjoyed racing at different levels of compition over many years and I enjoy the fact that my American Legion is involved with racing Especially STOCK CAR RACING. To all ALR Members: "RIDE SAFE AND FREE IN OUR UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!" BEST OF LUCK TO JERICK AND THE TEAM ... Support the American Legion and the other sponnsors so this team can survive these tough times.

Samuel L Chang

February 10, 2011 - 3:10pm

Nice escort.

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