Crown Royal XR is made for celebrating special moments and is the top variant in the whisky's portfolio. (Take it from me – it is tasty!) Sunday’s race is expected to be the final Brickyard start for NASCAR Star, Jeff Gordon, who is calling it quits from full-time racing at season's end.
Nominated for Crown Royal's "Your Hero's Name Here" program by one of his heroes, 2014 "Your Hero's Name Here" Brickyard namesake John Wayne Walding, Jeff Kyle learned that he was this year's winner while attending a Texas Rangers baseball game in his home state earlier this summer.
Along with this honor came many perks including a once-in-a-lifetime experience throughout the weekend – meeting NASCAR drivers, touring the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway and waving the green flag for race qualifying, before handing the trophy bearing his name to the race winner in Victory Lane.
Invited inside Jeff Gordon's No. 24 hauler, Kyle presented the five-time Brickyard 400 winner with a bottle of Crown Royal XR -- short for extra rare -- and a specially embroidered bag congratulating Gordon on his racing career.
"Just being able to meet him in person and shake his hand and chit-chat with him for a minute, for him to take the time before qualifying, is huge," said Kyle, a recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal for leading the first Marine detachment to transport a nuclear submarine through hostile waters. "For him to be able to talk to little ole me, that was really cool."
Photo Credit: Marianna Massey