History made by both Kyle Busch and Jason Redman at Indy
Kyle Busch became the first NASCAR driver at any track to win both qualifying sessions, the Xfinity Series heat race and Sunday’s Sprint Cup win — the thirty-eighth victory of his career. What an amazing display of talent which will most likely not be repeated nor topped for quite a while.
However, that is not the only history recorded this past weekend. Virginia Military Hero and Retired Navy SEAL Jason Redman received a VIP NASCAR experience at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as he was honored as the winner of Crown Royal’s “Your Hero’s Name Here” program which renames the Brickyard 400 race after a deserving hero. After finding out he was the winner through his 100th skydive jump, Redman made his own history by insisting that the race be named after his foundation, the Combat Wounded Coalition, instead of himself.
Redman arrived in Indianapolis last Thursday for a full weekend of at-track activities including: leading the hauler parade, having July 22nd proclaimed “Jason Redman Day”, dyeing the downtown Indianapolis canal purple in his honor, waving the green flag for qualifying, riding in the pace car that splits the field and handing the trophy to Kyle Busch, the race winner in Victory Lane.
As you can see from the photos below Redman’s first venture with “big-time NASCAR racing” was spectacular.
Jason Redman – Retired Navy SEAL and Founder of Combat Wounded Coalition
Jason Redman, 40, of Chesapeake, Va. is a retired Navy SEAL, motivational speaker, author of The Trident and founder of Combat Wounded Coalition. Redman enlisted in the Navy following high school and served ten years as an enlisted SEAL before enrolling at Old Dominion University. After graduation, Redman was commissioned as a Naval SEAL Officer.
Over his career he served five deployments total including two combat deployments. In 2007, while on an operation in Iraq to capture an Al Qaeda High Value Individual, Redman’s Assault Team came under heavy machine gun fire and he was wounded with shots to the face and left arm. While recovering from his 37 surgeries at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, Redman wrote and hung a sign on his door which became a statement and symbol for wounded warriors everywhere.
The original sign on the door now hangs in the Wounded Ward at the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda. Redman was honored with the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medals and two Combat Action Ribbons.
Following his recovery, Redman founded the non-profit Combat Wounded Coalition and Wounded Wear to help combat wounded warriors overcome the wounds of war. In 2013, Redman founded his speaking company, SOF Spoken sharing his message of leadership, teamwork, and overcoming adversity to many organizations including the Marriott Corporation, McDonalds, the NFL Cincinnati Bengals, the San Diego Padres and the US Men’s 2010 Olympic Hockey team. Although the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 will be his first NASCAR race, Redman had the privilege of speaking at a NASCAR conference in 2013.